Sky is continuous with its now-regular replace drop of options coming to its Sky Q and Sky Go TV and streaming platforms. And when you’re searching for extra accessibility options from the TV viewing expertise, that is the replace you’ve been ready for.
The Sky Q replace for Spring 2021 is closely focussed round accessibility options, because the broadcaster pushes to make its content material extra available to all prospects, proper throughout the spectrum of accessibility wants.
Voice Steerage is chief amongst these. Simply switched on by saying, “Voice Steerage on” or “Voice Steerage Off” into your Sky Q voice distant, it is going to provide spoken descriptions of menus from the Sky Q UI as you’re navigating them. With out such a function, blind and partially sighted customers must memorise placements and button presses to get to the merchandise they’re looking for.
Voice search typically is getting a lift too – these utilizing their voices to seek for particular content material in Sky’s increasing library of third-party content material suppliers will probably be happy to listen to that Disney Plus shows and flicks can now be discovered by means of voice searches.
That is along with the Excessive Distinction mode (aka ‘darkish mode’) choice that Sky launched in direction of the top of final yr, placing easier-to-read white textual content towards a black background all through the UI, in addition to an accessibility distant management with bigger textual content and tactile level buttons, and the choice to seek for “British Signal Language Zone” content material by way of voice command.
Sky Go will get Recap
It’s not solely Sky Q making ready for the subsequent replace, both. Sky Go, the cellular / streaming choice that’s bundled in with Sky TV packages, can also be getting a recent lick of paint.
The principle new addition to the Go platform would be the introduction of ‘Recap’ playback for sporting occasions. It’s already out there on the Sky Q field, and permits a sports activities fan to atone for the important thing moments of a sport in progress with picture-in-picture highlights of a match thus far. It’s been vastly in style on the house field, and may show equally helpful on the go.
The Sky Go app is slowly closing in on parity with the at-home Sky Q field expertise too – at the least when it comes to curation. Tailor-made homepage content material, together with a “at the moment’s prime picks” rail now pulls in a mix of platform algorithm knowledge together with your individual style profile and content material appropriate to the time of day to make strategies on Go. The “Proceed Watching” function now extends to content material watched both on the Sky Q or Sky Go companies, letting you choose up and keep it up with a present from wherever you might be, irrespective of which system you proceed from.
Sky can also be committing to taking higher benefit of the distinctive platform options of the gadgets that Sky Go will be discovered on, be that video games consoles, Android tablets or iOS telephones. For example, you will discover Sky Go widgets to be used within the newest variations of iOS, together with deep-link suggestions and last-played bookmarks that may sit in your sidebar.
Although no fastened launch date has been but set for the above updates throughout Sky Q or Sky Go, Sky is anticipating customers to see the brand new addition roll out to their gadgets from the top of March into early April.