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Sky – Now TV Box Review

For a while now I’ve been thinking of purchasing an Android Stick computer to use it as a media center PC on my TV. I didn’t want to build a full PC and also didn’t want to pay for Virgin Media or Sky TV just to get on demand TV. Also, I liked the idea of getting YouTube and Ted talks on my TV.

However, last week I saw an online news article stating the Sky Now TV box was coming to high street stores like Currys and John Lewis. I read the article, it said it had iPlayer, and demand five, and only cost £9.99. What’s the catch??? Do you need to subscribe to something? It looks like you might, they talk a lot about Sky Movies and Sky Sports packages coming bundles with it, but it turns out you don’t need to buy any bundle at all if you just want iPlayer and the other non-subscription features. So I went online to: https://shop.nowtv.com/ and bought one.

Now TV Box

It took about five days to arrive. It arrived with this in the box:

  • Now TV Box (it’s tiny!)
  • Remote Control
  • Power Supply
  • Batteries for Remote
  • HDMI Cable (excellent value!)

Setting it up:

  1. Plug in power supply to wall and box
  2. Plug HDMI into TV and box
  3. Switch TV to HDMI and follow on screen instructions

(You might think I missed putting the batteries in the remote but mine were already in it).

Once on your HDMI input, the on scree instructions are very straight forward and ask for your wi-fi network settings and then ask you to log in using you Now TV account

TOP-TIP!!! You do not need to register for a free trial on the Now TV webpage, once you’ve selected your username and password, the page then changes to selecting a package. At this point, you can stop, as you now have an account, just enter the username and password into your Now TV box and you’ll be fine. Sky won’t like me telling you this but I wanted to test the box out before entering any payment details for anything that may charge me a month later.

Channels:

Built in channels are:

iPlayer

Sky News

Demand Five

You can add to these very easily, select the Roku store channel and you have a selection of additional channels to install, such as Ted Talks, Flixter, Spotify, Facebook and several more, currently ITV Player and 4od are not available but they are rumored to be in the works.Now TV

Picture quality:

First off….it’s £9.99. So don’t expect amazing quality that you’re going to boast about to your friends. I’m personally running it on a 28 inch TV and it’s fine, it runs at 720p with good quality stereo sound and looks great.

Extra features????

It may not surprise you to learn that people have been busy looking for ways to add extra features to this box via software. A quick search on YouTube will bring up a video showing you how to install Plex on it. This will allow you to do cool things like watching videos or picture you have on computers around the house, which if you’ve ripped any of your DVD’s to your PC like I have, is really cool. You can also browse and listen to your iTunes collection using the Plex channel too.

Can I watch YouTube? Yes! You can! (if you have an Android phone)

Simple install the Playto channel from the Roku store, then download the Playto app from the Android Play Store and you can stream online content to the Now TV box, including YouTube, you can sign into your YouTube account and play your subscriptions even!

Use your phone as a remote!

Download a Roku remote app on your Android phone and you can use this to control the Now TV box instead of using the one it comes with (note, this is really only for you if you’re too lazy to get off the sofa to use the real remote).

Conclusion:

Buy it.  It can do iPlayer, Demand Five, Ted Talks, Spotify, YouTube, Stream media from your PC, takes up no space at all! Comes with everything you need. And it’s only £9.99 including delivery!!!

Go buy it, right, now.

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  1. Ewan Owen
    December 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

    ******BE WARNED******
    The box is good it works no problems. They don’t tell you you have to register on the Now TV website and enter you payment card details first months a trail. After which you pay £9.99. A con say at the least. Once you you connect it to your TV the fun begins.

    #1 you have to go on line to type a code so it activates the box.

    #2 you find that you have to get the wireless connection with your router type in exactly or you will find it will not accept the connection.

    #3 now you are set and browse their is very little to choose from …Iplayer ITVplayer, 4oD, 5oD, BBC News, Sky News and a various online media YouTube, Vimeo. Please don’t get your hopes up most have adverts that interrupt every 10-15 minutes, You can get sky movies nothing special and you will have seen these on TV at some point. Price range from the classic £2-3 and the up to date ones £6-7.

    #4 You can go on Facebook here again you have to get a code and tell your account online that the Now TV box is now accessing your Facebook account, this is very limited don’t think you can post because you CAN’T. Spotify you have to up grade to the premium account last time I checked that was £19.99. Same with the rest of the stuff.

    #5 In all it is a waste of time all it does is make you purchase Sky features that nothing like what’s on a sky box. The box does not switch off you will have to disconnect it by unplugging it

    #6 You would be better off with Freeview box at least you can record the stations and wind on the adverts and the monthly payments for top up is or was £7.99 a month no contract.

    #7 If you do decide to go ahead and purchase the box. Once you have activated the account check “My Account Details” and there your “My Passes” don’t forget to cancel your “Sky Movies Month Pass” as this is automatically set up soon as you enter your card payment details and they will charge you the following month of £9.99. Even them they try to get you to change your mind by offering you the same for £7.95. Again once you cancel that they try once more.

    Pros:
    A good looking box that works

    Cons:
    It sells you an idea that fall way short of what it actually delivers, in the long run it will cost more for the little you will get from the service. No streaming of live TV. Drains the internet power from your router.

    • Andy McAdam
      December 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

      I understand your thoughts on this. But inmy review, I state how to avoid this issue. I have two now TV boxes in my house and have not paid any mroe than £9.99 for each of them, I’ve never had to sign up for any trial or anything. I just got as far as that page when setting up my account then closed the browser window. The boxes let me log in and use iplayer, itv player, channel 5 on demend, 4OD, youtube, etc…. I’ve even sideloaded plex onto them and use them with the youtube app on my phone as a linked device, which works great. MY blu-ray player does have iplayer built in, but the now tv box runs it much better. I’ve repeat, I’ve never had to sign up for anything to use the boxes, no facebook logins, no passes.

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