YouView customers can finally enjoy the full NOW TV experience, as the platform adds a full-featured NOW TV app to its service.
Until now, YouView only supported a limited version of NOW TV’s Sky Cinema pass, but will now support all of NOW TV’s passes, as well as live tv.
However, not everyone can enjoy YouView’s new NOW TV app – as some devices are excluded, including some TalkTalk devices, which are still in the process of being updated.
YouView, launched back in 2012, is a project backed by the main UK Telecommunication companies and broadcasters. It offers access to most of the Freeview channels and radio stations (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and many others), as well as the main internet-based catch-up apps. (Freeview has a similar service, FreeviewPlay).
YouView can be used either with a stand-alone dedicated YouView set-top box (with an outdoor or indoor aerial) or via boxes from BT TV and TalkTalk, which use YouView as their TV interface for subscribers.
While NOW TV was available as a YouView addon for a long time, it only included the Sky Cinema pass, which features films from Sky Cinema. Plus, that pass was only available in Standard Definition.
This week, YouView announced that the full NOW TV experience is now available for its customers. This means that ALL the NOW TV passes (Entertainment, Cinema, Kids, Sports and Hayu) can be used on YouView (as long as you pay for the subscription).
NOW TV was created as Sky’s answer to Netflix and cord cutters – a cheap TV service that doesn’t require a lengthy contract, gives you flexible packages (“passes”) of content and can be watched on a variety of devices and streaming boxes. (See my full NOW TV review here).
The “official” NOW TV prices, as of this writing, are £8.99 a month for the Entertainment Pass, a Sky Cinema pass for £11.99/month, a Sports pass for £33.99/month, a Sports Mobile Pass for £5.99/month and a Kids pass for £3.99/month. (And you can get a free 7-days trial to some of the passes).
These passes are available in the “HD-Ready” 720p resolution, and users who want Full HD (1080p) will need to purchase the additional NOW TV Boost pass.
YouView will also include access to NOW TV’s ‘Live’ channels, and BT customers will also be able to record directly from those channels, via their BT Box’ EPG.
Some YouView devices, however, are not compatible with the full NOW TV experience yet. The T1000, T1010 & DN370T devices from Humax will not have the new app, as well as some of the TalkTalk YouView boxes, which need to be updated to version 72.48.87/60.42.87 first.