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Now TV

Anyone else got this?
Activated the free one day sky sports pass, continually buffering and it's like trying to watch telly wearing someone else's prescription glasses.

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  • Interested to hear that. Do you have any other online issues or just that site? From my experience, NowTV struggles with high user levels.
  • I have now tv and have had no issues at all.
    All depends on your own Internet speed
  • When Sky tested it, my internet apparently I couldn't get much faster.
  • It all depends on the quality of your Internet connection and how far you are from the nearest fibre node (those green boxes) - that's why its so cheap compared to the full satellite service.

    Some folks will get lucky and be near enough to get a good picture, other will not!
  • It all depends on the quality of your Internet connection and how far you are from the nearest fibre node (those green boxes) - that's why its so cheap compared to the full satellite service.

    Some folks will get lucky and be near enough to get a good picture, other will not!

    Hardly cheap at a tenner a day compared to £50 a month for Sky Sports!
  • It all depends on the quality of your Internet connection and how far you are from the nearest fibre node (those green boxes) - that's why its so cheap compared to the full satellite service.

    Some folks will get lucky and be near enough to get a good picture, other will not!

    Hardly cheap at a tenner a day compared to £50 a month for Sky Sports!
    Right, sorry, I did not realise he was talking about the Sky Sports Day Pass.

    You can get the basic 10-channel Now TV Entertainment package for a fiver per month - compared to 21 quid for the Sky basic satellite package.

    Anyway, that's the whole point of Now TV from Sky, they give you a taster of their product but with variable quality because its over the Internet - they want you to upgrade to the real thing but the broader point is to block off Netflix and Amazon and all the other OTT video providers.
  • Ormiston Addick - maybe I'm mistaken. Thought the sky sports thing was the only offering they had on there, didn't realise they had another option.
  • Ormiston Addick - maybe I'm mistaken. Thought the sky sports thing was the only offering they had on there, didn't realise they had another option.

    No, you can get a 10-channel entertainment package for 5 quid and movies for 10 quid per month and then the Sky Sports day pass is a tenner per day.

    Its about providing a low-cost alternative to their main offering and making Netflix less desirable!
  • The other thing I would say it's about is when you ring up and complain about the picture buffering they can tell you your internet isn't fast enough but........."we are doing a deal on our superfast fibre broadband this month"

    As i've said before on here I pay for sky (probably for the kids more than anything) but don't have the sports channels anymore . Fortunately I have a nice sister and a bang average brother in law :) that allow me to use their sky go account on my laptop which when plugged into the tv gives me a better than standard def picture.

    I can see in the future once fibre comes down in price and more have access to it that sky may well ditch the dishes altogether.
  • It all depends on the quality of your Internet connection and how far you are from the nearest fibre node (those green boxes) - that's why its so cheap compared to the full satellite service.

    Some folks will get lucky and be near enough to get a good picture, other will not!

    Hardly cheap at a tenner a day compared to £50 a month for Sky Sports!
    Anyway, that's the whole point of Now TV from Sky, they give you a taster of their product but with variable quality because its over the Internet - they want you to upgrade to the real thing but the broader point is to block off Netflix and Amazon and all the other OTT video providers.
    That's not entirely true. The purpose of NowTV is to appeal to people who don't like Sky/ Murdoch, and those without the option of having a dish. As much as they'd like people to upgrade to STBs, they don't expect that audience to. And they sure as hell don't sit around in meetings planning a poor streaming service intentionally. That's just paranoid/ ridiculous.

    A large reason that parts of it are even branded 'Sky' is because of rights issues. The studios went nuts when they saw the site just before launch, arguing that the movie rights are for the Sky Movies brand.

    As for heading off Netflix and co., that is partly true but the DTH business is supposed to be doing that too. Although I'd argue both are struggling, particularly given the archaic attitude on the limitations of Sky Go.
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  • buckshee said:

    The other thing I would say it's about is when you ring up and complain about the picture buffering they can tell you your internet isn't fast enough but........."we are doing a deal on our superfast fibre broadband this month"

    As i've said before on here I pay for sky (probably for the kids more than anything) but don't have the sports channels anymore . Fortunately I have a nice sister and a bang average brother in law :) that allow me to use their sky go account on my laptop which when plugged into the tv gives me a better than standard def picture.

    I can see in the future once fibre comes down in price and more have access to it that sky may well ditch the dishes altogether.

    No, won't happen.

    Sky get satellite distribution relatively cheap, moving to an all fibre distribution (owned by Openreach/BT) would be extremely expensive and prone to quality of service problems because that's what you have to deal with on the Internet for the most part.
  • JiMMy 85 said:

    It all depends on the quality of your Internet connection and how far you are from the nearest fibre node (those green boxes) - that's why its so cheap compared to the full satellite service.

    Some folks will get lucky and be near enough to get a good picture, other will not!

    Hardly cheap at a tenner a day compared to £50 a month for Sky Sports!
    Anyway, that's the whole point of Now TV from Sky, they give you a taster of their product but with variable quality because its over the Internet - they want you to upgrade to the real thing but the broader point is to block off Netflix and Amazon and all the other OTT video providers.
    That's not entirely true. The purpose of NowTV is to appeal to people who don't like Sky/ Murdoch, and those without the option of having a dish. As much as they'd like people to upgrade to STBs, they don't expect that audience to. And they sure as hell don't sit around in meetings planning a poor streaming service intentionally. That's just paranoid/ ridiculous.

    A large reason that parts of it are even branded 'Sky' is because of rights issues. The studios went nuts when they saw the site just before launch, arguing that the movie rights are for the Sky Movies brand.

    As for heading off Netflix and co., that is partly true but the DTH business is supposed to be doing that too. Although I'd argue both are struggling, particularly given the archaic attitude on the limitations of Sky Go.
    They obviously don't PLAN to have a poor quality streaming service, I never said they did!

    The point is that over the open Internet in an unmanaged IPTV service is that Sky or anybody else can't guarantee quality of service, that's why the service is so cheap.

    Paying for a controlled network environment via satellite/cable/IPTV costs money but an OTT service costs very little, on a per-subscriber basis it costs about US$0.03 to stream an hour of SD video at 3Mbps.

    Sky can't compete with Netflix if all they have is a basic satellite service at 21 quid per month, they needed a low-cost option and Now TV gives them that.

    But Sky does not want to offer a service at 4.99 that is of the same transmission quality of their own core satellite product at 21 quid per month, that would be nonsensical.
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