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(Pocket-lint) - Launched in 2016, Sky Q, a subscription-based TV and entertainment service, has evolved dramatically since by constantly adding new features to try and make the viewing experience as seamless and easy-to-use as possible.

Sky Q is the company's flagship offering, allowing you to not only access terrestrial TV stations, but a bevy of dedicated channels from Sky and others, including BT Sport. There's also built-in access to Netflix, Disney+, Paramount+, Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, Spotify, Fiit and YouTube (separate subs required where needed), plus you can rent and purchase the latest movies and TV shows as they announced.

So, should you opt for the all-singing, all-dancing Sky Q system, or does it cost too much to warrant its cover price?

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Our quick take

Sky has created a system to suit all tastes and needs, with a strong multi-room focus and a modern outlook on household entertainment desires. The user interface is vast and has the power to change how you watch television, encouraging you to watch more content when, where and how you want.

The now considerable amount of 4K content makes this a flagship entertainment offering that covers all the bases, especially when it comes to movies and sport - and HDR support now brings the picture quality bang up to date. However, Dolby Atmos is lacking on most movies, and the Sky Q Mini boxes continue to only offer Full HD maximum - a shame considering the boom in 4K TV adoption throughout the home.

Still, we know that Sky is committed to improving the experience, and has been doing so since the service's launch in 2016. Just this year, it has added more services like Paramount+, ITV Hub and more UHD sport with BT Sport Ultimate, and we have no doubt that offer tweaking will continue.

Of course, there is now some hefty competition within its own ranks, with Sky's newest - and dish-free - experience now available with Sky Glass or Sky Stream. However, for those who don't want to rely on their wi-fi connection to watch the box, Sky Q remains an incredible way to watch the very best content there is.

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Sky Q

5 stars - Pocket-lint editors choice
For
  • Multi-room experience
  • Bluetooth-enabled remote with voice search
  • 4K Ultra HD on 2TB box
  • Offline viewing of shows across devices
  • Constantly evolving with new content and services
Against
  • There's no TV Guide button on the remote
  • Never got the wave of apps originally expected
  • Still no HDR support
  • Limited Atmos support

How Much does Sky Q cost?

Sky Q is now available from Sky's online store. Prices vary drastically depending on what channels you take, whether you bundle in broadband and whether you bolt on extras like the additional Sky Q Mini boxes.

Prices start from £26 for the basic setup (which includes Netflix) and can soon escalate to around £100 a month if you opt for all the packages and options.

Sky Q boxes

  • 4K (UHD) capable
  • 2TB and 1TB storage options
  • Record 6 channels, while watching 7th

There are two main options when it comes to getting Sky Q in your home. Sky offers a 2TB or 1TB UHD Sky Q box with either the ability to add additional boxes in other rooms of your house (and app support with Sky Go Extra), or go for a single-room experience.

The box hardware and design is the same regardless of which hard drive size you choose. Unlike the original Sky Plus experience you can record up to six shows at once, while watching a seventh channel live. The 1TB storage space gives you 150 hours of HD recordings, which soon gets eaten up, especially if the kids series link their favourite TV show. The 2TB box delivers around 300 hours of HD recordings.

The boxes are both 4K ready (and HDR too, but