NOW TV Kids Pass Explained: What is it and how do the changes affect you?
James R | On 23, Jun 2016
Earlier this year, we brought you the news that NOW would be launching a new Kids Membership in June. The Pass launched this week, but what does it mean for you? And how does it work?
What is a Kids Membership?
NOW’s Kids Month Pass is a service directed at, surprisingly, kids. The pass, which is available now from www.nowtv.com/kids, allows families with younger viewers to keep their littluns entertained with a dedicated app, far away from the adult content of the main NOW service.
How much does it cost?
The Kids Membership costs £2.99 a month, with no contract.
Can I get a free trial?
Yes, NOW offers the Kids Membership with its standard 14-day trial to all new customers.
What does it include?
NOW and Sky have signed a range of new deals to go with its existing kids’ licences, which means that the Kids Membership includes six live channels and a whole heap of on-demand episodes from Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, NickToons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito. On-demand content is also available from CBeebies, CBBC, and Milkshake!
Does it include Adventure Time?
Yes, Kids Membership subscribers can now exclusively watch Adventure Time on-demand (as opposed to before, when it was available on both Netflix UK and Amazon Prime Video). Other box sets you won’t find elsewhere include Octonauts, Grandpa in my Pocket and The Amazing World of Gumball.
What kids shows are available?
Here’s a brief guide to some of the kids shows available to stream online with NOW’s Kids Membership. We’ve grouped them by age to help you find things suitable for your kids:
Kids aged 3 to 5
Nick Jr: PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Dora The Explorer, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
Cartoonito: Masha and The Bear, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood
CBeebies: Katie Morag, Gigglebiz, Charlie & Lola
Milkshake!: Fireman Sam, Make Way For Noddy, The WotWots
Kids aged 5 to 10
NickToons: SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Boomerang: Scooby Doo, The Looney Tunes Show, George of the Jungle, Bunnicula
Kids aged 7+
Nickelodeon: iCarly, Sam & Cat, 100 Things To Do Before High School, Bella and the Bulldogs
Cartoon Network: Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10
CBBC: Horrible Histories, MI High, The Next Step
I heard something about a remote?
To celebrate the arrival of the Kids Month Pass, NOW has created a special edition remote. This simplified edition, featuring less buttons, reduces the chance of children accidentally exiting their favourite show or leaving the kids UI. Plus, it’s a funky colour. Over the summer selected NOW Kids Membership customers will be invited to claim a kids remote.
But I already have an Entertainment Membership? Why are my kids channels being removed?
Entertainment Membership customers will see their kids channels removed from their line-up. Why? In short, money: NOW can then charge you an additional £2.99 a month to keep yours kids happy. However, NOW has attempted to compensate for this loss with the additional of a new channel for no extra cost: Nat Geo Wild.
Can I get a special deal as an existing customer?
Yes – Entertainment Membership customers who have been “watching lots of kids TV” are being offered a four-month free trial of the Kids Membership. Check your inbox for an email from NOW offering you a voucher, to be redeemed in the coming weeks. At the end of the trial, the pass will renew at £2.99 a month, unless you cancel. Cancelling before the trial ends will lose any remaining free weeks you have not used.
Can I buy a Kids Membership in store on the high street?
As well as online, the NOW Kids Membership will be sold as a four-month bundle with a NOW Box for £24.99 in Dixons, Argos, Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Amazon.