Now TV (UK)
|Initial release||17 July 2012|
|Operating system||Windows (XP or later)
OS X (10.6 or later)
Android (2.3 or later)
iOS (5.0 or later)
Now TV (styled NOW TV) is an internet television service owned by BSkyB. It was first announced in February 2012, and launched on 17 July 2012. The service is available to watch via computer, various mobile devices, some game consoles and set-top boxes, with a Now TV branded box launched in July 2013. It is not viewable via BSkyB's Sky services.
Now TV commenced service in July 2012 by offering only films at first, adding sports in March 2013, and entertainment channels in October 2013. Movie and entertainment channels are accessed by paying a monthly fee, and sports on an ad-hoc basis ("pay as you go"). Now TV is designed for people who have no existing pay TV service.
Now TV is available via the web on PC or Mac, as an app on iOS devices, selected Android phones, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles as well as YouView and Roku set-top boxes. The service offers streams up to 720p resolution depending on the playback device and uses adaptive bitrate streaming to minimise disruption.
Now TV Box
In July 2013 Sky launched a Now TV-branded Roku streaming box allowing users to stream Now TV content to their TV, and to view content from BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Spotify and Sky News. It has limited access to the Roku Channel Store and only a pre-approved list of Channels can be downloaded. A number of third-party channels can be side-loaded to the device using its Developer Mode.
As of October 2013 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.
Sky Movies month pass
- Sky Movies Premiere
- Sky Movies Showcase
- Sky Movies Comedy
- Sky Movies Action & Adventure
- Sky Movies Family
- Sky Movies Crime & Thriller
- Sky Movies Drama & Romance
- Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror
- Sky Movies Superheroes
- Sky Movies Select
- Sky Movies Disney
Sky Sports day pass
Sports channels offer live streaming only.
Entertainment month pass
- Sky Arts 1
- Sky Atlantic
- Sky Living
- Comedy Central
- Discovery Channel
- Disney Channel
- ABC Studios (on-demand only)
- "Now's the time for NOW TV". BSkyB. 16 July 2012.
- "Pay-as-you-go Sky Sports comes to NOW TV". BSkyB. 19 March 2013.
- Skipworth, Hunter (2013-10-29). "New Sky Now TV package brings Sky 1 access and more". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- "Sky announces details of NowTV internet TV service". BBC News. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- "No Dish, No Contract – Sky Launches NOW TV". Sky News. 17 July 2012.
- Lawler, Richard (26 July 2013). "Sky's Now TV box is a £9.99 Roku clone that streams iPlayer and more". Engadget. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- Bodell, Matt (2013-11-04). "List of Available Channels & Apps on Now TV". Akufu. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "NowTV Channels You can Side-load". Akufu. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
- "Slating (Rights Restrictions)". BSKYB. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
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