Sky customers could finally be able to watch a huge catalogue of content without the need for a dish positioned on their wall.
The satellite broadcaster announced in 2017 that it would be launching a new service which brings Sky to homes via their broadband.
Although there’s still no official launch date for this major upgrade it’s thought Sky is planning to release the “no dish” service in 2018.
Jeremy Darroch, the Sky chief executive, said it would allow Sky to target up to six million households across Europe and two million in the UK who can’t or don’t want a satellite dish.
Sky already beams online content to homes via its NOW TV box but this would be the first time the full service would be available through the internet.
This huge update will mean customers would get full access to Sky Q via their home broadband.
Sky Q is the firm’s latest set-top box technology which allows users to record six programmes whilst watching a seventh and can wirelessly beam content to other parts of the home.
Speaking about the changes, Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK’s chief executive, said: “We’re planning to launch our Sky TV service without the need for a satellite dish for the very first time, giving millions more homes the chance to enjoy TV with Sky Q.”
Sky is yet to reveal full details about the service and there’s no word on price or the minimum broadband requirements needed to view content online.
The software update brings new voice search features, including the ability to change channels with a quick command.
With the new Voice Control features, Sky Q customers with the Sky Q touchpad remote are able to navigate to their favourite shows, pause, rewind and fast-forward through whatever they’re watching just by talking.
Sky Q viewers can even change channels by saying “change channel to Sky Atlantic”, or play any show stored in their Recordings by saying, for example, “play Tin Star”.
When you’re watching a show or movie, viewers can ask to “skip back 30 seconds” or “watch from the start”.
Voice Control can also be used to find favourite sports, movies and shows, with phrases like: “go to Sky Store”, “go to Sky Sports”, or other sections of the Sky Q menu.
Customers can also change their accessibility settings using only their voice by saying “turn on audio description”, for example.
Sky Chief Marketing Officer, Luke Bradley-Jones said: “Our customers already love Voice Search on Sky Q and we think they are going to love Voice Control even more.
“You will be able to find your recordings, rewind an amazing goal to watch again or change channel all through a simple voice command.
“It’s a quicker, easier and more fun way to get to the shows, sports and films you want to watch.”
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