Posted by Chris Martin 24 October 2013
Sky Now TV Box review: A super-value media streamer at £10
If you're TV lacks 'smart' features then it's not the end of the world. You can buy a little box to plug into it which makes up for this fact. The Sky Now TV Box is one option and here's what we think of it.
At £9.99, including postage, the Now TV Box can only be described as a real bargain. Most internet media streamers cost between £50 and £100 so Sky's little white box is the best value option around, bar none. See also: Roku 3 review.
You might be thinking that at this price, you're going to be pretty limited with what you can do with it. Of course, Sky wants you to spend money watching its Sky Movies and Sky Sports content and if you're already a Sky TV customer you may as well stop reading this review.
However, the Now TV Box offers other on-demand and catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, Demand 5 and Spotify. That does mean that there's no Netflix support so if this is essential then you'll have to look elsewhere.
If you're not a Sky customers and don't have any devices which can access Sky Now TV apart from a PC or laptop then the Now TV Box is a no-brainer. You can get access to Sky Movies for £8.99 per month which is more expensive than Netflix and Lovefilm which cost £5.99 per month but you get more recent movies. Sky Sports at £9.99 for 24 hours. Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Discovery, MTV and others are coming soon.
The Sky Now TV Box is effectively a Roku LT player with a white paint job. It's easy to setup with an HDMI or AV cable and a Wi-Fi connection but the device is limited to 720p video streaming which is a shame. It comes with a decent remote but no app for smartphones or tablets.
If you don't have a Smart TV or an internet connected freeview box, the Sky Now TV Box is a steal at just £10 even if it is limited to 720p. You'll have to be prepared to pay for Sky services to make the most of it so it's not really a gadget for existing Sky customers.