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Spotify and HDR upgrades coming to Sky Q

Spotify and HDR upgrades coming to Sky Q
John Reilly
  • On February 27, 2018
  • http://www.theeffect.net

Sky Ireland has just announced a slew of new features coming to its Sky Q platform in the coming weeks and months with the most notable being the implementation of Spotify onto the platform and HDR being rolled out in the future. The amount of Ultra HD content available will also double this year, with over 1,000 hours of UHD content on Sky.

This news comes on the back of Dolby Atmos being recently added to the audio tracks for certain 4K films on the Sky Store. A Sky Q app will also become available on smart TVs and third-party devices allowing people to try some of the various features out for themselves.

Other features being added are:

  • Voice functionality extended to give personalised recommendations – e.g. “show movies for me” – and app specific requests – e.g. “what is the weather today?”
  • More personalised experience throughout the user interface, with use of deeper Machine Learning and detailed algorithms based on a household’s viewing habits,including reflecting times of day, ensuring customers are served content most relevant to them.
  • The Sports section will be personalised to reflect customer’s favourite sports and teams, and will be integrating with the Sky Sports app, ensuring customers always know what’s on and what the latest relevant news is.
  • 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.
  • New kids mode – integrated with the kids app.
  • Customers with multiple devices will be able to stream Sky content on the Sky Q app on even more devices at the same time.
  • A Sky Q app will also become available on smart TVs and third-party devices, allowing even more people to enjoy the Sky Q experience.

No specific timeline has been given for when we can expect these updates but we imagine it won’t be too for off.

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