It's been a busy few days for Sky, what with a new Sky+ homepage roll out, the addition of downloads to its Kids app and a slew of new features heading to its top-of-the-line Sky Q set top box range. One hotly-anticipated feature is the headline-grabbing introduction of 4K UHD programming for the Sky Q Silver box, and a fresh update for Sky's premium player lays the groundwork for that visual upgrade.
Sky Q – How to Turn on 4K
4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD, for short) TV offers a sharper image than the now-standard Full HD 1080p images you're probably accustomed to. It runs at a resolution of 3840 x 2160, compared to Full HD's 1920 x 1080. For Sky Q Silver boxes' 4K feature to work, you're obviously going to need a TV capable of outputting images at this higher resolution, so make sure your TV is capable of hitting those specs before splashing out on Sky Q solely for its UHD tricks.
Sky will begin its 4K programming on August 13th with the kick-off the new Premier League Season, and will offer a slew of films and TV shows for 4K TV owners too. But you can get your TV ready for the 4K launch today. (Keep in mind, however, that 4K is only available to Sky Q Silver box owners).
To get your Sky Q Silver box ready for 4K viewing today, follow the Sky Q menus through:
...and then select 'Picture Resolution'. Here you'll get the option to select '2160p UHD' viewing. Select it, your TV will go briefly blank, and then (if indeed your TV supports 4K functionality) it'll spring back to life, asking you to confirm the changes. The box itself will identify whether your TV can handle 8 or 10-bit UHD visuals, so you don't need to worry about that yourself.
If you're patient and wait for the August 13th launch date, you can actually skip most of the above steps, too. Simply attempting to select a 4K show will trigger a prompt from your Sky Q Silver box that will direct you automatically to the appropriate settings required for UHD viewing.