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New Sky Q features - including voice control - are on the way

The features will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Sky seems to be constantly adding new features to its broadband, TV and phone offering. Last week, we saw the launch of the Sky Soundbox, as well as a new triple-play deal, which could save customers €426. And now there are some new features coming to Sky Q, too.

Voice control on Sky Q

Over the coming weeks, Voice Control will be added to the existing voice search function on Sky Q.

This functionality will allow customers to speak into their their remote and use a range of commands such as changing channel, playing a show from their Recordings, skipping back or forward, or watching a show from the beginning.

To do this, customers just need to press and hold the voice button on the side of their remote, and speak into the microphone located below the Sky button.

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Sky Ireland’s Director of Products and Marketing, Ann-Marie MackKay said that customers already love the Voice Search functionality, so the Voice Control function is sure to be a hit.

She added: “You will be able to find your recordings, rewind an amazing goal to watch again or change channel all through a simple voice command. It’s a quicker, easier and more fun way to get to the shows, sports and films you want to watch.”

Sky Q ‘Favourites’ menu

On top of the voice control features, Sky is also adding a ‘Favourites’ menu in the TV Guide, which will allow customers to add their most-loved channels.

At the outset, Sky Q will use your viewing habits to suggest a range of favourite channels, but customers will be able to easily edit this list, adding up to 99 channels, which they can order however they like.

Ultra HD section on Sky Q 2TB boxes

If you have a Sky Q 2TB box, you’ll also notice a new, dedicated ‘Ultra HD’ section within My Q, which will help you to find UHD content easier.

You will obviously need to have a UHD-compatible TV to make the most of this feature. Those who do can enjoy TV shows like Tin Star and Riviera, as well as movies including The Revenant, and 124 Premier League games in UHD.

Save up to €426 on Sky broadband, TV and home phone

Anyone signing up to a Sky plan that includes TV will get the Sky Q 1TB box as standard. With this, you can:

  • record three shows and watch a fourth live; and
  • store up to 500 hours of TV.

Currently, Sky has some great deals on its TV bundles, including a 12-month discount on the Sky Original TV Bundle + Sky Fibre Unlimited & Talk Freetime bundle, which means a saving of €426.

If you’d like to upgrade to the Sky Q 2TB (which allows you to record six shows and watch a seventh live, and store over 1000 hours of TV), you can do so when you’re signing up, for an additional charge.

And any Sky customers who’d like to upgrade to Sky Q can also do so, although it’s likely you’ll face an additional charge for the box. The best bet would be to contact Sky to arrange this, either via their website or by phone on 0818 904 096.