today Sky has launched a new streaming platform called Sky Stream. We know it feels like there’s been a barrage of new platforms over the last few years, with Paramount+ launching in the UK in June, Disney+ launching in 2020, and platforms offering better deals and an astonishing increase in the number of shows as the market gets busier.
So it makes sense that Sky would want to get involved. Available for purchase starting October 18, Sky Stream subscribers will be able to stream Sky Sky Glass’s cutting-edge interface, plus other TV apps, to any TV over Wi-Fi, instead of having to install anything specifically. As with Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, you simply plug the device into your TV, and you’re good to go.
But what will be available to watch? And is it really cost effective? Here’s everything there is to know about the new streaming site.
What is it all about?
The idea is that Sky Stream is an easier way to get Sky Glass’s super modern interface and features from Sky, without having to buy a dedicated TV (until now Sky Glass was built into the TV).
Everything is simplified – all the apps (like YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, iPlayer, and Amazon Prime) are in one place, subscribers will have access to 120 channels, there’s voice remote control, and now all you need is Wi-Fi.
What are the important features of Sky Stream?
Sky Stream’s main selling point is that the platform will be easy to access, but there are dozens of other features as well.
These include voice remote control, a standard HD interface (with Ultra HD also available), and Sky Stream is set to work with high dynamic range (HDR) televisions, too.
You can restart TV shows even while they’re live, and create playlists from apps, channels, on demand, and live, so you can combine all your favorite TV shows in one place.
How do you actually use it?
It’s very simple: plug the Sky Stream into a power socket and then into your TV’s HDMI output, then connect to the internet and you’re done. You just need to make sure your internet has a minimum speed of 10Mbps.
How much does it cost? And where can I buy it?
Arguably the biggest selling point of this new platform is the price. There are two options: a 31-day rolling plan (which you can cancel at any time) starting at £29 per month, or an 18-month contract option, which is from £26 per month. These two options include Sky Ultimate TV & Netflix Basic.
(For comparison, currently if you buy a Sky Glass TV on Sky.com, you can get a 48-month interest-free loan from £37 per month, including 43” TV.)
Then Sky offers all the usual add-ons, like BT Sport, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, and UHD & Dolby Atmos. There’s also an extension option for £12, after which five additional devices in your home can also use Sky Stream.
You can purchase them starting October 18 on Sky.com and will also be available for purchase in Sky stores and hubs. If you buy online the device is shipped the next day.
Are there hidden fees?
They’re not hidden, but it’s worth noting that there’s a £39.95 “setup fee” for the service, which is £20 if you opt for the 18-month contract option.
What are the top shows I can watch?
Well, the possibilities really are almost endless. Imagine – there’s all of Sky’s own shows, including House of the Dragon and Gangs of London, plus Netflix (so, Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, Squid Games, etc.), plus all the shows on Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, YouTube, Discovery+, Peacock, and Fiit. All in all it covers over 120 channels, so really, the better question is what show is it no will be available on the site?
Sky Stream will be available in the UK from 18 October.