By Jonathan Easton
Sky has announced that its streaming device Sky Stream will launch in the UK as a standalone product on October 18.
Sky Stream had previously only been available in the country to customers who had also taken Sky Glass, the company’s streaming-oriented TV.
The small streaming puck effectively brings the Sky Glass platform to any TV in the household, providing access to the full range of Sky channels, VOD content and streaming apps like Netflix, Disney+ and Prime Video.
The platform is available on either a 31-day rolling plan from £29(US$31.24) a month that can be cancelled at any time, or an 18-month contract from £26 a month. Both include Sky Ultimate TV & Netflix Basic – the operator’s entry-level package that provides access to a range of entertainment channels and the basic tier of Netflix. This is complemented by a £39.95 set-up fee, reduced to £20 on the 18-month contract.
Users can upgrade to the Whole Home pack for £12 per month, which allows for up to five additional Sky Stream devices. Users can also pay extra to add on packs and services including Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, BT Sport and UHD and Dolby Atmos.
Sky Stream also comes with the upgraded Sky remote that was introduced with Sky Glass. This includes a number of quality-of-life features such as enhanced voice search and an innovative ‘Playlist’ button that saves content in the cloud to watch later.
Executive vice president and CEO, UK & Europe, Stephen van Rooyen said: “Sky’s always reinvented the TV experience and offered the best content – but it’s not always been accessible to everyone. There couldn’t be a better time to launch our latest innovation using the Sky Glass Platform – whether you want to stream House of the Dragon, Gangs of London or Stranger Things, Sky Stream has it all. It’s the most affordable and easiest way to get Sky TV and Netflix together, offering consumers the value they are seeking right now.”