More on the specs behind the upcoming Sky Q 4K Ultra HD set-top box from Sky

by on November 19, 2015

Stephan Jukic – November 19, 2015

As we’ve now covered in two different pieces, Sky’s new Sky Q set-top box is up for almost imminent release and by early 2016 it will offer up a wide and growing selection of 4K ultra HD content options for subscribers to the company’s service.

Furthermore, what’s really worth appreciating about the box is its sheer versatility in terms of content sharing and advanced smart functionality features. At least based on what we’ve heard so far about the Sky Q, it’s looking to turn out as the most advanced set-top media and streaming box with 4K capability on the market so far.

In effect, the new Sky Q will essentially be a sort of hub that offers a central content delivery point for 4K and HD content, from which video and other media can flow outward to assorted devices in the home simultaneously through the system’s dual-band router with its ability to share as many as 12 different content streams at the same time.

While we don’t yet have any pricing information on the Sky Q, we can however offer up a detailed listing of some of the device specs that are coming with it. Quite honestly, these specs are quite impressive indeed, with some very solid robustness to them:

For starters, the new set-top box will come with a 2TB internal hard drive which Sky claims will be capable of recording as many as 350 hours of HD content. In addition to this, the box can use that space to deliver its on-demand content for viewing around the home, on a 4K TV or on other mobile devices to which the content can either be streamed or even downloaded completely in some cases for later viewing.

For the sake of helping out all this content distribution, the Sky Q comes with 12 different internal tuners. These tuners will allows users to record as many as four different programs at once and still be able to watch a fifth at the same time. Additionally, the tuners also supply the Sky Q Mini additional box, which is capable of streaming live TV and supporting features to two different tablets or phones at the same time if they have the Sky Q app installed.

There will also be other capacities built into the 12 tuners in the Sky Q Hub but so far we don’t have every one of them detailed out too finely. There is a possibility that some of their functionality is reserved for still more complex future content delivery plans by Sky in 2016. At least based on these descriptions, the Sky Q is shaping up to be more advanced and versatile than some existing 4K UHD set-top box competitors like the Roku 4.

We also know that Sky Q will be 4K ultra HD compatible but it isn’t yet clear if this 4K capacity will also include high (60fps+) frame rates for UHD content and if there will also be compatibility with HDR 4K content and 5.1.4 surround sound.

The Sky Q Hub combo, with the Q Silver box and the Sky Q Mini box

The Sky Q Hub combo, with the Q Silver box and the Sky Q Mini box

With all the above said, here are some further specifications details for the Sky Q Silver box which forms the main part of the Sky Q Hub (along with the Sky Q Mini box):

2x F-connectors (Satellite in 12V, 300mA)

2x USB (USB 2.0, max 500mA per port) – for future use

2x HDMI – HDMI Out with updates coming for 4K ultra HD shortly after launch


Optical S/PIDF (Digital Audio)

1x 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet RJ45 port

Works dual band on 2.4GHz and 5GHz concurrently

2.4GHz 801.11n is 2×2 MIMO – Back compatible with 802.11 b/g

5GHz 801.11ac is 3×3 MIMO – Back compatible with 802.11n

Supports Powerline AV1.1 – only compatible with other Sky devices

Bluetooth 4.0 LE support

2TB Hard Disk Drive, 1.7TB for customer use, capable of 350 hours of HD content

4:3, 16:9 aspect ratio support

Video resolution supported: – 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p – 2160p to be added in future update

Digital audio optical S/PDIF connector

Dolby Digital support, over HDMI and Optical

Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) compliant video and audio decoding

Audio decoding with sampling rates of 32, 44.1 or 48 kHz

Full Band tuner 290-2340MHz

DVB-S/S2 demodulation and error correction

Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) compliant video and audio decoding

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