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  • mrpon 11 Aug 2017 21:49:31 33,921 posts
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    The NowTV library makes up for it imo. A new movie added daily it seems as opposed to Netflix/Prime with the same chuff day in day out.

    Ymmv ofc.

    I do prefer their layout as well, pretty nippy interface. Plus the little genre thing they do appeals.

    Edited by mrpon at 21:51:23 11-08-2017
  • Dougs 11 Aug 2017 21:53:33 84,253 posts
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    The PS3 app is dreadful. Really slow.
  • Spectral 11 Aug 2017 22:06:23 5,804 posts
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    @Dougs Thats true of everything that isn't a game on the PS3, even the PSN store.

    Edited by Spectral at 22:07:17 11-08-2017
  • Murbs 11 Aug 2017 22:12:48 23,742 posts
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    sherpa1984 wrote:
    Hmm would you not have been better off buying a standalone DVR freeview box? Paying £180 to make use of a hard drive that was yours anyway when you ended the TV contract seems pricey.

    Also Now TV being 720p in this day and age is really shitty from Sky.
    But I'm saving that £180 on my fibre now so that cancels it out. Also, I know it's 2017 but my TV only goes to 720p/1080i as it's from the noughties!
  • Spectral 11 Aug 2017 22:20:20 5,804 posts
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    Does the PS4 just upscale then? Its never changed from 1080p on my PS4. And tbh it looks every bit as good as netflix,Amazon,etc.
  • Murbs 11 Aug 2017 22:29:36 23,742 posts
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    @Spectral https://help.nowtv.com/article/what-is-highest-streaming-quality-for-my-device
  • Spectral 11 Aug 2017 22:34:26 5,804 posts
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    I know it was true at one point but not sure if thats the case as the stuff I'm watching looks the same to me as Netflix,etc and the PS4 is definitely still outputting 1080p. Those help pages aren't entirely up to date as they also say no support for subtitles and thats no longer true. If its 720p then its a very high bitrate 720p.
  • Dougs 12 Aug 2017 00:07:16 84,253 posts
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    Spectral wrote:
    @Dougs Thats true of everything that isn't a game on the PS3, even the PSN store.
    Yeah true enough. Well, bar Netflix, which is what we use it for mostly.
  • Dougs 12 Aug 2017 00:10:16 84,253 posts
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    In terms of quality, I too have an old telly which is only 720p native but the PS3 upscales. I can definitely see the difference between Nowtv and Netflix's output. Don't know if it's higher bitrate but it's much sharper.
  • Armoured_Bear 8 Jan 2018 21:49:33 20,798 posts
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    Is it possible in the UK to get Normal telly in HD, Sky Sports in HD, BT Sport in HD plus decent internet without having to have a phone line?
    I'm pissed off paying virgin so much for my dad's stuff and he doesn't need a home line.
  • Dougs 8 Jan 2018 22:14:22 84,253 posts
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    Yeah, through BT TV, which uses Freeview. I think, anyway. And Sky, obviously.

    Youview might also do most of that...

    And I completely misread the question.

    Edited by Dougs at 22:15:25 08-01-2018
  • Frogofdoom 8 Jan 2018 22:14:50 6,519 posts
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    You won't save anything getting rid of the phone really with either of them, I looked into it a while back and wasn't worth it really.
  • Nitrous 8 Jan 2018 22:30:12 1,579 posts
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    Our 12 month contract with Virgin comes to an end in February. Full house including movies and BT sport, 200mb fibre and talk weekend phone line currently costs £55 a month but as that's an introductory rate it goes up to something like £85 a month.

    Obviously too much so the cinema channels are getting ditched and probably drop down a package on the TV channels as half of them we never watch as it is. BT sport I can do without until the start of the new Moto GP season so is it better going through retentions or not just to change the package?

    Edited by Nitrous at 22:31:20 08-01-2018
  • nickthegun 8 Jan 2018 22:34:40 72,328 posts
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    I think in some instances virgin actually charge you more if you dump the phone.

    But, yes, it's a racket. I just switched from sky broadband to Vodafone for the same reason. The actual broadband price is exactly the same, they just don't tack on a £19 surcharge for a service I don't use.

    (Although, ironically, I have literally just complained to them about them auto-enrolling me into a service I don't use on my mobile. Check your phone bill for securenet, kids. The sly cunts)

    Edited by nickthegun at 22:35:51 08-01-2018
  • Dougs 9 Jan 2018 06:04:45 84,253 posts
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    All. ISPs are now bundling broadband and phone line together it seems. And Ofcom are consulting on regulating the price of the land line market, so things may change a bit there too. I need to get onto Sky and see if I can sort out lower broadband costs again, my deal ran out last month.

    Edited by Dougs at 07:13:38 09-01-2018
  • THFourteen 9 Jan 2018 07:10:19 46,874 posts
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    Bloody ofcom. First football now this.

    I just have fibre from virgin and hd sky sports and bt sports from sky. No landline. It’s probably not the cheapest way of doing this, comes to about £30 for internet, £60 for sky and £28!!!! for BT.

    With that and Netflix and Spotify I’m shelling out a lot monthly...

    I could happily do without tv but I’d miss sky sports and bt sports which I watch almost every day.
  • Dougs 9 Jan 2018 07:14:17 84,253 posts
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    And Amazon Prime.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 9 Jan 2018 07:20:37 11,914 posts
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    What do you mean "bloody ofcom"? All they've done is made isps bundle the two together so the price is more clear. And they're also trying to bring the price of line rental down.
  • THFourteen 9 Jan 2018 07:24:12 46,874 posts
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    @Dougs

    I only have that for deliveries really. Altho it has more paw patrol series on there which charlie watches. Guess I’ve also watched a few series but could easily do without it
  • sport 9 Jan 2018 08:06:26 14,089 posts
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    Rubble on the double!!
  • rice_sandwich 9 Jan 2018 08:29:19 3,592 posts
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    I've cancelled Prime, Netflix, Mubi and Readly within the past couple of weeks. The only monthly sub I have left is Cinema Paradiso dvd rental. I prefer it to streaming services as I can choose films I actually want to watch. Saved about £30 a month.

    Apart from that I pay the TV licence (despite only watching iPlayer once every few months) and pay for broadband. I wouldn't mind getting a cheap Spotify deal but I'd still have to find the time to listen to music.

    I'll give it a few months and see if I want to add any of those services back. Prime was great for deliveries but it definitely made me spend a lot more money.
  • EMarkM 9 Jan 2018 08:40:58 4,415 posts
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    Must be about two years now since I ditched television pretty much altogether.

    I have kept paying the TV Licence for the odd iPlayer bits that sometimes crop up, and use YouTube for almost everything else.

    My girlfriend’s little girl watches a few things on Prime; she’s weirdly obsessed with mermaids at the moment!

    I don’t miss Sky or terrestrial broadcast TV at all.
  • Dougs 9 Jan 2018 08:48:10 84,253 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    What do you mean "bloody ofcom"? All they've done is made isps bundle the two together so the price is more clear. And they're also trying to bring the price of line rental down.
    It's a TH jokey moan about the carve up of the football packages (which he knows full well was an EU competition thing, not Ofcom!).

    Edited by Dougs at 08:48:21 09-01-2018
  • Dougs 9 Jan 2018 08:49:26 84,253 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    @Dougs

    I only have that for deliveries really. Altho it has more paw patrol series on there which charlie watches. Guess I've also watched a few series but could easily do without it
    I've watched far more on it than I thought tbh. Worth it for Parks and Rec and Black Sails alone! Parks and Rec is especially good. Can't believe I waited this long to watch it.
  • Addy_B 13 Jan 2018 12:17:00 2,463 posts
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    So how many here sub to NowTV? I've not renewed my iptv sub. We just don't get chance to properly watch it. I've had a look through the stuff on the entertainment pass and it looks decent for what we'd potentially watch. I see the passes themselves are cheap as chips on eBay. Might just do the trial and see how we get on.
  • GuybrushThreepwood 13 Jan 2018 12:36:38 1,561 posts
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    @Addy_B i used to and it was pretty good. Cheapest way used to be waiting for an offer on the box with voucher deal. I used to buy new boxes whenever my current voucher was up for renewal. You can sometimes get offers on quidco etc as well which can save a little more.
  • Dougs 13 Jan 2018 12:46:51 84,253 posts
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    Yeah, same here. I've got about 8 boxes sat there unopened, save for the voucher. Current entertainment voucher runs out in March. Am on movies for 4 months for 3.99 per month. It's OK, but the quality isn't as good as Netflix and Amazon.  Way cheaper than full on sky.
  • mrpon 13 Jan 2018 12:51:19 33,921 posts
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    Better selection of more recent movies, if you ask me. Plus new movie added every day, so that's good. Where are you getting movie subs for £3.99 Dougs?! Cheapest I've had is around £6
  • Dougs 13 Jan 2018 12:57:56 84,253 posts
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    They offered it to me when I went to quit! I did a month for a fiver over Christmas, went to cancel last night and that's what they came up with!
  • Addy_B 13 Jan 2018 12:59:44 2,463 posts
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    See I've got the now TV app on my LG TV. I was browsing it last night. No idea of performance like as I've not set up a trial yet, but potentially wouldn't need a box.
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