Sky Q is getting better. Not only is it adding Spotify, the world's biggest music streaming service, it's also adding more personalisation options, a new look, more 4K content and a dedicated kids mode.
Want to know more? Read on for all the details of the big changes coming to your box soon.
1 More personalisation
This time it's personal. Sky Q is getting some more personalisation features, making the experience much more tailored to you the viewer. This is done through deeper machine learning and algorithms analysing your household's viewing habits, even taking into account the time of day.
This should make sure you're served the content that's most relevant to you.
You'll also be able to search for personal recommendations and information using voice search. Say "Show movies for me" and it'll surface films you'll like based on your viewing history. Say "What is the weather today?" and it'll give you a forecast based on your location. Very clever.
The Sports section will be personalised depending on your favourite sports and teams, and will seamlessly integrate with the Sky Sports app. This should mean you always know what's on and what the latest sports headlines are.
2 New look
But all this personalisation won't mean a more confused menu screen. A new widescreen user interface will help you navigate a mix of personalised and curated content sections.
The homepage will also be redesigned, and will now include sections for Most Recent Recordings and Favourite Channels. Of course the old curated favourites will still be there, including Box Sets, Movies and Catch-up TV.
3 Double the amount of 4K content
Sky is doubling the amount of 4K content available this year, to over 1,000 hours. 4K – or UHD, as it's also known – has four times as many pixels as high definition, making for a much sharper image.
Sky Q will also get high dynamic range technology, aka HDR. This is a technique first found in photography – it enhances the difference between the light and dark parts of the picture, with more gradual steps in between them. It gives the picture more depth, and makes it more lifelike.
Remember, to take advantage of 4K and HDR you'll need a compatible TV. If you haven't bought one in the last couple of years, chances are it won't be compatible.
You'll be able to stream Sky Q content to more devices at the same time using the Sky Q app. And the app will come to smart TVs and other non-Sky devices, making it more accessible than ever before.
4 Kids mode
This will be integrated with the Sky Kids app, and will make Sky Q more suited to kids – expect a simpler, more colourful interface, and more interactive elements.
It'll also give parents peace of mind that the little 'uns aren't watching anything inappropriate, as only age-appropriate content will be accessible in kids mode.
The world's biggest music streaming service will come to Sky in the spring. Spotify offers over 35 million songs, both on a free tier (which includes adverts that you can't skip) and a £9.99 ad-free monthly subscription.
Once fired up, you can stream songs on Spotify through Sky Q to wireless speakers using Apple AirPlay or Bluetooth. Or of course you can use the Sky Soundbox.
Sky promises to keep innovating with Sky Q.
"Sky Q keeps getting better and better," said Jeremy Darroch, Sky's group chief executive. "With this suite of innovation, we are taking the user experience to another level – and we won't stop there.
"We will continue enhancing Sky Q and finding new ways to bring customers more of what they love, and in so doing ensure we appeal to every household and everyone in that household.
"With Spotify joining our Sky Q platform, we are giving customers the best home entertainment experience in Europe."