Take into account Sky Glass for what it’s somewhat than what it’s not and there’s a very good expertise available. The interface is vastly accessible, the Vivid mode improves the HDR efficiency, although the value has gone up. Sky Glass fulfils a bit extra of its potential to earn a advice, however there are extra gifted units obtainable, particularly the place HDR is worried.
- Nice content material library and interface
- Higher sound than TVs at its worth
- Fashionable appears to be like
- Vivid mode improves HDR efficiency
- Nonetheless some blooming and artefacts with content material
- Costly for the UHD/Atmos expertise
- Wants loads of bandwidth for all of the options
Sky Stream puckTransfers the Glass interface to a different display within the dwelling
SoundConstructed-in Dolby Atmos speaker system
HDR helpHLG, HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
Sky Glass is a TV designed to be simply digestible, smoothing out the tough edges of the TV shopping for expertise by taking good care of image, sound, and content material with out the necessity for extra soundbars, set-top bins or streaming sticks.
The preliminary reception was a blended one, with a median HDR image efficiency failing to make the most of all of the content material on the Sky platform.
Nonetheless, as that is designed to be hooked as much as the Web 24/7, Sky can give attention to enhancing all points of its efficiency, and in early 2023 a brand new Vivid mode was added to nip these image high quality complaints within the bud. However is it sufficient?
Sky Glass may be bought straight from Sky in 43-, 55- and 65-inch choices. The TV may be purchased outright (£699, £949, and £1199); or month-to-month in 24- and 48-month instalments.
The price, in the event you purchase outright, has gone up within the final 12 months. The 43-inch mannequin prices £50 extra, the 55-inch is £100 dearer, and the 65-inch mannequin has added £150 to its asking worth.
Costs as of Could 2023 are as little as £11/month + £25 for Sky TV and Netflix on a 48-month contract for the small dimension.
When it comes to add-ons, prospects can select from the Extremely HDR and Atmos bundle to Sky Sports activities, Sky Cinema, multi-room, the Sky Stream puck and extra. Although the prices rise much more in the event you do. You may learn extra concerning the packages right here.
- Large and heavy
- Minimalist appears to be like
- A number of color choices
From a head-on perspective Sky Glass appears to be like elegant: its minimalist stand, skinny bezel trim, anodised end, and acoustic mesh speaker grille give it an understated, elegant look.
However in actuality, that’s an phantasm, as seen from an angle and the Glass is a hefty unit with a depth of 477mm. The 55-inch mannequin weighs 28kg together with the stand, so it’s a aid that set up is carried out by the courier service. Shift it by yourself and also you may put your again out.
No matter its dimensions, it’s attracted admiring glances from the Trusted Evaluations’ workforce. The overview pattern is the black Anthracite model, however Sky Glass brings color to a front room with a alternative of Ocean blue, Ceramic white, Racing inexperienced and Dusky pink to match your décor.
The speaker grille space may be customised with magnetised attachments, which may be bought from Amazon vendor Concino Restricted (£39.99 to £59.99 relying on the dimensions).
On the right-hand facet are two buttons, one for disabling the TV’s far-field microphones and one other for energy. Solid your eyes to the highest and there’s a perforated acoustic grille to disperse the sound from the upfiring audio system, whereas across the rear there’s a stanchion to maintain the TV upright. If you wish to wall-mount, give Sky a name they usually’ll do it for you.
Leisure OS interface
- Playlist collates saved content material
- Simple to make use of interface
- Sky’s voice management resolution
The Leisure OS aggregates all that Sky has to supply alongside content material from different suppliers. It makes use of the identical rail navigation system as Sky Q, with the highest rail providing fast entry to just lately used apps, inputs and spotlighted content material in Prime picks.
The rail under is split into TV Exhibits, Films, Sport, Children, Audio and Music, Information, Health and Worldwide. Every part retains the identical look, with content material listed in rows and TV guides particular to every one. The breadth of content material impresses, as does the way in which it’s been knitted collectively in a coherent, straightforward to decipher method.
Most Sky Q apps make their means over, and whereas the variety of apps is fewer than different TV sensible portals, there’s one thing to be stated about high quality over amount. Since Sky Glass launched its added Apple TV+, NBCUniversal’s Peacock, Paramount+ and LionsGate+.
There’s loads to find and flicking by way of the rails with the distant is swift sufficient by way of response. When you don’t wish to use your digits, there’s built-in voice management initiated by the phrases ‘Hi there Sky’. Initially voice management was flaky, however I’ve discovered it’s turn into quicker and extra receptive since launch, and search outcomes have additionally improved by way of their accuracy.
Voice help has been added to YouTube and Netflix so customers can communicate into the distant to search out content material, with Sky additionally saying that voice updates will probably be coming to extra apps (though it hasn’t acknowledged when and which apps).
Voice instructions through the distant’s near-field mic don’t require the ‘Hi there Sky’ immediate, and usually, voice management will get you to the place you need or to what you’re in search of. At a loss for what to observe? Say “What ought to I watch?” and also you’re served rows of beneficial titles.
The distant itself is a neat affair with a rubbery texture for a grippy maintain and backlit buttons to be used in the dead of night. It attracts fingerprints and smudges, however they’re simply wiped off.
Sky refers to its Playlist function as cloud DVR, however this has brought about a level of consternation as you may’t document content material. It’s a method of collating all of the content material you’ve watched, are watching and plan to observe, and it’s a good way to maintain observe of exhibits and movies. It’s had a couple of re-jigs with films, TV exhibits and sports activities separated into their very own rows.
Nonetheless, for individuals who choose to maintain their titles completely, or no less than for a number of months, then that’s merely not attainable on account of rights points. As soon as a programme has left Netflix, for instance, entry to that programme will disappear out of your Playlist.
Sky’s counterargument is that nothing really disappears however migrates to a different service and whereas there’s a component of reality to that, the apparent concern is that what if it seems on Prime Video and also you don’t have an account? Would you wish to pay for it on Sky Retailer or sub to a different service? One reply is to attend for the programme to come back again, however who is aware of how lengthy that can take. There are a couple of holes in Sky’s strategy.
You can also’t add content material to Playlist straight from apps so a search should be carried out, and you’ll add there. When you come throughout one thing of curiosity, then a press of the ‘+’ button on the distant provides it to your Playlist. It’s a pleasant and easy motion.
Add a TV sequence to Playlist and it’ll string collectively all of the seasons, whatever the apps it’s unfold over and if it’s not obtainable elsewhere the Sky Retailer can fill the hole.
There are not any particular person profiles however personalised Playlists for various members of the family can be found so you may view what you need somewhat than filtering by way of your child’s tastes.
The place accessibility is worried, Sky has included the Excessive Distinction interface, Audio description and highlighting of content material within the TV Information for simpler recognition.
- Not for players
- Minimal 10Mb/s for streaming
- Stream puck copies interface to different screens
There are issues that Sky Glass is, and issues that it’s not – and it’s not a gaming TV. Latency is a measly 66ms and with no Auto Low Latency Mode, 4K/120fps or Variable Refresh Charge, Sky Glass doesn’t play within the gaming sandpit.
The three HDMI inputs help the HDMI 2.1 spec, with HDMI 2 the eARC port for pass-through of upper high quality audio to an exterior sound system. As Sky Glass has a built-in Atmos sound system, you might depart it at that in the event you wished.
Different connections embrace USB-C, Ethernet, and a DTT DVB-T/T2 aerial. That gives fundamental Freeview and acts as a backup if the Web goes down. There’s Bluetooth 5.0 (for the distant, and connecting different units) and Wi-Fi 6. Sky Glass requires a minimal velocity of 10Mb/s (25Mb/s for 4K Extremely HD).
Throughout start-up you’re given a alternative of Default or Enhanced experiences. Enhanced prompts voice management and the moment wake-up options, so the TV may be turned on through voice or by strolling previous, although it’s not probably the most constant in behaviour.
I’ve walked previous it loads of occasions and nothing has occurred. Different occasions I’ve sat down on the sofa to see it’s woken up. Waking it together with your voice is extra constant and since launch the TV is faster within the time it takes besides.
I wasn’t provided with the Sky Stream puck for the Glass overview, however it exists independently of Glass and is now that can be purchased as a standalone gadget – you may learn what I considered it right here. Stream makes use of round 15Mb/s to stream content material throughout the dwelling.
Sky Glass additionally helps an interactive sensible digicam that was revealed at its launch celebration, however it hasn’t been heard since. Anticipate information about it in the summertime of 2023.
Image High quality
- Not the sharpest picture
- Improved brightness and colors with Vivid mode
- Lacklustre viewing angles
At launch, Sky Glass’s image high quality was no catastrophe, however it was not unreasonable to count on higher given high quality of content material on its service.
The HDR efficiency suffered from an absence of brightness. I measured brightness with a 5% HDR window on the 55-inch mannequin at 430 nits. That’s not fairly on the stage wanted to see the potential of HDR. Sky has since added a Vivid extra to spruce up the TV’s efficiency, and it does produce a a lot better stage of brightness with HDR content material, hitting 566 nits on 5% window and 670 nits on a ten% window. Now that’s extra prefer it.
The Vivid mode definitely provides extra color and saturation to photographs, to the purpose the place it makes the Film preset look drab and restrained by comparability. I can see most clearly within the putting opening credit of Elvis – reds are bolder of their look and the golds really look golden.
Blacks even have extra depth, complexions are amped up too, taking over a extra orange/reddish pores and skin tone however it’s extra vibrant. I’d describe the Film preset as probably the most correct and the Vivid mode as probably the most entertaining.
There’s much less blooming noticeable with the Vivid mode too, although the issue hasn’t gone away utterly. There are nonetheless traces of it within the opening scene of Home of the Dragon’s first episode that proceed into the credit, and the visibility of the blooming will depend on the place you’re sitting (at wider angles it’s extra noticeable).
Black ranges may also look a little bit inexperienced in darkish scenes that litter Dune and Home of the Dragon, and once more that’s a difficulty that turns into extra noticeable at wider angles.
Regardless of that, the efficiency enhancements solely apply to the Vivid mode and don’t have an effect on the others. Enjoying John Wick Chapter 3 on 4K Blu-ray with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, when Wick visits Angelica Huston’s The Director, there’s nonetheless components of blooming with vibrant objects. Film, Leisure, Sports activities, and the opposite modes haven’t obtained an identical increase because the Vivid mode. There are additionally some odd artefacts with vibrant objects in opposition to darker backgrounds that manifest themselves in Dune.
A energy of LCD TVs is darkish element and Sky Glass handles that side nicely sufficient for a revealing image, although that is extra obvious with brighter pictures. Black uniformity is okay, avoiding a washed-out look and ascribing an honest stage of depth. Nonetheless, with each little bit of reward there’s a caveat. Viewing angles are common and it doesn’t take a giant shift off-axis to disclose washed out colors and blooming, not helped by TV not dealing significantly nicely with reflections and glare from inside a room.
HD streaming/upscaling is respectable, at occasions sharp and clear sufficient to pick high-quality element however in others it produces a softness to faces, in addition to hardness and shininess to edges that distracts. Decreasing sharpness helps however discovering a center floor is difficult. Movement dealing with isn’t probably the most adept both, with a slight blurriness noticeable even when folks flip their heads.
Sound High quality
- Respectable, punchy bass for a TV
- Well mannered impression of top channels
- A soundbar would provide higher focus
The primary pattern I obtained had a defective woofer that brought about distortion with the mildest of low-end frequencies, however the alternative has been free from points.
Sky Glass’ 215W Dolby Atmos system is made up of six audio system: three that fireplace audio on the listener, two that fireplace up and a woofer that covers the low frequencies. It’s an enchancment over different TVs in its worth bracket, placing in a stable, weighty, and spacious presentation. Is it higher than a price range soundbar? No, however this 2.1 system will suffice for the much less demanding.
Vocals are emphasised, although not fairly naturally, particularly when two voices communicate directly. Pump up the amount and voices have a pointy sense of tone however keep away from sibilance. The impact of the Improve Speech High quality setting is most evident on Sky content material, with voices extra outstanding however the naturalness of the supply a little bit stifled.
Results are steered throughout the display nicely, making a soundfield that spreads past the TV’s 4 corners. The scene in Tenet the place The Protagonist is interrogated in a practice yard because the trains creak previous and the width of the soundstage is successfully expanded past the TV’s borders.
Excessive frequencies have readability (if not total sharpness), and bass is punchy although lacks actual low-end authority, with affect sounds (punches, gunshots) softly described. Even so, that is higher than most TVs.
And with Atmos there’s a tall attain to the Glass’ sound in Blade Runner 2049 as Spinner vehicles and futuristic ads sit above and across the TV. An Atmos soundbar would evoke higher definition, however in comparison with different TVs round its worth, that is an enchancment.
Do you have to purchase it?
For Sky prospects who desire a simplified TV expertise: Sky Glass distils the TV expertise right into a streamlined kind in a means that hasn’t been tried.
In case you are after greatest image and sound: Regardless of the improved image, there are extra succesful 2022 TVs, much more so now the value has gone up.
When it comes to streamlining the TV expertise, there’s loads to laud about Sky Glass, and regular enhancements have been made to show Sky Glass right into a TV that may be beneficial – nearly.
It’s clear that this isn’t attempting to be an OLED or premium QLED, though the Vivid extra does reap extra efficiency from HDR content material. It’s sufficient now that it’s total efficiency may be thought of worthy of a advice, however I nonetheless have the sensation that Glass’s image leaves some potential on the desk.
And whereas it’s not a premium TV, add the whole lot up and the subscription mannequin nonetheless incurs a premium worth, much more so now that each one the mannequin sizes have gone up in worth. A less expensive possibility is Sky Stream for individuals who’d choose to only add a streamer to the prevailing TV.
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Sky says a minimal of 10Mb/s is required for the Glass TV. Minimal obtain velocity for UHD is 25Mb/s.
At its least expensive possibility, the 43-inch Sky Glass TV plus the Sky Final TV bundle prices £36/month.
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Peak brightness (nits) 5%
Peak brightness (nits) 10%
Display screen Dimension
Dimension (Dimensions with out stand)
Forms of HDR
Refresh Charge TVs
Audio (Energy output)
123.09 x 24.8 x 78.89 CM
7806 x 123.09 x 4.77 CM
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3x HDMI 2.1, USB-C, Ethernet, DTT DBV-T/T2
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black Anthracite, Ocean blue, Ceramic white, Racing inexperienced and Dusky pink
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QLED stands for Quantum-dot Mild Emitting Diode. It’s a show know-how that makes use of small particles (known as Quantum Dots) made up of barely totally different sizes that produce totally different wavelengths (colors) when gentle is shone by way of them. This filter helps to emit a brighter and wider gamut of colors than a traditional LED TV is able to.
Dolby Imaginative and prescient
Dolby Imaginative and prescient is a variant of HDR, including a layer of dynamic metadata to the core HDR sign. This dynamic metadata carries scene-by-scene (or frame-by-frame) directions from content material creators on how a TV ought to current the pictures to enhance the whole lot from brightness to distinction, detailing and color replica.
4K Extremely HD TV
4K (or Extremely HD) refers back to the decision of a TV’s show, which equates to the variety of horizontal and vertical pixels that it will possibly show. 4K TVs have a decision of 3840 x 2160 (8.3 million pixels), which is 4 occasions that of a Full HD TV. With extra pixels, you get a sharper, clearer image than is feasible from an equal sized 1080p show.
Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio format. It expands on 5.1 and seven.1 soundtracks by including overhead channels. Sounds are known as “audio objects”, of which there may be as much as 128 audio channels, and these ‘objects’ may be precisely positioned inside a 3D soundscape. This permits soundtracks that help the know-how to position sounds above and across the listener with suitable package.