NOW TV subscription: how much does it cost and what can you watch?

Now TV might not be as hyped as Disney Plus, Netflix or Amazon Prime – but that doesn’t mean it’s less worthy, and it could be just what you’re looking for.

The streaming platform, unveiled by Sky as early as 2012, was designed for people without a pay-TV subscription.

And it’s now home to hit franchises like Chernobyl, Game of Thrones and Watchmen as well as HBO shows, live sports and early releases of the latest movie releases.

The streaming platform recently added The Undoing starring Hugh Gran t and Nicole Kidman, I Hate Suzie by Billie Piper and Sky Atlantic’s second biggest drama, Gangs of London.

What do you really know about NOW TV? We answer some of your questions below.

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Mad Max: Fury Road is available to watch on NOW TV

I like the sound, but what is it reallyNOW TV?

It’s an online streaming service from Sky, made up of five individual ‘passes’ that you can subscribe to – Entertainment, Movies, Sport, Hayu (a reality TV-focused pass) and Kids.

Each pass is a separate monthly subscription – handy if you know exactly what you want to watch – which allows the user to either access live TV shows – i.e. using the sports pass – either to a library of movies or TV shows.

Interesting, hoh how much this cost a month?

Sky Cinema Pass: £11.99 per month, with a 7 day free trial for all new subscribers. Users have access to 11 Sky Cinema channels and over a thousand movies on demand.

Entertainment pass: £9.99 per month, with a 7 day free trial for all new subscribers. Users have access to 16 live channels and 300 TV series box sets.

NOW TV Kids Pass: £3.99 per month, with a 7 day free trial for all new subscribers. Users get six channels, plus thousands of on-demand episodes.

hayu month pass: £4.99 per month, with a 7-day free trial available to all new subscribers. Users get over 250 premium reality TV box sets, added the same day as the US premiere.

Sky Sports pass: 33.99 per month or £9.98 for a day pass. The user then has access to the 11 Sky Sports channels.

A mobile-only pass is also available for £5.99 per month, allowing viewers to stream five Sky Sports channels to their phone.

Choose what to watch on NOW TV
Choose what to watch on NOW TV

So if I were to get NOW TV, exactly wh ish chains would I have?

The NOW TV Entertainment Pass allows viewers to watch the following channels live:

  • Atlantic sky

  • sky one

  • sky story

  • Nature Sky

  • Sky witness

  • sky comedy

  • crime from heaven

  • Sky documentaries

  • Fox

  • Gold

  • Comedy Central

  • Vice

  • MTV

  • SYFY

  • Discovery Channel

  • National geographic

A decent list. Do I need to subscribe to Sky TV to use NOW TV?

No. But NOW TV will give you access to Sky TV channels and programs from £3.99 a month.

If you find yourself watching a lot of Sky, it may make financial sense to strike a joint TV and broadband deal directly with them.

Is it easy to sign up for NOW TV?

Simply go to the NOW TV website and create an account.

You then need to click on the TV Passes tab and simply select the passes you want. The 7-day free trial option applies to all but the Sport Pass.

Once your subscription is confirmed, simply download the NOW TV app and go.

An explosive scene from the movie Tenet
Christopher Nolan’s Amazing Tenet is available to watch on NOW TV

How can IActuallywatch TV NOW?

Simply log in to your account through a web browser and choose a TV show/sports event/movie you want to watch. The NOW TV desktop app will then play your selection.

Is there another way to watch it?

Yes, you can buy a NOW TV Smart Stick (£17.99) which plugs into any TV with an HDMI port.

This key must of course be connected to Wi-Fi.

If you don’t have a Smart TV this is a great option as you not only get NOW TV but also access to BBC iPlayer, All4, ITV Hub and Netflix.

Where can I get this stick?

Amazon, Argos and Currys PC World to name a few, with many selling it with TV passes already included.

What devices support NOW TV?

You may not be tempted by the Smart Stick, but you can still watch NOW TV on your smartphone using the NOW TV app on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and/or via Chromecast, LG and Samsung Smart TV – if the model is newer since 2014. It is also possible to watch NOW TV on your laptop or Mac via the app.

Barcelona Grand Prix action
The Barcelona Grand Prix is ​​just one of the many sporting events you can watch on NOW TV

What are the best TV shows on NOW TV?

Where to start? There’s Chernobyl, The Sopranos, Mare of Easttown, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Succession, Band of Brothers, Boardwalk Empire, Gangs of London and Keeping Up With The Kardashians to name a few.

What are the best movies on NOW TV?

Sky Cinema channels are often the first place to stream the biggest movie releases, such as Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Zombieland: Double Tap and JoJo Rabbit. Currently, the top tier roster includes Dune, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tenet, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lego Movie, Paddington 2, The Suicide Squad, Inception, The Theory of Everything, Jumanji, and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

There is a big sporting event coming up – cand I buy a Sky Sports Pass for one day?

Yes. You can buy a one-day Sports Pass for £9.98, which will give you access to all Sky Sports channels for 24 hours – very useful if there is more than one event on the same day.

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