Setting up Ultra HD

To watch in Ultra HD, you’ll need:

  • A Sky Q 2TB box or a Sky Q 1TB UHD box. Not sure if your box supports Ultra HD or HDR? Check which box you have here.
  • The HD and Ultra HD add-ons, or a Sky Q experience subscription
  • To watch sports or movies in Ultra HD you’ll also need the Sky Sports and Sky Cinema subscriptions.
  • The HDMI 2.0 cable provided by the engineer during your Sky Q installation. It has a pink connector featuring the Sky logo on both sides and ‘High Speed HDMI’ printed on the black cable.
  • An Ultra HD TV that can display a picture resolution of 3840x2160 pixels at 50 frames per second and has an input that supports HDCP 2.2.
    • To watch in HDR, your TV will also need to support HDR (HLG format) and have this setting switched on.
Good to know

Our older Sky Q boxes don’t support HDR. To check if your box does, see our Sky Q box guide.

Not sure if your TV supports HDR? Check your TV’s manual or manufacturer’s website:


To change your picture resolution to Ultra HD:

  1. Press Home on your Sky remote.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Select Setup, then Audio visual.
  4. Choose 2160p (UHD).
  5. When prompted to select 8-bit, 10-bit or Find it for me, select Find it for me to find the right setting for your TV. If you want to watch Sky Q in HDR, you'll need to select 10-bit.

To use a sound system with Ultra HD, go to Setting up surround sound or Setting up Dolby Digital Plus (Dolby Atmos).

If your TV doesn’t support the picture resolution, the screen will go blank for 10 seconds then revert to a supported resolution.

If you're seeing a plain coloured screen and can’t access the Sky Q menus, press Home on your Sky Q remote then enter 1080 and press Home again to reset your picture resolution.

Setting up HDR

To watch in HDR, as well as setting up UHD, you’ll also need to enable the HDR setting on your HDR (HLG) TV. Check your TV’s manual or manufacturer’s website for help doing this:

If you’ve correctly setup your TV for HDR, you might see an alert flash up on your screen for a few seconds when you start watching HDR shows.

To find out more about viewing HDR content on Disney+ through your Sky Q box, see our Sky Q and Disney+ - HDR Content article to help you get set up.

Setup error messages

If you see an error message when trying to set up Ultra HD, go back and make sure you have the right equipment and setup for Ultra HD.

If your setup is still not working, you may need to speak to the manufacturer of your Ultra HD TV for advice on settings and software updates specific to your TV.

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