Sky Q 1TB vs 2TB | Sky Q boxes explained

We run through the differences between the three models of Sky's next-generation box. 

Whether you take the basic Sky Signature package or bundle Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and everything else together for the ultimate TV experience, the brilliant Sky Q box is included with all of the provider’s TV options. 

There are three different models to choose from, the Sky Q 1TB box, the Sky Q 1TB UHD box and the Sky Q 2TB box each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. In this guide, we’ll explain all of these and compare them side-by-side so you can judge which is the best for you. 

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What is a Sky Q box?

The Sky Q box gives you access to Sky’s premium TV service of the same name. As well as the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV, Sky Q boasts a whole load of features designed to enhance your viewing. 

Users can access third-party apps like Netflix, enjoy HD and 4K Ultra HD programming (providing you have the relevant add-ons) and use the free Sky Go app which allows you to stream content on different devices. 

Purchasing Sky Q Multiscreen also allows you to connect up additional Sky Q Mini boxes so you can watch live TV and your recordings in different rooms of the house. 

The Sky Q box is available in three different models, the Sky Q 1TB box, the Sky Q 1TB UHD box and the Sky Q 2TB box. 

Sky Q 1TB box

With the Sky Q 1TB box you can:

  • Record up to 3 shows whilst watching a fourth live
  • Access apps like Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Spotify
  • Store up to 500 hours of SD recordings 
  • Enjoy HD films and TV shows
  • Watch live TV and your recordings on one Sky Q Mini box

Sky Q 1TB UHD box

With the Sky Q 1TB UHD box you can:

  • Record up to 3 shows whilst watching a fourth live
  • Access apps like Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Spotify
  • Store up to 500 hours of SD recordings 
  • Enjoy 4K Ultra HD films and TV shows
  • Watch live TV and your recordings on one Sky Q Mini box

Sky Q 2TB box

With the Sky Q 2TB box you can:

  • Record 6 shows whilst watching a 7th live
  • Access apps like Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Spotify
  • Store up to 1000 hours of SD recordings
  • Enjoy 4K Ultra HD films and TV shows
  • Watch live TV and your recordings on two Sky Q Mini boxes simultaneously

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Sky Q 1TB vs 2TB 

The 2TB box allows you to do more than either version of the 1TB box but depending on your viewing habits it may not always be the best option for you. 

If you don’t need lots of recording space for example, then the 1TB box will be perfect for you. Those who live in a large household where the ability to stream to multiple mini boxes is important however, will want to opt for the 2TB box.

There’s also the idea of budget to consider. New customers will have to pay more to get the 2TB box installed on top of purchasing the base Sky Signature package and any extras like Ultimate on Demand, HD or Kids. 

What is the Sky Q Mini box?

  • Watch live TV and recordings 
  • Stream content to different rooms by adding Sky Q Multiscreen
  • Stream to one Sky Q Mini box with the 1TB box
  • Stream to two Sky Q Mini boxes simultaneously with the 2TB box 

The Sky Q Mini box is a smaller version of the main Sky Q box that you can use to watch TV all around your house by purchasing Sky Q Multiscreen. You can watch live TV plus all of your recordings and can download content from on demand. 

With the Sky 1TB box you can only stream to one additional Sky Q Mini box at a time but on the Sky 2TB box you can stream to two. Up to four Sky Q Mini boxes can be chained together at one time.  

Even if you’ve got the 1TB UHD or  2TB Sky Q box, the Mini box unfortunately doesn’t support 4K Ultra HD viewing. 

How much is Sky Q?

  • £20 installation fee for the Sky 1TB box 
  • £75 installation fee for the Sky 2TB box
  • £25 a month for Sky Signature
  • £14 a month for Sky Q Multiscreen

A Sky Q box is offered as standard with every Sky TV package.

New customers will be charged a £20 installation fee for the 1TB Sky Q box and a £75 installation fee for the 2TB box. The base Sky Signature package costs £25 a month while Sky Multiscreen costs £14 a month. 

You get one free Mini box with Sky Multiscreen. For your first additional one you’ll need to pay £20 and any subsequent ones will cost you £99. 

If you’d like to watch HD content you’ll need to take out the relevant add-on at £6 a month. If you already have Sky HD taking out Sky UHD costs only £4 a month. 

Can I transfer my Sky+ recordings to Sky Q?

No, unfortunately there’s no way to transfer any recordings you’ve made on your Sky+ box to your new Sky Q box.

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