With the massive growth of online streaming, tablets, and the launch of 4K, Sky has been starting to look a little dated. With the launch Sky Q is the biggest innovation from Sky in years and clearly hopes bring Sky into the modern era.

I have to admit the whole concept sounds very impressive, the master box, the Sky Q Silver has 12 channel tuners and 2TB which will store 350 hours of HDTV and is 4k compatible. There is a lower specced Sky Q box which will do normal HDTV and has 1TB of storage.

The system is them complimented with the Sky Q Mini which you can put in other rooms and will pull down live TV from the Silver's leftover tuners, and you can have up to two running on the same network.

All the devices should work seamlessly with Phones and Tablets, and you can download your recorded shows directly to your device.

Unfortunately, all this fancy tech comes at a cost.

Monthly cost

BASIC CHARGE WITH SKY MOVIES WITH SKY SPORTS WITH BOTH
Sky Q
£42
£59
£67.50
£76.50
Sky Q Silver
£54
£71
£79.50
£88.50

Total 18-month contract cost

BASIC CHARGE WITH SKY MOVIES WITH SKY SPORTS WITH BOTH
Sky Q
£756
£1,062
£1,215
£1,377
Sky Q Silver
£972
£1,278
£1,431
£1,593

 

There are also set-up charges to take into account too at £50. If you don't want to take Sky broadband or either of the movie or sports channel packs, you're looking at £249 for the basic Sky Q box.

The Sky Q Silver bundle that comes with one Q Mini also requires a £299 one-off payment.

Set-up charges

INSTALLATION FEE (EXISTING CUSTOMERS ONLY) NO EXTRAS WITH BROADBAND, SPORTS OR MOVIES EXTRA Q MINI BOX
Sky Q bundle
£50
£249
£99
N/A
Sky Q bundle (w/ Silver box)
£50
£299
£149
N/A
Sky Q Silver bundle
£50
£299
£99
£99

 

To make matters more depressing, you don’t even own the hardware, you are technically just leasing it, so when you end your contract you have to return it all.

Overall it looks like an amazing system, but unless you are a sports fan I would seriously consider cheaper options such as Freeview Play or Freesat (+ Netflix etc).

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