Netflix comes to Sky Q boxes in November

Danny Woods
September 19, 2018

The deal means Sky Box Sets, which include 400 United Kingdom and USA series, and the full Netflix service will be available for the first time in a single on-demand service.

We originally reported that a partnership between Netflix and Sky was on the way back in March, but nothing has really happened since then. This amounts to more than 2,000 hours of Ultra HD content across Sky and Netflix. So a migrated Netflix account into Ultimate on Demand still grants you access to both content suppliers shows and movies, but you have to watch them on the go through one or the other app.

Existing Sky Q customers with Netflix will be able to easily move their account to the new pack or sign in to the Netflix app on Sky Q using their existing Netflix account details.

Customers with Sky Q and a Netflix accounts will be able to see these services integrated for the first time from November with two simple options available for payment and viewing.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK and Ireland, said: "We want Sky Q to be the number one destination for TV fans".

For those that want the most interactive service, Sky is launching something called Ultimate On Demand.

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In terms of watching Netflix and Sky content on the go, we can confirm that while content mixes in Sky Q, titles available to download can only be watched through their origin maker's app, be that Sky Go or Netflix.

Chris Whiteley, Netflix director of business development for the United Kingdom and Ireland, added: "Innovation is at the core of Netflix".

Is this another nail in the coffin for traditional linear TV?

Yes, sure, most smart TVs have a Netflix app built-in, as too do consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X as well as rival TV boxes like the Virgin TV V6, so it is hard to say that Netflix on Sky Q is an essential purchase (or upgrade). Apple has unsuccessfully tried to partner with TV networks in the U.S. but is now investing up to $1bn in its own original content to develop a streaming platform. In June, it launched paid music and video platforms in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Ultimate On Demand package will be available in November, but you can register your interest on the Sky website right now. It has already integrated other services like Spotify and YouTube in an effort to become the dominant supplier of content to your living room.

Watch this space. Do not adjust your TV sets.

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