Millions of us are staying put right now as the UK attempts to control the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus and that means our TV and broadband services are taking a battering. Luckily, there are some useful tips and tricks to help improve your time in front of the TV and make your broadband much more reliable.
Sky has revealed some top advice for boosting your broadband and there’s plenty of hidden features on your TV box that are worth knowing before your next binge on Sky Cinema, Netflix or Disney+.
So, if you have Sky TV and broadband installed here’s some top advice for boosting things around your home.
SKY BROADBAND TIPS
For those with Sky’s broadband installed in their homes, there are some very simple changes that can make quite a big difference.
Here’s some things to try if your signal isn’t up to scratch.
Sky TV broadband tips tricks
CHECK YOUR ROUTER
It’s probably one of the easiest things to change but moving your router could help boost the connection around your home.
Sky says that if it’s tucked away in a cupboard or surrounded by clutter it can block your hub’s signal or cause interference.
For the clearest signal keep it out in the open – not in a cabinet, on the floor or stuck behind the TV. In fact, about 30cm of space around it is best.
It’s also a good idea to keep it away from other wireless devices like your cordless phone, games consoles and even speakers – these can cause interference.
One final router tip is to try put it where you use the internet most – the signal is always stronger near your hub.
Sky broadband tips and tricks
CHECK WHAT’S CONNECTED TO YOUR ROUTER
The more things you have connected to the web, the slower things can get.
As Sky explains, everything you connect to your hub uses bandwidth, and the more you connect the more it can slow you down (especially at peak times).
Even when you aren’t using them, app updates, device backups and your smart home devices can still be using your bandwidth in the background.
If you’re suffering from slow speeds try disconnecting any gadgets that don’t need to be online.
A good thing to note for those working from home is to stop other members of your household from downloading large files, such as games, during the day as this can bring things to a shuddering halt just as you are about to start that video call with your boss.
Another top tip for those who have no idea how many devices are connected is to reset the Wi-Fi password. This will then allow you to reconnect only the gadgets you really need.
Sky Q tips and tricks
SWITCH TO WIRES
For the very best connection, it’s worth ditching the Wi-Fi and plug your laptop in via an Ethernet cable. Wired connections are usually faster and more stable than Wi-Fi.
SKY TV TIPS AND TRICKS
For those with Sky Q in their homes, there’s plenty of neat tricks that can help boost your television experience.
Here’s seven top tips that everyone should know.
STOP USING YOU FINGERS – SPEAK TO THE REMOTE INSTEAD
Like most modern devices the Sky Q box can spring into action via simple voice commands. As long as you have the main remote in your hands you’ll find a hidden button on its side which instantly launches the voice search functionality.
Once activated you can then ask to find things such as your favourite movies, sporting events or TV shows.
There also an option to instantly change channels by saying things such as “BBC1” or “ITV”.
If you want to get more advanced then there’s plenty more to this feature including skipping recordings by a certain amount of time or asking to see movies that are suitable for kids. With Netflix now integrated into the Sky menu, you can also use voice search to launch the app without trawling through endless menus.
Disney is now available on Sky
Unlike Virgin Media, Sky recently added Disney+ to its list of available apps. This means users can watch a huge catalogue of show and movies straight from their Sky Q box. Disney+ is a subscription service that cost £5.99 per month. For that money, you’ll get to see movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel.
There’s also exclusive shows such as Star Wars: The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
GET YOUR DELETED SHOWS BACK
If someone in your family has deleted your favourite shows then you can get them back.
Simply head to Recordings > Manage > Deleted. Then find the show and hit Undelete. You should then find the content appears back in your recordings.
Sky Q remote features voice search
FIND YOUR REMOTE
The kids are in bed and it’s time to watch a movie but the where the hell is the remote?
It’s an issue that’s been around since TVs started including these channel changers. Luckily Sky has a nifty trick to track it down.
If you can’t find the Sky Q remote simply head to the set-top box and press the Q logo that glows on its front.
Your missing device should then start bleeping so you can track it down.
EASILY SWITCH CHANNELS
This is a life-saver that you might not know. If you want to flick between two of your favourite channels then it’s easy.
Simply press the right button on the circular touch control panel and a menu will appear on the screen showing the last channel you were watching.
You can then skip between the two with ease.
If you have a 4K TV then don’t forget that Sky offers a swathe of content in this ultimate format.
Sports, movies and entertainment are all available in Ultra HD 4K.
The only thing to be aware of is that you’ll to take delivery of the upgraded 2TB Sky box or latest 4K compatible 1TB device as the standard set-top is not compatible.
KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE
If you don’t fancy you kids accessing more mature content then it’s easy to block them.
Simply head to settings then switch on Parental Lock.
Once activated, anything that’s unsuitable will need a four-digit code before it can be viewed.