NOW TV launches new box alongside first contract-free triple play bundle
James R | On 29, Jun 2016
NOW has launched a new box that will allow users to pause and rewind live TV.
The box, which costs £39.99, is more expensive than the old model, but adds a host of new features, including a Freeview tuner that allows people to watch 60 free-to-air channels (an 15 HD channels) alongside the up-to-35 Pay TV channels provided by Sky.
Over 50 apps are available for the box, which is developed by Roku, including BBC iPlayer, YouTube, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, although Sky rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Video remain absent. The box also has a newly redesigned homepage to provide a “one stop destination” for customers’ viewing needs, with recommendations updated throughout the day.
Sky describes the 2016 NOW Box as “the most advanced streaming box available in its [under £50] price bracket”. The launch of the new device follows the announcement of the new Sky Q box, which includes support for Ultra HD. While Roku’s latest model is 4K compatible, though, the new NOW box supports up to 720p.
As well as a standalone product, the box is available as part of a new set of NOW Combo packages, which mark the UK’s first ever contract-free triple play bundle, offering pay TV, unlimited broadband and telephone calls, all without a contract. Combos start fromm £9.99 a month plus line rental.
The main focus of the NOW Combo is the same as it always has been: an array of monthly passes to provide non-Sky customers access to Sky, both live and on-demand. These are:
NOW Cinema Membership (£9.99 a month)
Over 1,000 movies on demand and from July a new premiere every single day.
Entertainment Month Pass (£7.99 a month)
Watch 11 Pay TV channels not on Freeview (including Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Arts, FOX UK and MTV), plus 250 box sets.
Sky Sports Month Pass (£33.99 a month)
See the biggest matches and events live on seven Sky Sports channels.
Kids Month Pass (£2.99 a month)
Six dedicated channels for kids, including Cartoon Network, and thousands of episodes on-demand.
Customers can then choose from three unlimited broadband speeds: “Brilliant Broadband” (up to 17Mbps), “Fab Fibre” (up to 38Mbps) and “Super Fibre” (up to 76Mbp).
Call packages include Pay as you use – only pay for calls you make – Evening and Weekends – unlimited calls to UK landlines, UK mobile numbers and calls to 0870 and 0845 numbers during evenings and weekends – and Anytime calls – unlimited calls to UK landline and UK mobile numbers and calls to 0870 and 0845 numbers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Prices vary, depending on the combination chosen. A NOW Combo comes with a one-off set up fee of £40 for Unlimited Brilliant Broadband and £50 for Unlimited Fab Fibre Broadband and Unlimited Super Fibre Broadband.
It will also launch with a 12-month special pricing offer across all packages. Prices range from £9.99 to £51.99 per month, plus line rental at £17.99 per month.
Here’s a full breakdown:
|NOW TV Month Comno||NOW TV Month Pass||Broadband||Combo Offer||Total including £17.99 line rental and pay-as-you-use calls|
|Entertainment Month Pass (Brilliant Broadband)||£6.99||£8.00||£9.99||27.98|
|Entertainment Month Pass (Fab Fibre)||£6.99||£18.00||£19.99||37.98|
|Entertainment Month Pass (Super Fibre)||£6.99||£26.00||24.99||42.98|
|Sky Cinema Month Pass (Brilliant Broadband)||£9.99||£8.00||12.99||£30.98|
|Sky Cinema Month Pass (Fab Fibre)||£9.99||£18.00||£22.99||£40.98|
|Sky Cinema Month Pass (Super Fibre)||£9.99||£26.00||27.99||£45.98|
|Sky Sports Month Pass (Brilliant Broadband)||£33.99||£8.00||£36.99||£54.98|
|Sky Sports Month Pass (Fab Fibre)||£33.99||£18.00||46.99||64.98|
|Sky Sports Month Pass (Super Fibre)||£33.99||£26.00||51.99||£69.98|
|Kids Month Pass (Brilliant Broadband)||2.99||£8.00||£10.99||28.98|
|Kids Month Pass (Fab Fibre)||2.99||18||20.99||38.98|
|Kids Month Pass (Super Fibre)||£2.99||£26.00||£28.99||£46.98|
Gidon Katz, Managing Director of NOW says: “We know people want the freedom and control of a no strings relationship when it comes to choosing their TV, broadband and call package, so the NOW Combo is the product and service they deserve.”
For more information, visit www.nowtv.com/combo