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Now TV review 2018

Friday, January 26th 2018

If you want some of the best TV channels without having to sign up to a long contract or install a satellite dish on your home, then Now TV may be the answer.

Now TV is also the only way to watch Sky Atlantic without a subscription to a Sky TV bundle. There are several bundles to choose from along with a selection of monthly passes, focusing on movies, sports, kids and entertainment. If that sounds pretty cool, read on.

TV, broadband and calls

Now TV also offers a broadband and phone service. Prices start at £27.98 per month (including line rental) and you have a choice between unlimited standard broadband (17Mbps) or fibre (38Mbps or 76Mbps), several call packages, and your pick of Now TV passes – all without a contract.

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What channels do you get on Now TV?

Now TV brings an alternative to Sky TV. All Now TV’s plans are based on its Cinema, Sports, Kids and Entertainment Passes, which provide varying levels of access to different channels on a monthly or daily basis. Or you can buy bundles of these different passes, and add to them as you need.

You can also use the Now TV box to download apps and basically turn any regular TV into a smart TV, where you can access sites like Facebook, Spotify and BBC iPlayer, but not Netflix.

Sky Entertainment Pass

With the Entertainment pass you get access to the following channels: Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Gold, Comedy Central, Sky Arts, ITV Encore, Fox, MTV, Discovery, Nat Geo Wild, CHannel 4, Viceland and ABC Studios. You also get access to on demand content and box sets.

How much does it cost?

You can buy the Now TV Entertainment box bundle from £24.99 or purchase the Entertainment Pass on its own and watch it on a compatible device, see below. You can buy an individual Entertainment Pass from £7.99 on a 30-day rolling contract. It is also available on a three, four and six-month contract at an extra charge.

You can even combine an Entertainment Pass with a Sky Cinema Pass – giving you access to thousands of blockbuster films from £27.99 on a three-month rolling contract. The Entertainment and Sky Cinema Pass is also available on a four or six-month contract.

  • NOW TV Entertainment

    NOW TV
    • Sky premium channels + 250 box sets
    • Watch on multiple devices (PS4, tablet etc)
    • Requires broadband connection
    £7 .99
    Zero set-up cost See Deal

Sky Sports Pass

The Sky Sports Pass allows you to watch all ten Sky Sports channels: that's Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League, Football, Cricket, Golf, F1, Action, Arena, News HQ and Mix. So you can enjoy all the best sporting action and news without a long-term contract commitment.

How much does it cost?

The costs £7.99 per day. It is also available on a weekly and monthly contract at £12.99 per week or from £33.99 per month. While this is very pricey if you want a regular sports fix, it’s not a bad deal if you just want to catch the occasional important event.

You can also purchase the the Now TV Sports pack from £24.99. This bundle comes with a NOW TV box and two Sky Sports Day Passes. You can even get a Now TV box with five day passes for £39.99.

  • NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass

    NOW TV
    • All 10 Sky Sports channels for 24 hours
    • Watch on multiple devices (PS4, tablet etc)
    • Requires broadband connection
    £7.99 set-up cost See Deal

Sky Cinema Pass

If you want to have a huge selection of movies on offer at any time, the Sky Cinema Pass (previously Sky Movies) gives you access to some of the latest releases along with thousands of other films for all members of the family to enjoy. The Sky Cinema channels are: Premiere, Hits, Musicals, Disney, Disney Pixar, Action & Adventure, Comedy Crime & Thriller, Drama & Romance, Sci-Fi & Horror and Select.

How much does it cost?

The Sky Cinema Pass comes on a 30-day rolling contract at £9.99 per month. If you're lucky you may even get a free trial for a certain length of time.

Like the Entertainment Pass you can purchase the Cinema Pass on a three, four and six-month contract. You can also combine Sky Cinema with Entertainment from £27.99 for three months. But that's not all – it's also available with a Now TV box from £27.99.

  • NOW TV Sky Cinema

    NOW TV
    • Sky Cinema + over 1,000 movies on demand
    • Watch on multiple devices (PS4, tablet etc)
    • Requires broadband connection
    £9 .99
    Zero set-up cost See Deal

Sky Kids Pass

The Sky Kids Pass gives you access to six live TV channels includig Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Nick Jr. You'll also get access to on demand content – so your kids can watch their favourite programmes whenever they like.

How much does it cost?

The Sky Kids Pass comes on 30-day contract and it costs £2.99 per month. You may also get a free trial for a certain length of time.

  • NOW TV Kids

    NOW TV
    • Monthly Kids Pass - 6 top channels
    • Watch on multiple devices (PS4, tablet etc)
    • Requires broadband connection
    £2 .99
    Zero set-up cost See Deal

How to watch Now TV

You’ll need to open a Now TV account to access the service, and you’ll also need a supported device or home computer.

With a Now TV box

If you just want to plug in and watch, you can purchase a Now TV box, a small device that connects to your broadband and hooks up to your TV with an HDMI cable (supplied). There are two versions to choose from: the original Now TV box and the new Smart Box.

The original box connects your broadband wirelessly, while the Smart Box gives you the option of a wi-fi or Ethernet connection for increased reliability. The Smart Box also connects to your aerial to deliver live Freeview channels that you can pause and rewind - this feature is not available on the the original Now TV box.

On a compatible device

If you don’t like the sound of a Now TV box, you can watch the service on a whole range of compatible devices. Gamers can watch Now TV on their Xbox or PlayStation, mobile users can watch Now TV on their iPhones and selected Android phones, and if you have a YouView box, you can watch Now TV on there too.

Some restrictions apply

With the YouView box, you’ll be unable to stream live movies, certain on demand movies, or any of the content in the entertainment pack. You also won’t be able to watch Now TV on your Wii console, Sky box, or Kindle Fire.

You need a large broadband data allowance

Since streaming content uses a lot of data, a large broadband data allowance (ideally unlimited) and fast connection (minimum 2.5Mbps) is recommended. If you're using a 3G mobile connection, you'll need a download speed of at least 180Kbps (or higher – depending on what you want to watch and the device you're using).

Compatible devices

You can watch Now TV on any of the following devices:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • Now TV Box
  • Now TV Smart Box
  • PC/Mac
  • Android
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • YouView
  • EE TV
  • Apple TV

Users can register up to four compatible devices, and watch on two at the same time. Some content is unavailable on live channels and some devices – the Entertainment Pass is not available on YouView, for example.

Now TV publishes a daily list of shows that are unavailable on live channels here.

How to cancel Now TV

One of the big attractions of Now TV is that there is no long-term contract – even if you bundle it up with Now broadband. When you buy a Sky Cinema Pass, Sky Sports Month Pass , Kids Pass or Entertainment Month Pass, it renews each month until you cancel, which you can do at any time. You pay on the day you sign up, and every month until cancellation. Users can easily re-activate their accounts at a later date.

The Sky Sports Day Pass and Sky Sports Week Pass gives you access to live Sky Sports channels for a 24-hour or seven-day period, which then expires rather than renews. Each time you log into the service, you’ll be notified of time remaining on your pass and if you're watching sports content, you’ll have the option to purchase and activate a new pass.

You’ll pay on the day you sign up for a Sky Sports Day Pass and have the option to start access straight away or at a later date.


Now TV is the cheapest way to upgrade your TV to make it ‘smart’ and a great alternative for TV lovers who want some premium content without the commitment of a lengthy contract or a Sky satellite dish. With the introduction of Now broadband, it is an even more appealing option.

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