Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:25

Now TV box review - tiny on-demand box for a tenner

Written by  Claudia Pang
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Now TV box review - tiny on-demand box for a tenner

On paper, the Now TV box certainly seems remarkable value. Made by Sky in order to get more people in their movie streaming service Now TV, for £9.99 you can make any TV (that has a HDMI connection) into a smart TV by connecting to your wifi.

It has access to catch up services like BBC iPlayer and Demand 5 as well as apps for Spotify and Facebook (as well as others). In addition to those free services, for £8.99 per month you can get Sky Movies and for £9.99 per day, you can get Sky Sports. For an introductory £4.99 per month you can have access to around 10 of Sky's favourite entertainment channnels including Sky1, Sky Atlantic and Gold, plus have access to a library of box sets like An Idiot Abroad and Game of Thrones. You don't have to sign up to the premium services to get good use out of this box but Now TV has certainly done a good job of making them appear very appealing. 

Now TV nox - it's tiny!

The actual box is a tiny 84mm. It has a plasticky feel to it, but again for £9.99, you pretty much get what you’ve paid for. In addition to the box, you get a small remote control with batteries and a HDMI cable. The box itself is light and we liked the rubber bottom of the box.The remote control is basic but very easy to use.

Not TV box - the remote

The setup for the box is extremely easy. As it has integrated Wifi, you only need to type in your router’s security key using the on screen keyboard and link to your Now TV account. If you don't already have a Now TV account then it will guide you through the process with relative ease.

Now TV Box

Based on the Roku box (which sell on Amazon for £49.99), there isn’t much differencce bwteeen the Now TV box and the Roku other than the extra Sky content. The Roku itself is easy to use and apps are easy to download. Unfortunately 4OD and ITV player are not included on the Now TV box, and neither are Netflix and LoveFilm, but being Now TV’s greatest competitors this is understandable. The bonus of using the Now TV box is that you don’t need to pay for a Now TV account in order to use the apps. You do however need to sign up for Now TV but this is free of charge. The app gallery is fast and doesn’t lag, which can be a massive annoyance when searching on other  interfaces on smart TVs.

Now TV does not offer full HD, which is a shame as the box can support 720p HD. We tested the HD capabilities on the iPlayer app, which was superb. We also tested the picture quality on Demand 5 and anime app Crunchyroll; all of which were impressive also.

If you’re looking for a simple way to make your TV smart, with access to catch up services and other apps, then this is a cheap and easy way to do it. Those who need Netflix or Lovefilm, then buying one of the pricier streaming players would be a better option. However for the price, the Now TV box is a brilliant bit of tech.

Visit Now TV's website to find out more about the Now TV box

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