Your Sky TV just got 10 times better with a load of useful free updates

A Sky Glass TV sits on a bench with a plant next to it
(Image credit: Future)

You may have missed the 500 updates that Sky has rolled out to its Entertainment operating system (OS) over the past three years, but several changes are rolling out today, and a ton more to follow that you won't want to miss knowing about. 

Starting today (April 17), Sky TV customers, such as those that use Sky Stream or Sky Glass, are getting five new features as part of the latest version (1.2) of its Entertainment OS that will also be available to any other streaming device or TV that uses it, including Xumo in the US and the recently launched Hubbl service in Australia.    

A Sky TV with children's shows characters displayed

Not a fan of SpongeBob? Don't worry, you'll soon be able to choose from sports personalities and celebrity avatars too. (Image credit: Sky)

The first of these updates focuses on making personalized movie recommendations more targeted by showing movies you might like grouped by genre. This is based on your watch history across Sky apps and is something that you might have already noticed on the likes of Netflix or Prime Video

Sticking with making the Sky viewing experience even more personal, you'll also be able to choose from a range of popular children's TV characters for your playlist's avatar (see the image above).

Sky Glass and Sky Stream will also get Sky Q's ability to fast forward and rewind a show with voice commands. Additional voice commands that work across different apps, specifically Amazon Music and Roxi, have also been added. The last update you'll find today is that the TV shows now also have cast and crew pages to show the actors in the series you're watching.

Five more great free updates coming in May

While some of the updates being rolled out today might not be the most attention-grabbing, a great new feature is coming with Entertainment OS 1.3. This one is specifically for Sky Glass owners who like to play video games. From May, you'll finally get one of the best gaming TV's best features: Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). 

The feature is part of a new software stack that uses HDMI tech to work and will be accessible via a new Auto Game Mode, which will automatically be turned on when a gaming console is connected. Sky claims it will reduce latency by a massive 70%.   

Sky has also made some improvements to reduce latency across its UHD and HD sports broadcasts by a whole 22 seconds, which I got to see at Sky's Innovation Centre in the UK. You'll be able to see for yourself when watching Sky Sports Main Events from May. Low latency will then be made available to other Sky Sports channels later this year.          

A Sky TV with Barbie displayed on it

Sky has not yet confirmed whether it will drop IMDB ratings from movie descriptions entirely with the Rotten Tomatoes update.   (Image credit: Sky)

Another few updates to look forward to: you'll soon be able to use voice commands to add movies and shows to your playlist, turn on subtitles for any Ultra HD on demand content, have audio descriptions accessible across all on demand content, add your favorite actors to your playlist and see a movie's Rotten Tomatoes score. 

Sky has certainly been busy. Its subscription model might not be to everyone's liking but it continues to prove that it's dedicated to making its service worth paying for.  

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Amelia Schwanke
Senior Editor UK, Home Entertainment

Amelia became the Senior Editor for Home Entertainment at TechRadar in the UK in April 2023. With a background of more than eight years in tech and finance publishing, she's now leading our coverage to bring you a fresh perspective on everything to do with TV and audio. When she's not tinkering with the latest gadgets and gizmos in the ever-evolving world of home entertainment, you’ll find her watching movies, taking pictures and travelling.