Sky Glass finally adds Sky Box Office and YouTube voice search

Sky Glass smart TV on media cabinet
(Image credit: Sky)

Sky has begun rolling out a major update to its Sky Glass TVs that brings a number of much-requested features.

Top of the list is the new ability to access Sky Box Office pay-per-view content, with the feature arriving just in time for this weekend’s big heavyweight title fight rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua. 

A somewhat surprising omission for the pay-TV company’s new platform at its launch, the new update finally allows Sky Glass customers to purchase PPV events within the menu screen, bringing the no-satellite dish-required service in-line with Sky Q.

Arguably the handiest feature addition comes with Voice search for YouTube though, allowing you to look for content on Google’s streaming service just by speaking. 

Saying a command like "Hello Sky, Billie Eilish on YouTube" will fire up the app and automatically show search results related to the pop star.

The software update also brings a further nine new channels to the service. Bloomberg, NBC News Now, Colors HD, Colors Rishtey, Colors Gujrati, GB News, TalkTV, Zee TV, and Zee Cinema are now all available to watch on Sky Glass, with the promise of more to be added in the future. 

Elsewhere, Playlist editing has been improved, with a quick tap of the “+” button allowing you to delete shows, while you now only have to sign in once to access BBC apps such as iPlayer and Sounds, rather than logging in to each one individually. 

The update, which comes in time for the launch of Sky Glass in the Republic of Ireland later this month, is available now.

Apple TV Plus on Sky Q

Sky Glass is an all-streaming 4K TV that dispenses with a standalone telly box and external dish aerial (Image credit: Sky)

Analysis: A welcome set of updates for Sky’s new platform

Sky’s all-streaming service made a big impression in our review earlier last year, but some teething bugs and missing features made it feel at times like an incomplete service.

Much of those initial issues have been addressed in the intervening months, with the addition of Sky Box Office fixing arguably the biggest hole in the service.

Intriguingly, the handy addition of voice search for YouTube in this new update brings a feature that isn’t yet available on Sky Q to Sky Glass first, suggesting that the streaming service might be the pay-TV providers main priority going forward.

Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.