Want the best that Sky TV has to offer but don’t want it, can’t afford it, or can’t get a dish fitted? Then Now TV should be right up your alley.
Now 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 no obligation to sign up for longer than a month, no connection fee or lengthy installation process.
With Now TV you get the choice of either entertainment, movies and live sports content.
A Now TV entertainment pass will give you access to some of the best shows from Sky TV channels including Game of Thrones, Girls, Mad Men, The Last Panthers (via Sky Atlantic) Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, Scandal (via Sky Living) South Park, Lip Sync Battle (via Comedy Central) and American Horror Story and Aqua Teen Hunger Force (via Fox), which can be streamed as they’re being broadcast, or watched on a catch-up basis. The length of time a show sticks around varies (depending on rights) but you tend to get 21 days to catch up on something you’ve missed.
With a Now TV movies pass, you’ll be able to live stream all 11 Sky Movies channels plus tap into a movie library that’s filled with over 1,000 tiles (at the time of writing).
Current movies on offer include all six Star Wars movies and a multi-year deal with Disney means that Now TV (and Sky TV) will be the first places you’ll be able to watch The Force Awakens, roughly nine months from now. Other recently added Sky Movies titles include Exodus: Gods and Kings, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Chappie and Cinderella.
What is HD? The difference between 720p, 1080i and 1080pNow TV sports passes let you tap into live streams of all Sky Sports channels - that’s Sky Sports 1-5, plus Sky Sports News HQ and Sky Sports F1, which has currently rebranded as Sky Sports Darts, ahead of the 2016 F1 season which kicks off in March.
The only main drawback of Now TV is that content library refreshes pretty quickly - stuff doesn’t stick around for long, so if you see something you want to watch, don’t let it sit there. The maximum streaming quality also peaks at 720p HD. Even if you’ve got sufficient bandwidth, there’s no way for you to enjoy any Now TV content in 1080p Full HD.
Even though the new Now TV Box is capable of handling 1080p streams, Now TV content is still capped at 720p.
How much do Entertainment, Movies and Sports passes on Now TV cost?
Sky Sports passes from Now TV cost either £6.99/day, £10.99/week or £31.99/month.
What exactly do you get with a Now TV Entertainment pass?
The Entertainment pass gives you live and catch-up content from Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Gold, Comedy Central, Sky Arts, ITV Encore, Fox, MTV, Discovery, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and NickJr.
Note that while the great majority of content that’s available to watch live can also be watched on a catch-up basis, not absolutely every show that’s broadcast live will be available to watch later on demand - Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Monk, both Fox programmes, are two examples.
Additionally, box set content from ABC Studios is also available to watch on catch-up - but not on live TV.
What films do you get with the Now TV Movies pass?
There are currently more than 1,000 movies available to watch on demand with Now TV. You also get access to all 11 Sky Movies channels - Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Drama & Romance, Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror, Sky Movies Select and Sky Movies Disney.
Five new movies are added to the on-demand library every week and you’ll get to watch up to 16 premieres a month.
What Sky Sports channels can you get on Now TV?
All seven Sky Sports channels - Sky Sports 1-5, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News HQ - are available with the Sports Pass.
These channels give you live Premier League football, PGA EuroPro golf, Rugby League, T20 cricket and the Ashes, Formula 1 racing and more.
How do I get Now TV from Sky?
You can register online at www.nowtv.com. You’ll need debit or credit card details to hand and any voucher codes you may have to start using the service. If you’re signing up for a Now TV Movies Pass, you can currently qualify for a free 30-day trial.
Can I get Now TV on my phone or tablet?
- iOS - If you’ve at least got an iPhone 3GS, iPad (1st gen) iPod Touch (4th gen) and you’re running iOS 6 (or higher), then you’ll be able to run Now TV.
- Android - There’s no exhaustive list of supported Android devices available from Now TV, but generally, if you’re running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher and your device has a processor that’s faster than 1GHz, you have 1GB of RAM or more, and a screen resolution of at least 480x800, then you should be able to easily run the Now TV app on your phone.
Now TV isn’t currently available for Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 and other mobile platforms.
Which browsers work with Now TV?
As of April 2015, you can't watch Now TV through Chrome. This is due to Google binning support for Microsoft Silverlight, which Now TV uses.
This means you're limited to Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari on Windows (XP-8) and Mac (10.6 Snow Leopard or later) machines.
Can I watch Now TV on Chromecast?
Pro tip: Because Now TV works with Chromecast, you can easily watch content on your TV while keeping one of the registered device slots free on your account. Yes. Both the iOS and Android Now TV apps are Chromecast-compatible.
What’s the Now TV box?
The Now TV Box is an inexpensive mini streamer that connects to your TV via HDMI and gives you access to the full suite of Now TV services.
Can I watch Now TV on Roku?
Yes. You can get Now TV working on the Roku LT (Purple), Roku 2 XS (Black), Roku 3, Roku Streaming Stick and the new Roku 2.
Can I watch Now TV on Apple TV?
Yes - but you can’t currently sign up for a weekly or monthly Sports pass through your Apple TV box.
You can still access live Sky Sports content through Now TV on Apple TV - but right now you can only do this with £6.99 daily passes.
Can I watch Now TV on my games console?
There are Now TV apps for Xbox One and Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
Can I watch Now TV on my YouView box?
Yes - but only selected content. Live movies aren’t available on YouView and only selected on-demand films can be watched. Now TV Entertainment and Sports passes don’t currently work on YouView.
Can I watch Now TV on my smart TV?
Right now, LG smart TVs have exclusive access to Now TV. Unless your smart TV comes from Korea and it’s got ‘LG’ on it, you won’t be able to get Now TV.
How many devices can I register with Now TV?
You can have up to four devices registered with Now TV at any one time and stream on up to two devices simultaneously.
What’s the minimum download speed I need to get Now TV working?
You’ll need at least 2.5Mbps for Now TV to work on a fixed line connection. When streaming over 3G or 4G, you’ll need at least 180kbps.