Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • w00519772
    • By w00519772 6th Sep 17, 1:14 PM
    • 1,125Posts
    • 202Thanks
    w00519772
    Now TV
    • #1
    • 6th Sep 17, 1:14 PM
    Now TV 6th Sep 17 at 1:14 PM
    I would like to take advantage of NowTVs 14 day trial period. I currently have the following devices:

    1) Samsung UE40F6320AK
    2) Steam Box
    3) You View box

    I bought the TV in 2014 so I do not believe it is compatible. Neither is the steam box.

    I believe You View would allow me to access anything that is not live. I have a few questions:

    1) How does NowTV compare to Netflix?
    2) Is NowTV a more limited version of Sky?
    3) Should I:
    a) Upgrade my TV so that it supports NowTV
    b) Buy the NowTV box
    c) Use You VIew to access Now TV
Page 1
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 6th Sep 17, 1:27 PM
    • 1,781 Posts
    • 972 Thanks
    Inner Zone
    • #2
    • 6th Sep 17, 1:27 PM
    • #2
    • 6th Sep 17, 1:27 PM
    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
    • 1,125 Posts
    • 202 Thanks
    w00519772
    • #3
    • 6th Sep 17, 1:54 PM
    • #3
    • 6th Sep 17, 1:54 PM
    2) What a Stream box?
    [/URL]
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Steam is a PC Gaming box (http://store.steampowered.com/hardware/)

    2)
    Roku make the NOWTV boxes.
    [/URL]
    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
    • 8,217 Posts
    • 4,890 Thanks
    teddysmum
    • #4
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:15 PM
    • #4
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:15 PM
    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
    • 1,781 Posts
    • 972 Thanks
    Inner Zone
    • #5
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:39 PM
    • #5
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:39 PM
    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
    • 1,781 Posts
    • 972 Thanks
    Inner Zone
    • #6
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:43 PM
    • #6
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:43 PM
    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
    • 9,162 Posts
    • 8,611 Thanks
    Cornucopia
    • #7
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:51 PM
    • #7
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:51 PM
    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.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Phones & TV, Techie Stuff, In My Home,
    The Money Savers Arms and Food Shopping boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. Any views (especially those on the UK TV Licence) are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com.

    Board guides are not moderators. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com
    • devizes18193
    • By devizes18193 6th Sep 17, 3:54 PM
    • 1,426 Posts
    • 671 Thanks
    devizes18193
    • #8
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:54 PM
    • #8
    • 6th Sep 17, 3:54 PM
    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
    • 694 Posts
    • 289 Thanks
    Bigphil1474
    • #9
    • 7th Sep 17, 1:26 PM
    • #9
    • 7th Sep 17, 1:26 PM
    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
    • 532 Posts
    • 1,550 Thanks
    vintagebrighton
    If it's a consideration for you, Netflix has subtitles Nowtv does not.
    Food Budget ~ £120/£160
    Weight Loss Challenge ~ 38/84 NSD ~ 11/18
    • craigr98
    • By craigr98 16th Sep 17, 5:51 AM
    • 151 Posts
    • 28 Thanks
    craigr98
    Now TV doesn't offer any offline viewing on say a tablet. Netflix does, but note not on all its programmes.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

5,070Posts Today

4,551Users online

Martin's Twitter