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Sky has unveiled Sky Q, its next-generation set-top box.

There are three boxes in the range, Sky Q, Sky Q Silver and Sky Q Mini.

Sky Q Silver is the top-of-the-range model. It packs a 2TB hard drive (that's enough for 350 hours of HD recordings) and can record four channels simultaneously while watching a fifth. It also supports simultaneous viewing on two tablets using the Sky Q app, and simultaneous viewing on two Sky Q Mini boxes.

sky q silver

The standard Sky Q box sits in the middle of the range. It has a 1TB hard drive (fitting 150 hours of HD recordings), can record three channels while you watch a fourth, and supports viewing on one tablet and one Sky Q Mini box.

The Sky Q Mini lets you watch your Sky box in other rooms – just hook the Sky Q Mini up to the telly in that room, and you can stream from the main box. It also doubles as another Wi-Fi hotspot, so should bolster your Wi-Fi signal.

sky q mini

However, only the Sky Q Silver is equipped for 4K viewing.

There's also a new remote control called Q Touch. It connects to your Q box over Bluetooth. Just like the Roku 4, you can use the box to find the remote should you lose it.

sky q touch remote

The remote also features a search button that lets you scour live TV, on-demand content, recordings and shows and films that are similar to what you searched for.

Sky has overhauled its menu interface too. It's much more visual now, and has a new section called My Q, which brings together everything you've been watching. It will also recommend what you might enjoy based on what you've watched.

Sky Movies has a new way of navigating using the Q Touch remote – now you swipe to navigate. According to Sky, this makes things much more cinematic.

Plus a new sidebar lets you browse apps while you watch TV.

Sky also unveiled a new router called the Sky Q Hub and a new Sky app.

"Sky Q is a brilliant new way for customers to experience TV on their terms," said Jeremy Darroch, Sky's chief executive. "We wanted to reimagine TV so that it's flexible and seamless across different screens and to put a huge choice of entertainment at their fingertips. We think customers are going to love Sky Q and the great news is that it will get even better with much more to come in the future."

It's the first major overhaul to Sky's boxes and services since Sky HD launched in 2006, if you don't count the 1TB Sky HD Box that launched in 2010.

Sky Q will go on sale early next year. Sky will reveal pricing nearer the time.

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