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Last Updated:
2013-10-01

My NowTV Box

The NowTV Box is a UK and Ireland Only media streamer for viewing Videos/Movies-on-Demand on TV. It is very similar to the Roku LT Box. It connects to the TV with the included HDMI cable and to the internet via WiFi.

The Roku LT has been selling for $50, but is now being discounted at $35, whereas my NowTV Box only cost 10! The price was subsidized by Sky to lure you into watching Sky Sports at 10/day and Sky Movies-on-Demand at 15/month (after an introductory period). Some of the Roku apps are missing - notably competing Movies-on-Demand apps, such as Netflix.

The stock apps are NowTV (for Sky Sports and Sky Movies), Sky News, BBC iPlayer, BBC News and Demand5. The menus allow the remote control to navigate with just the arrow keys. From the Roku Store you can choose among another 45 channels to install - most of them rather uninteresting. I installed PlayTo which, together with the same name app, allows streaming multimedia content from my Nexus 7 tablet to the TV - and also gives access to some 135 web channel plugins.

More important for me was to sideload the Plex app, which works together with the Plex Media Server on the the PC. They allow streaming multimedia content from the PC to the TV and also gives access to some 125 channel plugins. I especially enjoyed getting the YouTube channel onto my TV and also SVT Play.
NowTV Box powered by Sky

NowTV Box powered by Sky
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I can get most of the NowTV content on my YouView Box. And for streaming MultiMedia and YouTube to the TV, I can use "my PC and TV Hook-up method". For 10 I had some fun for about a week. If you do not have the BBC iPlayer onto your TV, I would surely recommend you getting this little box!

Minor Update 2014-01-16
Channel 4-on-Demand (4oD) has been added, but the ITV Player is still missing. Sky has announced more competitive prices for Movies-on-Demand at 8.99/month (after an introductory period) and the new pay-as-you-go alternative through the Sky Store app, with prices from 0.99 to 3.49 per movie - in line with TalkTalk's pricing

Minor Update 2014-06-11
ITV Player was added.

Minor Update 2014-08-01
YouTube was added - better than the YouTube app with Plex.