Sky has announced that the Stream Puck, a media streaming box, will launch as a standalone device this year, meaning more people will be able to access Sky content without a satellite dish.
The Stream puck was announced last year as a way to get a multi-room experience with Sky Glass TV. In many ways it’s a mini Sky Q box, but it’s even smaller and doesn’t require a main Sky Q box to function, making it an Apple TV 4K or other media streamers such than Roku.
When is the Sky Steam puck release date?
You can already get the Stream Puck, but until now it was only available to Sky Glass customers. Sky has now confirmed that it will launch as a standalone product.
There’s no exact date yet as Sky only said the Stream puck will be released “later this year”.
How much does the Sky Stream puck cost?
Since the device is unlikely to release until the second half of 2022, Sky has yet to announce pricing.
What we do know is that it costs Sky Glass customers receive a one-time payment of £50 for each Stream puck they want around the house and an extra £10 a month for multiple rooms.
It seems likely that Sky will charge for the device itself and then you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription for the Sky channels you want as part of your package.
For example, the basic package via Sky Q currently costs £26 per month and add-ons like Sky Cinema and Sky Sports cost an additional £12 or £20 per month respectively.
You may also incur a monthly fee for Sky Ultra HDR if you want to watch content in 4K resolution.
What are the specifications of the Sky Stream puck?
Since the puck has been around for a while, we know its specs and features. As mentioned earlier, the device works without a satellite dish and therefore gets content via Wi-Fi or Ethernet instead.
You will need at least 25 Mbps internet speed to stream Ultra HD content. As well as Sky channels, app support is expected to include Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, AppleTV+, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, YouTube and Discovery+ matching Sky Glass.
The Sky Stream puck supports 4K HDR output via HDMI and the firm says you’ll get “most of the Sky Glass experience, like voice control, playlists and personal recommendations.” Note that the interface is not the same as Sky Q and there is no hard drive to store recordings.
What you won’t get is “360-degree Dolby Atmos sound or quantum dot screen technology” over Sky Glass, but it makes sense and there’s nothing stopping you from plugging in the Steam puck. to a QLED (quantum dot) TV that also supports Dolby Atmos.
Here are some additional specs for the Stream puck:
- HDMI 2.1
- 230 V AC socket
- 10.8 x 10.8 x 1.8cm
- Charcoal Black