Sky finally fixes one of the biggest problems with your Sky Q box

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Sky Q is easily one of the best telly providers in the UK right now. Its award-winning Q set-top box wirelessly beams live channels and recordings around your home as well as offering access to pin-sharp 4K Ultra HD movies and sports. Recent software updates have improved the voice search features too, with a simple “what should I watch?” question into your remote immediately launching a list of personalised suggestions.

There’s plenty to like about Sky Q, however, it has had one long-standing problem that’s been in desperate need of fixing. Sky Q was one of the first to support Disney+ when it launched in March last year, enabling subscribers to access shows like The Mandalorian, Marvel movies and Disney animated classics without the need to move from the Sky Q platform. It was a great idea – something Sky Q had already done before with the arrival of a Netflix tie-in – but anyone who has ever tried to use Disney+ on Sky Q will know how hugely frustrating it is.

Unlike Netflix, which is fully integrated into Sky Q, so you can find shows and films using the same voice search feature, Disney+ and all of its content is buried within the app itself. That means scrolling through menus before finding and launching the app. It also means you might search for a title, not realise it’s included in your Disney+ subscription as it doesn’t show-up in the search results (unlike those on Netflix) and accidentally rent or buy it from the Sky Store.

Worse still, although Disney bundles in 4K Ultra HD quality streaming at no extra cost with all Disney+ subscriptions …this wasn’t available from the Sky Q app at launch either, so those tuning in with a Sky Q box were getting a worse experience than other set-top boxes.

Sky Q explain simple way to navigate the home screen

Sky Q has been slowly fixing these issues, starting with support for 4K Ultra HD, and now moving to the clunky experience of finding and streaming Disney’s catalogue of movies and shows. Yes, with the latest system update coming to Sky Q this month, Sky is finally making Disney+ a much bigger part of the whole Sky Q experience.

The update will mean you’ll soon be able to use the voice search function on your remote to find blockbuster shows on Disney+. That means a quick tap on the remote and uttering the words “WandaVision” should instantly reveal this show and all of its episodes.

Another bonus is that you will no longer need to dig into the Disney+ app to get the content you want to view with everything appearing on your TV in a more seamless way – it’s now very similar to the experience Sky Q users get when searching for Netflix content and it’s a hugely welcomed update.

Explaining more, Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer, Sky, said: “Today marks another big moment for Sky Q as we roll out exciting new voice features. Integrating Disney+ into voice search means it’s now much easier to find more of what you love.”

Along with Disney+ getting better integration this latest update from Sky also improves the accessibility features with much better voice guidance and there are some changes to the Sky Go app with a ‘Continue Watching’ rail making picking up from where you left off far more simple.

There’s also the introduction of ‘Sky Channels’ and ‘Browse by Category’ rails which Sky says makes for an easier and more seamless experience for those who watch on the move. This update is rolling out throughout the month with Sky confirming that everyone should have the new Disney+ experience by April 30.

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