Tech Tuesday – NOW TV streams Sky Movies from today
It seems that every week we have a new streaming service pop up in the UK, but NOW TV is the first linked to SKY, but what is it?
As of today in the UK you can now stream Sky Movies without any contract and / or satellite dish. As long as you have a good internet connection and sign up to NOW TV, and the roll out is going to include all of the main devices too.
Now TV is a new service powered by SKY that offers Movies and TV Programmes online. Sky decided to use the NOW TV label so as not to cheapen the SKY name. They didn’t wanted it to sound like a TV service for cheapskates. NOW TV will let you watch Movies from as little as 99p a film ( up to £3.50) or you can go for the NETFLIX esque version and pay a monthly fee of £15 for as much as you can handle. At the moment you can watch on any computer, tablet, phone, (some) Smart TVs, or YouView Box.
The APP is also coming to the XBOX and PS3 as well as the ROKU box in the near future. At launch it is all about movies, but apparently sports and other SKY channels will be coming, namely the SKY ATLANTIC channel.
Sky has got a pretty tight deal with film companies giving them the right to show movies before any other TV channel or streaming service in UK. So for a firm movie lovers it seems that NOW TV is a serious contender above services like LOVEFiLM and NETFLIX.
Although the price of the subscription sounds meaty, I mean £15 is almost 3 times the price of Netflix here in the UK, it is actually a cheap option compared to their SKY MOVIES subscription via satellite (I should know!!)
From launch there is a healthy amount of big hitters on offer to stream, We Bought a Zoo, The Woman in Black,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, This Means War, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, for instance. My only concern, and where I think other services have a stronger camp is the lack of INDIE and documentaries on offer.
We shall see in coming months if this expands and whether this service lives up to the big promise it makes.
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer. Check out his home set up HERE
Are you excited for this launch? Or is this one service too many? Comment below