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Old 07-11-2013, 16:22
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I have seen the adverts for the now tv box from 9.99. It seems to good to be true. Has anyone any experience of this box and its compatibility with freeview. Any responses greatly appreciated
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Old 07-11-2013, 16:28
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They're great for the price, get one
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Old 07-11-2013, 16:36
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Has anyone any experience of this box and its compatibility with freeview.
Assuming, as I believe, that these are virtually the same as the Roku boxes, they have no connection with Freeview, satellite (Freesat or Sky) or cable TV. They are a box for receiving TV (and radio) via the Internet.

Note that use of them for TV will eat into your Internet usage allowance (assuming you have one) at something like 600MB (0.6 GB) per hour (at least the Roku does for BBC iPlayer). It would be less for radio.
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Old 08-11-2013, 21:54
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I got three of these when they first came out. I think you are allowed up run up to four from the same IP address. No ITV Player and no 4OD (Sky locked out both) but I use mine mostly as streaming devices. I don't use discs any more, so I have 2TB of movies in HD format and about 500GB of music all on an external hard disk. Though if Sky sorts out the licensing for the 'Entertainment' package (4.99 a month trial price until March 2014) I think that would be something I'd pay for.

One app which is pre-installed on the NowTV box is USTV Now - sign up for a free trial and you get 42 days of free access (some in HD) to major US TV channels. That was interesting. It might teach people not to moan about how crap UK TV can be. Free-to-air USTV is mostly dire. And local news - all from affiliates in Pennsylvania though USTV's base is in New York - is truly awful. I did get hooked on Jeopardy (CBS) and Modern Family (ABC) before the episodes aired here. But not hooked enough to pay USTV's exhorbitant prices for a monthly sub when the free trial ended.
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Old 08-11-2013, 22:46
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No ITV Player and no 4OD (Sky locked out both)
I don't think that can be the reason as the Roku boxes don't have them either and Roku are nothing to do with Sky as far as I know.
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Old 08-11-2013, 23:01
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I don't think that can be the reason as the Roku boxes don't have them either and Roku are nothing to do with Sky as far as I know.
Murdoch/NI owns a stake in Roku and the NowTV box is a cutdown clone of the RokuLT - at a third or quarter of the price.

I searched online for workarounds for both ITV Player and 4OD. There were sites showing ITV and 4OD plug-ins were available for Roku but I have no idea if either works.

I also tried the plug-ins available for Plex Media Server (which you can add to the NowTv box as a side app). They were hit and miss and either worked well or not at all. The real surprise was installing the YouTube Plex plug-in and finding that going to 4OD via YouTube actually did work very well for a while but then it too started throwing a hissy fit. A real shame. While the BBC iPlayer is fine, the 5 on Demand service isn't and while ITV Player isn't a huge loss I'd quite like to have 4OD.
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Old 08-11-2013, 23:50
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Murdoch/NI owns a stake in Roku
Oh, OK. I didn't know that.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:28
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4OD is coming to the Now TV Box before the end of the year. It was in the same press release that announced they would introduce an entertainment subscription package before the end of the year which they have now done.

I don't know if the exclusivity deal Samsung bought for ITV Player (on Android devices and Smart TVs) also locks out the Now TV Box/Roku devices but it wouldn't surprise me.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:44
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While the BBC iPlayer is fine, the 5 on Demand service isn't
What's wrong with it? It works fine here, better quality than the broadcast version too!
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:58
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4OD is coming to the Now TV Box before the end of the year. It was in the same press release that announced they would introduce an entertainment subscription package before the end of the year which they have now done.

I don't know if the exclusivity deal Samsung bought for ITV Player (on Android devices and Smart TVs) also locks out the Now TV Box/Roku devices but it wouldn't surprise me.
Oh, good. Didn't see that. Then again, I gave up and stopped looking for an app or plug in.

I'll be keeping an eye on Sky's entertainment package. The only one so far of any interest to me. They need to get the licensing sorted out first so major shows are not denied to streaming customers.

What's wrong with it?
Technically? Nothing. It's Ch5's content. It doesn't interest me.
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Old 09-11-2013, 17:21
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I have to say i am finding it really great so far!...

Dad can watch football when he chooses and has a day pass (24hours of all sky sports channels for 9.99) so he can watch all three football games that are on tomorrow....

Mum and me watch the movies which were on offer for free first month then 3 months at 8.99 a month ...i think it goes to about 15pounds after that so we might cancel at that point....

and sky entertainment is really good 4.99 a month so far ...,but all are no contract so u can stop them when you want.......

We have had only about 2 drop outs of a few seconds so far and we have had it 2months (and i think it was my connection more than anything else) .....my internet connection is approx 6mb a second and has no problem with the 720p output that most things can be viewed in....(which is slightly better than standard def).......

I can honestly not speak highly enough of it and for 9.99 for the box its amazing value and you get an hdmi lead to inside (which arent cheap)......

You can have 2 boxes working at the same time (in different rooms watching different things) obviously if you interent connection can handle it (i havent tried it on my connection yet).....got two now and would recommend really worth a look...
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Old 12-11-2013, 20:45
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I'll be keeping an eye on Sky's entertainment package. The only one so far of any interest to me. They need to get the licensing sorted out first so major shows are not denied to streaming customers.

Technically? Nothing. It's Ch5's content. It doesn't interest me.
You're interested in Sky's entertainment channels but nothing interests you on Five?

Considering Sky mostly airs US imports on its channels and some of the best and most popular imports air on Five I find that to be a very strange and conflicting statement.
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Old 12-11-2013, 22:09
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You're interested in Sky's entertainment channels but nothing interests you on Five?

Considering Sky mostly airs US imports on its channels and some of the best and most popular imports air on Five I find that to be a very strange and conflicting statement.
Perhaps you should take a closer look at the schedules for Sky 1 - Sky Atlantic and Fox then you might be far less puzzled. Modern Family - The Middle - Boardwalk Empire - Games of Thrones and American Horror Story to name just five.
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