What is Now TV from Sky?
Latest news for Now TVNow TV is an on-demand streaming video service for people who don’t want a traditional monthly subscription, or a contract that has Sky at the top. There’s a free 30-day trial, as well.
It’s delivered through apps on a variety of fixed and mobile connected devices, and currently has more than 600 films, with Premier League football, other sports, and entertainment channels coming later.
How do I get Now TV from Sky?
Register online at www.nowtv.com, and activate your free 30-day trial.
You can watch instantly on PC or Mac, or download the app for your phone, tablet, games console or smart TV device.
How much does Now TV from Sky cost?
It’s currently £8.99/month for the first three months and £15/month thereafter. This gets you a Sky Movies Pass. Alternatively, you can opt to watch films on a Pay & Play (pay per view) basis with films priced from 99p to £3.49.
Which entertainment channels are on Now TV from Sky?
Nothing yet, but TV shows from Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts, Sky Living and Sky One will all be added in future, says Sky.
What films are on Now TV from Sky?
There are more than 600 films from the 11 Sky Movies channels, both on-demand and streaming live (one for each channel), with five new movies per week.
The pay-per-view film selection is different, running from new DVD releases at £3.49 that you’d find on Sky Box Office or Blinkbox, to ‘classics’ for as little as 99p. Sky says the average price will be £2.49 to £3.49.
What sports are on Now TV from Sky?
Sky Sports channels, in particular English Premier League football, will be added soon, with access to cost £9.99 per day.
Can I watch Now TV from Sky on my iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch?
Now TV apps for iOS devices are now available to download. The free app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 as well as all versions of the iPad. Now TV will work on the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation iPod Touch, and requires you to be running iOS 5.0 or later.
Can I watch Now TV from Sky on my Android phone or tablet?
The Now TV app can be downloaded from Google Play for selected HTC, Samsung and Google smartphones with Android 2.2x, 2.3x, 4.0 or 4.1.
These are the HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible S, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Note.
Note that Now TV will currently only work on HTC Sensations, Samsung Galaxy S2's and Samsung Galaxy Notes that have been upgraded to Android 4.0.
Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the only Android 4.1/Jelly Bean phone that Now TV will work on at the moment.
Now TV does not yet work on any Android tablets, and it will not work on rooted Android devices.
Can I watch Now TV from Sky on my Blackberry or Windows phone?
Now TV isn’t available on Blackberry or Windows Phone devices, but Sky has said it will develop apps if there is sufficient demand.
Can I watch Now TV on my smart TV or games console?
Now TV is now available to download on YouView boxes and on Xbox 360's. The PlayStation 3 Now TV app is currently in a beta test phase and should be launching later this year. Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 apps will feature HD content.
What are the alternatives?
Blinkbox is currently the closest competitor for pay-per-view film streaming, but Netflix already has both older films and TV shows, while Lovefilm has an film library - both cost around £5/month with no contract. We've compared Now TV to Blinkbox, Lovefilm and the movie streaming providers here.
- Sky’s Now TV adds complete Sky Sports for £9.99/day
- Sky Movies Disney deal locks in Star Wars and Marvel movies
- Sky Sports for £9.99 per DAY!
- Xbox 360 owners can nab up to 2,400 free Microsoft Points
- Sign up for Sky Sports Now TV trial now
- Roku LT and 2 XS now supported
- Anna Karenina and Les Miserables come exclusively to the ball
- £8.99 a month for 3 months for new and returning customers
- Now TV offered at £8.99 a month to former subscribers
- Harry Potter exclusive to Sky for Christmas 2012
- Sky Premier League football channels apparently coming in November
- The Dark Knight Rises on Now TV
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes to Now TV
- Now TV comes to Xbox 360, brings 720p HD movies and Kinect support
- Now live on YouView
- Now available to download for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
- Branded Roku streamer in the pipeline?
- Now TV is here, launching on PC, Mac and smartphones
- Now TV confirmed for YouView
Sky Sports will arrive on Now TV this Spring at a hefty rate of £9.99 for a day of on-demand and streaming.
Now TV has already won 25,000 subscribers to its £15/month Sky Movies package, and hopes to repeat the success with pay-as-you-go live sports.
Users will have access to four Sky Sports channels, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1, featuring exclusive live events including the Master golf tournament from Augusta, the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, and two Ashes cricket series.
Sky’s CEO, Jeremy Darroch, said: “It will complement subscription packages well, it’s a way to extend Sky Movies, Sky Sports and later entertainment channels to an entirely new set of customers.”
Heavyweight sports fans are unlikely to swap to Now TV from Sky Sports, at £42.50/month for the same package, which includes mobile viewing through Sky Go (or £35.50/month on Virgin Media without Sky Go).
January 31, 2013
Xbox 360 owners pondering whether or not they should check out Now TV have been given a bit of extra incentive in the form of free Microsoft Points, up to 2,400.
Those registering for the 30 day free trial will automatically qualify for 800 Microsoft Points for free, which can be topped up with an extra 1,600 points once you make your first monthly payment to Now TV.
Now TV currently costs £8.99/month for the first three months and £15.00/month thereafter. Though more expensive than most competing video on-demand platforms, Now TV’s edge comes in the form of getting hold of new releases a year before they’re available anywhere else.
Anna Karenina, The Bourne Legacy, Les Miserables and The Dark Knight Rises are among the titles set to appear on Now TV before other services have a crack at them.
This Xbox 360 Microsoft Points deal is available now until the end of the month. When signing up you’ll need to enter the promo code ‘XBOXOFFER’ to get your first 800 points, with the remaining 1,600 credited to your account once you’ve paid the first £8.99.
In order to qualify for the points, you’re also required to watch at least 90 minutes of content during the free trial, but given the choice of movies on offer that shouldn’t be a problem right?
All Microsoft Points will be sent within 30 days of the end of the free trial.
January 11, 2013
Sky is currently inviting beta testers to take part in a trial of Sky Sports on Now TV.
Football fans have until Monday to sign up, when the free trial kicks off. The beta test will involve viewers trialling Sky Sports on the PC and Mac editions of Now TV and it will provide access to all six Sky Sports channels.
This will see you able to watch live streams of Barclays Premier League football, Heineken Cup rugby, England T20 and Test cricket, European Tour Golf, NFL, boxing and Ladbrokes World Darts Championships.
If you’re interested you should register your details by Monday the 10th at this page. A limited number of registered viewers will be randomly selected and contacted on the Tuesday.
Spaces are limited, so don’t hang about.
It’s thought that Sky won’t be launching the Sky Sports on Now TV proper until the new year. We’re hoping to have more information once the test phase kicks off next week.
December 7, 2012
Now TV is now available on Roku streaming players like the Roku 2 XS 1080p.
Available to download within the Roku Channel Store now, Now TV will give you first-look access to Sky Movies’ ever-growing library of movies and films.
Now TV is free for the first month, then £8.99/month for three months and £15/month thereafter.
Right now all you get in access to Sky Movies content but within the next few months Sky Sports channels, providing live action from Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, England Test cricket, Heineken Cup rugby and more will also land on Now TV.
Still no word exactly on when the sports will land, but Simon Creasey, Director of Now TV, comments: “Following today’s launch on Roku, our customers now have another way of streaming their favourite movies to their main TV screen... we’re also preparing to increase the range and choice of great Sky content that our customers can access.”
Sky's release mentions that Sky Sports will be coming in 'the next few months', which appears to contradict the rumour we heard that it might be coming in Novmeber. As soon as we know when the official kick off time is, we’ll let you know.
Now TV is available on compatible Roku LT and Roku 2 XS boxes which go for £49.99 and £99.99 each.
November 28, 2012
Now TV will be the first subscription streaming service in the UK to get upcoming titles including Anna Karenina and Les Miserables, thanks to a deal signed with Sky and NBCUniversal.
The deal will see other new titles such as Despicable Me 2, Battleship, The Bourne Legacy, Snow White & The Huntsman and Ted coming to Now TV a year before any other subscription-based streaming platform in the UK.
As well as nabbing these new and up-and-coming titles for 12 months before Netflix and Lovefilm can show them, the deal also sees classics such as Jurassic Park plus all the Back to the Future and American Pie movies available to watch on Now TV.
November 6, 2012
Now TV has just launched a new offer, £8.99/month for the first three months for new customers.
This is in addition to the 30 day free trial period, meaning you’ve now got a very generous introduction period with Now TV. As with the offer sent out to previous Now TV customers, this three months offer is available until January 22.
Now TV is currently adding 20 new premiers a month, snapping up new titles six months after they’ve finished their run in UK cinemas. Now TV will also retain new titles 12 months before they’re avialable on Netflix or Lovefilm.
So while Now TV remains more expensive than the competition, its library of exclusive first runs ins growing nicely.
October 23, 2012
Looks like Now TV is offering those who signed up for the trial a nice discount; £8.99/month for three months instead of the usual £15. A Recombu Digital reader forwarded us this email from Now TV which has the details.
All you need to do is re-sign in, click Auto Renew and you’re done. The new deal will take £15 from your account each month as normal but your account will be reimbursed £6.01 each month for three months. You should also remember not to turn off Auto Renew before the three months are up, or you’ll lose the discount.
As well as this new deal, it looks like the Pay & Play (pay per view) option for movies has also been removed. The email says that Pay & Play has been ‘paused to make some improvements’.
Since launch, Now TV has added a slew of new titles thanks to a deal done with Warner Bros. All of the the Lord of the Rings and the entire Harry Potter octalogy are now available. The deal also means that new films such as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will arrive on Now TV a good 12 months before the competition.
This makes Now TV a stronger (if pricier) proposition to the likes of Netflix, Lovefilm and Blinkbox. Now TV will also be adding extra content in the form of Sky Sports, Sky 1 ans Sky Atlantic in the future, so we’re expecting Premier League footie, Simpsons and Mad Men on demand as well.
October 19, 2012
The wand-waggling wizardly exploits of Harry Potter and chums will be exclusive to Now TV and other Sky platforms this Christmas.
Sky has secured all eight films for Now TV, Sky Go, Sky Movies, Sky 3D and Sky On Demand from November 1, 2012, to January 31, 2012.
Now TV users with a £15/month Sky Movies monthly pass can get the Harry Potter movies at no extra cost, while the final chapter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 will be in 3D for satellite viewers.
October 16, 2012
According to an unnamed source you’ll be able to watch live football matches and Formula 1 races online for just £10/month.
This means that to get the cream of Sky Sports and Sky Movies content without a Sky TV subscription, you’ll pay £25/month for everything.
Speaking to DTVE, Sky apparently wanted to launch the new channels from November 14 onwards, but this is expected to be delayed by a few days. When we spoke to Sky we weren’t told anything more than what we already knew - that Sky Sports arriving this year was always on the cards.
When Sky launched the service earlier in the year we were told that alongside movies you’d be able to add sports content as well as programmes from Sky One, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts.
With two-and-a-bit months of the year left, it's not going to be long before Sky Sports kicks off on Now TV. When we've got an official launch date we'll let you know.
October 9, 2012
New theatrical releases will be live on Now TV and Sky Movies around six months after they have ended their run. Once available, these films will be available on Sky’s service exclusively for more than a year.
The deal also sees Now TV getting first dibs on future Warner Bros titles like Man of Steel, The Hangover Part III and The Great Gatsby.
As well as securing rights for upcoming films, this deal also sees classics like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Matrix films and the rest of the Batman franchise (yes, including Batman & Robin) coming to the Now TV fold.
This sets Tolkien fans up for the inevitable six-movie marathon night once all of the new Hobbit films come to Now TV in the future.
These classic Warner Bros films will be arriving on Now TV in coming weeks - we’re chasing up on more exact ETAs now.
September 19, 2012
Now TV has announced its film highlights for September subscription and pay-per-view: Moneyball, One Day, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Hangover Part 2, Jane Eyre, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I Don't Know How She Does It, Toy Story 3, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Battleship, Avengers Assemble, and The Dictator.
September 7, 2012
Now TV is now available for Xbox 360 consoles, bringing 720p HD movies to the on-demand table. The Xbox 360 app marks the first time that HD content has been available to watch on-demand from Now TV.
As well as this, support for Xbox Kinect is built in, meaning you can select movies using voice and motion controls. Though when you’re doing this, please make sure you speak clearly...
The Now TV app is free to download from Xbox LIVE now, but requires an Xbox LIVE Gold account to access.
As standard, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial, after which it’s £15 a month. ‘Pay & Play’ prices for films you’d watch on-demand (i.e. those not covered by the subscription) haven’t changed for HD titles, with prices ranging from 99p to £3.49 per film.
August 22, 2012
Now TV has gone live on YouView with a 30-day free trial. Sky has also promised to add Sky Sports by the end of 2012, with the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, England Test cricket, Heineken Cup rugby, ATP tennis, and the Masters from Augusta.
August 10, 2012
Sky’s Now TV is now available to download for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
The supported devices are iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPad 1, 2 and the new iPad, all running iOS 5.0 or above.
Here's the iTunes link for Now TV to save you having to look for it.
July 31, 2012
Media streamer maker Roku could produce a dedicated dongle to get Now TV on smart TVs after Sky and News Corp joined investors pushing £28.6 million into the company.
Roku is already confirmed as a partner to host Now TV on its current networked media player, but is developing the Roku Streaming Stick, a compact wireless dongle device which would connect to the HDMI ports of TVs to give them access to streaming video from the likes of Now TV, or its rivals, Netflix, Lovefilm and Blinkbox.
The investment will also help Roku develop services such as advertising, games, and pay-per-view video for its devices.
July 26, 2012
Now TV launches on PC, Mac and Android. Apps for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Roku are to follow. For more detailed coverage of the Now TV launch event check out our hands-on demo of Now TV on YouView our early hands-on with the forthcoming iPad app and a price breakdown of Sky's Now TV: What do you get for £15 a month?
July 16, 2012
YouView's chairman, Alan Sugar, confirms that Now TV from Sky will join the platform later in 2012.
July 4, 2012