From Sky Sports to Sky Cinema and Sky Atlantic, Sky is home to some of the UK’s most popular subscription channels. Here we'll be looking at exactly what's on offer.
We'll also take a look at its Sky Q service, which lets you pause and pick up TV around the home on multiple TVs and devices.
Sky Atlantic is synonymous with high-quality television series like Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, Big Little Lies and more from across the pond. It's the only place to watch HBO series in the UK, although the channel airs series from other American channels, too. Unlike Sky Cinema and Sky Sports, you can only get Sky Atlantic through Sky or NOW TV.
Find out more about Sky Atlantic series.
Sky’s sports programming is spread across 10 dedicated channels, including Sky Sports News and a dedicated F1 channel.
Sports covered across Sky Sports channels include 126 live Premier League games every season, World Cup qualifiers, lower league football from the EFL and overseas football from La Liga, the MLS and Eredivisie. There's also cricket, rugby, every race from the F1 season and American football.
Read more about what's on Sky Sports.
The rebranded Sky Movies service offers a library of 1,000 movies on demand, as well as better picture quality and sound and special themed pop-up channels. But Sky Cinema's chief selling point is that it's generally first with new movies, with a new premiere every day.
Learn more about Sky Cinema in our Sky Cinema guide.
The Sky Q TV service's major 'sell' is that it lets you pause and pick up content on multiple devices and TVs around the home (provided you sign up for a Sky Multiscreen subscription).
The Sky Q service is based on the Sky Q set-top boxes. These are the cheaper Sky Q 1TB box and the top-end Sky Q 2TB box.
Both Sky Q TV boxes let you record multiple channels simultaneously while watching TV live on another channel and offer storage for hundreds of hours of TV.
However, the major differentiator between the 1TB and 2TB boxes is that the latter lets you stream TV to more devices and TVs around the home. The 2TB box also lets you watch TV in UltraHD (4K).
Sky Q set-top boxes are now standard across all Sky TV bundles, after Sky phased out Sky+ boxes in 2016.
Sky Go is free to Sky customers and enables them to watch Sky TV on their iPad, iPhone, laptop, Xbox 360 or selected Android smartphones while they're out and about.
Which channels you can watch on your smartphone/tablet depends on the channels you subscribe to through your Sky TV package.
Read more about what's on Sky Go and how to watch it.
Sky Q Multiscreen enables customers to watch Sky TV packages in different rooms around the house simultaneously. In order to enjoy this kind of freedom, you’ll need a Sky Q box, a Sky Q Mini box for each additional TV and a Sky Multiscreen subscription. You'll also need to pay a one-off charge for each TV you want to watch Sky TV on.
For now, you do need a satellite dish for Sky, but the company recently announced they'll be offering IPTV next year. Until then, find out how to watch Sky without a satellite or how to get Sky in a block of flats.
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