In a particular decision, similar to that of companies such as Amazon or Google, Sky has launched its own device to make older tvs smart. This is a compact product with interesting functions.
Those of us who have had pay-TV at home are used to having a decoder or other similar device with which to access such content. This is what happened to us with satellite or cable television decoders, to name a few. However, the arrival of direct streaming platforms had seemed to end this system.
The problem arises when we have a flat TV with some antiquity and that, in its day, we do not add those Smart functions, for whatever reason. Since the life of these televisions is considerable, the truth is that adding those Smart functions through an external device is not a bad idea.
This is exactly what the Sky company has thought. This television company has made the leap to the Streaming market, like other companies such as Netflix or HBO, to name a few. However, its degree of recognition is not as high as the one mentioned above, despite the fact that Sky’s catalog has a good compendium of series and programs. Therefore, the company has decided to opt for an alternative route, offering its own Smart TV Box to those users who do not have these functions on their TV, so that everything is much easier.
Getting to know the Sky TV Box
The invention we are talking about has been called as Sky TV Box and because of its characteristics it could be a somewhat smaller Apple TV on the outside and a vitaminized Chromecast inside. The device is based on a Smart TV Box Roku 3, which is already an old market acquaintance. This product has been modified in its software to introduce a layer dominated by the Sky system, to the way each manufacturer does with the Android system, thus offering its own applications and features.
This device has a basic configuration with which we can enjoy content in Full HD resolution but not 4K, at least for now. Something that is perceived in the configuration of the Smart TV Box: it only has 512 MB of RAM, of which the 256 are occupied by the applications and the software layer that we have commented previously. Therefore, it is not one of the most powerful devices that we will find in the market.
Once its basics are known, it is time to go into some details. One of them is its connectivity, which combines ports to store files or give a little boost to storage, as well as Ethernet and WiFi connections, essential to enjoy the content that Sky makes available to us through its streaming platform. The device also has audio output via HDMI, with configuration for 5.1 and 7.1 output, although not with independent headphone output or other type of sound output.
As for the control, this is done through a conventional remote control, which does not make the process of accessing the different functions of the device difficult. Yes it is true that this can be heavy in some circumstances, since the displacements are made by a crosshead, which can be useful to move between the different elements, but perhaps not so much to type names or the like. Anyway, the system is similar to that used by other models in both streaming mode and conventional cable television, such as Movistar Fusión.
Leaving the device itself aside, it is time to take a look at the functions that this television platform offers us. In this regard, Sky has a wide range of content, although perhaps not as extensive as that of its competitors. In it we find our own series, movies and also access to different television channels, which is a novel aspect regarding what other streaming platforms offer the user. Among these chains we have the Fox Life, TNT, AXN, Calle 13 or Canal Historia channels, which are common in other payment platforms.
To these channels are added the 39 channels that Roku includes in its devices, in which we find Euronews, Tune In, Vimeo or YouTube, along with other different and easily accessible applications. We will also find children’s channels, such as Nick Jr or its version for large, Cartoon Network or Baby TV. It is finished off with the matches of league 123, the Spanish second division league.
This offer is available at a double price. On the one hand, it is necessary to purchase the Sky TV Box device, whose current cost is 25 euros. Additionally, it is essential that we hire the Sky service, whose cost is 6.99 euros under normal conditions, although there may be a discount for certain users, depending on the current campaign. The device is owned by the user. You are paying on the initial purchase.
Once all that matters about this model has been commented, the truth is that our assessment cannot be entirely positive with respect to Sky Box TV. In the first place, because the basic configuration of the device is far from shading the best Smart TV Box that we can find for a price similar to that sold. And in addition, the limitations established by its design make it a fake Smart TV Box, with very few of the functions offered by an open model.
So, it could only be interesting for those who want to have cable TV on a TV without Smart TV and feel satisfied with Sky’s content offer. Outside this market segment, it is not something entirely interesting.