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Sky broadband and NOW TV bundles

Sky is offering combined NOW TV and unlimited broadband packages, starting at just £12.50 a month with a free NOW TV box and the monthly Sky Movies or Entertainment pass. We take a look at this new kind of digital TV bundle to find out if this is the right package for you.

By on October 15, 2014 at 15:00 PM
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Sky broadband and NOW TV bundles

Sky is offering a combined unlimited broadband and NOW TV bundle that allows you to stream shows and movies directly from the web, on demand and live via a number of Sky TV channels. It's great if you can't (or don't want to) install a satellite dish at home, and if you watch selected Sky content but aren't fussed about having hundreds of channels to flick through. Have a read of our handy run down and see whether this could be a good option for you.

How is NOW TV different from a regular TV package?

Now-TV-people-bigNOW TV offers customers some of the same content available from a regular Sky TV package, except that rather than via the usual satellite connection, live channels are streamed directly from the web. This means that while you can watch them on your TV, via the NOW TV Box included free as part of this deal, you can also catch your favourite shows on tablets, laptops, smartphones and anywhere else the NOW TV app is available.

This is the first time NOW TV has been bundled in with a broadband service and allows Sky customers the chance to leave their regular digital TV package behind in favour of a completely online option.

How much is a broadband and NOW TV bundle?

When you first sign up for the NOW TV broadband bundle, you'll be given the choice of either the Entertainment Pass or Sky Movies pass. Whether you choose TV shows or Movies, the price of a single pass plus broadband remains the same, at £12.50/month plus line rental for a standard broadband line and £22.50/month for fibre broadband.

To get access both Sky Entertainment and Movies you can pick up a combined bundle for either £17.50/month plus line rental for standard broadband or £27.50/month for superfast fibre.

Your NOW TV Pass will determine the content you can watch:

The NOW TV Entertainment Pass includes 10 of the best Pay TV channels available from Sky, including the popular Sky Atlantic and Sky 1 channels, to either watch live or on demand via Catch-Up TV at a later date. You will also have access to a number of box sets to watch at anytime, with full seasons of big name shows such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead available to watch right now. 

The NOW TV Sky Movies Pass gives you unlimited access to over 800 movies to stream either on demand, or live via one of 11 Sky Movies channels. Everything from the latest blockbuster movies to classic family favourites can be found in Sky's library, with new premier films added every Friday to keep things fresh.

Customers should be aware however that not every show will be available to stream via the service. Even if you are watching a live channel, if Sky do not possess the rights to stream it the picture will be blacked out until the programme is over. The good news is the list of unavailable shows is a short one, and can be found on NOW TV's website.

NOWTV BOXWhat are the benefits of the free NOW TV box?

The NOW TV box does more than just stream Sky channels to your telly. There are a number of apps available for the little white box, including catch up TV from BBC iPlayer, 4oD and Demand 5. You can even catch up with your friends over facebook, or stick your favourite tunes on the box with the in built spotify app. Because the NOW TV box is essentially a Roku box in disguise, you will have plenty of apps to choose from in the Roku Channel Store, adding even more content to the tiny package. 

Will I run out of broadband data?

To make sure you get the most out of your NOW TV pass, the broadband bundles on offer come with completely unlimited downloads. Whether you choose the standard or superfast fibre broadband package, you will be able to stream as many of your favourite shows and movies without fear of hitting a download cap or adding more to your regular monthly bill.

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