Sky Announces Move to Online, Dish-Free Model

In the company’s latest financial report, Sky has revealed plans to provide its entire service via the internet, allowing subscribers to stream or download content without a satellite dish.

The company previously announced that its Sky Q service was to go dish-free in 2018, but the news that the company’s entire service is to follow suit is a new development.

It has been noted that users will still require a Sky box to receive streams and downloads, even with the dish-free service. The online service is also not being targeted to replace existing satellite services, but to provide options for potential customers that are unable to attach a dish to their property.

Sky has previous experience with online streaming services—first with the Sky Go app, and later with the company’s acquisition of Now TV.

The company has announced that Italy and Austria will be the first two countries to receive the online service this year, with the UK to follow later in 2018 or early 2019.