Sky enhances Sky Q with Spotify and HDR

A new widescreen interface, support for HDR and the arrival of Spotify.

Sky has announced how it is going to develop its premium Sky Q receiver this year, with an even greater emphasis on personalisation.

Music streaming service Spotify will launch on Sky Q this spring, via an update being delivered to Sky Q receivers that will also enable Sky Q receivers to support High Dynamic Range (HDR), which is designed to improve how UHD content is displayed.

In turn, Sky has confirmed it will double the amount of UHD content available to Sky Q users this year.

A new Kids Mode will also be rolled out, enabling parents to ensure young children can't access certain types of programming.

The Sky Q app will become available on more devices, including some Smart TVs.

Other updates include an enhancement to Sky Q's voice functionality to give personal recommendations - users will be able to ask Sky Q what the weather will be today.

The Sports section will be personalised to reflect customer’s favourite sports and teams, seamlessly integrating with the Sky Sports app.

There will be the introduction of a brand new widescreen user interface which will help customers navigate a mixture of personalised and curated sections of content. A newly designed homepage including ‘Most Recent Recordings’ and ‘Favourite Channels’ along with editorially curated selections of Box Sets, Movies, and Catch-Up TV, promises to get customers to their favourite content quicker and easier than ever before.

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky commented:
“Sky Q keeps getting better and better. 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 every one in that household. With Spotify joining our Sky Q platform, we are giving customers the best home entertainment experience in Europe.”
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