10 hottest products for Millennials – Now TV Smart Box
What is it?
The Now TV Smart Box is a small, well-designed device you connect to your TV. Once connected, you have yourself the best TV streamer around, capable of showing you content from pretty much every service out there with a great interface. Oh, and you can watch Game of Thrones live and legally.
Why should you buy it?
The first thing that’s worth noting about the Now TV Smart Box is that you don’t actually need a Now TV subscription to make use of it. You’ll need to create a Now TV account (or using an existing or previous Sky account) but beyond that you get an all-purpose media box that gives you Freeview channels and a plethora of apps. Not only will you get Now TV, but you can also make use of all the major catch-up TV channels like iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.
It’s got a well designed EPG TV Guide, with channels are split into Freeview channels (supplied via a traditional terrestrial antenna connection), Now TV live channels (streamed via the internet), and radio stations. If your TV has a rubbish guide, then it’s worth buying the Now TV Smart Box just for this. You can also pause and rewind live TV, watch catch-up and stream movies and box sets.
But subscribe to Now TV, and you’ll get most of Sky’s exclusive content – movies, Sky Sports, and channels such as Sky Atlantic and (for the cultural sorts) Sky Arts – without needing a Sky dish or long-term contract. Want entertainment channels? That’s £6.99 per month. Sky Cinema (formerly known as Sky Movies)? £10 per month. Sky Kids will set you back £3 per month. Sky Sports? Anything from £7 for a day to £37 per month.
The key thing is that you choose what you want to watch – and you’re not locked into a long-term contract. If there’s a sporting event you want to see that’s only on Sky, pay over £7 and you can see it, and everything else they offer, for 24 hours. The flexibility is brilliant, and it’s what makes this a great deal.
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