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Now TV
""Now TV.png
"Original author(s) "Sky plc
"Developer(s) Sky plc
Initial release 17 July 2012; 5 years ago (2012-07-17)
Development status Active
Available in English
Website www.nowtv.com

Now TV (stylised as NOW TV) is an "internet television service owned by "Sky plc. It was first announced in February 2012, and launched in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2012 offering only films at first, adding sports in March 2013,[1] and then entertainment channels in October 2013.[2] Now TV is a stand alone service and is not viewable via Sky's digital satellite television service, or through the "Sky Go Internet service. Now TV is designed for people who have no existing "pay TV service.[3]

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Access[edit]

Now TV is available on a number of different platforms providing access via both big-screen and small screen mobile devices:[4]

Laptops/Computers[5]

Please note: You’ll need a Microsoft compatible email address to access the Windows Store (@live, @outlook, @hotmail).

If you're a Mac user and you already have Microsoft Silverlight installed, you can use it to watch NOW TV.

If you don't already have Microsoft Silverlight installed, you can no longer download it for Mac, instead you can access Now TV with the NOW TV Player.

Tablets/Smartphones[6]

Please note: You cannot watch on rooted Android devices or devices running CyanogenMod.

Please note: You cannot watch NOW TV on a modified device, or one bought outside the UK.

Please note: A Microsoft compatible email address is needed to access the Windows Store (@live, @outlook, @hotmail).

Games consoles[7]

Set-top boxes[8]

Please note: You need a NOW TV account to set up the NOW TV Box, and a Wi-Fi connection. You cannot use your NOW TV Box outside the UK.

Smart TVs and devices[9]

The service offers streams up to 720p resolution depending on the playback device and uses "adaptive bitrate streaming to minimise disruption.[10]

Now TV boxes[edit]

In July 2013 Sky launched a Now TV-branded "Roku streaming box allowing users to stream Now TV content to their TV via an analogue base band connection or an HDMI, currently enabling it to display content from "BBC iPlayer, "All 4, "My5, "Spotify, "ITV Hub and "Sky News.[11] It has limited access to the Roku Channel Store and only a pre-approved list of Channels can be downloaded. As of March 2017 access to the unofficial 'Developer Mode' was removed via a series of software updates.

On 6 August 2015 Sky launched a NOW TV Box (based around a 2015 Roku 2) in black. It offers the same content as the original NOW TV (20130 white box, but has a faster processor, an ethernet port (as well as wi-fi), a USB port and an SD card slot (not functional by default), and is capable of outputting at full HD (1080p) resolution.[12] Unlike the original NOW TV 'white' Box, the NOW TV 'black' Box model does not have an analogue audio/video output socket.

There are currently two NOW TV Boxes officially available - The standard NOW TV 'black' Box and the NOW TV Smart Box. The NOW TV 'black' Box provides access the live channels and on-demand content, courtesy of the available Entertainment, Cinema, Sports and Kids Passes. The NOW TV Smart Box provides the same access, as well as the ability to access Freeview channels courtesy of an internal DVB-T/T2 tuner.[13]

Now TV 'white' Box Now TV 'black' Box Now TV Smart Box
Released
July 2013
August 2015
July 2016
Availability
Officially discontinued but still supported
Officially available and supported
Officially available and supported
Apps
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sky Store
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wireless Internet
802.11 Wi-Fi (b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA and WPA2 support
802.11 dual-band Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA and WPA2 support
802.11 dual-band Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA and WPA2 support
Wired Internet
No
10/100 Base-T Ethernet
10/100 Base-T Ethernet
USB
No
Yes (not active/disabled)
Yes (not active/disabled)
Micro SD Slot
No
Yes (not active/disabled)
Yes (not active/disabled)
Digital Television Tuner
No
No
Freeview HD (DVB-T/T2)
Pause & Rewind live TV
No
No
Yes
TV compatibility
Digital over HDMI
Mini-jack to left/right/composite video RCA
Digital over HDMI
Digital over HDMI
Supported resolution
Up to 720p
Up to 1080p
Up to 1080p
Processor
Single-core
Dual-core
Quad-core
Audio output

Analogue Stereo (mini-jack to left/right/composite video RCA)

Digital over HDMI (5.1 surround sound pass-through and stereo)

Digital over HDMI (7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through)
Digital over HDMI (7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through)
Dimensions
84mm (Length) x 84mm (Width) x 23mm (Height)
89mm (Length) x 89mm (Width) x 25mm (Height)
165mm (Length) x 165mm (Width) x 20.5mm (Height)
Weight
85 grams
141 grams
432 grams
Power Input
5.2V – 1.0A power adaptor
5.99V – 2A power adaptor
12V – 2A power adaptor
Power Consumption
Less than 2W (typical) when streaming video
Less than 3.5W (typical) when streaming video
Less than 14.2W (Active)
9.5W (Active Standby)
0.6W (Passive Standby)

Available content[edit]

As of January 2017, NOW TV offers both live streaming and on-demand content from the following channels. Some programmes may not be available for live streaming due to rights restrictions.[14]

The following channels are available with an Entertainment Month Pass[15]
"Sky 1
"Sky Arts
"Sky Atlantic
"Sky Living
"Comedy Central
"Discovery Channel
"Fox
"Gold
"ITV Encore
"MTV
"Nat Geo Wild
"ABC Studios (On-demand only)
"ITV (On-demand only)
"Channel 4 (On-demand only)
"Viceland (On-demand only)
The following channels are available with a Sky Cinema Month Pass[16]
Sky Cinema Premiere
Sky Cinema Drama & Romance
Sky Cinema Superheroes
Sky Cinema Disney
Sky Cinema Family
Sky Cinema Action & Adventure
Sky Cinema Comedy
Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller
Sky Cinema Hits
Sky Cinema Sci Fi & Horror
Sky Cinema Select
The following Sky Sports channels are available when subscribed to a day/week/month pass[17]
"Sky Sports News
"Sky Sports Main Event
"Sky Sports Premier League
"Sky Sports Football
"Sky Sports Cricket
"Sky Sports Golf
"Sky Sports F1
"Sky Sports Action
"Sky Sports Arena
The following channels are available with a Kids Month Pass[18]
"Nickelodeon
"Nick Jr.
"Nicktoons
"Cartoon Network
"Boomerang
"Cartoonito
Sky Kids

(On-demand only)

Kids Vids

(On-demand only)

"CBBC

(On-demand only)

"CBeebies

(On-demand only)

"Milkshake!

(on-demand only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pay-as-you-go Sky Sports comes to NOW TV". Corporate.sky.com. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "BSkyB Corporate | Now's the time for NOW TV". Corporate.sky.com. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Stallard, Katie (17 July 2012). "No Dish, No Contract - Sky Launches NOW TV". News.sky.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Supported Devices for NOW TV". Now TV. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  5. ^ http://help.nowtv.com/article/Supported-devices
  6. ^ http://help.nowtv.com/article/Supported-devices
  7. ^ http://help.nowtv.com/article/Supported-devices
  8. ^ http://help.nowtv.com/article/Supported-devices
  9. ^ http://help.nowtv.com/article/Supported-devices
  10. ^ http://help.nowtv.com/article/Streaming-Quality
  11. ^ Lawler, Richard. "Sky's Now TV box is a £9.99 Roku clone that streams iPlayer and more". Engadget.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/134825-now-tv-box-2015-vs-now-tv-box-vs-roku-2-what-s-the-difference
  13. ^ http://www.nowtv.com/tv-boxes
  14. ^ "Watch Movies, Films & Sports Online - NOW TV". Help.nowtv.com. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass | NOW TV - Help". help.nowtv.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Sky Cinema Month Pass | NOW TV - Help". help.nowtv.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sky Sports Day, Week or Month Pass | NOW TV - Help". help.nowtv.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "NOW TV Kids Month Pass | NOW TV - Help". help.nowtv.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 

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