Looks like Sky really wants you to buy its streaming TV, Sky Glass, these days – so much so, that’s it currently offering six months of Sky Entertainment AND Netflix – for free.
Or, more accurately, at no extra cost – since you need to buy a new Sky Glass first. But once you do – you don’t even have to sign a long-term contract for the content bundle, as the 31-day rolling contract is ALSO part of this deal.
The price of Sky Glass itself – that is, the TV – has stayed the same (and depends on the size), and you can either pay it all upfront or pay with instalments (see full details below).
The prices of the other optional add-ons, such as Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and Sky Kids, as well as the Ultra HD pack, the Whole Home package and more, have mostly stayed the same – but there are currently limited-time deals on some of them (a £5/month discount on Sky Sports and a £2/m discount on TNT Sports).
There are additional deals for those who also want to get Sky Broadband along with Glass – such as Sky Ultimate, Netflix and Superfast Broadband for £13/month for 6 months then £39/month for 12 more months (on top of paying for the TV itself).
As always, there’s no good news for existing customers – as these new offers are only for new Sky Glass customers (but in some cases, you can still switch to this if you’re on a different Sky bundle – if you’re moving from Sky Q, for example).
If you’re not in the market for a new TV – Sky also brought back its popular 1-month free trial for its standalone streaming box, Sky Stream.
What Is Sky Glass?
Sky’s 4K TV set, which was released in 2021, features a QLED HDR display and a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar with six speakers.
Unlike Sky’s traditional services in the UK, Sky Glass doesn’t need a satellite dish – instead, it relies on broadband and streams all the content to the TV, much like other streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV and Roku – or streaming services like Sky’s own NOW (see our Sky Glass VS Now comparison), and Sky Stream, the streaming set-top box from Sky.
Even the Freeview channels are streamed to Sky Glass via broadband – therefore there’s no need for an aerial (but there’s still an aerial port on the TV, as a “backup” for when you don’t have an internet connection, or if you unsubscribe from Sky).
Sky Glass Pricing
When you buy Sky Glass directly from Sky, you pay separately for the TV itself (the device), and for Sky’s channels and services.
You then choose whether to pay the whole amount for the TV upfront – or in instalments (either 24 or 48). Remember that those instalments are a loan – you will need to be credit-checked, and your credit score can get a hit if you miss any payments.
The loan method also means those payments are not part of your subscription – so even if you leave Sky, you’ll have to finish paying for the TV.
On the other hand, once you’re done with those instalments – you own the TV.
As of this writing, the prices for Sky Glass are:
- The 43″ Sky Glass TV is £699 upfront, £14/m with the 48-months loan, and £28/month with the 24-months loan
- The 55″ Sky Glass is £949 upfront, £19/m with the 48-months loan, and £38/month with the 24-months loan
- The 65″ Sky Glass is £1199/m upfront, £24/m with the 48-months loan, and £48/month with the 24-months loan
All three loans also carry a £10 / £20 (depending on the length) upfront fee.
And if your calculations show that the instalment plan ends up costing LESS than paying in full upfront – then yes, that has always been the strange case with Sky Glass.
Sky Glass 6 Months Free Offer
The new deal (get it here), which is active from now until November 2, 2023, gives new buyers of Sky Glass (whichever size or payment plan they choose) the Sky Ultimate bundle for £0 – for up to six months.
Sky Ultimate, the basic package that includes Sky Entertainment and Netflix Basic (without adverts), normally costs £29/month on the rolling contract, and £26/month on the 18-month contract.
So, with the new offer, you get a £156-£174 discount.
The good news is that, unlike some past deals, this time you can still get the offer if you choose the 31-day rolling contract.
So, once the first 6 months are up, you can – if you want – unsubscribe from Sky, continue with the rolling contract at its regular price, or switch over to the 18-month contract.
Just remember that if you unsubscribe from Sky, you lose most of the TV’s “smart” features – and you end up with a somewhat dumb TV/monitor – so you would have to connect a 3rd party streaming device via the HDMI port.
As for Sky Glass’ other content add-ons – Sky Sports is temporarily down to £20/month (instead of £25/month) on the 18-month contract, and £27/m (there’s no discount at the moment) on the rolling contract.
TNT Sports is down to £28/month (instead of £30/m) – and you now also get the full Discovery+ Premium plan (which includes TNT Sports on other devices) if you sign up for TNT Sports via Sky.
The other add-ons and content packs have remained the same – Sky Cinema is £11/£13 (depending on the contract length), and Sky Kids is £6/month.
If you want to add 4K and Dolby Atmos to Sky’s content, it’ll cost you £6/month, regardless of your contract length.
If you want to watch in additional rooms, you need the “Whole Home” add-on, which is £12/month – with the first Stream puck being free.
And lastly, if you want to be able to skip the adverts on Sky Glass (or, more accurately – fast forward them) – you’ll have to pay £5/month for the privilege.