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Sky Cinema buying guide: Over 800 movies to buy and rent, at home or on the move.

Sky Cinema is a great way to buy or rent movies at home or on the go, via your broadband connection and a Sky+HD box, or the Sky Go mobile application. If you're interested in using Sky Movies for the first time or adding a Sky Movies subscription to a Sky TV bundle, this handy buying guide will tell you what you need to know.

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Sky Cinema buying guide: Over 800 movies to buy and rent, at home or on the move.

What is Sky Cinema?

Sky Cinema is a movie rental and purchase service that is accessible via a Sky+ HD set top box and the Sky Go mobile application. It gives you access to box office hits and new movies 12 months before they are available on most online subscription services, as well as hundreds of old favourites and family classics.

Movies are available to watch on demand at any time, and there is a new and exclusive Sky Cinema Disney channel that gives you access to all the latest Disney releases as well as all time classics.

Sky Cinema has around 5 million subscribers in the UK and Ireland,  and is a great option for movie fans who want access to a massive amount of flicks for a fixed fee. Its main benefit over rival services is that it gains early access to the latest blockbuster hits, often a year before Netflix or LOVEFiLM. It is available on a pay as you go basis via NOW TV, or as part of a subscription TV service.

How do I get access to Sky Cinema?

Access 11 Sky Cinema channels

If you take the Sky Family Bundle, Sky Cinema and the HD pack, you get access to 11 dedicated Sky Cinema channels, with weekly premieres and hundreds of movies. Sky Cinema is also available as a boost on TalkTalk TV for an additional £15/month, or on Virgin Media from £14.50/month.

Sky Cinema Premiere has the biggest Hollywood blockbusters a year before any other movie subscription service, while Sky Cinema Greats brings you the biggest movies of all time and Sky Cinema Select showcases original, provocative and ground-breaking movies from around the world. Families will appreciate access to Sky Cinema Disney and Sky Cinema Family, where you'll find hundreds of Disney and childrens' classics to enjoy together. There are channels to suit all tastes, from Sci Fi & Horror to Drama & Romance.

Access hundreds of Movies On Demand

Movies On Demand allows you to access hundreds of titles, everything from brand new blockbusters to old favourites - there are themed box sets to help you discover new favourites too. You'll also benefit from access to TV box sets and some of the UK's biggest catch up TV services, with content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD available at the touch of a button.

If you take out Sky Cinema as part of a Sky subscription, you get access to Movies On Demand via your Sky+ HD box and broadband connection, or the Sky Go app, which is free for subscribers to download on a tablet or smartphone. You can ask for Sky Cinema to be added to your package from the moment you are connected, and receive 1 month's free trial of the service. Because this is a boost, and not part of your regular contract, you are free to add and subtract Sky Cinema from your package.

If you opt for a NOW TV Sky Cinema Month Pass, you get access to Movies On Demand on a pay as you go subscription basis, which you can cancel at any time. The Sky Cinema Month Pass costs £8.99 a month, and is available with the NOW TV box, on its own, or as a combined bundle with Sky broadband.

If you are already a Sky TV customer, you can add Sky Cinema to your existing package completely free for the first month, and then £16/month on top of your regular Sky bill thereafter. This gives you access to all 11 channels and every one of the 100's of movies on offer on demand at any time.

Sky Cinema on the go

As well as through your Sky+HD box, Sky Cinema customers can catch the latest films on a variety of mobile devices with Sky Go, including iPads, iPhones, laptops, desktop computers and Android powered devices. Just load up the app and choose the movie you want to stream directly to your device. Sky Go Extra customers can even download their favourite movies for later viewing, allowing them to watch at any time without the need for a Wi-Fi connection.

You can view the full Sky Cinema listing on the Sky website

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