So you recently bought Sky Q and you’re looking forward to watching some Ultra-HD content. But there’s a problem: the HDMI cable that was included with the Sky Q installation is not good enough for your setup. Maybe the cable is too short, you lost it, or you have some other problem with it.
The good news is almost all HDMI cables will work with the Sky Q box, but if you want the best features, such as 4K media, then you’ll want to look for specific HDMI cables. Sky Q features 4K (Ultra-HD) services, such as media streaming (Disney+, Netflix, etc) and movies and sports channels. They also promise to deliver 4K at 50 frames a second.
Look, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about HDMI cables. The truth is you probably don’t need super-expensive cables. Even older HDMI cables (usually called Standard) can support 4K, albeit at a lower frame rate. Honestly, almost any HDMI cable that is labeled as High Speed will get the job done. In short, don’t worry – they’re not expensive. You don’t need a super-fancy HDMI cable.
As you might have guessed, the Sky Q uses the HDMI 2.0 standard, and it works best with HDMI cables that are rated as High Speed. The reason you need a High-Speed HDMI cable is that regular cables might not have enough bandwidth to transfer the data necessary for 4K at 50 frames a second.
Don’t worry, we will save you the trouble of digging through hundreds of HDMI cables. In the next section, we’re going to run through some of the best HDMI cables for Sky Q and Ultra HD. You’ll be watching 4K shortly!
The Best HDMI Cables for Sky Q:
What HDMI Cable Comes with Sky Q?
When the Sky Q engineer installs your Sky Q box, they’ll probably include a High-Speed HDMI cable, free of charge. The HDMI cable that’s included is Sky Q’s brand cable, and it should have the Sky logo on the connector-end. It’s rated as compatible with HDMI 2.0 devices.
Interestingly enough, it seems like most of the Sky Q boxes use the HDMI 1.4 standard. For the most part, the included cable works fine, and it should support all the features of the Sky Q box.
How Many HDMI Ports on Sky Q?
There are a number of Sky Q devices, but the most popular are Sky Q 2TB and Sky Q 1TB UHD boxes. Both of these devices have 2 HDMI ports, one labeled HDMI out, and the other HDMI in. They also have 2 USB ports.