Sky Glass has arrived and it has brought the potential for a smart TV design revolution.
The all-in-one smart TV is a fascinating piece of hardware for many reasons — mainly because it offers a toast-free Sky TV experience without a set-top box and also built-in Dolby Atmos speakers that offer an in-house home theater setup without the need for additional accessories such as a Sky Q box or a plug-in soundbar.
That simplicity is a great strength for Sky, and something other manufacturers could be aware of. Of course, we have seen lots of smart TVs with impressive sound – e.g. Philips OLED + 935 or Panasonic JZ2000.
But watching Sky cut its own set-top box hardware out of the equation is a shocking, exciting move — sliding it into an Internet-connected television, an exciting step for the company to make.
Something worth focusing on, however, is the choice of more colors for the Sky Glass-smart TVs. Although there are only three TV sizes – 43-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch – you can choose each of them in a range of five colors, from Ceramic White to Dusky Pink, Racing Green, Ocean Blue and Anthracite Black.
It’s an exciting mix of shades to choose from that shakes the dull exterior of so many TV screens, locked in the black-gray-silver palette generally expected of screens.
Sometimes you can get a TV screen in small variations, which is usually down to another TV stand, or a silver model that replaces the black one at some retailers. But there really is no sense of color matching on most of the TV market — some designer TVs like Samsung The Frame that have a wealth of different colored edges that you can get accessories for aside.
The apple does not fall far from the tree
The colors are more in line with the new Apple iMac that was unveiled earlier this year than any TV series out there today. 2021 iMac desktops come in seven colors: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver (though you are limited to green, pink, blue, and silver for the boot model).
The new iMac is really a return to the form for Apple, as MacBooks in the 90s and early 00s tended to be much more colorful before the consistency (read: gray) took over the company’s design philosophy.
And it’s simply much more interesting for consumers, both to imagine their devices as more personal, individual products and to get more enjoyment from the screen they might need to see on most of their work day.
It’s amazing that Sky Glass feels like such an outlier in the TV market, where any sense of fit is usually limited to the size alone or based on certain specifications, like the audio feature of Panasonic’s OLED TV range, which varies greatly between its sets , although the panel and treatment quality remain largely the same.
There’s more to a television than its exterior, of course – the most beautiful frame in the world does not spare a budget processor from ruining the images on the screen, something we found when we reviewed Samsung’s The Frame last year. However, manufacturers are starting to cotton on to a desire for more fun and color in consumer purchases, and we can only hope that Sky finds a few imitators in the coming years.