Best Sky Stream deals: Secret sale will save you £54 on Sky TV and a Netflix subscription

sky stream box and sky remote on a blue background

Sky Stream is the latest hardware from Sky TV and offers access to over 100 channels in HD as standard over a Wi-Fi or ethernet connection — no satellite dish needed

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Aaron Brown

By Aaron Brown


Published: 04/06/2024

- 14:34

Updated: 04/06/2024

- 14:34

You won't find these savings by heading direct to the Sky TV store

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The best Sky Stream deal can dramatically cut the cost of watching Sky TV.


Sky TV is known for its blockbuster TV shows — like Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, The White Lotus, Euphoria, and Succession — documentaries, blockbuster films, and exclusive live sports coverage, which was recently supercharged with the arrival of the all-new Sky Sports+ service as a free upgrade for all viewers.

However, Sky TV is not known for its cheap subscription prices.

That's why securing a Sky TV deal as soon as it becomes available is critical. Fortunately, the latest crop of discounts are some of the best Sky Stream deals we've seen in a while — and you won't find these savings by heading direct to the Sky TV store website, the £54 discount is only available with our exclusive link.

All of the above savings will expire on June 20, 2024.

If you're thinking about upgrading to a new television, it's worth checking out the best Sky Glass deals. The latest sale has cut £144 from the cost of these custom-designed 4K Ultra HD TV — with prices now starting from just £11 per month.

Whether you're watching on Sky Glass or Sky Stream, Sky TV offers a dizzying number of different bundles, including full-fibre broadband speeds, optional ad-skipping, packages with Sky Cinema, and 4K Ultra HD.

Scroll down for our comprehensive guide on all of the best Sky Stream deals, insight into the set-top box, the broadband speeds you'll need to ditch the satellite dish, and more.

sky stream box pictured next to a remote with game of thrones spin off house of the dragon pictured on-screen on the television

Sky Stream is a much smaller box than previous hardware generations from Sky TV, like Sky Q and Sky+ HD, which took up much more space on your entertainment unit

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Best Sky Stream deals

Sky Stream is becoming one of the most popular ways to watch Sky TV — with 90% of new customers who join opting for broadband-powered kit. Ditching the satellite dish has become so popular that Sky has started to wind down its satellite dish operations and cull channels from its oldest Sky+ boxes.

Until June 20, this exclusive link for GBN readers will lock-in a Sky Stream set-top box with the Sky Entertainment bundle and a complete Netflix subscription for £23 per month. That price cut will last for the duration of your 18-month contract. You'll also get next-day delivery across the UK at no cost.

Heading direct to the Sky Store website to sign up for the same deal will cost £26 per month. That means you'll save £54 by using our link.

The Sky Entertainment bundle comes with over 500 boxsets like House of the Dragon, The White Lotus, Euphoria, Mare of Easttown, Game of Thrones, True Detective, and Succession from HBO, Sky Originals like Rob and Romesh Vs..., Chernobyl, and Brassic. Of course, you'll also enjoy a complete Netflix subscription to watch on your Sky Stream box and any other devices with a Netflix app, so you can stream series like Stranger Things, Bridgerton, and Squid Game.

Unlike Sky Q, which is still available to buy from the Sky Store, High Definition (HD) quality is included as standard with all Sky Stream bundles.

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100+ live channels, including Sky Atlantic, Sky Documentaries, Comedy Central, Sky Crime, Sky Comedy, MTV, Sky Nature, and more

500 on-demand boxsets from HBO and Sky Originals

Netflix Standard with Ads subscription

1080p HD quality

£23 per month

Total cost — £414

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100+ live channels, including Sky Atlantic, Sky Documentaries, Comedy Central, Sky Crime, Sky Comedy, MTV, Sky Nature, and more

500 on-demand boxsets from HBO and Sky Originals

Netflix Standard with Ads subscription

1080p HD quality

£26 per month

Total cost — £468
sky stream box in black pictured side by side with a blue sky tv remote

Since there's no satellite dish, new customers who take delivery of a Sky Stream won't need to book an appointment with an engineer — just plug in the box and follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be able to start streaming live television and on-demand boxsets as soon as you're connected to Wi-Fi

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What is Sky Stream?

Sky Stream is the UK broadcaster's latest set-top box, which first launched on October 18, 2022 in the UK.

As the name suggests, Sky Stream ditches the traditional satellite dish in favour of streaming live television via Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet cable. It's also available with a 31-day rolling contract, so you can cancel at any moment or switch between Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, and other packages every month — something previously only possible with Sky TV's sister service NOW, formerly known as NOW TV.

Sky Stream runs EntertainmentOS, a bespoke operating system developed by the team at Sky TV to stream its linear television channels over the internet and seamlessly blend catalogues from catch-up services like BBC iPlayer, UKTV Play, ITVX, Channel 4, as well as streamers like Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video.

EntertainmentOS is also the software that powers Sky Glass, the custom-designed Smart TV from the broadcaster. Aside from a few features that rely on specific hardware, like the hands-free voice controls enabled by the far-field microphone array built into the television, Sky Glass and Sky Stream offer the same experience.

Sky confirmed to GB News that it had delivered over 500 software updates to Sky Glass viewers since the all-in-one Smart TV launched in late 2021. There were 300 alone last year.

Of course, Sky Stream has received slightly fewer since it works with your existing telly and doesn't have all of the hardware features found on Glass. EntertainmentOS 1.3 was the most recent update, bringing the ability to follow individual actors and football teams in your Playlist.

sky entertainment os logo

EntertainmentOS is an operating system dedicated to streaming linear and on-demand content on Sky Stream and Sky Glass

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But whereas Sky Glass is an all-in-one solution that replaces your TV, Sky Stream works with any television.

Since there's no satellite dish, there's no need to organise an engineer appointment. Getting connected with Sky Stream should be much speedier than traditional Sky boxes like Sky+ and Sky Q as there's no need to wait for a free slot with the engineers. Instead, the moment Sky Stream drops through your letterbox, simply plug in the power and HDMI cables and follow the on-screen instructions. And that's it.

What broadband speed do you need for Sky Stream?

  • 25Mbps to watch Sky Stream in HD
  • 30Mbps to watch Sky Stream in 4K UHD

Since everything is beamed to your Sky Stream box via Wi-Fi or ethernet, you'll need a decent internet connection to watch live and on-demand television.

The minimum requirement for Sky Stream is 25Mbps. The average broadband speed nationwide, as measured by Ofcom, sits at 69Mbps, so most people should have enough bandwidth to watch Sky Stream in HD.

If you want to stream in 4K Ultra HD, the minimum speed requirement increases to 30Mbps.

Until May 2023, Sky recommended a minimum download speed of just 11Mbps for Sky Stream, rising to 25Mbps for 4K UHD picture quality. However, the broadcaster decided to change these recommended speeds in the small print of its website last year. It's unclear why the change was made.

In comparison, Netflix states you need at least 5Mbps to watch in HD and 15Mbps for its 4K UHD quality.

If you want to watch Sky TV in multiple rooms of your house, you'll need an additional 5Mbps for every Sky Stream box added to the system. There's a maximum of 6 Sky Stream boxes per household, totalling an extra 30Mbps for those who want to stream from Sky Stream kit in every room.

What are the disadvantages of Sky Stream?

Since Sky Stream relies on broadband to beam live television channels to your screen, you'll need a decent internet connection to watch without any buffering. Sky recommends a minimum of 25Mbps to watch in High Definition, rising to 30Mbps for 4K UHD, per box. If you want set-top boxes beaming 4K content in multiple rooms around the house, you'll probably need a full-fibre connection.

In some ways, this is nothing new — anyone who wants to watch one of the 500 on-demand boxsets included with the Sky Entertainment package on Sky Q will need to stream via an internet connection. But the main difference with Sky Stream is an internet outage will leave you with almost nothing watch.

In comparison, Sky Q and Sky+ HD will continue to be able to show live Sky TV channels via satellite.

It's also worth noting that Sky Stream doesn't include a physical hard drive. Instead of taping onto the built-in storage, where the recording will exist until you decide to delete it, the Playlist feature on Sky Stream simply collates shows and films from across a wide variety of catch-up and streaming services.

That means you're at the mercy of the licence agreement with the streamers. For example, while you can keep dozens of episodes of Match of the Day on the hard drive built into your Sky Q box, because of the unique agreement between the BBC and the Premier League, the previous episode will vanish as soon as the next instalment is broadcast or after a seven-day window, whichever comes first. As such, you won't ever have more than a single episode of Match of the Day to catch-up on with Sky Stream.

sky stream box pictured on an entertainment unit with a flatscreen tv above and a redesigned remote control on the bed

Sky Stream unlocks access to a number of exclusive paid-for Sky TV channels, like Sky Atlantic, that you won't be able to find on rival systems like Virgin Media TV 360 and EE TV

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What channels are included with Sky Stream?

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • BBC Four
  • BBC ALBA
  • BBC News
  • BBC Parliament
  • BBC Scotland
  • CBBC
  • CBeebies
  • alibi
  • Animal Planet
  • BLAZE
  • TRUE CRIME
  • Challenge
  • Comedy Central
  • Comedy Xtra
  • Crime + Investigation
  • Dave
  • Discovery
  • Discovery Turbo
  • Discovery History
  • Discovery Science
  • DMAX
  • Drama
  • Eden
  • B4U Music
  • Kerrang!
  • KISS
  • Magic
  • MTV
  • MTV Music
  • MTV Hits
  • MTV 80s
  • MTV 90s
  • The Box
  • 4Music
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • PBS America
  • Sky Mix
  • Together TV
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • ITV3
  • ITV4
  • ITVBe
  • Channel 4
  • E4
  • E4 Extra
  • Film4
  • More4
  • 4seven
  • 4Music
  • Eurosport 1
  • Eurosport 2
  • Food Network
  • Ginx eSports TV
  • GOLD
  • GREAT! tv
  • GREAT! romance
  • GREAT! movies
  • GREAT! action
  • GREAT! real
  • HGTV
  • LEGEND XTRA
  • ID
  • LEGEND
  • LEGEND XTRA
  • CBBC
  • CBeebies
  • RTÉ Junior
  • POP
  • POP Max
  • QVC
  • QVC Style
  • QVC Beauty
  • QVC Extra
  • Quest
  • Quest Red
  • Really
  • TRUE CRIME XTRA
  • W
  • YESTERDAY
  • Channel 5
  • 5ACTION
  • 5SELECT
  • 5STAR
  • 5 USA
  • Sky Arts
  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky Comedy
  • Sky Crime
  • Sky Documentaries
  • Sky History
  • Sky History 2
  • Sky Max
  • Sky Nature
  • Sky Sci-Fi
  • Sky Showcase
  • Sky Sports Mix
  • Sky Sports News
  • Sky Sports Racing
  • Sky Witness
  • Aaj Tak
  • BBC NEWS
  • BBC Parliament
  • Bloomberg
  • CNBC
  • CNN International
  • Euronews
  • France 24
  • GB News
  • Geo News
  • NDTV 24x7
  • Sky News UK
  • Sky News Arabia
  • Sky Sports News
  • Movies24
  • Movies24+
  • Sky Replay
  • S4/C
  • TLC

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