Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Netflix comes to Sky Q boxes in November

Netflix comes to Sky Q boxes in November reported in March that a Sky and Netflix alliance was on the cards and could see millions of Sky Q users receive Netflix bundled into their packages.

Although plenty of details have been announced, the service isn't ready just yet.

There's no actual date for a launch with Sky now saying it will arrive at some point in November.

The move will create what Sky claims will be the United Kingdom and Ireland's biggest on-demand TV service, bringing together Sky box sets, which include 400 United Kingdom and US TV series, as well as the full Netflix catalogue. But if you only have a Sky Q Entertainment subscription, you'll only be getting Netflix's Standard Plan for the same price - two screens at once, and no 4K content. The partnership means that Netflix is integrated throughout the Sky Q interface, including the search facility. This includes Netflix Standard, which is £7.99pm. Sky has also been working on integrating the full Netflix experience into their own packages / bills and they've today revealed how this will work. If you subscribe to Sky Q's premium subscription, that's exactly what you'll get through Sky.

Ultimate On Demand will be €16 a month for all new and existing customers alongside their Sky Q subscription, and with a 31-day rolling contract available.

Here's a table highlighting the differences between the two options.

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The Netflix content flowed into Sky Q is profile specific, with profiles easily switched between in-system.

If you're not anxious about these Ultimate services then there is another way to access Netflix on Sly Q. Titles available to download can be watched on the go, with Sky shows available through the Sky Go app and Netflix shows through the Netflix app.

In a word, no. Sky Go and Sky Q will remain separate.

A few more quality-of-life features will be added to Sky before the end of this year and on into next. Read our Sky Q review if you're not sure about making the jump. If you want Netflix Premium integrated into Sky Q, with its 4K streaming and various other perks such as the ability to run 4 streams, you need to be a Sky Q Experience subscriber (and have the 2TB Sky Q box), which is an extra £12 a month outlay on top of Sky Q Entertainment and Ultimate on Demand subscriptions. This is especially likely since Sky's apps menu already includes the main YouTube platform as well as music streaming platform Spotify.

This option won't show Netflix content on the homepage but the app can be launched via the remote and by voice recognition. If you have a premium Sky Q subscription and want Netflix, then it's probably worth paying for Sky's Ultimate On-Demand to amalgamate the services. So you'll see Netflix shows like The Crown alongside Sky content on the Home screen as well as other areas like On Demand (above).

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