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Perhaps not the most important development regarding the company today, but pay-TV provider Sky has revealed the next stage in the development of its Sky Q home entertainment platform.

SkyQ spotigy 27Feb2017From March 2018, Sky will progressively roll out product features that it says will make the Sky Q experience even better and it has also announced a new partnership with music subscription service SPotify

Starting first in the UK and Ireland, the partnership is designed to offer customers easier access to more entertainment. Customers will be able to use the ad-supported Spotify service for free, or can log in to their premium account.

Along with Sky Soundbox, customers will be able to augment their existing Sky Q audio services, including the ability to stream Spotify content to TV speakers via AirPlay or Bluetooth.

The principal experience innovations will centre around greater personalisation based on a household's viewing habits to ensure customers are served content most relevant to them. Sky Q's voice functionality will be extended to give customers the ability to ask for personalised recommendations such as 'show movies for me'. A new, wide-screen, user interface will be introduced and the amount of Ultra HD content available will double during 2018 with over 1,000 hours of UHD content on Sky including the whole Spider-Man franchise.

The reach and accessibility of Sky Q will also be extended with the ability to stream content to more devices at the same time, plus a Sky Q app will become available on smart TVs and third-party devices, while a new Kids mode has been added allowing parents control over what their children can access and watch.

Commenting on the moves, Stephen van Rooyen, chief executive, UK and Ireland, Sky, said: “The new features we have announced today represent a further step change for Sky Q and we are confident customers are going to love them. At the same time, by adding Spotify to the platform in the UK and Ireland, we are offering customers the very best in home entertainment all in one place. The arrival of the world’s biggest and most popular music streaming service is a great addition to the platform as it will allow TV buffs and music fans to switch between their favourite shows, online video apps and music in an instant.”