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Sky Q 4K content channels to come by summer according to Sky, along with Now TV set-top box

by on March 16, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – March 16, 2016

We’ve known for months now that Sky Q and Sky Q Silver in particular would come with 4K UHD content services but what was kept in the dark was the actual timeframe for the release of these new entertainment sources.

Now this has changed and the main Sky Q set-top box, the Sky Q Silver will be getting access to Sky’s own 4K content channels as of the summer of 2016.

Sky Q Silver is the only one of the two boxes to come with HDMI 2.0 output technology for effective 60Hz 4K video transmission but as of the last news on the subject, this 4K transmission ability would only be activated when the 4K content itself arrives.

Giving comments at the Connected TV Summit in London, England, director of strategy for Sky, Nick Herm, has declared that his company will definitely be launching UHD 4K TV services “in time for the summer”. While this isn’t exactly what we’d call a statement of a specific date, it’s at least something more narrowed down than previous answers about the eventual availability of 4K content for Sky Q that simply stated that entertainment in the new resolution would be coming “sometime later in 2016.”

Furthermore, Herm revealed that the company’s new Now TV box, which was also first unveiled I January, will not only offer online streaming content services but will also include a wholly new digital tuner.

the Sky Now TV box scheduled for summer of 2016 as well, possibly with 4K capability

the Sky Now TV box scheduled for summer of 2016 as well, possibly with 4K capability

This will mean that those who buy the Now TV box can use it in lieu of a Sky satellite dish as their home theater setup from Sky.

The Now TV box and its tuner will be able to receive a wide range of entertainment from Sky’s services, including terrestrial channels from Freeview, Sky Atlantic, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and other associated subscription services from the service provider, all of them delivered via internet connection.

Most interesting of all for us at 4K.com is the rumor that the Now TV box, due in part to its high similarity to the Roku 4 4K TV set-top box, will also soon offer 4K content capability.

The Now TV box is also scheduled for a summer release in the UK.

Story by 4k.com

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