Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, 4K and smart services help Sky win T3's top TV Award

We have called it: the best TV platform money can buy in terms of both content and delivery

T3 Awards 2019: best TV platform: Sky

Day two of the 2019 T3 Awards, and the winner of the Best TV Platform is Sky. Just like in Game of Thrones, we thought that, rather than stretching things out, we'd just rush to the conclusion. Hopefully there'll be no backlash. It's been a vintage year for Sky, with an epic summer of football (shared with BT TV), the aforementioned GoT, which certainly got people talking, and Chernobyl – officially the best TV show ever, at least according to users of IMDB.

Sky has also continued to excel when it comes to tech, over the last year. Regular  updates and tweaks have made its already-excellent home boxes and mobile streaming services ever more attractive and usable. 

At this point, whatever you want from a TV service, Sky offers. Voice control, the ability to record up to seven channels simultaneously, loads of UHD support, with increasing amounts of Dolby Atmos content coming too. Even in the face if would-be usurpers such as Apple TV, Sky's mix of content and delivery remains unbeatable.

Sky's mobile and streaming offerings also continue to improve – a harbinger perhaps of the long-mooted move to a dish-free Sky experience. Sky Go now lets you stream to up to 6 devices, while it looks like Now TV will finally be available in glorious, 1080p full-HD-o-vision, later this year. Those in search of 4K streaming will at least have enjoyed the fact that Netflix is now fully integrated into Sky TV.

With millions of hours of TV boxsets, blockbuster movies and sport – the football season may be over but the cricket World Cup is exclusive to Sky right now – Sky has something for everyone, and the range of ways it brings all that content to our homes and mobiles means there's a way in for everyone, from a one-day Sky Sport pass on mobile, all the way up to multi-room Sky Q at home. 

That's why Sky is our favourite TV platform of 2019. What can the chasing pack do to catch up next year?

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years, during which time he has attended every event going, apart from Apple ones, as he mysteriously doesn't get invited to them. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. 

Duncan's current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. Duncan also edits T3's golf section because fuck it, someone has to. Dave Usher does all the real work on that bit, though. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."