Sky Glass integrates all of the best features of Sky TV into a real TV, without the need for a satellite dish or set-top box. It does a great job of showcasing lots of quality TV shows and movies with cool features like Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound built in.
But there are a few settings you can tweak to make the viewing experience more immersive, as well as some general tips that can help you get the most out of the many streaming services and viewing options that Sky Glass TV has to offer you. .
Here are our top tips and tricks for blackmailing Sky Glass.
Turn off automatic backlighting
This is absolutely the first thing you need to do after setting up your Sky Glass TV for the first time. Automatically adjusting the backlight, in theory, is a good thing – it adapts the brightness of the backlight to make it as comfortable as possible for your eyes, depending on the ambient lighting conditions.
However, the automatic backlight control on Sky Glass seems a bit too aggressive, making images look dark by reducing the backlight intensity too often. We suggest you turn it off completely and manually adjust the backlight dial to an intensity level suitable for the TV environment. Just keep in mind that you may want to change this a bit between day and night, depending on how bright your room is.
Consider a “Custom” viewing mode
Sky Glass has some great out-of-the-box picture presets called by Sky “View Modes”. There is an Entertainment option with more dynamism for TV shows, a Film option for a warmer and more cinematic effect, a Sports option for better movement management and a bluer color temperature, a number of options for different audio scenarios (including ‘Party’ mode), and an ‘Auto’ option that will do its best to cycle through these presets for an appropriate setting depending on the type of content identified by the TV.
However, we believe you can get a better overall picture of Sky Glass by manually setting the “Custom” option in the viewing mode settings – the only adjustable option for TV DIYers.
Here is what we suggest you change. Starting with Movie mode as a reference and making sure you have made the above backlight setting, make the following settings: Acuity: 0, Video brightness: 50, Color saturation: 55, Shade / Shade: 50, Contrast: 50, Color temperature: Standard (D65).
Together Dolby Vision fashion at Dark for the majority of viewing for the most accurate picture, especially if you have a dark viewing room, although if you are in a well-lit room you will better appreciate the HDR effect of the Shiny setting. Remember that the Bright option is less accurate than the accepted Dolby Vision standard.
The sharpness here makes the biggest difference – it will artificially add noise to an image, and given the assumption here is that you’re going to be watching native 4K content most of the time, you’ll get a naturally crisp picture, without the sharpness of the image. the effect of “halo” can introduce.
Of course, personal preferences come into play here as well, so feel free to change our preset to something that works best for you. But these are the closest we’ve come to what we believe to be an accurate, movie-quality setup.
Make UHD broadcast quality your default
You have just purchased a streaming-based 4K TV. So we’re going to assume that, as long as your internet connection is up to date, you’ll want to stream the TV you’re watching in ultra HD resolution as much as possible. Right out of the box, Sky Glass defaults to an “Auto” resolution setting for streaming which should mostly capture 4K content. But to make sure you don’t miss a thing, make UHD stream quality your default.
Press the Home button and scroll to settings, or press the microphone button and say “Settings” on your TV. Then go to Image and Sound> Image> Default Streaming Format, and toggle the option to “UHD”.
Connect to all your streaming apps for better recommendations
Sky Glass will regularly bring you new things to watch, and like Sky Q before it, its recommendation system is pretty darn smart. Besides shooting shows and movies from the genres you love the most, automatically learning your preferences, it also intelligently suggests things based on the time of day. You are unlikely to want to watch The Exorcist while having breakfast.
However, you might not get the full range of what the TV can suggest to you without first connecting to the streaming service apps available on the TV. These include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, and Apple TV Plus. If you are a subscriber, the sooner you log into these apps the better, as Sky will use them to better tailor your viewing recommendations and showcase their content in Sky’s main interface, outside of individual apps.
Once logged in, you’ll also be able to add content from these services to your overall Sky Glass playlist, creating a centralized repository for all the shows and movies you want to catch up in one place. However, it’s frustrating at the moment, you can only add streaming service shows to a playlist if they appear as a recommendation in the main Sky Glass interface, and not from the apps themselves. . Hopefully this is an option that will be added to Sky Glass in a future update.
Learn voice commands
Even with an Amazon Echo in your home, talking to a TV is still a little weird, despite the fact that many today offer some sort of voice control. However, the Sky Glass interface makes perfect sense with the voice commands and feels genuinely designed for their use. So try to start to feel comfortable chatting with your TV.
Using the “Hello Heaven“you can ask the TV to do all kinds of things, from playback controls and volume adjustments, to more advanced things like finding all the movies and TV shows featuring a particular Hollywood star. According to our tests, the TV is precise at deciphering words and intelligently discerns the responses of the content it generates.
There’s a lot going on in the Sky Glass interface, and as such, finding specific features can take a lot of clicks on the recommendation panes and settings pages. But if you know exactly what you’re looking for, a quick “Hello Sky” command can get you to a specific interface page in a jiffy. This is particularly useful for accessing your playlist for example (which unfortunately does not have a dedicated remote control button) or for switching between external sources connected to the television (another command not present on the television remote control). The television has a built-in microphone to pick up your words, but if your room is large or your viewing friends are loud, you can hold down the microphone button on the remote control to activate the built-in microphone and have a listening device. close control.
There are still areas where voice control is lacking – you can’t ask the TV to press ‘play’ on a program list in the menus, for example. But the scope of voice control will likely expand over the months and years, and learning some of the shortcuts can make moving around the interface quick.