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Sky Glass: Sky unveils its first TV set

Sky promises to ‘simplify’ the way that many of us watch our favourite shows and films

Sky Glass TV set

Sky’s long-rumoured move to a dishless service is here – but “it’s not what many people expected”, said TechRadar. Rather than launching an internet-powered set-top box, Sky has unveiled Sky Glass, a “capable and powerful” television set with its “class-leading” entertainment interface built-in, and accessible via Wi-Fi. You can pay for it in instalments, as part of a Sky TV package, or outright: it comes in three sizes, the smallest of which, the 43in, costs £649, while the largest (65in) is £1,049. 

With no need for a box or a satellite, the Sky Glass will “simplify” the way many of us “watch our favourite shows and films”, said The Independent. And the TV offers a great viewing experience with a 4K HDR display, voice control and Dolby speakers. Sky has promised that, in 2022, Sky Glass “will get even better” – with the addition of a new 4K camera, which will sit on top of the TV and allow it to be used for video calls, games and more. 

Its main flaw is that the picture quality lacks a bit of “punch and vividness”, said Trusted Reviews. Its Dolby audio system is generally impressive, and for many Sky customers it will be reassuringly straightforward to use, but if you are after a top-notch picture, you might be better off elsewhere: the Sky Glass is “on a par with a mid-range 4K”, at best, while its design is “rather chunky”.

Sky Glass: from £649, or £13 per month; sky.com

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