Goodbye Satellite Dishes?
When Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting merged back in November 1990 it was the start of the intensive growth of satellite TV in the UK. In a few short years it became commonplace for our skylines to be decorated with the silhouettes of the now familiar satellite dish. But maybe not for much longer?
Last year Sky announced plans to offer Sky TV without the need for a dish, but since then there’s not been much forthcoming about the details. But with the new Sky Q service now firmly established (over two million installations in the UK and Ireland) it looks like dish-less Sky TV is back on the agenda. The alternative for broadcasting TV via a satellite is to deliver it over the internet, what is know as IPTV (internet protocol television); many of you will already be familiar with it as that how Netflix, Amazon Video and BBC iPlayer are already streamed to your TV sets. Sky has dabbled a little with streaming their channels via the Sky Go app and their NOW TV box, but the channels they’ve made available through these platforms has been limited.
However, according to Sky Group chief executive Jeremy Darroch, plans are in place to start offering all of the channels currently available via satellite in a forthcoming upgraded IPTV offering.
“In innovation, we are constantly improving our customers’ experience and making it easier for them to take Sky. We recently launched Sky Q in Italy and will roll out the service to Germany and Austria in the next six months. We will also introduce Sky over fibre in Italy and our first all IP service in Austria, both without the need for a satellite dish.”
It looks like it will be 2019 before the UK gets the full IPTV service, and Sky’s priority initially will probably be to target it at homeowners who, for various reasons, can’t currently have a dish installed. In time though we hope it will become a matter of consumer choice of how you want your TV channels delivered into your home.
Our skylines might soon be changing again…