NOW TV boxes are a great option for people who want to watch some Sky premium content, but don’t want to pay for expensive contracts and a load of content they don’t want.
NOW TV allows you to watch Sky Movies, Sky Sports, Sky Entertainment without a Sky box or subscription.
Set up is very easy. Just connect the box to your TV using the provided HDMI cable.Then connect the box to your router either via a WiFi connection or using an Ethernet cable. Ethernet is always recommended for a stronger connection, but the box received a strong WiFi signal so you’ll be fine if your installing the box away from where you can plug in an Ethernet cord.
The power lead for the NOW TV box and the batteries for the remote are both supplied, so you should be up and running within 5 minutes.
You do need to create a Sky account to access the boxes features, but the account itself is free. You need to enter a username, password, contact details and a credit/debit card details for future payments (if you want to make any – as we mentioned, the account is free) If you’ve purchased a package with a free trial subscription this is where you enter the supplied voucher code to give you access.
One downside compared to other boxes is the picture doesn’t appear to be full HD. If you’re looking for the best looking content available you’d be better off with the Amazon Fire 4k or the Nvidia Shield – however both those options are at least 3 times the price initially.
These NOW TV boxes are basically Roku boxes with some content removed and Sky content added back in, so you’ll have access to a relatively substantial app store on the device.
The included remote is quite solid, and should hold up well. There’s a simple button layout and its easy to use.
These NOW TV boxes can be used without a NOW TV subscription, but to get the most use out of them it’s definitely worth it.
Now TV is Sky’s answer to Netflix in the UK, and due to Sky having some long-established distribution deals with American TV and Movie studios they have a really good collection of content. You’ll find new Movies on NOW TV first and because of Sky Atlantic you’ll be able to watch some of the biggest TV shows of the day. For example, if you want to watch Game of Thrones in the UK, legally and without a costly TV-Bundle subscription, NOW TV is the only game in town.
NOW TV doesn’t offer everything all the time though. Older seasons of popular TV shows aren’t always available to watch, so if you want to catch up from the start you’ll have to find the episodes elsewhere.
All in all, NOW TV boxes are a great choice for cord cutting, particularly because you can pick one up for as little as £15!