Sick of having to flip between your Chromecast/Apple TV and your Sky Q box? Just want a solution where you can easily access your fave Sky and Netflix original content in one place? Perhaps more pertinently, would you like to say goodbye to multiple subscription bills and save money without having to compromise on any service?
Well, we’ve got some great news for you. In November, Netflix is coming to Sky Q and with it, a new Sky subscription pack: Ultimate On Demand.
Ultimate On Demand will be the UK and Ireland’s biggest on demand TV service, bringing together for the first time Sky Box Sets, which boasts 400 of the best UK and US series, and the full Netflix service with its great range of global entertainment.
This won’t be a case of Sky simply adding a separate Netflix station to its channel line-up, as Virgin Media has done. No, Ultimate On Demand will be a singular, seamless package where you’ll be able to access Sky original productions, US hits from the likes of HBO and Showtime, alongside Netflix’s original dramas, movies and documentaries.
This integration means it’ll be easier than ever to find exactly what you want to watch between the two providers, without having the mess of switching between systems/channels. Recommendations for Sky and Netflix will share the spotlight on Sky Q’s homepage and will be easily searchable using Sky Q’s remote.
Ultimate On Demand will cost €16 per month for all new and existing customers alongside a Sky Q subscription. Customers also needn’t worry about getting stuck in a long-term contract as the new subscription comes on a 31-day rolling contract, meaning that it’s both flexible and great value.
Existing Sky Q customers who also subscribe to Netflix will be able to easily move their account to the new pack or sign in to the Netflix app on Sky Q using their existing Netflix account details.
The short answer; yes!
Currently, a standard subscription with Netflix costs €10.99 per month and to add Sky Box Sets with HD to a Sky package costs an extra €17 per month. So, subscribing to both separately would cost €27.99 per month, whereas when Ultimate On Demand launches in November, it’ll cost just €16 for Sky Box Sets and Netflix combined. That’s an annual saving of €144!
Payment for the Ultimate On Demand pack will be added to customers’ monthly Sky bills, removing the need for separate payments for multiple services.
Customers with a standard Sky Q Entertainment subscription will get Netflix’s Standard plan (HD 2 streams) and Sky Box Sets in HD as part of Ultimate On Demand.
Customers with Sky Q’s premium subscription, Sky Q Multiscreen (multi-room viewing and Ultra HD), will get access to Netflix’s Premium plan (Ultra HD, 4 streams) - more than 2,000 hours of Ultra HD content across Sky and Netflix.
Titles available to download can be watched on the go, with Sky shows available through the Sky Go app and Netflix shows through the Netflix app.
If you’re migrating an existing Netflix account over to UOD, you’ll keep your existing Netflix profiles and recommendations and continue to be able to watch Netflix on all your usual Netflix-supported devices. If you want to use your existing Netflix account via Sky Q, a Netflix app will be available on the Sky Q platform and Netflix members can sign in to watch using their existing accounts.
You can pre-register your interest in the Ultimate On Demand pack at sky.com/netflix.
Commenting on the imminent launch of Ultimate On Demand:
Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “We want Sky Q to be the number one destination for TV fans. Partnering with Netflix means we will have all the best TV in one great value pack, making it even easier for you to watch all of your favourite shows."
Chris Whiteley, Director of Business Development UK/IE, Netflix, said: “Innovation is at the core of Netflix. We are delighted to partner with Sky to offer fans a new and exciting way to access the best of entertainment from around the world.”
Sky recently launched Spotify on Sky Q and by the end of the month, you’ll also be able to consolidate your Spotify Premium bill into your Sky bill.
However, don’t forget to compare Sky against other TV providers on the market - the big 4 (Sky, Virgin Media, Vodafone and eir) are always battling it out offering special bundle deals to entice new customers!
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