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I would like Sky Glass, simply with out the TV

OPINION: Our in-depth evaluation of Sky Glass went up this week, with our resident TV professional Kob Monney giving his remaining verdict on Sky’s first TV set.

I’ve been intrigued, quite than essentially excited, about Glass because it was unveiled. I preferred the distinctive fashion and the strategy to software program, whereas having an in-built Atmos-capable ‘soundbar’ couldn’t be a nasty factor.

However after studying Kob’s evaluation, and spending a while with our Sky Glass evaluation unit at Trusted Evaluations HQ over the previous few weeks, one factor stands out for me – can we simply have a Sky Glass streaming stick?

Learn the evaluation and also you’ll discover most of Kob’s points with the product revolve across the precise TV facet. He criticises it for missing a 120Hz refresh fee (one thing greater than achievable at this worth), calls the HDR efficiency ‘underwhelming’ and condemns the ‘lacklustre’ viewing angles. These aren’t the form of issues I need to be listening to earlier than I make a hefty TV buy.

I even have a reasonably okay TV at dwelling and whereas it’s not a elaborate OLED or something like that, it does the job and I don’t actually need to eliminate it. What I do need although, is the software program facet of Sky Glass that seems like it really works very effectively.

Streaming sticks and packing containers are all the trend now, with Amazon, Roku, Apple, Google and extra all vying for an HDMI slot. If Sky supplied this dishless Glass expertise while not having to have the TV, I’d join it in a heartbeat.

Sky Glass Playlist Saturday Night Football

The place I really feel Sky Glass beats out different streaming packing containers is that it fantastically combines conventional tv (BBC One, ITV, Dave and many others) with the extra trendy streaming providers (Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime). No different UK field does this within the method of Sky Glass and it genuinely feels nice to mix the 2.

Sky additionally has the content material in the very best quality, one thing you possibly can’t get with its NOW streaming service. I pay by means of the nostril each month for a NOW Sports activities Move, just for it to be streamed at 1080p. With Sky Glass, I may stream soccer in 4K HDR, and F1 in 4K. The identical goes for Sky Unique exhibits – many of those can be found in 4K HDR by means of Sky Glass, however top-out at 1080p on NOW.

I additionally actually like the entire Playlist function, which helps you to pull exhibits from a number of platforms, each streaming and conventional TV, and have all of them present up collectively in a watch checklist. Granted, there’s no precise recording happening – but it surely seems like a great way to maintain my watch checklist in good order.

I’ve tried nearly all the present streaming packing containers and whereas many are good, nothing is ideal. Fire TV is simply too jammed with adverts and has an terrible UI, whereas Roku has the apps however in an unpleasant shell with a cheap-feeling distant. The Apple TV 4K is nice (if very costly) however the Apple TV app doesn’t combine Netflix – the streaming service I take advantage of probably the most. Then there’s Google TV, which is nice apart from the dearth of assist for a lot of UK-specific catch-up providers. And, after all, none of those provides me what I really need by combining TV and streaming providers into one package deal.

Dishless Sky has been a dream for years, and with Sky Glass we will see that dream turning into actuality. The subsequent step is for Sky to untether this seemingly glorious software program expertise from a TV that doesn’t fairly match it. I’ll be first in line when that day lastly arrives.

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