Sky’s online streaming service NOW TV has announced the launch of the NOW TV Combo - the UK’s first ever contract-free triple play bundle, offering TV, unlimited broadband as well as a range of call packages, all without a contract.
Available from July, the NOW TV Combo comes complete with the new NOW TV Smart Box, which combines a range of live and on-demand TV with up to 35 pay TV and over 60 free-to-air TV channels. Launched in 2012, NOW TV opened up a lot of Sky’s content to customers not wishing to get in to a long contract with them and the addition of calls and broadband is just an extension on that.
Gidon Katz, Managing Director of NOW TV said: "NOW TV has got something for everyone – TV they love to watch, when they want and on their own terms. It’s why we’re not stopping there. With the NOW TV Combo, we’re pushing the boundaries again with the UK’s first contract-free triple play bundle. Plus, our customers will get the benefits of our new NOW TV Smart Box that brings together free-to-air and Pay TV shows seamlessly. We know people want the freedom and control of a no strings relationship when it comes to choosing their TV, broadband and call package, so the NOW TV Combo is the product and service they deserve."
Every NOW TV Combo comes with the brand new Smart Box and there’s to be a new homepage to act as a ‘one stop destination,’ for the customers’ viewing needs. The homepage also offers editorial recommendations updated throughout the day, featuring the best shows from all the channels. There’s also a new live pause functionality, of up to 30 minutes, but of course there’s no facility to record anything, you would need to sign up with Sky to get a proper personal video recorder for that, but with all that catch-up content at the tip of your fingers, it’s arguable whether you would ever need to.
Interestingly, the new box accepts a digital TV aerial connection, so it’s a little bit different to your usual Smart TV box ala the Roku’s and Fire TVs of this world, although the device is manufactured by Roku. We hope the new box will be made available without taking a combo deal but we’ll check with Sky on that as it will likely tie you in to their broadband deals.
Update 29/06/2016: We've discovered that you're not tied in to Sky/NOW TV broadband as it will work with any internet connection and will be available to purchase standalone at a cost of £40, which is good news.
Creating a NOW TV Combo sounds simple; you just need to check you’re in a NOW TV network area and then just select the TV, available broadband and call options that work best for you:
You choose one or more NOW TV Month Passes:
Entertainment Pass - watch 11 channels not on Freeview and 250 box sets
Sky Cinema Pass – over 1,000 movies on demand and from July a new premiere every single day
Sky Sports Pass - see the matches and events live on 7 Sky Sports channels
Kids Pass – watch six dedicated channels and thousands of episodes on demand
Choose your running speed from the three unlimited broadband options:
Brilliant Broadband - speeds up to 17Mbps
Fab Fibre - speeds up to 38Mbps
Super Fibre - speeds up to 76Mbp
Choose one of three call package options:
Pay as you use - only pay for calls you make.
Evening and Weekends - unlimited calls to UK landlines, UK mobile numbers and calls to 0870 and 0845 numbers during evenings (7pm to 7am) and weekends.
Anytime calls - unlimited calls to UK landline and UK mobile numbers and calls to 0870 and 0845 numbers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The no contract NOW TV Combo comes with a one off set up fee of £40 for Unlimited Brilliant Broadband and £50 for Unlimited Fab Fibre Broadband and Unlimited Super Fibre Broadband.
It will also launch with a 12 month special pricing offer across all packages. Prices range from £9.99 to £51.99 per month, plus line rental at £17.99 per month.
The NOW TV Combo will be available to customers from early July. The exact date will be announced nearer the time. More information on the NOW TV Combo can be found nowtv.com/combo and there are some pricing examples below.
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