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As you can tell from our long-term test, we're big fans of Sky Q.

The next-generation home entertainment system could make a couch potato out of the the most ardent go-getter, thanks largely to the ability to record four channels while watching a fifth, and Fluid Viewing letting you pick up where you left off in another room in the house. And now it's getting even better.

Sky has announced some new features that will arrive next year that should make Sky Q an even stronger proposition. With Virgin Media set to announce its 4K set-top box next week, the battle for the lounge is hotting up.

So what do you need to know about Sky Q's new features? Read on, and you'll be fully clued up.

1 Record more channels simultaneously

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Sky Q already lets you record four channels while watching a fifth, but compared to its new recording abilities, that'll look positively stone-age.

From next year, Sky Q will be able to record a staggering six channels while watching a seventh. This will only apply to those with a Sky Q 2TB box (at launch this was called Sky Q Silver).

With so many shows available through catch-up and on-demand, we're not sure how much we would use this feature. Still, it's an extra string to Sky Q's already impressive bow.

2 Personalised homepage

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Don't like the layout of the Sky Q homepage? Soon you'll be able to do something about that.

With the ability to personalise your homepage, you can access your recordings with one swipe, eliminating the need to scroll through menus.

Plus it'll give you brand new show recommendations based on your viewing history. Face it, you're not getting up from the sofa anytime soon.

3 Sports Start Over

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Sports fans will love this one. The new Sports Start Over feature will let you jump back to the beginning of a game, so you can see all the action even if you only tuned in halfway through.

Sky also added split-screen functionality recently that lets sports fans check on the scores from another match, or even watch another game, all without leaving the match they're on. Say goodbye to that laptop on your lap.

4 Voice Search

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Sky is taking a leaf out of Amazon and Apple's books, and enabling voice search on its remote control. That means you just say the name of the show or film to find it.

Sky has been talking about this feature since Sky Q launched at the start of the year. It'll be interesting to see how it compares with the same feature on the Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, both of which work excellently.

5 Same price

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Despite these new features, the price stays the same. Sky Q starts at £20 a month for the Sky Q Original Bundle – that gives you 270 channels, but not Sky Cinema or Sky Sports.

If you're stuck on Sky+ HD, don't worry. While Sky no longer sells the box, it recently added some new features to it, and will continue to support it with UI refreshes and further enhancements.

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