Sky has announced a new development in its non-dish project as it unveils Sky Stream, a box that allows users to get the Sky Glass interface and access to all of Sky’s programme on almost any television wirelessly.
Sky Glass was the world’s first streaming television and was released by Sky last year – bundling both the hardware of the television with the interface and the programming that Sky carries across its platform. Sky Stream will allow people a similar user experience on their current television, without the need to get a new screen.
The new system promises to be an affordable way to get access to the premium Sky services, with combined packages of Sky’s entry-level package and Netflix starting at just £26 a month. As well as Sky and Netflix, the box will allow users access to Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, YouTube, Discovery+, Peacock, Fiit – of course, some of these will require additional subscriptions.
Sky Stream will be available initially in two ways; either on an 18-month contract, or a rolling 31 day contract for those not wishing to be locked in. The 18-month deals begin from £36 a month and only have a £20 set up fee when you start streaming. The monthly rolling contract starts at £29 and has a more expensive £39.95 set up fee.
Sky Stream will be released in the UK on the 18th October 2022.
The new service looks likely to be popular with those wishing to have a premium UI on their TV but don’t want to have a dish on their wall, and already have an expensive television that they don’t want to replace.
Stephen van Rooyen, Executive Vice President & CEO, UK & Europe, “Sky’s always reinvented the TV experience and offered the best content – but it’s not always been accessible to everyone. There couldn’t be a better time to launch our latest innovation using the Sky Glass Platform – whether you want to stream House of the Dragon, Gangs of London or Stranger Things, Sky Stream has it all. It’s the most affordable and easiest way to get Sky TV and Netflix together, offering consumers the value they are seeking right now.”