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We've known about Sky Q – Sky's next-gen set-top box – since the end of last year, but Sky has kept coy on key details like price and release date. Until now!

We've got all the info on pricing (both upfront and monthly fees), what kind of set-up you'll need, and when you can get your hands on it. Excited? Read on.

1 On sale from February

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Sky Q will be on sale from February 9th. However, home installations won't begin until the end of the month, with Sky Broadband customers receiving priority over those with broadband from other providers.

Professional installation comes included in the cost, both for new and existing Sky customers. So you won't have to get tinkering yourself.

Sky also promises an "entirely new level of customer service". Basically, you'll get servicing and mechanical fault repairs without paying any extra.

2 Starts at £42 a month

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The cheapest option costs £42 a month. That's for the standard Sky Q Bundle, which gives you Sky TV in one room, the ability to stream it to one tablet, and the ability to take recordings with you using the Sky Q app on your phone or tablet.

Included in that bundle is the Sky Q box. This can record three channels while you watch a fourth, and store 150 hours of recordings on its 1TB hard drive. It can access over 300 channels, more than 50 of which are in HD, Sky Box Sets, 3D on-demand and Sky Go Extra.

The more premium package will set you back £54 a month. This gives you the Sky Q Silver box plus a Sky Q Mini box, letting you watch Sky in two rooms (or more if you're willing to buy extra Sky Q Mini boxes at £99 each). You can stream Sky to two tablets, and, like the standard bundle, take your recordings with you using the Sky Q app on your phone or tablet.

The Sky Q Silver box gives you all the viewing options of the standard Sky Q box, but has twice the storage. Plus it can record an unprecedented four channels at once while you watch a fifth. You'll get square eyes, mind.

Neither of these bundles includes Sky Movies or Sky Sports, however. Sky Movies will set you back an extra £17 a month, while Sky Sports is £25.50 a month. You can nab both for an extra £34.50 a month.

According to Sky, Sky+ customers will typically pay around £12 extra a month for Sky Q compared to their current package.

3 One-off fee

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You have to pay a one-off fee too. This varies, but gets cheaper the more Sky products you buy.

Take the cheapest bundle with Sky Broadband and/or Sky Sports and/or Sky Movies, and you'll pay a one-off fee of £99. Take this without another Sky product, and it'll cost you £249. For the Sky Q Silver box, the cheapest bundle has a one-off fee of £149 with another Sky product, or £299 without.

Take the Sky Q Silver Bundle, and the one-off fee is £99 with another Sky product, or £299 without.

4 Free Sky Q Hub sky q mini

If you have Sky Broadband, or buy it alongside Sky Q, you'll receive the new Sky Q Hub free of charge. This turns each Sky Q box into a Wi-Fi hotspot, meaning you'll have a stronger signal throughout the house.

5 More features coming soon

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Sky has plenty more planned for 2016.

Sky Q will get a new voice search feature, just like that found on the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV streaming boxes. Sky will utilise the 4K skills (aka Ultra High Definition, or UHD) of Sky Q Silver and launch the UK's "most comprehensive Ultra High Definition service". And a new smartphone app will bring the same user interface to mobile devices.

All of these features will launch sometime later this year, though we don't have dates yet. And these are on top of the new Sky Now TV Box that's also coming soon. Stay tuned.

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