Sky Glass is a QLED TV, delivering a more immersive viewing experience than a standard LED TV. It does this using Quantum Dots, microscopic molecules that produce a much wider and more accurate selection of colors, creating a more realistic visual on the screen. Because these Quantum Dots are illuminated from behind and the light isn’t emitted by each individual pixel, QLED are also brighter than LED.
QLED TVs are rivalled by OLED TVs. The main difference between QLED and OLED is in where the light we see on the screen comes from. As we said before, a backlight illuminates the Quantum Dots on a QLED TV. However, on an OLED TV, each individual pixel is responsible for illuminating itself. This means that a single pixel can be shut off to better simulate darkness in a scene, resulting in better contrast.
OLED TVs have their fair share of drawbacks — the most notable being that they suffer from something known as burn-in. This is similar to what we saw on the original Plasma TVs, which leads to static elements like the Sky News icon burning in to the screen, leaving a constant mirage even while watching something else. They’re also more expensive to manufacturer, a price that’s passed on to consumers.
Which is best is open to interpretation. QLED TVs are brighter and deliver better colors, leading to improved results while using High Dynamic Range (HDR) — a special version of the content that’s optimized to produce brighter highlights and deeper, more realistic colors — while OLED TVs reach an obsidian-like blackness for incredible contrast, have better viewing angles and don’t suffer from motion blur.
This makes OLED TVs better for watching fast-paced action flicks and live sports as there isn’t a visible trial moving the object. But, unless you’re switching from an OLED TV to a QLED TV or have the two in the same room, you won’t even notice the motion blur — the difference between the two is that insignificant for us mere mortals and not enough to justify the significant premium manufacturers charge for OLED TVs.
Price is what it ultimately comes down. Most people will be fine with a standard LED TV, which deliver the best value on the shelves. The difference just from switching from an HDTV to a 4K LED TV will be night and day, then QLED TVs are the level above. What Sky has done with Sky Glass is making that next level more accessible, selling the televisions at a competitive rate with interest-free financing available.
You simply can’t beat Sky’s offer of a QLED TV from only £13 per month, with no need to hook up a set-top box to access satellite channels. You just plug in the power cable and you’re ready to rock and roll — something no other television on the market offers at the moment. Of course, you also have the option to buy the television outright, with pricing starting from £649, but for us the real value is in the financing.