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  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 27 May 2013 11:01:33 7,010 posts
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    Now TV is usually quite expensive for a limited service, however they've got a deal on (that expires TODAY, 27th May) where you can subscribe for 2.50 a month for 6 months (new customers only).

    http://www.nowtv.com/promo/socialoffer

    There's some good stuff in there if you root around depending on what you are in to.

    Edited by Pac-man-ate-my-wife at 11:01:47 27-05-2013
  • varsas 6 Jun 2013 08:58:45 2,403 posts
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    The PS3 offer of 1/month for 3 months is pretty good.

    http://www.nowtv.com/promo/ps3?referrer=ps3offer&DCMP=erd_may13_NowTV_PS3offer__48

    Edited by varsas at 08:59:36 06-06-2013
  • StixxUK 4 Nov 2013 13:30:54 7,255 posts
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    Has anyone tried the new entertainment package? At first I thought it sounded very good, like Netflix but with all the latest stuff like Game Of Thrones and Mad Men but actually having looked into it a bit more sounds kind of crappy (only has the most recent episode, quality not great etc...)
  • beastmaster 4 Nov 2013 13:42:59 11,418 posts
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    Any streaming service is down to the quality of the image and sound. I'll stick with Netflix UK/US as Now TV, Love Film and the like all look pretty shit by comparison.

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • neil74 4 Nov 2013 17:54:03 2,306 posts
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    StixxUK wrote:
    Has anyone tried the new entertainment package? At first I thought it sounded very good, like Netflix but with all the latest stuff like Game Of Thrones and Mad Men but actually having looked into it a bit more sounds kind of crappy (only has the most recent episode, quality not great etc...)
    Yes, SD quality only which is pretty poor. The choice is also similar to Sky on-demand which is pretty limited. I just do not think that sky do on-demand well at all.

    I have already set it to expire at the end of the month.
  • Scurrminator 4 Nov 2013 18:23:31 8,411 posts
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    If you sign up now for the 30 day trial and watch 90 mins on the Xbox app you get ten pound of Xbox credit. You can cancel as soon as you've used your. 90 minutes :-)

    You dare to strike Scurrcules!?

  • varsas 5 Nov 2013 14:45:07 2,403 posts
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    neil74 wrote:
    Yes, SD quality only which is pretty poor. The choice is also similar to Sky on-demand which is pretty limited. I just do not think that sky do on-demand well at all.

    I have already set it to expire at the end of the month.
    I'm pretty sure it's better than SD quality from the bits of 'The Walking Dead' that I've watched from their newer Entertainment section.
  • Deleted user 5 November 2013 14:46:22
    That little 9.99 box looks quite cool. Turns your tv into a smart one with iplayer etc...
  • varsas 5 Nov 2013 14:48:30 2,403 posts
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    StixxUK wrote:
    Has anyone tried the new entertainment package? At first I thought it sounded very good, like Netflix but with all the latest stuff like Game Of Thrones and Mad Men but actually having looked into it a bit more sounds kind of crappy (only has the most recent episode, quality not great etc...)
    It has latest series on demand in the same way as other services like iPlayer, 4oD or Demand 5 i.e. for at least 7 days; in the case of 'The Walking Dead' over 2 weeks but it also has older series for longer periods e.g. complete seasons 1 to 3 of 'The Walking Dead'.
  • mrpon 13 Jan 2014 08:51:50 28,920 posts
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    So picked up one of these for 9.99 the other day.

    First impressions, tiny little fucker!! (about the size of a coaster, non-ATV people) It came with a HDMI lead and batteries, always nice to see.

    I setup a free nowtv account and I went with the free 30 day trial for the Movies, the standard cancel after 30 days malarkey. Quite a good selection of movies and plenty of things I haven't seen yet. Coming from Netflix you'll hopefully be pleasantly surprised at the number of recent titles you recognise, essentially they seem to be all cinema releases. After the 30 days you pay 8.99 a month, however you can cancel at any time. I've streamed two movies so far and they both streamed at 1280x720 and I was suitably impressed with the quality. 5.1 is supported as well as well as two concurrent streams, good for halfing the cost with mates/family.

    Aside from Movies, they have Entertainment and Sport packages you can subscribe to, not sure how comparable these are though.

    Other apps come in the form of Demand5, iPlayer, 4OD, Spotify and more. No Netflix, obviously!

    Another interesting addition (which was my main reason for buying) is you can enable a back-door developer mode and I can run a Plex application on it. This essentially means I can connect to my Plex server and access all my media, anywhere with a wifi/3G signal. I've tried both aspects and it works brilliantly.

    Downsides, no wired connection and perhaps not the fastest interface in the world, but for 9.99 I ain't grumbling.

    Enjoy!

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • CosmicFuzz 13 Jan 2014 09:22:45 24,360 posts
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    Hmm, 8.99 a month is pretty decent for the movie and sky channels... For some reason I thought it was a lot more than that. Will check it out, cheers!

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  • mcmonkeyplc 13 Jan 2014 09:27:03 39,457 posts
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    8.99 is for movies only.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Dougs 13 Jan 2014 09:30:27 67,730 posts
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    Competition works! Originally launched at 8.99 for 3 months only, then 15.99. Cheeky fuckers.

    Sports doesn't fare quite so well....9.99 for 24 hours pass! Sod that. Only pay 11 per month over satellite.
  • CosmicFuzz 13 Jan 2014 09:32:46 24,360 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    8.99 is for movies only.
    Ah ok, still, not too shabby for unlimited up-to-date films. And glad to see it's dropped in price, 15.99 was extortionate!

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  • mrpon 13 Jan 2014 09:34:43 28,920 posts
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    To be honest 9.99 is great value even if you cancel after 30 days. You'll still have a nifty little device for supported apps.

    Full list of supported apps here.

    As no contract is required, just pick up a sub once every 6 months for Movies etc..

    Edited by mrpon at 09:35:29 13-01-2014

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Dougs 13 Jan 2014 09:42:55 67,730 posts
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    Depends how long films are archived for, but yeah, that's a good plan to keep up to date - sub every 3 or 4 months for a month and catch up.

    PS3 does all of that though, so no need for another (albeit tiny) box.
  • mrpon 13 Jan 2014 09:49:18 28,920 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    PS3 does all of that though, so no need for another (albeit tiny) box.
    You can have two concurrent streams, so...spare room?! As always there's an app as well.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Dougs 13 Jan 2014 09:52:47 67,730 posts
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    Old PS3 in the bedroom! It does sound like a jet engine though, so might be worth replacing at some point. From reading that App list, it's just a re-skinned Roku.
  • monkman76 13 Jan 2014 09:54:04 4,266 posts
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    Also you can't run Plex on PS3 can you?
  • Dougs 13 Jan 2014 10:03:20 67,730 posts
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    Can't run Plex, so remote options are out, but can access my local media through media servers, including Plex

    Edited by Dougs at 10:03:48 13-01-2014
  • mrpon 13 Feb 2014 09:06:54 28,920 posts
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    So my free trial was up and I went to cancel. They offered me 4 months at 6.99 a month for my movies sub. Ohhhh go on then! Been quite impressed with the service/movie content.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • beastmaster 13 Feb 2014 10:01:16 11,418 posts
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    Is the picture and sound quality good? On a par with Netflix?

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • StixxUK 13 Feb 2014 10:38:17 7,255 posts
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    It's ok, but not as good as Netflix.

    About on a par with Lovefilm quality wise but actually works most of the time which Lovefilm doesn't.

    Actually Netflix has been playing up for me recently, massive drops in quality for a few minutes at a time. But that's another story.
  • mrpon 13 Feb 2014 10:51:31 28,920 posts
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    Yeah, from what I recall it's 720p and Stereo. Movie selection is better, so swings and roundabouts!

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • TheSaint 13 Feb 2014 10:53:10 14,397 posts
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    I had a nightmare with my trial. Could never play a film through without it crashing so just gave up in the end. Never had a problem with Netflix.
  • beastmaster 20 Feb 2014 09:27:20 11,418 posts
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    I'm getting a bit tempted with this for the soports package and F1.

    I know Sky is probably cheaper in the long run but it's not something I'll use a hell of a lot.

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • brewer 20 Feb 2014 09:31:41 1,276 posts
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    If you're paying 8.99 for the movies go to cancellations page and put in that you want to cancel and up to a few days ago it was offering 4.99 a month for the next 6 months to get you to stay.

    In a recent survey 6 out of 7 dwarfs said they weren't happy.

  • Deleted user 20 February 2014 11:43:22
    TheSaint wrote:
    I had a nightmare with my trial. Could never play a film through without it crashing so just gave up in the end. Never had a problem with Netflix.
    This. Sub-SD picture quality, slow interface, constant buffering (despite 70meg internet). Running it through a Roku LT, the same box Sky rebadged as the "NowTV" box. Also annoyed at the amount of live TV that "isn't licensed for live broadcast" and the fact that series advertised on the promotion aren't actually available through the service itself.

    Garbage
  • mrpon 20 Feb 2014 11:50:37 28,920 posts
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    Conversely, my experience was similar to this guy and I'm only on a <20Mbps connection.

    Ignore the sub prices he mentioned on that old link btw.

    Edited by mrpon at 11:56:27 20-02-2014

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • monkman76 13 Mar 2014 09:03:33 4,266 posts
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    Couple of questions - is everything that shows on Sky Atlantic available on Now TV (assuming you have the right package of course)?

    And do you have to watch stuff live, or can you watch it on demand?

    Thinking of Mad Men for the missus, but it's on at 10pm and we're early to bed these days :)
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