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How to choose an internet TV service

Want to watch TV shows online? Whether you're looking for Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black or Gotham, we're here to help you navigate the wonderful world of internet TV so you can stream shows and movies to your heart's content, with great services like Sky On Demand, Netflix and NOW TV.

By on November 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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How to choose an internet TV service

Internet TV is a way of watching your favourite shows and movies online, via a broadband connection. There are lots of different options available, from pay as you go to plug in and play. The service that's right for you will depend on the shows you like to watch; for instance, The Blacklist is exclusive to Sky On Demand and NOW TV, whereas House of Cards and Gotham are exclusive to Netflix, which you can access via your Virgin Media TiVo box. 

Internet TV services available at Simplifydigital

There are lots of different ways to enjoy internet TV services. Here are the options available through Simplifydigital:

Virgin Media TV with Netflix      Sky TV with Sky On Demand      NOW TV streaming passes

    Netflix-zoom                    Sky On Demand                       NOW TV

Picking the internet TV service that's right for you

Internet TV is used as a general term for on demand and catch up TV services that you can stream directly to a device like a tablet or laptop via broadband, or by adding your TV set top box to your home Wi-Fi network.

Nowadays most of us use TV streaming to catch up on our favourite shows, whether it's Bake Off on BBC iPlayer or The Knick on Sky On Demand. If you want to discover new shows you've never seen before, catch up on series that aren't on basic Freeview TV or enjoy full box sets of blockbuster shows, it's all posisble with an internet TV service. The trick is choosing the right one for you.


Top shows: Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, Gotham (coming in 2015)

Orange Is The New Black

Originally from the US, Netflix is an on-demand internet streaming service that gives you access to an ever-changing array of TV series, box sets and movies for a monthly fee, including House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and forthcoming series Gotham, as soon as it finishes airing on Channel 5.

You can access it online via your compatible laptop, tablet, smartphone, or games console. Virgin Media digital TV customers get Netflix access via their TiVo set top box, and the provider occasionally offers a free 6 month Netflix as part of a fibre broadband and TV package.

What you get with Netflix

  • Access to over 1,000 shows and movies, including Netflix exclusives such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black
  • Netflix access via selected tablets, smartphones, laptops, Virgin Media set top boxes or games consoles consoles
  • Sign up for one month and cancel whenever you want (giving a 1 month notice)

See Virgin Media packages with Netflix access

Sky On Demand

Stalker on Sky Living

Top shows: The Blacklist, The Knick, Stalker, Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones

Sky On Demand is available to all Sky TV subscribers with theSky Family Bundle who have a Sky+HD box.

You'll need a relatively speedy internet connection and your Sky+HD box will need to be connected to the network; it's really easy to do and doesn't require an engineer. Read our handy guide to Sky On Demand for more info on setting it up.

What you get with Sky On Demand

  • Access to over 300 box sets of Sky's most popular and exclusive shows on Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky One
  • Watch back-to-back episodes and complete series of TV shows via your Sky+HD box and broadband connection

See Sky TV packages with Sky On Demand


Top Shows: The Blacklist, The Flash, The Knick, Stalker

the blacklistNOW TV is an internet TV streaming service owned by Sky. It gives you access to great Sky shows like Modern Family, The Blacklist and The Knick, without the need for a monthly Sky subscription.

You just choose the streaming pass that's right for you; Entertainment, Sports or Movies, and sign up for the period of time that suits you - it can be as little as a day if you opt for Sports, or a month if you decide on Movies.

The NOW TV app can be accessed via computer, compatible smartphones, games consoles or you can purchase a dedicated NOW TV set top box directly from Sky for around £10 and hook it up to your telly via a HDMI cable. The box is based on Roku technology and can stream up to 720p HD content. If you opt for a Sky TV package that includes NOW TV, you'll be given the box as part of the package.

What you get with NOW TV

  • Sky Movies month pass - access to all the Sky Movies channels, live and On Demand, including Sky Movies Family, Premiere and Disney
  • Sky Sports day pass - access to all 7 Sky Sports channels, including News HQ, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports 1-5
  • Sky Movies Entertainment month pass - access to all the main Sky entertainment channels, including Sky Atlantic and Sky Living
  • The NOW TV box - access to any and all of the NOW TV passes you have signed up to, as well as catch up TV services and Spotify

See NOW TV entertainment passes or Sky packages with NOW TV

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