The provider may have made its name selling TV memberships, but how does its broadband products stack up? Let’s take a look.
Most broadband providers carry out credit checks before accepting you as a new customer – but not NOW Broadband.
All you need to do is set up a TV account. When you do this, the ISP checks your bank card is valid by taking 10p out of your account (you get this back). Once you’ve got a NOW TV account, it’s simple to add broadband.
So, that’s it: internet without a credit check . It could be a good option for you if you’ve had credit problems in the past or simply have a slim credit file due to being young, or new to the country.
Its download speeds are the same as pretty much all other providers (10Mbps standard broadband, or 36Mbps or 63Mbps fibre). It will give you an estimate of the maximum speed your line will receive when you sign up.
But the ISP’s upload speeds are above average. You’ll get the following upload speeds:
To put this in context, Virgin Media’s upload speed on its 50Mbps Fibre Broadband is just 3Mbps.
You’ll receive a Hub Two when you sign up with the provider. This will be delivered by Royal Mail and you can install it yourself once your broadband is up and running. There’s a Hub Two set-up guide on the NOW Broadband website to help you out.
The Hub Two is very similar to Sky’s latest hub, the Sky Q. It’s a dual-band 802.11ac router with two 1GB LAN ports. Pretty good for a free router.
NOW broadband isn’t a small broadband company we know nothing about – it’s a subsidiary of telecoms giant Sky. The two brands operate completely separately and are noticeably different. Whereas Sky looks to tie customers into lengthy contracts, NOW has the opposite approach with no-contract broadband and monthly TV memberships.
It’s easy to add NOW TV memberships to to your internet service or vice versa. You can watch Sky content without having a satellite dish installed or committing to a lengthy contract.
There are four NOW TV memberships: Entertainment, Sport, Cinema and HAYU. Entertainment offers a mix of TV shows and movies from Sky’s various channels which are usually available for a limited time. Cinema, which costs a bit more, gives you access to over 1000 movies, including recent blockbusters, HAYU is an altogether different fish, being made up entirely of reality shows. They each cost under a tenner per month and you’ll need to cancel if you don’t want them to automatically run on to the next month.
The Sky Sports membership works in a different way: you can buy a membership for one day, or the whole month and it costs a fair bit more than NOW TV’s other options, but gives full access to all Sky Sports channels. So if you just want to watch one crucial football match, you can just buy a day membership with no need to fork out for the whole month. Daily memberships don’t need to be cancelled – they just end – but you’ll need to cancel the monthly membership.
Read our expert review to see how NOW compares to other TV providers.
All NOW broadband is unlimited and not subject to traffic management. This means you won't have your speed reduced at any time, regardless of how much you upload or download.
You can add NOW Broadband Buddy to your account by going to 'my account' and then 'parental controls'. You can then select an age rating and choose which websites can and can’t be viewed on your broadband network.
On top of that, Broadband Buddy guards your computer and other devices against malware-infected websites and sites that try to collect your private information without your knowledge.
For an in-depth review, read our NOW Broadband review.
|Broadband Package||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Price|
|NOW Brilliant Broadband||11Mbps||1.3Mbps||£20 per month|
|NOW Fab Fibre Broadband||36Mbps||10Mbps||£24 per month|
|NOW Super Fibre Broadband||63Mbps||19Mbps||£24 per month|
NOW TV easily lets you bundle NOW TV and NOW Broadband together. Simply purchase NOW Broadband and then add-on the NOW TV membership you require. To compare the latest deals, packages and add-on, use our comparison tool to check prices, contracts and broadband speeds.
The provider offers a budget service with some great perks, plus the backing of Sky. Is it the right broadband provider for you? Follow these steps to figure it out.
NOW Broadband is widely available across the UK, although some addresses will only be able to get standard broadband while others will be able to get fibre as well. To find out what’s available near you, simply enter your postcode at the top of the page and we’ll display a number of deals available.
The provider has three different speeds available to choose from:
If you’re not sure what speed is right for your needs, we’ve put together a guide that will help you work this out.
Think carefully before adding a call package. Most people can get by on their mobile call allowance and apps like Facebook Messenger and Skype to contact people overseas.
You get a phone line with NOW whatever you do – so incoming calls are no problem. You can also just pay for calls as you go (but check the rates first). Calls packages are either for evenings and weekends, or anytime, to UK landlines and mobiles. You can add 1471 last number recall or caller display but these both cost £1 a month.
If you decide to purchase a NOW TV membership, you can watch it in numerous ways: on your PC, smart TV, iPad, smartphone or games console. If you want to watch it on your telly, you can use a NOW TV box or stick. Both of these turn your TV into a smart TV. You can register up to four devices and watch on two at the same time.
Yes, NOW Broadband is owned by Sky along with NOW TV. The NOW range of broadband packages are aimed at the budget and short-term end of the broadband market.
Cable.co.uk rates it four out of five stars in our expert NOW Broadband review. It's certainly popular too – being one of Cable.co.uk's best broadband sellers.
Yes, you can combine NOW broadband and NOW TV as a package. Use our comparison to get the latest broadband deals from NOW.
NOW Broadband prices start from £20 per month. For the latest prices and deals, see our comparison table.