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Sky Q vs Virgin Media V6

By Callum Tennent

It's the battle for the best in 4K TV, with both Sky and Virgin Media delivering their latest 4K set top boxes. Read on to see who comes out on top

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If you're ready to welcome the 4K revolution into your home then you're probably already aware that Sky and Virgin Media both claim to offer the best experience. With a big-name set-top box now available from each, we've decided to see which one is best.

We haven't stopped at just the boxes themselves, though. We've also compared the strength of the 4K services on offer so you know just what you're getting for your money.

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Sky Q vs Virgin Media V6

SKY Q 2TB (Silver)

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Reviewed Sep 2016
Features and versatility:
Member exclusive
Ease of use:
Member exclusive
Picture quality:
Member exclusive
Max recording HD:

The latest box from Sky, the Q 2TB (formerly known as 'Silver'), promises a wealth of options and features, including some new toys for TV fans, such as taking your Sky recordings on the road with you to watch on a tablet, and picking up your favourite show halfway through when you move from one room to another. The big question then is should you upgrade? We took a look at the latest box to find out.

VIRGIN MEDIA V6 Box

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Reviewed Feb 2017
Features and versatility:
Member exclusive
Ease of use:
Member exclusive
Picture quality:
Member exclusive
Max recording HD:

The V6 is the latest set-top box for Virgin Media subscribers. It's the first Virgin box to support 4K broadcasting, and it lets you record six shows at the same time. The results are in from our test lab, and we now know how it compares with the groundbreaking box from rival Sky. Read on to find out.

Sky Q vs Virgin Media: What do you get?

  Sky Virgin Media
Setup cost £199 £14.99
Price per month for 4K From £22 From £39
What's available in 4K Movies, sports,
documentaries, drama
Movies, sports,
documentaries, drama
Netflix No Yes*
Amazon Prime Video No No
YouTube Yes Yes
*Additional subscription required

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