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Sky Q to launch without a satellite dish

MUMBAI: UK pay TV service provider Sky has announced plans to launch Sky TV without the need for a satellite dish for the very first time in the UK.

The move will see millions of homes, currently unable to install a satellite dish, be able to enjoy the best entertainment on Sky. Delivered through a box over broadband, the service is expected to launch in the UK in 2018.

Following a strong response from customers to Sky Q, there are now more than one million boxes in around 600,000 homes in the UK. It’s already changing viewing habits, with customers watching 10% more TV compared to those with Sky+, as they benefit from a more visual interface alongside personalised recommendations. And Sky Q is set to get even better this year with the introduction of voice search, greater personalisation and the ability to record six shows while watching a seventh live.

As part of its commitment to delivering the best customer service Sky is also launching the new My Sky app. Customers can check their broadband speed, review their monthly bill on the move, change how and when they pay and get help and support with simple step by step videos and articles.

Sky is also gearing up for a year on screen, with a new big-screen drama released every month from storytellers. This includes 11 dramas from Sky Original Productions including ‘Fortitude’ premiering tonight, Sky’s most ambitious project to date Britannia, as well as ‘Riviera’, ‘Tin Star’, ‘Gomorrah’ and ‘Guerrilla’.

Sky UK CEO Stephen van Rooyen said, “This year is about giving our customers even more quality, choice and value. 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. We are continuing to build our European TV production studio, with 100 original series going into production. And with innovations like the My Sky app, we are finding new ways to make our customers’ lives simpler.”