Sky has just announced the launch of Sky Stream in Ireland. This puck-shaped device allows users to access TV content over Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for a satellite dish. Following the launch of Sky Glass last year, which required purchasing a new TV for internet-based Sky TV access, Sky Stream aims to provide convenient and accessible television viewing options to Irish customers.
The Sky Stream device can be connected to any television via HDMI input. With a minimum broadband speed requirement of 10Mbps, users can enjoy standard high-definition streaming. For those seeking an enhanced viewing experience, Sky offers optional 4K and HDR streaming add-ons. This move marks a significant shift for Sky, as the company aims to move away from its reliance on traditional satellite dishes that have been synonymous with its TV service for decades.
Sky Stream offers users the same user interface found on Sky Glass, ensuring a seamless transition for existing Sky customers. Designed to blend into any living room, given its tiny size, the device provides a straightforward and user-friendly experience.
Pricing for Sky Stream starts at €35 per month for a flexible 31-day rolling contract. Alternatively, new Sky TV customers can opt for an 12-month plan at €30 per month. There’s a €49.95 “setup fee” for existing customers but this is free for new customers who sign up for the 12 month minimum term contract.
The basic package offers access to Sky’s comprehensive range of TV channels with Netflix included as standard, with additional options such as Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, BT Sports, and 4K support available at extra cost. Users can also access Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Disney+, RTÉ Player, All4, YouTube, Discovery+, Peacock, Paramount+, Fiit and more.
Sky also offers a whole home pack upgrade, enabling the addition of up to five extra Sky Stream devices for €20 per month.
While Sky Stream allows users to restart live TV, it does not offer recording options like the ones available with Sky Q boxes, which come with built-in hard drive storage. However, given the abundance of on-demand content available across the majority of mainstream TV channel players, this omission is unlikely to pose a significant issue for most viewers seeking an alternative to satellite dish installation.
Speaking about the launch of Sky Stream in Ireland, JD Buckley, CEO, Sky Ireland, said:
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of Sky Stream in Ireland. Sky Stream revolutionises the way customers can access Sky and all of their favourite apps. Simply order your Sky Stream puck, receive it the following day and plug it into any TV to get the full Sky experience. There is no satellite dish or installation required. Whether you want to watch Succession, Dreamland or Stranger Things, Sky Stream has it all and, as it is built with the Sky Entertainment OS, Sky Stream customers can expect the highest standard in viewing and user experience.
“Investment in innovation is one of our top priorities, as we continue to provide the best products and services to our customers. The launch of Sky Stream in Ireland comes just under a year after we launched Sky Glass here. Sky Glass and Sky Stream open the world of Sky to customers who were not able to access our services through satellite.”