Dan Howdle | March 20th, 2023
NOW is the little sibling of Sky TV and was first launched as an alternative to anyone wanting access to Sky’s premium TV offering without the long-term commitment. As well as TV, NOW also offers broadband services which can be taken independently of the TV packages, or in combination with them.
NOW offers three broadband speeds, of which NOW Super Fibre broadband is the fastest, with an average download speed of 63Mbps. We’ve taken a look at the details so you can decide if NOW broadband’s premium option is the right choice for your home.
Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect to find with NOW Super Fibre.
|£23 per month
|Pay as you go, Evenings and Weekends, Anytime
|NOW Broadband Hub 2
|Broadband only, Broadband & phone, Broadband and TV
|1 month, 12 months
If you have a standard, ADSL connection that seems unable to cope with your home’s online demands, whether that is streaming Netflix or supporting Spotify while teenagers endlessly scroll through social media, making the leap to a fibre connnection will solve your problems. The extra speed will allow for several online activities at once and minimise shouts of irritation when your router struggles under the demands being placed on it and causes videogames and films to start buffering.
The first step up from standard broadband would be to an entry-level fibre package such as NOW Broadband Fab Fibre, which offers an average of 36Mbps. Alternatively, for a few extra pounds a month, NOW’s Super Fibre offers an average 63Mbps download speeds, and the xtra peace of mind that all your online requirements will be catered for.
Here’s who we think NOW Super Fibre is best suited to, and what benefits you can expect:
|NOW Brilliant Broadband
|£20 per month
|NOW Fab Fibre Broadband
|£23 per month
|NOW Super Fibre Broadband
|£23 per month
NOW Super Fibre Broadband is truly unlimited, offering an average download speed of 63Mbps, with no limitations on speed and no traffic management, even at peak hours in the evenings, so you can enjoy the optimum speeds at any time of day. When you sign up with NOW Super Fibre, you will be told what your guaranteed minimum speed will be, and so should your speed dips below this, you have the peace of mind knowing that you will be able to leave your NOW contract without being penalised.
NOW provides all its broadband customers with the dual band, NOW Broadband Hub 2 router. This is a good, solid router, and is essentially identical to the Sky Q Hub. It comes with smart channel selection and five antennae that will ensure you always get the best signal possible on any devices you use, and its two gigabit ethernet ports mean you can connect two devices by ethernet cable directly into your router if you wish (internet speed over a cabled connection is always faster than over wifi).
NOW broadband runs on the same Openreach network of cables used by Sky, BT, EE and many other providers and hence is widely available across the country and you have a very good chance of being able to get it.
NOW Broadband is marketed as Sky broadband’s simpler and cheaper option and hence comes with little in the way of exciting extras. It is, in essence, a budget broadband offering, so there are no free gifts or extra data deals on offer.
However, all customers receive the NOW Broadband Buddy app free of charge, which comes with both security software to protect your devices from phishing and malware, and also enables parents to protect their children from inappropriate content and limit their time online.
All NOW broadband customers receive a pay-as-you-go landline at no extra cost, to which you can choose to add a calls package if you are a regular landline user.
Installation and activation with NOW Broadband is free (with the exception of a £5 router delivery charge), unless you choose the one-month, contract-free option, in which case you will have to pay a one-off, upfront cost of £60.
NOW Super Fibre Broadband is a straightforward, affordable fibre broadband ideal for most households. Its average download speed of 63Mbps is comparable to regular fibre speeds available from most other providers and will easily allow you to stream on Netflix whilst also keeping several other devices connected at the same time. Running on the Openreach network also means NOW broadband is widely available. The security and parental control software provided by the NOW Broadband Buddy is a valuable free extra.
NOW is also one of those rare providers that offers one-month, contract-free broadband, ideal if you are looking for a short-term solution or just don’t like the idea of a long commitment. Additionally, it can be taken with any of the NOW TV memberships to create the ideal all-round home entertainment package.