Sky Glass review: Glass half full or half empty?

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Verdict

Consider Sky Glass for what it is rather than what it’s non (or what the marketing may lead yous to believe) and there’due south a adept experience to be had. It’due south not a TV for all people, though, a bit pricey for what it is, and the motion picture quality rather undermines its ambitious content plans.

Pros

  • Nifty content library
  • Better sound than TVs at its price
  • Fashionable looks
  • Playlist is a cool idea

Cons

  • Non for anybody
  • HDR performance is underwhelming
  • Subscriptions can build up in cost
  • Needs plenty of bandwidth for all the features

Key Features


  • Sky Stream puck
    Transfers the Glass interface to another screen in the domicile

  • Sound
    Built-in Dolby Atmos speaker arrangement

  • HDR back up
    HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision

Introduction

Heaven Glass arrives on a moving ridge of hype as the British broadcaster’southward start Television receiver looks to shake up the market.

It’s a TV designed for easy digestion, smoothing out the rough edges of the Tv buying feel by taking care of picture, sound, and content without demand for additional soundbars, set-top boxes or streaming sticks.

And at the heart of it all is Sky’s interface, offering all the content you might demand in one identify. This is probable the TV many have been waiting for – Heaven without the dish. It’s a risk but Heaven has never been shy on betting big.

Price and availability

Sky Glass can be purchased directly from Sky in 43-, 55- and 65-inch options. The TV can be bought outright (£649, £849 and £1049); or on a monthly ground in 24- and 48-month instalments. Prices start as depression as £thirteen/month on a 48-month contract for the small size.

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In terms of add together-ons, in that location are plenty. Choose from the Ultra HDR and Atmos package to Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, multi-room, the Sky Stream puck and more. Though the costs ascent up even more if you do. You tin read more about the packages here.

Design

  • Big and heavy
  • Minimalist looks
  • Several colour options

Viewed from head-on Sky Glass looks elegant. With its minimalist stand up, thin bezel trim, anodised stop, and acoustic mesh speaker grille, it has an understated, swish appearance.


Viewed from an angle and the illusion shifts. The Glass is a hefty unit of measurement with a depth of 4.77cm. The 55-inch model weighs 28kg if y’all include the stand up, and so it’s a relief that installation is performed by the courier service. Shift it on your own and y’all might put your back out. A solid surface to plant this on is a must.

Sky Glass installation

Irrespective of its dimensions, it has attracted admiring glances from members of the Trusted Reviews’ team. The review sample is (disappointingly) the blackness Anthracite version, but Sky Drinking glass brings colour to a living room with a pick of Ocean blue, Ceramic white, Racing greenish and Dusky pink to match your décor.

Sky Glass speaker grille

The speaker grille area tin be customised with magnetised attachments, and Sky says special editions are in the offing (let’s promise for a “winter is coming” version).

Sky Glass TV buttons

On the right-hand side are two buttons, i for disabling the TV’s far-field microphones and another for power. Cast your eyes to the top and there’south a perforated audio-visual grille to disperse the audio from the upfiring speakers, while around the rear at that place’s a stanchion to go along the TV upright. If you desire to wall-mount, give Sky a call and they’ll practise information technology for you.

Interface

  • Playlist collates saved content
  • Easy to use interface
  • Sky’s vocalism command solution

The interface is what makes Glass a unique proposition, aggregating all that Sky has to offer alongside content from other providers.

Sky Glass home screen

It uses the aforementioned rail organisation as Sky Q for navigation – and at that place is a lot of content. The top rail offers quick admission to recently used apps, inputs and spotlighted content in ‘top picks’. Beneath is a rail divided into Television set Shows, Movies, Sport, Kids, International, Audio and Music, News and Fitness. You lot can scan these sections to discover content and scan Television set guides specific to each one. The breadth of content impresses, equally does the way it’s been knitted together in a coherent, piece of cake to decipher manner.

Sky Glass apps

Most Heaven Q apps make their way over, and while the number of apps is fewer than other Boob tube smart portals, at that place’s something to be said about quality over quantity. Apple TV+ has been added and NBCUniversal’due south Peacock has launched, adding to the options.

There’s plenty to discover and flicking through the various runway with the remote is swift plenty. If you don’t desire to use your digits, in that location’s built-in voice control. Initially phonation control was flaky, acting similar a surly teenager with its lack of responsiveness. Information technology’south become more receptive in the weeks since the Television receiver showtime came out the box.

Search results take besides improved. In the beginning, a search for John Wick as well conjured up Escape Route, Danny and Rider to London. A few weeks later and John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 are the only results. Given the nature of the platform, look abiding usability updates going forward.

Voice commands via the remote’s nigh-field mic don’t crave the ‘Hello Sky’ prompt, and in general, voice control gets you to where you want to get or to what y’all’re looking for. At a loss for what to watch? Say “What should I lookout man?” and you’re served rows of recommended content.

Sky Glass remote

The remote itself is a neat affair with a rubbery texture for a grippy hold and backlit buttons for use in the dark. It attracts fingerprints and smudges, but they’re easily wiped off.

Heaven refers to its Playlist characteristic equally ‘cloud DVR’, merely I suspect this has the potential to mislead. There’s no tuner like you’d notice in a Sky Q box, so in this context it acts more like bookmarks of saved content. Playlist collates all the content you’ve watched, are watching and plan to watch, and it’s a great mode to go on rails of your favourite shows and films.

Sky Glass Playlist

You tin can’t add content directly from apps such equally Netflix, though. A search must be performed, and y’all tin can add there, or if yous happen to come across something you want then a printing of the ‘+ button on the remote adds it to your Playlist. It’south nice and easy to do.

But there are rights issues. For example, Friction match of the Day or MotoGP Championship can exist added equally a serial, only once an episode hits its expiry engagement information technology disappears into the digital ether. From that perspective at that place’south an air of impermanence, every bit content is only there for as long equally information technology’s immune to be.

Sky Glass Playlist Saturday Night Football

Add a Idiot box series to Playlist and it’ll string together all the seasons, regardless of the apps it’s spread over. Or at least that’s what Heaven says. I added the CW’s Arrow series to Playlist and up popped series vii and 8 (via Sky Max). However, it’s non bachelor to stream elsewhere, only to buy, so the first six series don’t pop up. Potentially the Sky Store could fill up this gap.

There are no individual profiles, so the home page refreshes content 6 times a mean solar day. If a child watches in the morning time, and a parent at dark, it’ll reflect those times in the programming served upward.

Sky Glass accessibility interface

The recent progress Heaven has made in accessibility features crosses over to Glass, incorporating the Loftier Contrast interface, Audio description and highlighting of content in the TV Guide for easier recognition.

Features

  • Not gaming orientated
  • Enhanced experience for instant wake-upwardly
  • Stream puck copies interface to other screens

At that place are things that Heaven Drinking glass is, and things that it’s not – and it’s not a gaming Television receiver. With no game mode, latency is a measly 66ms. And with no Auto Low Latency Mode, 4K/120fps or Variable Refresh Charge per unit, Heaven Glass isn’t looking to play in that gaming sandpit.

The three HDMI inputs support the HDMI 2.1 spec, with HDMI two the eARC port for laissez passer-through of higher quality audio to an external sound organization. As Sky Drinking glass has a built-in Atmos sound system, you could leave information technology at that.

Sky Glass connections

Other connections include (curiously) USB-C, Ethernet, and a DTT DVB-T/T2 aeriform. That offers bones Freeview and acts as a backup in case the Net goes down. There’s Bluetooth 5.0 (for the remote) and Wi-Fi 6 onboard. Sky Glass requires a minimum speed of 10Mb/southward.

During kickoff-upwardly you’re given a selection of Default or Enhanced experiences. Enhanced activates phonation control and the instant wake-up features, so the TV tin exist turned on via vocalism or by shuffling by, though the latter feature is non the most consequent in behaviour.

Sky Glass Default or Enhanced settings

More times than I can count I’ve walked past and cipher has happened. Other times I’ve absentmindedly walked past to find it’s woken upwardly. Waking information technology with your voice is more consistent and since launch has go quicker in the time it takes to boot.

I wasn’t supplied with the Sky Stream puck that transfers the Glass interface to another screen in the business firm. Though it works independently of Glass, it tin’t be bought separately. As it uses around 10Mb/due south of Wi-Fi bandwidth, those with lower speeds will want to give that some thought.

Picture quality

  • Underwhelming HDR performance
  • Lacks brightness
  • Lacklustre viewing angles

Flick quality from Sky Drinking glass is no disaster – it’s simply fine – but for £849 it’s not unreasonable to expect better.

The HDR performance suffers from a lack of effulgence, the 55-inch model measures at a meridian luminance of 430 nits. That’s not quite at the level needed to realise the potential of HDR. Highlights – the brightest part of the image – are dimly rendered whether in HDR10 or Dolby Vision.

Sky Glass John Wick 3

While watching A 4K Dolby Vision presentation of John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum, the scene where Wick faces off confronting two shinobi assassins depicts contrast that’s mildly described and a film somewhat two-dimensional in scope. Watching Netflix, fifty-fifty the lights in the background of Seinfeld’southward stand up-up sets seem to lack luminosity.

Dolby Vision Bright style ekes out more effulgence, while the Dark profile provides improve blacks. But fifty-fifty with Dolby Vision, when Wick visits Angelica Huston’s The Managing director, there’southward visible blooming.

Sky Glass blooming John Wick 3

More than brightness can be establish by turning off the lite sensor, only it’s disappointing to resort to that. I’m not all that convinced by Sky’s Intelligent Zonal Applied science’ local dimming system as it seems to have little bear upon. Apparently, it’southward been updated to be more aggressive, but there’s not much brightness to emphasise contrast.

For a Breakthrough Dot panel, in that location’s a surprising lack of punchiness, saturation and expressiveness to HDR colours. When Luv visits Wallace in Blade Runner 2049, the orange glow of his chamber is wanly described, the colour gradations lack finesse. Fine tuning is required to get more out of the epitome.

Sky Glass Spurs v United

A picket of Spurs against United in 4K HLG HDR, and though colours are firmer and more naturally conveyed than the HD presentation, the whites of the Spurs’ player shirts lacked the gleam and effulgence I’d expect. Heaven has released an update to heave HLG brightness, simply overall, there’s a reserved feel to this Tv’south HDR skills.

A strength of LCD TVs is dark detail and Sky Glass handles that aspect well plenty for a revealing motion picture, though this is more apparent with brighter images. Confronted with a dim image, such every bit when Starforce infiltrate the planet Torfa in Captain Marvel, and the lack of brightness makes excavation out detail harder.

Sky Glass Tenet airport scene

Blackness uniformity is fine, avoiding a washed-out appearance and ascribing a decent level of depth. Withal, with every bit of praise there’s a caveat. Viewing angles are boilerplate and information technology doesn’t have a large shift off-axis to reveal washed out colours and blooming.

Sky Glass Tipping Point HD streaming

HD streaming is decent, just like the story of Sky Glass’ picture, it’s up and down. At times sharp and clear enough to option out fine detail, in others it produces a softness to faces, every bit well as hardness and shininess to edges that distracts. Reducing sharpness helps simply finding a middle ground is tricky. Motion handling isn’t the near adept either, with a slight blurriness noticeable even when people turn their heads.

At that place’due south a great deal of nifty content on Sky Glass, but its film operation doesn’t wring the best out of it.

Sound quality

  • Decent, punchy bass for a TV
  • Polite impression of summit channels
  • A soundbar would offering better focus

The audio organisation derives more enjoyment. The first sample had a faulty woofer that caused distortion with the mildest of depression-stop frequencies merely the replacement was complimentary from issues.

Heaven Glass’ 215W Dolby Atmos system is made up of six speakers: 3 that fire towards the listener, two that fire upwards and a woofer for the low frequencies. It’southward an comeback over TVs in its cost bracket, putting in a solid, weighty, and spacious presentation. Is it amend than a budget soundbar? No, simply this 2.1 system volition suffice for the less enervating.

Sky Glass upfiring speakers

Vocals are emphasised, though not quite naturally, especially when two voices speak at once. Pump up the volume and voices have a sharp sense of tone only avoid sibilance. The result of the Raise Speech Quality setting is most evident on Sky content, with voices more than prominent but the naturalness of the delivery a little stifled.

The sound system tin can register the difference betwixt voices though, the bassy register of Dave Bautista’southward Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049 clearly distinctive to that of Ryan Gosling’southward K.

Sky Glass Dolby Atmos setting

Effects are steered across the screen well, creating a soundfield that spreads beyond the Goggle box’south four corners. In The scene in Tenet where The Protagonist is interrogated in a train yard every bit the trains creak by the width of the soundstage is effectively extended.

Loftier frequencies have clarity (if non overall sharpness), and bass is punchy though lacks real low-terminate authority, with touch sounds (punches, gunshots) softly described. Still, information technology’s better than nigh TVs even attempt to practice.

And with Atmos there’s a tall reach to the Glass’ audio in Blade Runner 2049 as Spinner cars and futuristic advertisements sit above and around the TV. An Atmos soundbar would evoke better definition, simply compared to other TVs effectually its cost, this is an improvement.

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Should y’all buy information technology?

For Sky customers who want a simplified Goggle box experience,
Sky Glass distils the Telly experience into a streamlined form in a mode that hasn’t been attempted. And information technology succeeds in some ways but not in all of them.

If you are after all-time picture and sound
If you want the best flick and sound, and so Sky Glass isn’t – and never really was – aimed at you.

Final Thoughts

In terms of streamlining the TV feel, there’s plenty to laud well-nigh Heaven Glass. It has its faults, but no one has attempted this earlier, which makes it tricky to gauge.

But at that place’south a sense that Heaven Glass is non quite where it needs to be. This is non trying to exist an OLED or premium QLED, but Glass’ picture doesn’t derive the best from the content Heaven has assembled. And while information technology’s not a premium Boob tube, add everything upwardly and the subscription model incurs a premium cost.

Sky Glass doesn’t ultimately succeed (all the same) on its goal of unifying content, motion picture, and sound, but it’s an beauteous first attempt. Updates will improve its current country, and with that in mind, it may be best to expect.

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FAQs

What Internet speed is required for Heaven Glass?

Sky says a minimum of 10Mb/due south is required for the Glass Tv. Minimum download speed for UHD is 25Mb/s.

How much does Heaven Glass price?

At its cheapest pick, the 43-inch Heaven Glass TV plus the Sky Ultimate Tv set package costs £39/calendar month.

Trusted Reviews test data

Peak brightness (nits) 10%

Peak brightness (nits) 5%

Input lag (ms)

Sky Glass

431 nits

430 nits

66 ms

Total specs

U.k. RRP

United states RRP

EU RRP

CA RRP

AUD RRP

Manufacturer

Screen Size

Size (Dimensions)

Size (Dimensions without stand)

Weight

Operating Arrangement

Release Date

Resolution

HDR

Types of HDR

Refresh Rate TVs

Ports

HDMI (2.1)

Audio (Ability output)

Connectivity

Colours

Display Engineering

Heaven Glass

£849

Unavailable

Unavailable

Unavailable

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Sky

54.six inches

78.89 123.09 24.8 CM ten ten

7806 123.09 4.77 CM x x

28 KG

Sky Drinking glass

2022

3840 10 2160

Aye

HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

60 Hz –

3x HDMI 2.1, USB-C, Ethernet, DTT DBV-T/T2

eARC

215 W

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

black Anthracite, Ocean bluish, Ceramic white, Racing green and Dusky pink

QLED

Jargon buster

QLED

QLED stands for Quantum-dot Light Emitting Diode. It’s a display applied science that uses small particles (called Breakthrough Dots) made up of slightly unlike sizes that produce different wavelengths (colours) when light is shone through them. This filter helps to emit a brighter and wider gamut of colours than a conventional LED TV is capable of.

Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is a variant of HDR, calculation a layer of dynamic metadata to the core HDR betoken. This dynamic metadata carries scene-past-scene (or frame-by-frame) instructions from content creators on how a Goggle box should present the images to amend everything from brightness to contrast, detailing and colour reproduction.

4K Ultra Hard disk drive TV

4K (or Ultra HD) refers to the resolution of a TV’southward display, which equates to the number of horizontal and vertical pixels that it tin brandish. 4K TVs have a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (viii.three million pixels), which is four times that of a Full HD Boob tube. With more pixels, you get a sharper, clearer picture than is possible from an equivalent sized 1080p display.

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio format. It expands on v.one and 7.1 soundtracks by adding overhead channels. Sounds are referred to as “audio objects”, of which there can exist up to 128 audio channels, and these ‘objects’ tin can be accurately positioned within a 3D soundscape. This allows soundtracks that support the technology to place sounds above and around the listener with compatible kit.

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