Online streaming service Now TV offers households an alternative way to catch up on television without the hassle of a contract or fluctuating monthly bills.
The service, run by Sky, offers subscribers a multitude of channels, from Nickelodeon to Sky Cinema on a no-hassle, contract-free basis.
Perfect for students or those who prefer a pay-as-you-go type set up to watch their favourite shows. There are plenty of wallet-friendly savings available to TV fans, including a season pass for the Premier League and Sky Bet EFL Championship for only £179.
Catch the entire Premier League and Sky Bet EFL Championship season for £179
Until the 20 August, Sports fans can pick up a Season pass from NOW TV to cover the entire Premier League and Sky Bet EFL Championship for only £179.
The pass is worth over £300, so is a great deal for football fans who are looking to watch the matches from the comfort of their own home. Whats more the deal is available to new and existing customers.
Get a month of Entertainment and Sky Cinema for just £5 and receive 3 months of hayu for free!
Reality TV fans this is the one for you, NOW TV is offering three months of hayu for free when you buy a one month pass for Entertainment and Cinema, which is just £5.
It’s worth £29.95 altogether so is a huge saving. None of the passes have a contract so you’ll need to make sure you cancel if you don’t want to continue, but with hit shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians on Hayu, and Game of Thrones on NOW TV.
The offer ends on 23 August so be quick, but is only available to new customers. Get yours here.
How does NOW TV work?
There are a number of ways you can watch NOW TV.
Firstly there’s the NOW TV box, to enable NOW TV on your television, you’ll have to invest in a £14.99 set top box. This converts your television into an on demand TV – so you can catch up on iPlayer and other streaming services, including YouTube and fitness channels for free.
It connects via HDMI, so you don’t need to worry about investing in any additional cables.
Once set up, users have two options: a) to use your television as a smart TV for free, or b) to purchase ‘add-on’ passes to watch Sky TV – these passes can be added on and removed as and when you like. Passes start at £2.99 but check out which offers are available first.
Secondly, for those on the move and already signed up, you can also watch NOW TV on a number of devices as long as you have a Internet connection. You can download the NOW TV apps for Apple and Android, and either watch on a handheld device or cast to a television. NOW TV also have in built apps available for Smart TVs.
What’s available on NOW TV?
Sky Sports package will include a range of 10 dedicated channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix.
These are all included on the package at no extra cost, and no contract. So whether you want a month pass, or just want to watch the final, there’s a plan that suits you.
If it’s access to movies that really floats your boat, Now TV’s Sky Cinema pass offers subscribers unlimited access to its full movies database live and on demand.
Current new releases include Southpaw, Inside Out, Spectre and Marvel’s Ant-Man.
The movie library costs £9.99 a month (outside promotional offers) – although you can cancel at any point, as it’s contract-free.
If all you need is access to entertainment, Now TV boasts access to award-winning dramas you won’t find on Freeview – with MTV, Sky Atlantic, ABC and Fox for a fixed monthly fee of £7.99 a month (outside promotional offers).
You can watch Season 8 of The Walking Dead on NOW TV from the 23rd October.
NOW TV for kids is the service’s latest offering, having launched on 21 June 2016. The pass offers access to six premium Sky channels including Nickelodeon, Milkshake! and Cartoonito.
After trial, membership jumps to £2.99 a month (outside promotional offers), however there’s no contract, so you’ve the right to cancel anytime.
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Vimeo: You’re unlikely to find anything you’ve ever heard of at Vimeo, but it’s worth diving into for indie and independent films like Thunder Road and A Fighting Chance. Check out their staff picks for inspiration.
YouTube: At 800 million unique visitors per month, with roughly 72 hours of content being uploaded each minute, YouTube is by far the most used video-sharing platform on the web. Get yourself a Google account and you can watch (and upload) TV shows and video content on its platform for free.
SkyGo: If you (or mum and dad) have a Sky account, you can actually log-in on any desktop, mobile or tablet on the go and watch or catch up on TV shows (included in your plan) for free. Ideal for students, all you need is your membership login details to get watching.
iPlayer: BBC iPlayer has a pretty impressive movie library available at your fingertips when you head online. It’s also great for documentaries (as a substitute to the Discovery Channel) and as it’s licence payer funded, its video library covers just about every genre, Sherlock included.
ITV Player and 4 On Demand: You’ll need login details to access these services, but again, they’re free to watch – including movie premieres, documentaries, reality TV and shows like Empire and Pretty Little Liars.
Amazon Instant Video: This video service costs £79 a year, but also includes free one-hour/one-day delivery on Amazon items, access to thousands of e-books, films, TV shows (including Top Gear) and songs though Amazon’s extensive media library. See our Amazon Prime FAQto discover more. You can test Prime out for free with its 30-day free trial.
Sky TV: Sky’s Original TV bundle starts at £20 – and you can currently get a free £50 prepaid Mastercard for signing up. The package includes catch up TV, Sky+ and Sky Go, as well as usual suspects Sky Atlantic and ITV Encore for Game of Thrones. Find out more about the Sky TV Original Package here.
Freeview Play: The service is the latest offering from Freeview that offers viewers on-demand and catch-up options. TV programmes can either be streamed via Internet or set top box. There are now over over 70 channels, 15 HD channels and 25 radio stations on the service, as well as teh newly launched Freeview Explore which gives viewers access to catch up TV from the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All4. You can purchase set top boxes from as little as £34.99 from Argos, Currys PC World and Tesco Direct.