Sky TV ‘s biggest new product is about to face a major challenge

SKY might be top of the class but its rivals look set to fight back.

ON Q: Sky's new TV service could be challenged by Virgin Media's TiVo

ON Q: Sky’s new TV service could be challenged by Virgin Media’s TiVo

Sky has just unveiled its biggest update in years with the launch of its all-new Q box.

This revolutionary TV service began landing in homes in March with the promise that it will “set your TV free”.

including a touch remote, fluid viewing and the option to record four programmes at once.

Viewers will also be able to watch content in glorious Ultra HD when Sky launches its dedicated 4K channel later this year.

With all these shiny new functions Sky Q is currently top of its class but it could be about to get serious competition from arch-rivals Virgin Media.

Sir Richard Branson’s television service has told investors that it is almost ready to launch an entirely-new set-top box which also support Ultra HD 4K.

The company described the updated service as a “new set-top box platform”.

That hints this that Virgin will be unveiling a revamped TiVO box which could go head-to head with Sky Q.

The UK firm told What HiFi: “There will be a new set-top box coming later this year, and it will support Ultra High Definition video.

“Before that we will be updating the existing TiVo set-top box to make its menus slicker and more picture-based.”

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The current generation of TiVo box can record three channels simultaneously, whereas the Sky+ HD box can only handle two.

For comparison, Sky Q Silver can record a staggering four shows while you watch a fifth.

TiVo also sports a swathe of internet apps, including Netflix, Youtube and Twitter.




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