OPINION: So, you’ll have seen the up to date assessment of Sky Glass on this website, and in that case, you’d have seen that it’s bumped as much as beneficial standing with a four-star ranking.
Why? Effectively, primarily that bump is a results of the brand new Vivid mode that Sky launched earlier in 2023. One of many fundamental issues at launch with Sky Glass was that it’s image efficiency wasn’t that convincing. Even once I went hands-on with the TV earlier than it was formally on sale, the HDR efficiency appeared particularly, effectively, underwhelming.
The Cinema mode on the TV is definitely very correct out of the field, however additionally it is fairly boring to look at in. I do know there’s loads of chagrin across the phrase ‘pop’ within the TV world, however when it got here to visible pizzazz, Sky Glass simply didn’t have that pop you get from the most effective TVs from Samsung or Philips.
That Vivid mode helps retrieve a few of that color and flavour. There’s extra expression to the image that Glass presents, extra vim and vigour, and sure, extra pop to the picture with a better stage of brightness.
Nevertheless it’s not excellent.
And it couldn’t actually be, no less than not in its present incarnation. Sky Glass’ image efficiency was hamstrung from the beginning, and this new Vivid mode preset doesn’t change issues throughout the board. This larger sense of image expression is simply potential with the Vivid mode engaged. There are different points from blooming to some unusual artefacts with streaming and points with dealing with darkish HDR content material (principally Recreation of Thrones and Home of the Dragon).
However, as is commonly the case, you study extra out of your failures than your successes; and the updates that Sky has delivered to its TV have proven a willingness to replicate on what went awry and enhance on that. In any case, it’s just about the businesses’ perception with its ‘Imagine in Higher’ motto.
So, whereas the ceiling for Sky Glass’ efficiency isn’t as excessive as we’d have appreciated when it was introduced with loads of razzle and dazzle in 2021; there’s a lot that Sky has bought proper. The Leisure OS is, I’d say, the most effective technique of curating content material that I’ve come throughout in reviewing TVs and different streaming gadgets and companies. It’s platform agnostic, which suggests it doesn’t curry favour to anybody service (no matter you want, Sky likes it as effectively); the content material obtainable is high quality over amount – this doesn’t simply lump in channels to say it has hundreds of apps and companies only for the sake of it.
And it’s straightforward to traverse, discover content material and put it aside for later with its Playlist function. The Playlist function isn’t groundbreaking as such, Google, Roku and Amazon have their very own comparable techniques, however Sky locations it entrance and centre, whereas the others make noise about it however what they’re actually eager about is feeding you a unending feast of content material that’s solely going to make you indecisive about what to look at subsequent (it has that impact for me).
So I’m quietly anticipating the shape Sky Glass 2 (or no matter it’s referred to as) will take. So far as content material is worried, Sky has nailed that side of the service and if it will probably actually study on the image efficiency facet what features it might ship, then when matched with that content material it might actually lay marker in opposition to the extra widespread TV manufacturers within the UK market.
It’s not prone to come quickly, nonetheless, Sky’s method seems to be one the place the TV is constructed to final for a number of years reasonably than the yearly carousel different established TV manufacturers bask in. It does imply that Glass’ panel efficiency will stand nonetheless as know-how advances – however the dedication to software program updates does permit some wiggle room in enhancing issues.
For now, although, the Stream puck is my fundamental technique of interfacing with Sky’s content material library. Having the ability to pair that with any TV I need brings out the most effective of what’s obtainable on the service. With its updates, Sky Glass is making child steps, but when it will get it proper, that sequel might actually upset the established order of issues.