In a new effort to push their streaming TV set, Sky Glass, Sky is now offering a £100 Prepaid Mastercard reward to anyone who buys a new Glass, as well as a free Stream puck, a small box that lets you stream Sky in another room (normally it costs £50).
Sky Glass is available, along with the new offer, to purchase directly on Sky’s website (see below for full details).
At the time, Sky told us they were “seeing huge demand for Sky Glass since it launched”, with the streaming telly being “a really important growth opportunity” for the company.
The current promotion, however, is not being offered for new customers of Sky Q – but only to those who want to purchase Sky Glass.
What Is Sky Glass?
Sky’s 4K TV set features a QLED HDR display and a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar with five speakers.
Unlike Sky’s other services in the UK, Sky Glass doesn’t use 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).
In my in-depth review of Sky Glass, I was impressed with its global search (something it surprisingly does better than most standalone streaming sticks) and its overall promise for the future. Picture and sound quality are mid-range but decent, and there’s still a lot Sky needs to do – bug fixes, missing channels, and a better recording method.
In fact, the way Sky Glass handles recordings is one of its biggest departures from Sky Q: Glass doesn’t have a built-in hard drive, so instead, when you add a title to your watchlist, you’re usually just getting a “bookmark” for that programme/film on the relevant streaming service (such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub or Sky’s own channels).
If that piece of content is ever removed from the service/app it was on – you will no longer be able to watch it.
And then some (but not a lot) of the channels do get recorded to a ‘virtual’ hard drive that sits way up in the clouds. To understand it better, see our full Sky Glass recordings guide.
Sky Glass Pricing
Normally when you buy Sky Glass, you pay separately for the TV itself (the device), and for Sky’s channels and services.
If you pay the whole amount for the TV upfront, The 43″ TV costs £649, the 55″ is £849, and the £65″ is £1,049.
If you prefer monthly instalments, those payments are a loan, either for 24 or 48 months. It’s interest-free, but it still requires a credit check. And if you miss a payment, it could certainly affect your credit score.
The 43″ starts at £13/m, the 55″ is £17/month, and the £65″ is £21/month – if you choose the 48 months option (and it doubles if you go for the 24 months option). There’s also a £10 / £20 (depending on the length) upfront fee for all of them.
For the TV, you also get a 2-year warranty from Sky.
As for Sky’s services, the basic package you must get with Glass is Sky Ultimate, at £26/month. It includes Sky Entertainment (a group of channels like Sky Atlantic, Sky Max and others), Freeview, and the basic Netflix plan, which only has SD content (but can be upgraded).
Unlike the rest of Sky’s content services (like what you get via Sky Q), Sky Glass customers don’t have to sign any long-term contracts.
Instead, you get Sky Ultimate (and the other addons) on rolling 31-day contracts, which you can cancel at any point (though you would still have to repay the loan for the TV itself, if you choose the instalments option).
On top of Sky Ultimate, you can add:
- Sky Cinema at £11/month.
- Sky Sports at £25/month.
- Sky Kids at £5/month.
If you want to add 4K and Dolby Atmos to Sky’s content, that’s another £5/month. If you want to be able to fast forward adverts on some apps/channels – that’s also £5/month (but it’s free in your first year).
For the time being, customers can only buy one Sky Glass TV. So if you want to be able to watch in other rooms, on TVs from other manufacturers – you need the “Whole Home” addon, which is £10/month, AND a £50 one-off cost for each Sky Stream puck (but you can get it for free, for a limited time – see below).
The Sky Stream puck is a small 4K set-top box that shares a lot of similarities with Sky Glass.
The puck supports Ultra HD (4K) streaming, but unlike Glass, does not support Dolby Atmos. It can connect either via Ethernet or WiFi, and it features the same interface you find on Glass – primarily Sky’s new Playlist, which lets you add programmes and films you want to watch, along with things you’re already watching, to a single Playlist.
For the time being, the Stream puck is only available as an add-on for Sky Glass customers – though Sky has recently announced that the Stream puck will be available as a standalone device later this year.
Sky Glass Offer: Get £100 And A Free Puck
From now until June 23, 2022, customers who buy Sky Glass directly from Sky can get:
- A £100 Prepaid Mastercard
- One Free Stream puck
The offer is good for both new AND existing customers – meaning households that don’t have Sky at all, or Sky customers who have Sky Q (or an older device), and want to replace it with Sky Glass (there’s currently no option to have both Sky Q and Sky Glass in the same household).
The offer is available whether you buy Sky Glass via the instalments plan (which is, remember – a loan), or if you buy it outright by paying the whole amount in advance.
The Mastercard can be used wherever Mastercard is accepted, except for ATM’s, cashback, currency, credit card payments, overdrafts, credit agreements, memberships or direct debit subscriptions or at petrol stations.
The free Stream puck offer is only for the first puck in your household – if you want additional ones, you will have to add £50 for each puck.
Plus, remember that if you get a puck (either free or paid), you would also need to pay the monthly Whole Home addon, which is £10/month.