Sky Launching ‘Most Comprehensive’ Ultra HD Content Slate in August18 Jul, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sky, the British satellite TV operator owned by 21st Century Fox, announced it will launch the largest slate of Ultra HD content in the United Kingdom — if not the world, beginning Aug. 13.
Available to Sky Q set-top box subscribers with a 4K UHD compatible television, the $150 monthly slate (when factoring in sports and broadband) includes 124 live Premier League soccer games during the season, Formula 1 auto racing (beginning in 2017) and more than 70 movies, including Spectre, The Revenant and The Martian. Catalog titles include: Minority Report, the "Spider-Man" trilogy, Forrest Gump, Zoolander, Jerry Maguire, The Da Vinci Code and The Godfather, among others.
Content also features more than 30 hours of documentaries, including David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, as well as TV dramas “The Young Pope,” starring Jude Law, and “The Blacklist.”
The Sky Store will offer more than 30 titles for rent in UHD, including Angry Birds, the "Ghostbusters" franchise and Men in Black.
“With the introduction of an unrivalled line-up of Ultra HD TV, the [Sky Q] service is going to get even better, truly enhancing customers’ viewing experience,” Luke Bradley-Jones, director of TV and content products, said in a statement.
At launch, Sky’s UHD slate will not include support for high dynamic range (HDR) display technology — despite the fact both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video include the technology in select current UHD content.
Notably, Sky Now TV, the less-expensive broadband enabled service featuring OEM Roku streaming media devices, is not offering Ultra HD content.