What is Sky Q Ultra HD?

Get closer to the action than ever before with Sky Q Ultra HD.

Another fantastic advantage of Sky Q is that it gives you the ability to enjoy series, films, sports and documentaries in ultra HD.  

In this guide, we’ll explain how to use this feature so you can start enjoying crisp, stunning visuals and impressive levels of detail.

What is Sky Q Ultra HD?

Sky Q Ultra HD is a pay monthly add-on you can purchase for your Sky TV package which allows you to enjoy their collection of ultra HD content. 

How do I get Ultra HD on Sky?

In order to access UHD content on Sky you’ll need:

  • Both the Sky HD and Sky Ultra HD add-ons
  • Either the 2TB Sky Q box or the 1TB UHD Sky Q box
  • A 4K/UHD compatible TV 
  • A broadband speed of at least 25Mbps

What are the Sky Q Ultra HD channels?

You won’t actually see any specific UHD channels on your Sky EPG. 

If what you’re watching is available in UHD you’ll get a notification pop up asking if you’d like to switch over to that format. Otherwise, you can access UHD content on demand from the Sky Q homepage under the relevant headings. 

Customers will find a great variety of UHD content to enjoy with Sky. There’s TV series like Gangs of London, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels and Perry Mason, stunning documentaries from Sky Nature as well as plenty of hit modern films and beloved classics on Sky Cinema.

Is Ultra HD free with Sky Q?

No, you’ll need to purchase both the HD and the UHD add-ons for your Sky TV package in order to access Sky’s Ultra HD content. 

How do I set up Ultra HD on Sky Q?

After adding the relevant extras to your Sky TV package, you’ll need to manually change the settings on your Sky Q box before you can start watching in UHD.

  • Press the Home button on your Sky Q remote 
  • Select Settings
  • Go into Setup then Audio visual 
  • Choose the 2160p UHD format 
  • You can then either press Find it for me to automatically get the right setting for your TV or pick 8-bit or 10-bit. 

What's the difference between Ultra HD and HD?

Ultra HD is a resolution (3840x2160p) that’s four times better than traditional high-definition or HD (1920x1080p). The picture on your TV will appear beautifully vivid and glossy with plenty of rich detail. 

What's the difference between Ultra HD and 4K?

Sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably but there is technically a difference between 4K and Ultra HD.

4K refers to the resolution used in professional productions and cinemas at 4096x2160p. Ultra HD on the other hand, is the resolution you’ll find in consumer products at 3840x2160p.

How do I get Sky Sports in Ultra HD?

To unlock UHD content on Sky Sports you should combine the HD and Ultra HD add ons with your selected Sky Sports channels (customers can choose between either the complete pack with all 11 or a mix of 1, 2, or 3 different channels).

You can find all of the games, matches, events which are available in UHD by pressing the red button on your remote or under the Sports heading on the left of your Sky Q homepage. 

Alternatively, if you’re watching something live on Sky Sports which is available in UHD you’ll get a notification asking you if you’d like to change over.

Can I watch BT Sport in Ultra HD on Sky?

Unfortunately, you can’t currently watch BT Sport in UHD on Sky. 

How do I watch Ultra HD movies on Sky?

Sky Cinema plus the HD and UHD add ons are required to view films available in UHD. 

From the Sky Q homepage, scroll through the list of headings on the left hand side until you reach Sky Cinema where you should find a section dedicated to UHD films.

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