Sky is updating its Sky Q set top boxes with support for HDR broadcasting, a new wide-screen user interface and the addition of a Spotify app which will support both the free, ad-supported version of the service and paid-for premium accounts.
The broadcaster is also promising a marked increase in the amount of UHD content available, including the entire Spider-Man franchise, greater personalisation and says it will bring a Sky Q app to Smart TVs and other third party devices.
Other enhancements to be rolled-out include a new homepage including ‘Most Recent Recordings’ and ‘Favourite Channels’ along with editorially curated selections of Box Sets, Movies, and Catch-Up TV; a new kids mode; and a personalised sports section.
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.”
Jorge Espinel, VP of Business Development, Spotify, added: “Spotify and Sky share a focus on innovation, disruption and delivering an excellent experience to our customers.
“We’re delighted that consumers in the UK and Ireland will soon have another means to listen to all the music and podcasts they love on Spotify via Sky Q.
“The partnership between Spotify and Sky will offer consumers the chance to enjoy great entertainment from two leading media brands, and we are excited for what the future of the partnership may bring.”