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29 October 2013
NOW TV offers top entertainment channels on a monthly pay-as-you-go basis

                                    NOW TV

Internet TV takes another major step forward today as some of the UK’s most popular entertainment channels join NOW TV as part of a brand new, pay-as-you-go service. 

The new NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass offers a simple, instant and contract-free way to access ten top subscription TV channels: Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts 1, Discovery, MTV, Comedy Central, GOLD, Disney and FOX. It allows customers to stream shows live and on demand on a pay-as-you-go basis - and all at an introductory price of just £4.99 a month.

Internet TV usage is growing rapidly with millions of homes already using the web to watch their favourite shows and channels. The NOW TV Entertainment Pass means that more of the best TV can be enjoyed by anyone with an internet-connected device.

Unlike some other streaming services, the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass offers premiere episodes of the very latest series, including brand new drama and comedy from home and abroad. Some of the highlights in November alone include Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life (Sky 1), Dracula (Sky Living), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic), A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories (Sky Arts 1), Hello Ladies (Sky Atlantic), Yonderland (Sky 1), Geordie Shore (MTV) and American Horror Story (FOX).

And with the premieres of new series of Game of Thrones, The Following and Mad Men coming up on Sky Atlantic, NOW TV will be the only place to see all the new episodes on a month-to-month, pay-as-you-go basis. In addition to current shows, the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass will offer entire box sets of hit shows. Highlights include every episode of all five seasons of The Wire (Sky Atlantic) and seasons one to three of An Idiot Abroad (Sky 1) and Mad Dogs (Sky 1).

Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV, comments: “Millions of people can now go online to watch some of the best entertainment channels, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Comedy Central. NOW TV offers pay-as-you-go access to brand new episodes of home-grown British shows and the biggest and best US series for anyone with broadband.”

The NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass is available from today on the NOW TV Box, PS3, Roku, Macs and PCs. Other supported devices will be introduced as part of a phased roll out over the coming months including iPhone, iPad, selected Android smartphones, Xbox, LG Smart TVs and selected LG media devices. Customers are able to register four devices at any one time.

NOW TV already offers easy and flexible access to Sky Sports and Sky Movies, through the Sky Movies Month Pass and the Sky Sports Day Pass. The addition of the entertainment channels now means customers can enjoy pay-as-you-go access to eight out of the UK’s top ten most popular subscription TV channels on NOW TV. 

More information on NOW TV is available from www.nowtv.com.

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For more information:
Kate Fayers
Senior PR Manager, Sky
kate.fayers@bskyb.com

About NOW TV:

NOW TV, powered by Sky, provides instant and easy access to hundreds of films from Sky Movies on demand, and pay-as-you-go access to live Sky Sports. Taking advantage of the rapid growth in broadband-connected devices, and building on Sky’s experience in multi-platform TV, the service provides an additional choice to access and enjoy Sky Movies and Sky Sports.

NOW TV offers access to some of Sky’s most popular programming.  Sky Movies is the UK’s most popular subscription movies service giving access to 800 different movies on demand including up to four new and exclusive Sky Movies premieres each week. With a Sky Movies Pass, NOW TV customers can choose from more of the latest and biggest movies first – 12 months before Netflix and Lovefilm Instant*. 

NOW TV also offers a flexible way to access to Sky Sports.  With a Sky Sports Day Pass customers can get pay-as-you-go access to exclusively live action from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Formula 1®, Test cricket, US and European Tour golf, ATP tennis, European and international rugby union and much more besides.

NOW TV is available to anyone 18 or over in the UK with a broadband or 3G connection across a wide range of connected devices including NOW TV Box, PC, Mac, selected Android smartphones, iOS devices, PS3, YouView and Xbox (the Sky Movies live channels and Sky Sports Day Pass are not available on YouView and an Xbox 360 LIVE Gold subscription is required is required to watch NOW TV on Xbox 360).   Each device will benefits from an optimised design to deliver quality streaming with buffering minimized by the use of adaptive bitrate technology.

The NOW TV Box offers customers a quick and easy way to convert a regular TV into a Smart TV for a one-off box cost of £9.99. The box will also be welcoming a new addition to its range of apps before the end of the year with arrival of Channel 4’s catch up service, 4oD. Currently customers can get unlimited access to movies on NOW TV with a 30 day free trial of the Sky Movies Pass, then priced at £8.99 a month.   NOW TV Customers can also get 24-hour access to all six Sky Sports channels live for £9.99 with the Sky Sports Day Pass.

NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass:  Introductory price of £4.99 if joining by 31st March 2014.  Not all content available on catch up or live channels. NOW TV delivers channels over-the-top (OTT). Presently, YouView doesn't have the capability to offer channels delivered over-the-top, so the NOW TV entertainment channels will not be available over this device.

NOW TV Box: Connects to TV via HDMI (cable supplied).  NOW TV account required to activate box.  Customers can select a Sky Movies Pass, Sky Sports Day Pass or an Entertainment Month Pass to create an account and watch NOW TV.  All Passes sold separately.

*Comparison of online movie subscription services using top UK box office films from the past 18 months.

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