NOW Broadband Buyers Guide

TV packages and unlimited standard and superfast broadband without a contract

  • Fibre broadband services available, average speeds 36Mb and 63Mb
  • Choose from Entertainment, Kids, Sky Cinema and Sky Sports TV passes
  • Range of call plans available
  • All offers available with no contract for just £60 extra one off cost

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Calls
£18.00 for 12 months
£25.00 thereafter

£5.00 upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • New broadband customers only
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Calls
£23.00 for 12 months
£32.00 thereafter

£5.00 upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 36Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • New broadband customers only
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Calls
£28.00 for 12 months
£35.00 thereafter

£5.00 upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • New broadband customers only
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

Buy now

Reasons to choose NOW Broadband

  • No contract - Standard and fibre broadband packages are all available without a contract. You'll need to pay a set up fee, but can cancel at any time. It's great for students or anyone with a short tenancy agreement.
  • Cheap TV bundles - NOW Broadband offers a range of TV packages including Sky Sports and Sky Cinema. You'll make a saving if you buy them in a bundle with NOW Broadband.
  • Fibre packages available - NOW Broadband has fibre packages with average speeds of 36Mb and 63Mb.
  • Truly unlimited broadband - All the broadband deals are unlimited, so you can download as much data per month as you like.
  • Free NOW Broadband Hub Two - Fast wireless router included free for all users. Get a cheap Smart TV Stick as part of a TV bundle, too.
  • Smartphone and tablet support - You can add up to four phones or tablets for your TV plan, and watch on two simultaneously.
  • Easy switching from other providers - If you're currently with BT, Plusnet, EE or TalkTalk, the NOW team will handle the whole switchover process for you.

Possible downsides

  • Online tech support - NOW Broadband is predominantly an online service, so your options for customer support are more limited than other providers.
  • Connection fees apply - A one-off setup fee applies to new customers, and is higher on the no-contract option.
  • There may be cheaper options available - While the flexibility of no contracts is a big deal, it does come at a price. Both broadband and TV services from NOW Broadband are a little more expensive than you might pay if you're willing to enter into a contract with another provider.

Features at a glance

  • Average download speeds of 10Mb on standard broadband, 36Mb or 63Mb on fibre broadband

  • 12 month contract, 1 month contract available

  • Truly unlimited on all packages

  • £9.99 delivery fee for all deals, £15 activation on a 12 month contract or £60 for 1 month rolling contracts

  • Online technical support between 7am and 11pm

  • Free Broadband Buddy internet protection with a site filter

  • Free N-rated NOW Broadband Hub will all deals

  • NOW TV Passes available

  • Only pay for the calls you use, inclusive call packages available

  • NOW Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 832 customer ratings since 2019-10-31. See more NOW Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2020-10-23

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price + no activation fee!
Add Evening & Weekend Calls for £4 a month, or Anytime Calls for £8 a month!

802.11n Wireless RouterLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£221 £18.00
£25.00 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price + no activation fee!
Add Evening & Weekend Calls for £4 a month, or Anytime Calls for £8 a month!

802.11n Wireless RouterLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£281 £23.00
£32.00 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Entertainment Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and 6 months reduced Entertainment Pass + 11 of the best pay TV entertainment channels on demand + free anytime calls + no activation fee

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£323 £24.99
£27.99 after 6 months
£34.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract


£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Sky Cinema Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Cinema Pass + over 1000 movies on demand + a new premiere every day + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£341 £27.99
£36.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price + no activation fee!
Add Evening & Weekend Calls for £4 a month, or Anytime Calls for £8 a month!

802.11n Wireless RouterLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£341 £28.00
£35.00 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Entertainment Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and 6 months reduced Entertainment Pass + 11 of the best pay TV entertainment channels on demand + free anytime calls + no activation fee

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£383 £29.99
£32.99 after 6 months
£41.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract


£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Sky Cinema Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Cinema Pass + over 1000 movies on demand + a new premiere every day + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£401 £32.99
£43.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Entertainment Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and 6 months reduced Entertainment Pass + 11 of the best pay TV entertainment channels on demand + free anytime calls + no activation fee

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£443 £34.99
£37.99 after 6 months
£44.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract


£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Sky Cinema Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Cinema Pass + over 1000 movies on demand + a new premiere every day + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£461 £37.99
£46.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Sky Sports Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Sports Pass + 10 Sky Sports Channels + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£521 £43.00
£58.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Sports Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Sports Pass + 10 Sky Sports Channels + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£581 £48.00
£65.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Sky Sports Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

New broadband customers only: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Sports Pass + 10 Sky Sports Channels + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£641 £53.00
£68.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

£5.00 upfront cost

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Details last checked on 2020-10-23

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for NOW Broadband.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 832 customer ratings since 2019-10-31

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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I know the deals sound tempting but please avoid avoid avoid! £2 extra a month with anyone else is truly worth it:

The engineer came around to install my phone line and said I was meant to have WiFi the same evening - 30 days later I still had no internet.

I had to ring customer services once a week to get an update, every time they just complained about OpenReach being the problem and that they could do nothing to help. Each time I was promised someone would call me back with an update - I received nothing but crickets.

Every two days NowTV would instead text me, stating I would get an update in another two days - same text, never an update. This just kept rolling on without zero indication that the problem would ever be fixed.

I cancelled my contract after a month of no action on this issue but I didn't receive confirmation until two weeks later that my account has been closed..!

I quickly signed up with TalkTalk and in less than two weeks TT has managed to send an OpenReach engineer to identify the problem and now BT is coming to fix my line this week. That easy huh?

NowTV said I could potentially qualify for compensation - of course, any of my requests about this have been ignored :)

NowTV, stick to video streaming please, you clearly don't know how to offer decent broadband service.
London NOW Broadband  
Maybe very cheap but reliability and speed is awful constantly dropping out very disappointed not renewing with them now my contract is up.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Shropshire NOW Broadband  
AVOID, AVOID AVOID!! They lure you in with attractive offers at discounted rates, but what's the point if they can't deliver your broadband on time. Absolutely appalling customer service. These shysters provide connection dates then renege on them. If you want a bunch of clowns masquerading as broadband providers who mess you about, fail to call back with updates (despite promising to) give you misleading information, are truculent, surly and downright unhelpful and leave you hanging in the breeze, then these are the guys to sign up with. However, if you require a competent company, who will stick to the advised connection date, I suggest you look elsewhere. The only saving grace is no contract. I shall be changing provider tout suite. Honestly, save yourself the hassle and take your custom elsewhere. No matter how competitive their rates appear, no service is no service, and is consequently no use whatsoever.
Harrow NOW Broadband  
after a bereavement I changed to your broadband. Your people were so caring & helpful. After a glitch installing it by only a couple of days all done really well. Just heard I will receive £75. for the delay. Such a surprise .how can anyone complain about your service. Not me so far.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
BRISTOL NOW Broadband  
Absolutely appalled by the service my parents have had. Despite calling 4 times to customer service problem hasnt been resolved. Promised call back from customer service. Still waiting 4 months later. Would avoid using this company for broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Edinburgh NOW Broadband  
Creeps along at the speed of sludge when connected, which it very often isn't
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London W13 NOW Broadband  
I have NOW tv's Fab Fibre broadband with a guaranteed minimum speed of 36mbps. Although they tell me repeatedly that the speeds they are getting are between 28 and 36 the fastest I have ever had coming into the house are 20 (and that only ever intermittently). The usual is between 2 and 18. Rubbish.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Dunstable NOW Broadband  
Broadband speed is absolutely abysmal. The connection drops constantly and makes it almost impossible for two people to work from home at the same time, which is not ideal at the moment.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London NOW Broadband  
Absolute circus.
They sent contractors to set up my line, only for them to tell me that my house couldn't get broadband atall. (They were wrong!) Customer service then confirmed that my house wasn't set up for it (again wrong). I cancelled the broadband, and then a week later a different engineer turned up out of the blue (without NowTV telling me they'd booked or sent one). This engineer said he could in fact set up my house, and that they'd sent third party contractors to do the work who didn't know what they were doing.
I still haven't received a refund for the 'set up' fee.
-They cant even be bothered to send qualified people to set up your broadband.
- Customer service, you have to spend ages trawling the website to find a number.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham NOW Broadband  
Provision over the past year has been very good, with 14mBs download and 1mBs upload on average. Renegotiation of the deal was required as renewal cost was a steep rise. A pity they did not offer their best price in the first place! Your offer was not as good as I negotiated with NOW Broadband. Why is that? Pricing seems a bit of a mystery and your service is not necessarily the best/cheapest.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Glossop, Derbyshire NOW Broadband  

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Student broadband

Find the best student broadband deals for 2020

Posted on 2020-09-07 16:57 in Features Offers Three 4GEE BT John Lewis NOW Broadband Plusnet Virgin Media

Fast, reliable broadband is a must-have for any student house. And given that it can take a couple of weeks to set up, it's one of the first things you'll want to get sorted when you move in for the new term.

If you haven't signed up for your own broadband package before, we'll tackle some of the questions you might have here.

It's all pretty straightforward, but as a student you won't have quite as many options as everyone else. Contract length is absolutely vital - you don't want to be saddled with a long term deal that you have to keep paying for during the summer holidays or beyond.

And with all the corona-driven uncertainty this year, flexibility is more important than ever. Let's take a look at some of the things you need to know.

What speed do you need?

Your usage is probably going to be pretty high, so the fibre deals in the 60-67Mb average speed range should be your starting point.

You might get away with one of the slower fibre packages if there's only two people in your house, but in most cases the extra speed will be worth more than the fiver or so difference in price.

Faster is always better, of course, and you might be lucky enough to be living in an area where you can get speeds over 100Mb - and sometimes quite a lot more. These might come from the normal fibre providers like BT or Sky, from Virgin Media, or in 5G areas through the likes of EE and Three. Just make sure you keep an eye on the contract length and any setup fees for these faster deals.

What length contract should you get?

Short contracts are key for student broadband, so don't even consider those that need an 18 or 24 month commitment.

12 months is the longest you should go for, but even then you'll end up with quite an overlap with the summer break where you're still paying for your internet while you're hitting the beaches in Spain. Don't rule these out entirely, though, as they might still work out cheaper than a shorter option.

BT offer a few nine month deals that align much better with your term time. Some broadband suppliers, including NOW Broadband and Virgin Media, also offer 30-day rolling contracts that you can cancel at any time. These are best for zero-commitment broadband, but they do often come with significant setup fees. Be sure to factor that in when you're comparing prices.

Do you need any extras?

If Netflix isn't enough and you want a bit of sports action or some more of the latest US shows, you can save some money by adding a pay TV plan to you broadband deal. You won't be able to do this through Sky, as they only offer TV on an 18 month contract, but you can get 30-day deals on NOW TV streaming with NOW Broadband.

For any overseas students in your house, consider adding a call plan with support for cheap international calls.

Who pays the bill?

Even though you'll be splitting the bill with all your housemates, one of you is going to have put their name on the contract. It will be their responsibility. This is one of the reasons why you don't want to sign up to anything longer than 12 months, tops. You don't want to be stuck paying your broadband bill long after your housemates have moved on.

It's a good idea to assign each one of your utilities to a different person in your household so you share the risk. To help manage bills you can also look into setting up a shared bank account across the household, or take a look at apps like Splitwise that make it easier to see who owes what.

Best broadband deals for students

So, what student broadband deal should you choose?

BT offer three plans specifically for students. They're nine month deals, with speeds ranging from 36Mb to 67Mb. You can add a Sports or Entertainment TV package, as well as call plans including cheap international calls to 236 countries.

For one month contracts, you've got two main choices:

  • NOW Broadband - speeds range from a sedate 11Mb (don't bother!) to a much more suitable 63Mb, with the option to add streaming TV plans as well. All of them come with a £65 upfront fee.
  • Virgin Media - speeds on the 30-day plans range from around 54Mb all the way up to over 500Mb. Many setup fees have been waived on the 1 month rolling contracts that are specifically for students, but bear in mind that installation takes longer if your house hasn't had Virgin before.

Your other options are for 12 month contracts. When you add in the setup fees and slightly higher prices for short deals, these year-long plans may still end up being competitive, even though you'll still be paying in July and August when you don't need it. Among your best options here are:

  • John Lewis Broadband - speeds go up to an average 66Mb, with no activation fee, and usually include an e-gift card as a bonus.
  • Plusnet - speeds up to 66Mb, with just a £10 activation fee. You also get the option to add BT Sport - with Premier League and Champions League football - after you've signed up.

And there's one last thing to consider - broadband over 4G or 5G. This won't be right for everyone: 4G speeds are better for one or two users rather than a large, heavy-use household, and though 5G is blazing fast it still has very patchy coverage. If you're in the right part of London, Three's 5G Home Unlimited plans look good, and include a 12 month option. Find more great mobile broadband deals here.

Ready to start shopping for student broadband? Use our postcode checker to compare the best broadband deals available in your area today.

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How to claim your free broadband rewards

How to claim your free broadband rewards

Posted on 2020-07-17 16:26 in Features BT John Lewis Plusnet EE Virgin Media Sky NOW Broadband TalkTalk

A lot of broadband suppliers offer freebies to tempt you to sign up, and some of them are really worth having. They can range from cashback and bill credit, to shopping vouchers, and sometimes even tech gadgets. They change all the time, so if you're on the hunt for a new deal it's worth keeping an eye out for what's around.

But the important thing to remember is that you very often have to claim your reward separately. And you normally only get a short window in which to do so - miss it and you'll miss out!

We've got a full guide to broadband rewards and free gifts if you want to know more. Or if you just want to know how to claim your swag for many of the main providers, here's what you need to do.

How to claim Plusnet rewards

Plusnet regularly offer cashback, gift cards and reward cards to new customers. They'll send you an email within 10 days of your signing up with a link to claim your reward. You then need to claim it within two months, and should get it around 10 days later.

How to claim BT rewards

A lot of BT Broadband deals include a BT Reward Card as their special offer. This is preloaded with a cash sum that you can spend in most places that accept Mastercard payments. You can claim up to three months after your broadband is activated, and it should arrive within 30 days. Visit https://www.bt.com/manage/bt-reward-card/ to start your claim.

How to claim Sky Broadband rewards

Sky Broadband offer a range of sweeteners at various times, including a pre-paid Mastercard and high street vouchers. You get 90 days to claim your reward. If you're eligible, head over to sky.com/claim and log in with your Sky ID to start the process.

How to claim John Lewis Broadband rewards

Rewards from John Lewis Broadband include e-gift cards that can be spent at John Lewis or Waitrose. You don't need to claim this one - it should be sent via email within 60 days of the activation of your broadband service, so keep an eye on your inbox.

How to claim NOW Broadband rewards

NOW Broadband don't offer as many extra perks as other providers, but when they do have them they'll send the info on how to claim via email. You should get this within two weeks of your service being activated.

How to claim EE rewards

EE Broadband regularly offer cashback or Amazon gift cards as a reward for signing up. If you're eligible for one of the gift cards you'll be sent an email with instructions on how to claim it after your broadband goes live.

How to claim TalkTalk rewards

When TalkTalk offer rewards, they're normally either e-gift cards for specific stores or vouchers to be spent on the high street. Look out for an email with all the details, and you should receive your reward within 90 days of activation.

How to claim Virgin Media rewards

Virgin Media rewards can include bill credit, tech products or even wine, and you don't normally have to claim. The credit will be applied to your bill automatically, and any free gift will be sent out within 28 days of installation of your Virgin service.

To see what free gifts are available right now, take a look at the best broadband deals available today.

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NOW Broadband Buyers Guide - Is NOW Broadband right for you?

Can I get NOW Broadband?

NOW Broadband runs on Sky's own broadband network, which has very wide availability across the UK.

Sky's network region covers major cities, towns, and rural areas, and it's mostly only remote regions that aren't supported. In all, standard broadband is available to more than 90% of UK homes, and fibre to approaching 95%. You can use our postcode checker to find out if NOW Broadband is available where you are.

Even if you aren't within the network area you can still get NOW TV. You only need a fast broadband connection (from any provider) to use one of the NOW TV Passes.

What packages are available?

NOW Broadband is owned by Sky, and offers a similar range of standard and fibre broadband packages. You can also add calls and TV services to your deal.

The three main packages are:

  • Brilliant Broadband - a standard broadband service with average speeds of 11Mb
  • Fab Fibre - the entry-level fibre offering, with average speeds of 36Mb
  • Super Fibre - the fastest fibre package, delivering average speeds of 63Mb

The standout feature of all these deals is that you can get them on either a 12-month contract, or on a 30-day rolling deal with no long-term obligations. The monthly price is the same whichever length you choose, although you do have to pay a connection fee of £60 if you go for the shorter option.

If you choose the 30-day deal you're free to cancel at any time. Just give notice before your next payment is due. If you choose the 12-month deal - known as the Saver Plan - you will be committed to remaining on your plan for the full year (or pay a termination fee should you want to leave early).

The packages are all unlimited, meaning you can download as much as you like each month without any restrictions. Line rental is included, and there's no option to buy without a phone line. 

You can add a range of call packages, including deals that give you weekend or Anytime calls. There's also options to take broadband and TV as part of a bundle, or you can sign up for your optional TV services separately.

What TV deals are available through NOW TV?

Now TV is a streaming service that offers a near complete Sky TV package without contract or satellite dish.

As a full streaming service you need fast broadband to get the most out of Now TV. You can get this as part of a NOW Broadband bundle, add it separately after you've signed up to NOW Broadband, or just sign up for it even if you use another provider.

To watch it you get a NOW TV stick or box to plug into your television, which you might get for free as part of a broadband bundle. They let you pause and rewind live TV shows, but not record them. The devices do support apps, which you can use for on demand viewing including on Netflix. You need to use your normal TV tuner to watch the Freeview channels.

Most importantly, NOW TV does not come with a contract. You pay for one month at a time, and can cancel whenever you want. It also offers a free 14 day trial.

There are five TV passes for Now TV, each offering a different set of channels:

  • Entertainment: 11 premium entertainment channels including Sky One and Fox. It's also the only way to get Sky Atlantic without a dish.
  • Sky Cinema: the full set of Sky Cinema channels along with 1000 movies on demand.
  • Kids: six extra channels and thousands of episodes of TV on demand.
  • Sky Sports: all the Sky Sports channels. You can sign up for day, week, month or mobile-only passes. This is ideal if only want to watch specific events.
  • Hayu: a channel dedicated to US reality TV shows.

NOW TV is the best way to get the full set of Sky channels without a contract. It is more expensive than going with Sky, but you only pay for what you want when you want it. In particular, this means you can get the Sky Sports channels without signing up to an additional Entertainment bundle, which you have to do if you go with Sky. It also means you can cancel to save money when the football season ends, or when your favourite TV series finishes.

Which package should I choose?

With the similarities between all the packages, the main choice is what speed you need.

The Brilliant Broadband package is likely to be good enough for smaller households, or those with more modest requirements. It'll be fine for one user watching Netflix or making large downloads, but may be too slow for several users doing the same thing together.

For larger households, where someone is always streaming, downloading or gaming, the faster Fab Fibre or Super Fibre packages are better for making sure no-one experiences any slowdown.

The no-contract option makes NOW Broadband an ideal choice for students who might only need the service for nine or ten months in the year. If you do choose the 12 month contract instead it reduces the one-off set up fee significantly, but the monthly prices remain the same. In either case you can change or cancel your TV passes whenever you like.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband for streaming, downloading and gaming?
  • Are you a student, or do you live in short lease accommodation?
  • Do you want premium TV channels without a long-term commitment?
  • Do you want to watch TV on your phone or tablet?
  • Do you make a lot of landline calls?
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What do I get when I sign up?

It's good to know what else is included in the deal, so you can budget for any extras you might need.

  • NOW Broadband Hub Two - Every broadband package comes with a free AC-rated wireless router.
  • NOW TV Smart Box - Choose a NOW TV pass and you'll also get a free or cheap Smart Box for streaming your new TV channels. It sits below your TV and comes with a remote control.
  • Broadband Buddy - This basic security package enables you to activate parental controls, and also helps protect against malware-infected sites (but is not a replacement for anti-virus software).
  • Customer support - NOW Broadband is an online-only service, so customer is available via the internet through live chat.
  • Mobile device access - You can register up to four other devices, including tablets and smartphones, for use with your NOW TV pass. You can watch on two devices at the same time.

What are the benefits of NOW Broadband?

What are the main reasons you should consider buying broadband from NOW Broadband?

  • No contract - The one-month rolling deals make NOW Broadband ideal for students or anyone else who is either unwililng or unable to sign up to a long-term commitment with their broadband supplier.
  • Commitment-free TV - Want to watch Game of Thrones or live Premier League football? NOW TV lets you do that without being tied in for a year or more. NOW TV is also the only way to watch Sky Atlantic without a full Sky package (it isn't available through Virgin Media).
  • Unlimited usage - There are no download or speed limits on any of the NOW Broadband packages.
  • Fast uploads - Upload speeds on the fastest Super Fibre deal are 18Mb average speed, which is better than many rival providers.

What are the drawbacks to NOW Broadband?

What possible downsides should you be aware of before you sign up?

  • Set up fee - While it's great to be able to sign up to a no-contract deal, this does come with an activation fee of around £60. Make note of this, as it adds to your upfront cost.
  • TV can be more expensive - The biggest selling point of NOW TV is the lack of contracts. If you're happy to sign a contract you might find a Sky Broadband-with-TV bundle works out cheaper. There are also other ways to save money on pay TV.
  • Online tech support - The tech customer service options for NOW Broadband are limited. You'll mostly be required to go online for support.
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