SKY is changing the way people watch TV by launching its own interactive camera.
Sky Live acts like a clever webcam that plugs directly into Sky Glass, allowing you to chat, play and keep fit like never before.
“We surprised everyone when we launched our Sky Glass streaming TV in 2021,” said Fraser Stirling, Sky’s global chief product officer.
“Now let’s do it again. Sky Live turns your TV into much more than just a TV by bringing new entertainment experiences to the heart of your home.”
With the chat feature, you can make video calls from your sofa with anyone who has a Zoom account.
But you can go one step further and watch your favorite TV shows with friends and family too – provided they also have Sky Live.
Video windows appear next to the channel or on-demand content you’re playing – and anyone on the call can pause, play, or change the program.
Sky also has numerous motion-based games that are set to be expanded with the help of partners.
Current titles include a dance-based arms game that cuts through classics like Fruit Ninja as well as big names like Monopoly.
You can also record Snapchat-like filter videos to send to friends.
And finally there is an exercise app called Mvmnt Fitness with over 130 workouts.
The camera tracks your form in real time to ensure your technique is correct.
Sky Live only works with Sky Glass and costs £290 upfront.
Sky also offers a 48-month contract option for £6 a month or £12 a month for 24 months.
It’s available from today on the Sky website.
There’s a physical button on the top that lets you turn the device off – a white light only appears on the front when it’s on.
The broadcaster intends to continue expanding the technology in the future with new features and games, such as Peppa Pig episodes that kids can interact with.
Experts from the company also showed the press, including The Sun, how the camera is being developed to recognize tiny finger movements that could one day be used to change the volume with a pinch gesture, for example.
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