Sky adds new features to Entertainment OS

Sky has announced a series of new updates launching on Sky Glass and Sky Stream via their Entertainment Operating System (OS).

New features include a personalized recommendation rail, improved voice control options and lower latency on Sky Sports Main Event. These join the more than 500 updates made to Entertainment OS since the launch of Sky Glass.

Five new Entertainment OS 1.2 features:

  • Tailored viewing recommendations with new personalized film and TV genre rails…
  • Feeling stuck on what to watch next? With the latest personalized rails, it’s now made easier with recommended TV shows and movies based on previously watched genres
  • Personalized genre rails present the desired content. They are designed to recommend over 30 different genres, from the most popular to the most niche, helping viewers discover content they will enjoy
  • There are movie recommendations available to try out, and the feature will be launching for TV shows soon

Favorite actors, all in one place

  • Show pages now include a Cast and Crew rail showing the TV series actors or movie viewers who watched. This allows them to discover everything the actor has ever been in and brings up new suggestions for things to watch.

“Hi Sky, rewind”

  • A popular feature on Sky Q is Sky Glass and Sky Stream. Viewers can now fast forward and rewind with their voice, so they can skip to the good parts or rewind and enjoy a favorite scene.

Find music faster

  • Viewers can now use their voice to find favorite songs on Amazon Music and ROXi. Simply saying “Fred Again on Amazon Music” or “Harry Styles on ROXi” will launch the app and find Fred Again or Harry Styles’ singles and albums on the artist page.

Playlist with personality

  • Viewers can now personalize their playlist even further with a range of new character avatars. Kids can choose from popular characters including favorites from Paw Patrol, Scooby Doo, Peppa Pig, SpongeBob, Trolls and Pip & Posy. More avatars will be added later this year.

Entertainment OS 1.3 features, rolling out in May:

Auto Game mode improves gameplay

  • Auto Game Mode launches on Sky Glass, which uses Auto Low Latency (ALLM) to deliver a more responsive gaming experience for casual players. Just plug in a console and Sky Glass will automatically switch to Auto Game mode.

Add actors to playlists

  • Add favorite actors to a playlist and easily find movies and TV shows they’ve been watching whenever you want. Soon, football fans will be able to follow their teams and enjoy the latest matches in one place.
  • Press the + button on the remote while searching for people in the UI, for example from the new Cast & Crew rail on the show page, or search for favorite people and add them from there. Once a person is added, viewers can find them in the ‘People you follow’ rail in the playlist section.

“Hi Sky, add to playlist”

  • Viewers can use their voice to add movies and shows to their playlist. Just go to the show or movie page and say, “Hey Sky, add to playlist” to save things to watch later.

Sky Sports Main Event will soon be available in Low Latency

  • Sky Sports Main Event viewers will soon be able to watch the channel in Low Latency, reducing the time between the action on the pitch and watching on Sky Glass or Stream. Latency has been reduced by more than 20 seconds.
  • Viewers of Sky Sports Main Event will be able to watch sport with low latency in the coming months, before it is rolled out to other Sky Sports channels this year.

Show page to view Rotten Tomatoes ratings

  • Show pages will include Rotten Tomatoes scores to eliminate the hassle of Googling a rating before jumping into a movie, as well as a range of new icons.

View content with subtitles

  • All Ultra HD on demand content, including Sky Nature shows and blockbuster films, will have the option for subtitles by the end of the summer – a feature already available on HD
  • Soon, Audio Description, a popular feature on our TV channels, will also be available on VoD content

New Sky Live games

New exercise games are regularly added to the Sky Live platform for the whole family to enjoy, including Basketball Knockout, Tennis Smash: Racketville and rhythm playing Starri.