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Sky to launch service without satellite dish

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Sky has announced plans to launch its TV service without the need for a satellite dish.

Instead of using a dish the service will be delivered over broadband. The move is likely to benefit home owners and tenants who are unable to have a satellite dish installed. Sky says that millions of homes will be able to join Sky for the first time.

Existing customers will continue to use their satellite dish and receiver and there is no plan to migrate viewers to the new system.

Since Sky Q was unveiled in 2015 more than one million boxes have been installed in 600,000 homes in the UK. The pay TV provider says those customers are watching 10% more TV compared to Sky+ users thanks to the new interface and recommendations.

A new My Sky app has also been announced. The app will make it easier to check broadband speed, manage monthly Sky bills, change how payments are made and get help with step by step videos and articles.

“This year is about giving our customers even more quality, choice and value,” said Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK’s Chief Executive.

“We’re planning to launch our Sky TV service without the need for a satellite dish for the very first time, giving millions more homes the chance to enjoy TV with Sky Q. We are continuing to build our European TV production studio, with 100 original series going into production. And with innovations like the My Sky app, we are finding new ways to make our customers’ lives simpler.”

The new service will require a sufficient broadband connection to stream the channels. Sky expects to launch the dish-less service in 2018.

It’s 26 years since Sky launched with a handful of analogue satellite channels. Sky now serves around 22 million customers in five countries in Europe.

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