Sky has announced that the Stream puck, a media streaming box, will be launched as a standalone device this year meaning more people can access Sky content without a satellite dish.
The Stream puck was announced last year as a way of getting a multi-room experience with the
Sky Glass television. In many ways, it’s a Sky Q mini box but is even smaller and doesn’t require a main
Sky Q box to work making it like an
Apple TV 4K or other media streamers from the likes of Roku.
When is the Sky Steam puck release date?
You can already get the Stream puck but so far, it’s only been available to Sky Glass customers. Sky has now confirmed it will launch as a standalone product.
There’s no exact date yet as Sky has only said the Stream puck will be released “later this year”.
How much does the Sky Stream puck cost?
Since the device isn’t coming out until likely the second half of 2022, Sky hasn’t announced any pricing yet.
What we do know is that it costs
Sky Glass customers a £50 one-off payment for each Stream puck they want around the house and an additional £10 per month for multi-room.
It seems likely that Sky will charge for the device itself and then you’ll need to pay a monthly subscription fee for the Sky channels you want as part of your package.
For example, the basic package via
Sky Q is currently £26 per month and add-ons like Sky Cinema and Sky Sports cost an additional £12 or £20 per month respectively.
You may also be charged a monthly fee for Sky Ultra HDR if you want to watch content in 4K resolution.
What are the Sky Stream puck specs?
Since the puck has been around for a while, we do know about its specs and features. As mentioned earlier, the device works without a satellite dish and so gets content over Wi-Fi or Ethernet instead.
You’ll need an internet speed of at least 25Mbps to stream Ultra HD content. As well as Sky channels, app support should 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, such as 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” when compared to Sky Glass but that makes sense and there’s nothing stopping you from connecting the Steam puck to a QLED (quantum dot)
TV which also supports Dolby Atmos.
Here are some more specs for the Stream puck:
- HDMI 2.1
- 230V AC port
- 10.8 x 10.8 x 1.8cm
- Anthracite black