Sky Box and Sky Pod Update

Sky has since removed the “coming soon” page it had about its new Sky box and Sky Pod but here are the comparison chart and FAQ section that it featured.

  1. What is Sky Pod?

Sky Pod is a small, streaming media device that plugs into an HDMI input on your television – delivering Sky TV (without the dish), TV on demand and streaming apps all in one place. You can also Chromecast to the Sky Pod .

  1. Do I need a satellite dish for a Sky Pod?

No, Sky Pod doesn’t require a satellite dish or installation of one. You will need an internet connection – we recommend fibre broadband for the best experience.

  1. Can I record with Sky Pod?

Sorry, recording is not available with Sky Pod. However, you can stream your favourite entertainment anytime, anywhere in New Zealand with the Sky Go app, so long as you have an internet (fibre) connection.  If you don’t have a good internet connection, you can download most content to Sky Go to watch when you do have a good internet connection.

If recording is important to you, we recommend you check out our new Sky Box (which is launching later this year), with a 1TB hard drive and a My Sky subscription you’ll have loads of storage space to record and keep more of what you love to watch when it suits you.

  1. What streaming apps are included with Sky Pod?

Sky Pod comes with Netflix, TVNZ+, Three Now, Disney+, Neon, and Amazon Prime preloaded.  You can download other streaming apps from the Google Play Store. Your subscriptions to Sky TV content and streaming apps are additional to the one-off, non-refundable price for the use of Sky Pod.

  1. How do I Chromecast to the Sky Pod?

If you’re using a app that supports Chromecast, you will need to launch the selected app and select Sky Pod as the device you want to cast your content to.

  1. Is Sky Pod portable?

Yes, Sky Pod is portable and can be used on any TV with an HDMI connection, and so long as you have an internet connection.

  1. How much does Sky Pod cost?

Sky Pod is currently only available to VodafoneTV customers to ensure they can continue to access their Sky content when the VodafoneTV service closes on 31 October .

We will be looking to make Sky Pod available to existing Sky TV customers in the future and will confirm the one-off price for the use of the Sky Pod then.The one-off price for the use of the Sky Pod whilst you are subscribed to at least Sky Starter is non-refundable. Your subscriptions to Sky TV content and streaming apps are additional to the one-off price for the Sky Pod .

  1. Does Sky Pod come with a remote control?

Yes, the Sky Pod uses the same voice activated remote as our new Sky Box. You can use your voice to search what’s on now, change channels, go to your home screen, open apps and more. Just ask Google. You will need a Gmail account to use the voice activated remote.

  1. Can I use Sky Go with Sky Pod?

Yes, as long as you subscribe to at least Sky Starter. And with Sky Go you can watch up to two screens at once in addition to streaming through the Sky Pod.

  1. What is restart live TV? 

This is a feature only available with Sky Pod, for most of our sports and entertainment content. You won’t miss the start of the big game or show, simply select the show you want to watch in the TV Guide and choose “Watch Live” or Watch from start”.

  1. Will I still be able to access Live TV through Sky Pod?

Yes, you will be able to watch Live TV through Sky Pod.

  1. If I don’t have a 4K TV will the 4K or HD feature work?

Our Sky Pod is 4K (UHD) ready and you will be able to stream 4K content from any subscription apps you have as long as you also have a 4K TV.  Sky content is currently available in HD and SD, so a 4K TV is not needed for this.

  1. How long will it take to get delivered?

We will be couriering your Sky Pod to you, delivery times will vary depending on your address, but we expect it to be within 24-72 hours.

  1. Can I connect my existing Sky account to the Sky Pod or create a new one?

Yes, you will keep your existing Sky account number.

  1. What do I do with my current VodafoneTV box?

Vodafone do need you to return your VodafoneTV for recycling, and they’ve made it super easy. Simply fill in the form on Vodafone’s recycling page online and they’ll send you a pre-paid return courier bag.

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8 Responses to “Sky Box and Sky Pod Update”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    September 16, 2022 at 11:28 am

    I think I would prefer using my Apple TV to anything Sky related ?

  2. This might just tempt me back to Sky, especially the 6 tuners (5 for the HDD), the only thing stopping me after these products are released is the lack of 4K.

  3. Correction. Vodafone now stops 30 November.

  4. We run a media hub in a cupboard away from the TV. Apparently the remote is now Bluetooth, so not compatible with IR sender/receiver set up. What a pain!!

  5. I’ll say! How frustrating. And I imagine there will be thousands of other households in the same predicament.

  6. Can you purchase 2 Sky pods and use them independently on separate TVs in your house?

  7. I can’t see why not. The only catch is you have to have been a Vodafone TV customer. Sky is not selling them generally art this stage.

  8. It’s the same thing as buying two Chromecasts. Of course, you buy more than one for each television you want to use them on. I find this a brainless question!

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