Sky Q: under-pressure broadcaster tries to change what’s on the box

The company’s hi-tech TV viewing system is a necessary riposte to burgeoning rivals in a complex multiscreen world

When Sky launched its pay-TV platform in the UK, it was the outsider in the broadcast industry. But now it is part of the media establishment, and last week’s launch of its new set-top box was the first move in its fight against a new breed of rivals. Sky Q is its response to the gauntlet Apple threw down in September. Launching a revamped version of the company’s Apple TV set-top box, Apple chief executive Tim Cook proclaimed: “The future of TV is apps.”

But Sky’s forthcoming “Q” service is aimed at a very different future from the one targeted by Apple, Google, Amazon and Roku. Those services all have streaming set-top boxes that would make broadcast TV channels just another app icon to pick.

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Man waving samurai sword at New York Apple store sparks customer terror

No one hurt in Manhattan incident that saw man, who police said appeared to be emotionally disturbed, taken into custody

A man swinging a samurai sword at an Apple store terrified shoppers on Friday.

The man walked into the Manhattan store and began waving the sword, authorities said. A video posted online showed him swinging the sword as he walked down a staircase.

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