What is NOW TV?
TV offers affordable, flexible access to Sky
services via a compatible smartphone, tablet, computer or
the dedicated NOW TV box, which is available for only £14.99. It's
ideal for customers who do not wish to be tied into a lengthy
contract or need access to hundreds of extra channels, but want to
enjoy Sky TV.
There are two NOW TV passes available through
Our experts say:
If you're considering an upgrage to Sky TV this could be a good
way to test the waters before committing to the contract, or if
you're into a particular Sky Atlantic show like Game of Thrones,
you can keep a subscription going until the season ends, then renew
it when next season comes out.
How do I get NOW TV/ what are my
There are a few ways to enjoy NOW TV services:
- Choose a Sky Entertainment, Movies or Sports pass and sign up
for NOW TV online.
- Option 1: Download the NOW TV application for
your compatible device: Most smart TVs, newer Apple iPhones and
iPads, high end Android-powered tablets and phones and the Sony
PlayStation 3 can use NOW TV, among others.
- Option 2: Purchase a NOW TV box for a one off
payment of £14.99
The best option for you will depend on whether you already
have a compatible device that can use the app (nothing wrong with
saving £10 by skipping the physical box) or would want to be tied
into NOW TV for 12 months via contract.
A word on the NOW TV box
The benefit of purchasing the NOW TV box of course is that it
gives you an internet streaming device that's discrete, speedy and
powerful for just £10 a month - not necessary if you already have a
Roku Player or Apple TV, but certainly one of the cheapest ways to
get into TV streaming with a physical device right now.
It also gives you access to catch up TV
services, including BBC iPlayer and 4OD, plus a variety of
including BBC News, CNET and IGN, via your home broadband
What's the NOW TV box like?
Sky was kind enough to send Simplifydigital a review unit to
have a play around with, so we could tell you what using the NOW TV
box is really like.
NOW TV Box tech spec:
84mm x 84mm x 23mm
802.11n Wi-Fi (b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA and WPA2
480i (NTSC over composite video) 480p (over HDMI) 720p (over
720p 16:9 anamorphic 4:3 standard
Analogue Stereo (mini-jack to left/right/composite video RCA)
Digital over HDMI
Compatible with various universal remotes
HDMI (cable included)
Less than 2W (typical) when streaming video
5.2V - 1.0A power adapter
Getting set up with NOW TV
The first thing we noticed was how small and discrete the box is
- it's stylish in pearly white with a neat little controller, and
looked great next to our Editor's 50" HDTV. Set up was pretty easy
- we went online to the NOW TV registration page, entered our
details and Entertainment Pass code, then got our account verified.
The box comes with a HDMI lead - nice for a £10 product, and once
it's hooked up to your TV's HDMI port it just needs your wireless
network details to get online. You'll sign in once, with the
account details you made just now, and stay logged in all the
Scrolling through the NOW TV interface is pretty easy - you can
see the latest content on the channels and services you subscribe
to, catch up with the last 7 days worth of shows and it's easy
enough to access the apps from the main menu.
We liked the way catch up content was dished up to us via the
main menu, but would have liked to have seen featured shows like
True Detective having all episodes available to view and not just
the most recent few.
Top apps on NOW TV
Here are our picks of the top apps on NOW TV (aside from the
obvious BBC iPlayer and 40D):
- CNET - all the latest tech news and gadget reviews, to watch on
your nifty little streaming box via your broadband connection. How
very 22nd century of you.
- Crunchyroll - anime fans whisper the name 'Crunchyroll' in
hushed tones. It's the best and easiest way to enjoy full-length
episodes of the latest Japanese anime and movies.
- Facebook photos and videos - what better way to enjoy your
selfies and mug shots of your mates than on your big HD telly?
- Musiclouds - access your Soundcloud, 8tracks or Jamendo content
on your TV and listen through your speakers
- TED Talks - brush up on your dinner party speaking topics with
TED and enjoy rather smart talks from the globe's key thinkers
You can add and remove a 'Pass' every month - so you pay in
advance for the services, use them for a month, and then either
continue to pay or cancel your subscription. This is especially
convenient if you have kids to entertain over the summer and a spot
of Sky Movies is likely to do the trick. The Sky Sports Day Pass is
more expensive and can be turned on for a single 24 hour period,
which wouldn't appeal to serious arm chair fans but might be
perfect for a family with visiting relatives who want to watch an
important match, or a group of friends pooling their resources to
enjoy a particular sporting event.
How much does NOW TV cost?
Sounds interesting, what do I need to know?
- Sky recommends that you have a broadband connection with speeds
of at least 2.5Mb to use Now TV, with an unlimited data
- You can register 4 devices with NOW TV and watch 2 at the same
time, streaming to your telly through your Xbox®360, PS3™, Roku,
YouView or the dedicated NOW TV Box
- You can also watch NOW TV on LG Smart TVs and selected LG media
devices, or watch on the go on your PC or Mac, iPad, or compatible
What's on NOW TV?
What's on NOW TV is up to you! Sky has three add-on services
available for NOW TV; sports, entertainment and movies. You just
pick the service you're interested in and sign up online by
creating an account on the NOW TV website.
The NOW TV Box turns your telly into a smart TV and gives you
access to BBC iPlayer, Demand 5 as well as cool apps like Facebook,
BBC News, Spotify, Sky News and Vimeo. The apps come pre-loaded, so
you can just plug your Now TV box in to start using them.
The Entertainment pass is currently £6.99 a month. You sign up
for it a month at a time, and get access to 10 pay TV channels,
including Sky Atlantic, Fox, Discovery and Comedy Central. You can
watch live TV or catch up TV, and also enjoy box sets like Ugly
Betty and Grey's Anatomy at no extra cost.
note: From 4th May Nat Geo Wild
joins Entertainment Month Pass, and does not effect the price of
the pass; it still renews at £6.99 a month. The Disney
Channel, Nickelodeon and Nick
Jr channels will be leaving the Entertainment Month Pass
on 21st June due to changes to NOW TV's rights.
If you're interested in the occasional major sporting events and
you've got a few mates to split the £6.99 pass with, then NOW TV's
daily Sky Sports pass could be great value compared to a long term
Sky Sports subscription. You get 24 hours access to every Sky
Sports channel, with no contract required.
Sky Sports Week Pass -
£10.99 for 7 days access
For when one day just isn't enough, The Sky Sports Week Pass is
available at just £4 more than the daily version. Catch up on all
the biggest matches, games and events whether your an F1 fan or
Sky Movies Pass - £9.99/month with 30 day free
Got a bit of free time coming up and fancy checking out a few
movies, maybe over the festive period? A monthly Sky Movies Pass
lets you stream over 800 movies on demand, with up to 4 new
premieres added every week, including The Guilt Trip, Gangster
Squad, The Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty. You also get access to
over 20 Sky Movies collections, to inspire you and help you
discover new favourites.