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    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 17th Jul 12, 9:09 AM
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    NOW TV launched today
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    • 17th Jul 12, 9:09 AM
    NOW TV launched today 17th Jul 12 at 9:09 AM
    Sky's IPTV payg service Now TV has launched.

    http://www.nowtv.com/home?filter=pay-and-play

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/46511/sky-now-tv-movie-streaming-service
    Last edited by penrhyn; 17-07-2012 at 9:12 AM.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 6th Sep 17, 1:27 PM
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    2) What a Stream box?

    1). Pass
    2). Yes
    3)
    a) No, plug in a suitable box.
    b) Yes from around £10 well worth it or if you want access to other services some free some subscription consider a Roku box, Roku make the NOWTV boxes.
    c). YouView compatible with Sky Cinema Pass only subject to subscription.

    https://help.nowtv.com/article/NOW-TV-shows-that-aren-t-available-on-YouView
    Last edited by Inner Zone; 06-09-2017 at 1:37 PM.
    • w00519772
    • By w00519772 6th Sep 17, 1:54 PM
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    2) What a Stream box?
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    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Steam is a PC Gaming box (http://store.steampowered.com/hardware/)

    2)
    Roku make the NOWTV boxes.
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    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Q1) Are there any benefits of owning a Roku box as an alternative to upgrading the TV? i.e. are there features available with Roku that are not available with a TV?

    Q2) Is this the box you are referring to: http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4536886 ?
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 6th Sep 17, 3:15 PM
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    With a Roku box you can you can access sites which pirate films and tv services (don't know how as it's not something I would want to do),but the powers that be are cracking down on piracy and have reported closing down a large number of the offending sites , with plans to close many more.
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 6th Sep 17, 3:39 PM
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    With a Roku box you can you can access sites which pirate films and tv services (don't know how as it's not something I would want to do),but the powers that be are cracking down on piracy and have reported closing down a large number of the offending sites , with plans to close many more.
    Originally posted by teddysmum
    You are confusing Kodi with Roku. Kodi is a software which can loaded on to many different devices, Roku is a tightly controlled steaming box, no Kodi. Do you think Sky would buy and resell boxes which allow what you describe, it would be damaging their own service!
    Last edited by Inner Zone; 06-09-2017 at 3:54 PM.
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 6th Sep 17, 3:43 PM
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    Steam is a PC Gaming box (http://store.steampowered.com/hardware/)



    Q1) Are there any benefits of owning a Roku box as an alternative to upgrading the TV? i.e. are there features available with Roku that are not available with a TV?
    Originally posted by w00519772
    NOWTV boxes are cripped Roku boxes specially for the services Sky provide via NOWTV, hence their low price.

    https://www.roku.com/en-gb/index

    Q2) Is this the box you are referring to: http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4536886 ?
    Originally posted by w00519772
    That is just one option of many. They are available from £10 upwards depending on seller and passes enclosed.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4146678
    Last edited by Inner Zone; 06-09-2017 at 3:51 PM.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 6th Sep 17, 3:51 PM
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    Netflix vs. Now TV...?

    Depends on what you'll subscribe to and what kind of content you're looking for. Both services are fairly dominated by US TV, although of the two, it is Netflix that gets the best/the most classic UK TV, because of the limited amount of GOLD content that makes it onto catch-up. Netflix UK content seems to be mostly from the BBC & C4.

    For Entertainment (TV only), the £7.99 Now TV pass is okay VFM. If you never want to watch films, and you want a UK channel line up (both catch-up and live) then this could be a good starting point, given the cheap Now TV boxes that are available.

    Once you add films, it becomes more complicated. Now TV films+entertainment is £18pm, which gets you a lot of content, but Netflix is half that price. Also Netflix at that sub level gets you HD, but Now TV is only 720P. Not a huge difference, but paying more and getting less seems like a poor deal.

    Now TV films are newer and there are a lot of them. Netflix is a more ecclectic selection, but there are some excellent older titles in there. I find the Netflix browsing engine tricky to use, and it possibly makes it seem like there is more stuff there than there really is. The categories on both Now TV and Netflix need to be smaller and more granular. Now TV's 500+ entries under Documentaries was ridiculous.

    The one big diffference I have noticed is that there seem to be major releases (both TV & Film) on Netflix every few days. With Now TV, this was much, much slower, and after 6 months I kind of knew what was on there (and not in a good way). Some of Sky's own productions looked like they had been there for years.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 06-09-2017 at 4:05 PM.
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    • devizes18193
    • By devizes18193 6th Sep 17, 3:54 PM
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    1;Depends on what you like watching . If you like star trek for example netflix is the way to do , The latest blacklist then now tv.
    2: yes but with no contract and in places free passes

    3: see point 1
    4 buy yjt box it will use an hdmi slot but that way you can get a pass with it and the other apps like i player will still work
    should work just fine with the tv
    • Bigphil1474
    • By Bigphil1474 7th Sep 17, 1:26 PM
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    OP, I have Netflix and Now TV at the moment. I was going to cancel Now TV but they offered me entertainment and movies for £8 a month for 4 months, so I kept it. The film range on Sky is better for me, but the TV side is a bit limited, and I have just about ran out of things to watch. I was only keeping it until game of thrones finished. Netflix does have a better mix IMO, but the movies tend to be on the older side but with the odd new gem thrown in. I prefer the variety of tv programmes on Netflix, and we have more on our Netflix watch list than Now TV. The best bit about them both is that you can switch if you need to, so may be worth having a device that has both on - a couple of month son one, then the other.
    I can virtually guarantee that you will be offered a special deal if you go to cancel Now TV before the expiry of the free trial. If you do buy a Now box with free passes, it's worth keeping them until you've been offered a stay with us deal, rather than using them first. The deals tend to be months of entertainment or movies, or day passes for sport. Depends what you want to watch. To be fair to Sky, and Netflix, the cancelling and re-subscribing system on their websites is easy to follow, and you can always tell when your pass will expire. Most will continue unless cancelled once you have subscribed.
    • vintagebrighton
    • By vintagebrighton 12th Sep 17, 9:23 AM
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    If it's a consideration for you, Netflix has subtitles Nowtv does not.
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    • craigr98
    • By craigr98 16th Sep 17, 5:51 AM
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    Now TV doesn't offer any offline viewing on say a tablet. Netflix does, but note not on all its programmes.
    • Spendingqueen
    • By Spendingqueen 20th Sep 17, 2:44 PM
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    Now TV Quality?
    We currently have Sky TV package and Netflix streamed through Xbox, We pay for ultra HD package on Netflix which is brilliant quality for just a normal standard broadband.

    We are coming to the end of Sky contract and to be honest only use MTV, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Fox channels so really tempted to go with Now TV - They have a deal - I think £99 for the full year upfront payment for entertainment, Box sets / cinema which seems a fabulous deal - However I am wondering about the streaming quality - Is it really bad and if so is there an option to pay a higher price for HD quality?
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 20th Sep 17, 3:15 PM
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    We currently have Sky TV package and Netflix streamed through Xbox, We pay for ultra HD package on Netflix which is brilliant quality for just a normal standard broadband.

    We are coming to the end of Sky contract and to be honest only use MTV, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Fox channels so really tempted to go with Now TV - They have a deal - I think £99 for the full year upfront payment for entertainment, Box sets / cinema which seems a fabulous deal - However I am wondering about the streaming quality - Is it really bad and if so is there an option to pay a higher price for HD quality?
    Originally posted by Spendingqueen
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    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 20th Sep 17, 5:12 PM
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    You can’t get HD but I find the PQ to be excellent on NowTV streamed through my smart LG TV with very little buffering. I’m on VM 50meg BB.
    That deal seems really good.
    Last edited by ididntgetwhereiamtoday; 20-09-2017 at 5:14 PM.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 20th Sep 17, 7:10 PM
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    You can’t get HD but I find the PQ to be excellent on NowTV streamed through my smart LG TV with very little buffering. I’m on VM 50meg BB.
    That deal seems really good.
    Originally posted by ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    720P is HD.
    • Beremy
    • By Beremy 11th Oct 17, 7:03 PM
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    Now TV
    Hi

    Just cancelled my sky and was thinking of getting Now TV but looking at information I'm a bit confused and wondering if it really is cheaper than sky.

    How do you record things to watch later? Or do I now need another device to do that?

    What is the Smart Now TV? Does that just mean broadband is included as well?
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 11th Oct 17, 8:31 PM
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    NowTV doesn't allow you to record. It's streaming only.

    The Smart Box is a faster Now TV box but is chunkier and allows you to pause and rewind live TV and also gain access to the Freeview channels - both features aren't available on the cheaper box which is just a basic streamer.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 11th Oct 17, 8:54 PM
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    Hi

    Just cancelled my sky and was thinking of getting Now TV but looking at information I'm a bit confused and wondering if it really is cheaper than sky.
    Originally posted by Beremy
    Comparing the two Entertainment bundles, Now TV is definitely cheaper. Once you add Movies or Sport, the difference diminishes slightly, I think.

    How do you record things to watch later? Or do I now need another device to do that?
    There is no recording on Now TV. It is a service built around catch-up, video-on-demand and box sets. If you only watch those and only on commercial channels, you do not need a TV Licence, so that's a further £12 pm saving, potentially.

    If you want more traditional viewing of Sky channels together with recording, but want the possibility of saving money, then the Talktalk TV service has a small Sky bundle for £5 extra (on top of the basic TV/Fibre BB price). I understand that The Talktalk box can record the Sky channels it receives over the Internet.
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    • Beremy
    • By Beremy 11th Oct 17, 8:59 PM
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    Thank you - I'll look into that. I've just wasted about an hour with Now TV's chat and based on their customer service alone I'm not sure I want to buy anything from them.
    • Beremy
    • By Beremy 11th Oct 17, 9:01 PM
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    If you wanted to watch a tv programme like game of thrones and you were going out for the evening - could you just watch it when you wanted later that night or the next morning?

    Or do you need a freesat box to record it (and will it record it?)
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 11th Oct 17, 9:31 PM
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    If you wanted to watch a tv programme like game of thrones and you were going out for the evening - could you just watch it when you wanted later that night or the next morning?
    Originally posted by Beremy
    Yes - depending on the rights it will either be added after broadcast, or it will already be there as a box set of the whole series. Once on Now TV, episodes will remain available for several months, at least.

    Or do you need a freesat box to record it (and will it record it?)
    No. You cannot record from Now TV. As I said before, if you prefer the viewing model to be live viewing and recording rather than catch-up, then Talktalk might be a better choice, if they include your required channels in their bundle, which is: Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Arts, Sky Living, Real Lives and Sky Sports News. It's worth noting that no non-Sky/Now TV providers offer Sky Atlantic, if that's what you're looking for.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 11-10-2017 at 9:33 PM.
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