Why Now TV ? Really Worth with all the options available ?
Now TV is the latest addition to the streaming services out in the market through Now TV Smart TV App, Now TV streaming Smart Stick or Now TV Smart Box. Competing really well with well established competitors like Amazon Firestick, Roku and to some extent Google Chromecast. Like its competitors it offers HD and 4k content to its viewers.
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Benefits of Now TV - Is it better than Amazon Firestick and Roku ?
Now TV has an edge over its direct competitors Amazon Firestick and Roku in United Kingdom as it offers broadband services too and hence can provide value for money. With a well established network of Sky as Now TV is a subsidiary of Sky Network, Now TV Also offers Sky Sports and Sky Entertainment access to its viewers as a package. They also have 1000's of movies on demand.
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You can also watch a good number of freeview channels through Now TV.
Where watching sports can be too expensive in UK because of exclusive rights sitting with Sky Sports and BT Sports, Now TV offers daily, Weekly and Monthly Sky sports and cinema passes. These passes can easily be purchased online or by redeeming voucher codes and just require one time registrations through email and postcode.
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Can I watch Amazon Prime on Now TV ?
No, you cannot. Now TV is in direct competition with Amazon hence Amazon Pime services are restricted. However we could not find any such restrictions on any other popular app like Netflix, spotify, BBC iPlayer etc. It also allows features Chromecast would offer to cast youtube, chrome onto TV or to screen mirror your iPhone or any Android phone onto TV.
Do I need a TV Licence to watch Now TV
UK law makes any live media content being watched require a TV license paid for. This also applies for live TV Streaming on any app being used on mobiles, tablets, laptops/desktops or TV sets (basically any smart device). SO yes you need a UK TV License to be able to watch Hotstar content in UK.
Now TV App
You can download Now TV app from your Android mobile play store or iOS app store for free (though you need to pay in app (through itunes for Apple) to watch any content. There is Now TV app currently to be downloaded directly on your Smart TV or Android TV. You can also cast videos from Now TV app on mobile / tablet or laptops onto TV (with Chromecast / GoogleCast) - of course your TV and smart device will need to be on the same WiFi network.
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Live Sports / Cricket on Now TV and Hotstar - IPL and Cricket World Cup 2019
Sky Sports have won exclusive rights to media rights of Indian cricket worldwide for next couple years. Now TV will be able to telecast Indian Premier League (IPL) for 2019 and future years and also ICC Cricket World Cup through the Sky Sports passes. You can buy Daily, Weekly or Monthly Sky Sports passes to have exclusive access to Sky Sports channels and watch live sports and Cricket. If you are in UK, is will just be Hotstar apart from Sky Sports that would show IPL and ICC Cricket Worls Cup live. Hotstar also shows Ranji Trophy matches, Pro Kabaddi league, Hockey World Cup and many more sporting events. They have not officially published a sports schedule for 2019 yet though.