Foxtel First Global Partner To Get Sky Glass
Foxtel Group who will shortly launch a new, News streaming service has become the first global partner for Sky Glass a world-class streaming aggregation product that provides a next-generation user experience.
Key is new software and a TV display that seamlessly aggregates streaming content all in one place, together with ultra-premium devices, including a 4K UHD TV with cinema-quality sound.
The move comes as Sky in London overnight rolled out their own Sky Glass TV.
Sky Glass TVs will be available in three sizes: 43-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch.
Each 4K TV will stream Sky’s TV channels and integrates in voice control (Hello Sky) and 21 apps to access additional content like Netflix, Spotify, or Disney Plus. Sky hasn’t named the TV manufacturer it partnered with yet, but the full specifications include a UHD Quantum Dot display, support for Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HLG, three HDMI 2.1 ports, and a single USB-C port.
The has six speakers for up to 215W of Dolby Atmos surround sound: 3 outward firing speakers, 2 upward, and 1 central subwoofer. There will also be five colour options: white, pink, green, blue, and black.
Sky Glass will form another element in the Foxtel Group’s streaming-led roadmap and is expected to be available in Australia in late 2023 with Foxtel tipped to launch their own TV in Australia with the technology on board.
Confirmation that the Foxtel Group will be the first syndication partner for Sky Glass follows Foxtel’s successful launch last month of the internet-connected streaming iQ5 set top box.
Currently Foxtel is moving to update software in the iQ4 in the coming months to also enable the set top to be IP-led without the need for cable or satellite.
Foxtel Group Chief Executive Patrick Delany said: “Sky Glass will add another dimension to our future as we continue to invest in innovation and reposition Foxtel to be Australia’s premium aggregator of streamed entertainment.
“We are incredibly pleased to be the first syndication partner for Sky Glass. It allows us to join a global product and technology roadmap created by Sky and Comcast, offering customers a world-class entertainment experience and devices, powered by Comcast’s global technology platform.
“Australian households expected to have an average of almost four entertainment streaming subscriptions by 2025. Sky Glass will provide customers with a world-class user interface making life simple by seamlessly aggregating content from multiple providers all in one place, together with beautifully designed devices, including the Glass TV with premium quality 4K UHD picture and 360o Dolby Atmos sound.
“This solution will genuinely provide everything in one place for customers, along with even greater simplicity with a single premium device, easy buying, and a plug and play experience.”
Sky Group Chief Executive Officer Dana Strong said: “We are pleased to announce Foxtel, Australia’s leading subscription TV company, as our first Sky Glass syndication partner.”
Joining the Sky Glass global syndication partnership follows the Foxtel Group’s Strategy Day last week, at which the company outlined its progress in becoming Australia’s leading IP-led subscription entertainment company with more than 4 million subscribers.
Relying only on a W-Fi connection, Sky Glass will offer the same experience as the existing Sky Q box which is similar to the new iQ5 Foxtel offering.
You’ll be able to use voice commands to quickly find a film or jump into a channel, and you’ll be able to watch a live preview of a channel while browsing through the rest of the TV Guide.