Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

The future of TV arrives as Sky bundles Netflix into Sky Q

The future of TV arrives as Sky bundles Netflix into Sky Q

If you already subscribe to both Netflix and Sky Q, then you have to weigh up if you'd rather just input your Netflix login into the app.

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

Netflix content like Stranger Things is integrated into the Sky Q system at a deep level. 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.

Most UK Pay TV and ISPs that bundle Netflix tend to merely include the service as an app, which is sometimes offered alongside a temporary subscription discount for existing subscribers, although Virgin Media have recently been able to integrate it direct into their packages and billing (here).

For a long time it seemed that Netflix and Sky would be mortal enemies, forever battling for the hearts and minds of TV viewers across the UK.

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The app is identical to the what you get on any other platform, but it's the integration that's the interesting part. 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.

Press the Home button on the Sky Q remote from a Netflix show and you are returned to the Sky Q homepage, whereas if you want to back out of the content to Netflix itself you can press the left direction button on the remote.

The type of Netflix subscription on offer depends on your Sky Q package. Read our Sky Q review if you're not sure about making the jump.

Can I watch Netflix on Sky apps? In your Sky interface's recommended viewing panes, and continue viewing areas, you'll see them begin to be populated with titles from your Netflix library, letting you jump right in without having to first open the dedicated Netflix app from the menu system.

To try and make this integration as simple as possible, payment for the Ultimate On Demand pack will be added to customers' monthly Sky bills and all Netflix profiles will also be instantly transferred. This amounts to more than 2,000 hours of Ultra HD content across Sky and Netflix. You shouldn't notice any drop in service at any point.

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