Sky Glass vs Sky Q: What’s the difference?
Sky was rumored to be working on a TV, but Sky Glass goes beyond that, bringing a full streaming platform into the mix and removing the need for a satellite dish.
With Sky Q still available and delivered by dish, what’s the difference between the two services and which one is right for you?
Here we’ll be comparing the two Sky services in terms of price and features, but you’ll have to wait until we have review samples before you can provide full picture quality comparisons.
Sky Glass combines television with Sky services and is available in three different screen sizes (43 inches, 55 inches and 65 inches). These are the main products, although the company also sells an additional streaming box that allows you to add Sky Glass functionality to an existing TV.
Without the need for a satellite dish to install, Sky Glass is much easier to install. The engineer will set up the TV and position it for you, then once it connects to your existing Wi-Fi network, you’re done. It is so easy. The TV includes everything you need, with a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar. From what we’ve seen, the TV looks great and sounds great, but more testing is needed.
With Sky Q, you need to have a satellite dish installed by a professional and two cables run inside your house to your main Sky Q box. If you opt for the multi-room installation, then the Mini boxes must be connected to the Sky Q box, via the integrated mesh network.
The quality you get from the Sky Q box will also depend on the quality of the TV you connect it to, so the experience can be quite different; Sky Glass presents a cohesive, channel-friendly experience for everyone who buys it.
Simply put, it’s faster, easier, and cheaper to install Sky Glass than Sky Q.
Channels and content
Sky Glass and Sky Q both have the same range of content available, depending on your subscription level. This includes all free channels, Sky premium channels, including Sports, Movies, and Sky Atlantic, and streaming content, along with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney +.
As with Sky Q, Netflix can be integrated with your Sky Glass subscription, giving you a huge amount of content in one subscription.
The main difference is in the way the content is presented and how it is delivered. With Sky Q, live channels are transmitted by satellite directly to the main box, so you don’t need internet bandwidth. Sky on-demand content is uploaded to the Sky Box in broadcast quality, so the speed of your internet connection only affects how long it takes to download something. Of course, streaming content (Netflix, Amazon, and Disney +) is streamed live, so you need a good enough internet connection.
With Sky Glass, everything is streamed directly over Wi-Fi (the TV uses Wi-Fi 6), so you need a strong enough and fast enough internet connection, especially if you want to watch in 4K.
In terms of presentation, Sky Glass fully integrates all streaming services into the main interface, including recommendations and search. The content is more tightly integrated than on Sky Q.
Both services have voice search via the Bluetooth remote, although Sky Glass also has far-field microphones built into the TV, so you can activate the voice by saying “Hey Sky”.
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You can only record live broadcasts with Sky Q. With the Ultra HD box, you can record up to six programs simultaneously, while watching another live channel. The great thing about recording is that shows never expire, so you can watch it repeatedly or even watch something after a long break.
With Sky Glass everything is streamed live and you can’t record. It features both live content and on-demand shows, so you can watch things that have already been broadcast. However, all content is subject to a rights agreement which governs when it can be shown, when it can be posted and when it expires.
For a lot of people, it might not make a difference, but there might be times when something you wanted to watch is no longer available on Sky Glass, but you would have had your own locally saved copy with Sky Glass.
What Sky Glass can’t do is let you put everything you want to watch together in one playlist. Via the Sky interface, you can add shows from any service to the playlist, so that you have everything you want to watch in one place. It’s very powerful and means the end of opening multiple apps and searching for something to watch.
Sky Glass allows you to pause live TV, using an internal buffer, which you can also do with Sky Q.
If your internet connection goes down, Sky Glass can’t stream anything, so you’re out of luck.
With Sky Q, no internet means the end of on-demand and streaming services, but live TV is still available and you can watch your downloaded TV recordings and shows.
Sky Glass lets you have multiple devices, and there’s even a special Whole Home package that gives you a TV and a separate streaming box that you can plug into an existing TV. Content from any device is streamed independent of the Internet.
With Sky Q, Sky Mini boxes connect directly to the main box and stream live satellite channels, recordings and downloaded content to your home network, so you don’t have too much internet traffic. The only times Mini Boxes need to communicate directly with the Internet is when you’re streaming content from a service like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Disney +.
The prices are quite similar but you have to take into account the different services. Sky Q with basic plans and Netflix supplements costs from £ 26 per month. Sky Glass costs from £ 39 per month for the same content, although that payment includes £ 13 per month to get a brand new Ultra HD TV.
Sky Glass vs Sky Q – Early Verdict
It’s not as simple as saying which service is the best, as the choice largely depends on what you want to get out of a subscription.
Sky Glass is designed for streaming, which a lot of people watch exclusively. With the TV offering a fine-tuned experience and quality sound out of the box, it’s an easy way to get premium content, with just three setup tasks: set up the TV, plug it in, and connect it to Wi-Fi. -Fi.
Sky Q remains a compelling choice, and there are three main reasons for choosing it: you can use it with your own choice of TV, which is a big factor especially if you’ve spent a lot of money on a new TV. ; second, you can record TV, storing shows to watch whenever you want; third, it relies less on Wi-Fi and Internet speeds, with satellite removing that worry from the equation.
We’ll have more when we take a look at Sky Glass, but for now the good thing is that there is now more choice as to how you get Sky.