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Now TV's cinema pass prices have gone up - check if you can beat the hike

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
Thousands of Now TV customers will see a price rise of £2 a month after the firm upped the cost of its cinema pass - but you may still be able to beat the hike...
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  • Inner_ZoneInner_Zone Forumite
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    "A Now TV spokesperson said: "We last changed the Now TV Sky Cinema Pass price four and a half years ago and since then have brought customers even more choice and flexibility, along with 11 live channels, a collection of over 1,000 films and a new film premiere every day."


    Which require a different pass. The price increase does not allow you to view them, you would still need to purchase an Entertainent Pass.
  • KildareKildare Forumite
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    When I received the email about the price hike around 2 weeks ago I went to cancel my cinema pass, they then offered me £7.99 a month if I subscribed for the next 4 months, which works for me. At the end of that time I'll either cancel (unless another deal comes up) or see how much the vouchers are. It's cheaper to buy a 2 or 3 month voucher than paying monthly anyway and if anyone asks what I would like as a gift I'll often mention a Now TV voucher ;)

    The nice thing with Now TV is you can assess how much you're using it and cancel whenever you like e.g. if you only want it over Christmas, School Holidays or when GoT is on pay for a month then cancel.
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    Inner_Zone wrote: »
    "A Now TV spokesperson said: "We last changed the Now TV Sky Cinema Pass price four and a half years ago and since then have brought customers even more choice and flexibility, along with 11 live channels, a collection of over 1,000 films and a new film premiere every day."

    Which require a different pass. The price increase does not allow you to view them, you would still need to purchase an Entertainent Pass.

    By coincidence, there are also 11 live Cinema Pass channels, too.

    So 22 live channels in all(*) - 11 with the Entertainment Pass, and 11 with the Cinema Pass.

    (*) And some more with the Sports and Kids passes.
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    They do so many offers that there shouldn't be a need to ever pay full price (I never have), but it will be interesting to see what effect the full price increase has on the offers.



    I opened an account with a 2 month free pass and then when I went to cancel they offered 3 months for the price of 1 (which is always charged at £3.30 per month, rather than £3.33 or a lump sum of £9.99) and after I'd used that they offered 4 months at £3.99 per month. I have now had almost 2 years of completely continuous use (never actually had to go through with a cancellation) at a mixture of £3.99 (for 4 months at a time) and £3.30 (for 3 months at a time). I only just renewed the 3 for 1 offer for £3.30 per month (so for 3 months through to end of June) a couple of weeks ago, so they were still offering that despite the imminent price increase (which they did also mention at the time of renewal, but won't come into effect until July now).



    I suppose with the price increasing to £11.99 the 3 for 1 deal may just become £3.99 per month for 3 months, so a sort of combination of the 2 previous deals I had always been offered and no more expensive than the higher one anyway. If it ends up being more then I'll actually cancel this time and take a break....I may actually do that anyway as I've watched most of the older films that I wanted to and could wait a few months before catching up on new releases :)
  • If you're not being offered any discounts when cancelling the movie pass, it's worth checking Argos for their 2-month cinema passes as they only cost £15 (so £7.50 per month equivalent).

    Link: https://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CheckPriceAndStockEntryMobile
    Cat number: 790/8277

    Note: While you can't reserve any online, or get any for home delivery, you can reserve them over their phone live-stock checking service. That way, you know if your local branch has any in stock first, then reserve and collect.

    My local Argos had well over 30 2-month cinema passes left in stock, and as they can't be reserved online or delivered, they are less likely to be sold. :)
  • GeodarkGeodark Forumite
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    They do so many offers that there shouldn't be a need to ever pay full price (I never have), but it will be interesting to see what effect the full price increase has on the offers.



    I opened an account with a 2 month free pass and then when I went to cancel they offered 3 months for the price of 1 (which is always charged at £3.30 per month, rather than £3.33 or a lump sum of £9.99) and after I'd used that they offered 4 months at £3.99 per month. I have now had almost 2 years of completely continuous use (never actually had to go through with a cancellation) at a mixture of £3.99 (for 4 months at a time) and £3.30 (for 3 months at a time). I only just renewed the 3 for 1 offer for £3.30 per month (so for 3 months through to end of June) a couple of weeks ago, so they were still offering that despite the imminent price increase (which they did also mention at the time of renewal, but won't come into effect until July now).



    I suppose with the price increasing to £11.99 the 3 for 1 deal may just become £3.99 per month for 3 months, so a sort of combination of the 2 previous deals I had always been offered and no more expensive than the higher one anyway. If it ends up being more then I'll actually cancel this time and take a break....I may actually do that anyway as I've watched most of the older films that I wanted to and could wait a few months before catching up on new releases :)


    Yeah, Just "Cancelled" mine yesterday, £3.99 for 3 months.
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    I got the Black Friday deal last November so I've only paid £99 for a year and get Entertainment and Cinema both as well.

    That's not up until November so at the moment this change doesn't affect me. But like above, never paid full price and don't intend to either if I can get away with it.
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    Inner_Zone wrote: »
    "A Now TV spokesperson said: "We last changed the Now TV Sky Cinema Pass price four and a half years ago and since then have brought customers even more choice and flexibility, along with 11 live channels, a collection of over 1,000 films and a new film premiere every day."


    Which require a different pass. The price increase does not allow you to view them, you would still need to purchase an Entertainent Pass.

    Under Sky Cinema:

    1. Premiere
    2. Hits
    3. Superheroes
    4. Disney
    5. Animation
    6. Action
    7. Comedy
    8. Thriller
    9. Drama
    10. Sci & Horror
    11. Musicals

    You need an entertainment pass also to watch if you don't have one? I have both at the moment so can't check.
  • Similar to the deals that come up when you cancel, I sometimes use the online chat on their website to ask if they have any deals for existing customers. Currently on £5/month for 4 months.

    Not sure it works every time, but doesn’t hurt to ask!
  • I signed up to NowTV broadband and phone at the end of March and was offered the cinema pass at £5.99 per month for 12 months. A week or so after my first payment had been taken I received and email advising of the price increases. I used the online chat service to ask if I would be affected by the increase as the deal I signed up to was for 12 months and was assured that I "definitely would not be charged more and if I was I could just contact them and they would sort it out for me"......and guess what......when I checked my account about a week later I was due to be billed the higher amount! I contacted c.s. again and they assured me that only £5.99 would be taken from my account. WRONG! On the next payment date the higher amount was taken. Regardless of several online chats, complaint emails back and forth with many agents I am no further forward, except I have now cancelled the cinema pass as I was not prepared to pay the higher amount less than a month after signing up to a 12 month deal. NowTV will not accept that they have broken the terms of the contract and are not willing to honour the price as stated. To say I'm not happy is an understatement, but there just seemed to be no reasoning with anyone. If I wasn't out with the cooling off period for the phone and broadband I would be cancelling them too. I also have an entertainment pass, and sky sports monthly so they're getting enough money out of me at the moment and I refuse to pay the higher amount on principle.
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