What is Sky Stream?
Sky Stream is the new alternative to Sky Glass. Sky Glass is a Smart TV that has Sky TV built-in so you can watch Sky Channels over Wifi without the need for a satellite dish or Sky TV box.
Sky Stream is a 4K HDR streaming box that plugs into the HDMI port on any TV and provides access to Sky TV Channels over your Wi-Fi. Sky Stream has the same slick Sky Glass user interface and is voice control enabled.
You don’t have to be a Sky broadband customer to have a Sky Stream box. Sky recommends that you have a broadband connection with a minimum download speed of 10Mbps to watch at HD quality.
To watch 4K HDR TV, it is suggested that you need a minimum speed of 30Mbps.
The cheapest way to get SKY TV and Netflix
Sky Stream is the cheapest way to get Sky TV and Netflix together, with combined packages starting from £26 a month and aggregates the best content from top entertainment, music and fitness apps – including Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, YouTube, Discovery+, Peacock, Fiit and more.
Sky Stream was released on 18th October 2002 and is available from sky.com, with next-day delivery as standard.
Sky Stream – the highlights
- Sky TV without a satellite dish. All content is streamed over Wi-Fi
- No need for engineer installation and next-day delivery is standard
- Compact size that fits in the palm of your hand
- Easy setup. Simply plug Sky Stream into a power socket and your TV’s HDMI output
- Compatible with any broadband provider. A minimum download speed of 10Mbps is required.
- Minimum of 30Mbps broadband to watch 4K HDR TV
- Sky Stream comes with Netflix included as standard
- 31-day monthly rolling plan or 18-month contract options available
- Slick Sky Glass User interface
- Smart features like the ability to restart live TV and Playlists
- Voice control
What’s the hardware spec of the Sky Stream box?
Sky Streaming box hardware spec:
- 4K HDR support
- Dolby Atmos ready
- Voice remote
- Size: 108 x 18 x 108mm
- 1 x HDMI 2.1
- Ethernet port
- 230V AC port
- One-year warranty
How much does Sky Stream cost?
As previously mentioned, Sky Stream is the cheapest way to get Sky TV and Netflix. Current pricing and package can be found below. When ordering Sky Stream, you build your package from the base Sky Stream Package which is Sky TV + Netflix. Pricing with vary depending on whether you select an 18-month contract or a rolling monthly contract.
Prices may change during contract term.
How to use Sky Stream – Explainer Video
Credit: Sky help Youtube Channel
Sky Stream Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ- Sky Stream Review
Sky Stream includes a basic Netflix subscription that allows you to watch Netflix on one device. You have the option to upgrade to Netflix standard or premium.
Netflix standard allows HD quality viewing on up to 2 devices at the same time.
Netflix Premium also views on up to 4 devices on Ultra HD.
There are two options:
- Cancel anytime 31-day rolling plan which is from £29 a month with a £39.99 setup fee.
- 18-month contract costs from £26 a month with a £20 setup fee.
Both options include Sky Ultimate TV & Netflix Basic. Checkout the latest Sky scream deals here
As previously mentioned, Sky Stream does not have a hard drive and therefore you cannot record programmes onto the box. Instead, you add your programmes to a playlist and you can Stream them at any time.
If the content is eventually removed, you will no longer be able to play it back. For example, if you put an ITV programme into your Playlist but it is then removed from ITV hub, you will no longer be able to watch it.
Simply plug the sky stream box into a power socket, plug it into a spare HDMI port and then connect it to your broadband. The minimum required broadband speed is 10Mb.
Sky Glass is a TV that has a Sky box built in. With sky Glass, you have to buy the TV and a Sky subscription.
Sky Stream is a small streaming box that you plug into any TV via the HDMI cable. With Sky Stream, you only pay for the Sky subscription.
Another major difference is that Sky Stream does not have a hard drive and therefore you cannot record programmes onto the box. Instead, you add your programmes to a playlist and you can Stream them at any time.
The only caveat is that if the streaming service eventually removes the content it will not be available.
No. You do not need to subscribe to Sky broadband to use Sky Stream. All you need is a broadband connection that has a minimum of 10Mb download speed.
You will need at least 30Mb broadband if you would like to Stream at 4K HDR.
Sky stream is a standalone streaming TV box that does not require a satellite dish to Stream Sky channels.
It uses your broadband much like other streaming devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire stick and Roku.