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Now TV Box - £10.00 inc

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This streamer is designed to sell you Sky Movies subscription and Sky Sports day passes but it will also run a number of free apps such as :

Sky News
BBC News
BBC iPlayer
Demand 5
Spotify
Facebook
VEVO and many more

Full list of official channels available here:

http://www.strayed.co.uk/2013/07/29/now-tv-box-full-list-of-available-channels/

What we know so far:

- Hardware is a rebadged Roku LT (Sky is an investor in Roku) designed to give access to Sky Movies and Sky Sports for those without a Sky dish (by using your broadband). It streams via wireless at upto 720p only.

- The box will give access to a modified Roku app store with competitor products removed so no Lovefilm, or Netflix at this time (and possibly never).

- To use the box you will need a Now TV account (which is free) and this will give access to non-subscription apps such as iPlayer & 5OD. The free services will work even if you dont have a subscription or if you subscription has lapsed.

- To view Sky Movies or Sky Sports you will need a Now TV subscription (not free!) however there is a 30 day free trial at present.

- There is no Sky Go compatibility at all.

- The Now TV box currently allows sideloading of a single channel (source code needed!). No XMBC app exists for Roku so dont expect one here.

- Those actually wanting to use Now TV can sign up for 6 months for £15 using this deal http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/now-tv-15-for-6-months-via-total-film-promotion-2-50-month-1615742

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Techradar review: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/now-tv-box-1168788/review

Digitalspy Review- http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a501621/now-tv-going-hands-on-with-skys-new-set-top-box.html

Gizmodo - http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/08/now-tv-box-review-this-10-box-is-miles-better-than-it-should-be/

Video unboxing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N95mPo84Mk4

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For those asking about hacks, we now have confirmed instructions on how to run Plex:

The Now TV box has been found to still provide access to the Roku development mode. This allows you to sideload one developer version app to your device. Not all apps are made available in this way but Plex is!

How to install Plex onto your Now TV box

http://www.strayed.co.uk/2013/07/29/how-to-add-plex-to-a-now-tv-box/

Video now added to show the process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmQBcbVLWZc

No news on other apps or reflashing yet.
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Secret Menus:
Home x5, FF x3, RW x2 Changes the settings of the Channel Store Server and the Software Update Server.
Home x5 FF, Play, RW, Play, FF Brings up the Wifi Settings
Home x3 Up x2, Right, Left, Right, Left Developer Installer
Home x3 Up x2, Left, Right, Left, Right Lists all the channels installed and their versions.

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If you dont have a HDMI socket on your TV you can get a 3.5mm jack to rca cable from NowTV
http://help.nowtv.com/HelpArticle?id=kA1G0000000CuLlKAK&topicKey=Set_up_and_Technical_Help%7CSet%20up%20and%20Technical%20Help%7C3&selectedTopicKey=NOW_TV_Box%7CNOW%20TV%20Box%7C1
- aceshigh

Free Sky for 9.99

Bargain.
- ewwaxo

If you're having problems connecting to your router (e.g. Virgin Media) then this may be resolved by accessing the hidden menu (press home button 5 times followed by fast-forward, play, rewind, play and then fast-forward again) and selecting “disable network pings” in the options.
- usenetz

Run Netflix and SkyGo on this box through Plex, link:

http://www.digital-forums.com/showthread.php/951746-PROOF-OF-CONCEPT-How-to-get-Netflix-and-SkyGo-working-on-the-Now-TV-box/page2
- KM4353

Link to Digital Forums thread has moved -
http://www.digital-forums.com/showthread.php/952315-PROOF-OF-CONCEPT-How-to-get-Netflix-and-SkyGo-working-on-the-Now-TV-box-Moved
- Gitch28

4OD now availble!
- solid

DON'T FORGET TOPCASHBACK £2.02! (Thanks to dz1 for mentioning in the comments)
- cjdean1983

NETFLIX PLUG IN (for those who cannot see links on Digital Forums)

http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/...65-netflix-uk/
- cjdean1983

Apologies correct link here: https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/topic/68765-netflix-uk/
- cjdean1983

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    captainbeaky
    martinelsen
    I am using an HP 23" LED monitor as a TV but only has 1xHDMI taken up with a FreeviewHD box.

    Am I right in thinking that a standard HDMI splitter will do the job here to switch between the two?


    Yep. I use one of these (cheaper on ebay).

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/BELTON-1080P-V1-3b-Switch-Splitter/dp/B005WF4AA4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1374857431&sr=8-4&keywords=hdmi+switch
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    And why exactly would you buy this for iPlayer when your Sky+HD has iPlayer?


    Well yes, I can buy the wireless connector for £21.95 or Now TV for £9.99. No contest.
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    And why exactly would you buy this for iPlayer when your Sky+HD has iPlayer?


    Well yes, I can buy the wireless connector for £21.95 or Now TV for £9.99. No contest.


    Or plug an ethernet cable in..
    Thomablue
    New bit of tech for £10, unable to resist
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    And why exactly would you buy this for iPlayer when your Sky+HD has iPlayer?


    Well yes, I can buy the wireless connector for £21.95 or Now TV for £9.99. No contest.


    Or plug an ethernet cable in..


    Indeed, go to the trouble of getting a 20m ethernet cable and setting it up between my Sky box and router adding to all the other cables. Or just get Now TV delivered, plug in and press a couple of buttons. No contest once again.
    jmarko
    flibblesan
    jmarko
    flibblesan
    jmarko
    NOWTV
    Hello everyone! We love how excited you all are about our awesome NOW TV Box. You can find all the information you need about it on our website – you can click on Help or Community at the top of the page and head to the NOW TV Box sections in each.

    To answer a couple of your recurring questions: Plex will not be available on the NOW TV Box, nor will Sky Go.


    Thanks for popping by. You must be new to the interwebs. We'll decide whether Plex or Sky Go will be on your box once it has been hacked. Kthxbai.

    x


    And how exactly do you intend on hacking this since it doesn't have a USB port and none of the other Roku boxes have been hacked?


    This has been answered by others elsewhere. The search button is your friend.


    All others have said is that it could be hacked with FTP, various solder points etc etc etc. If it was really that easy to hack then all the existing Roku boxes would had been hacked by now. But they haven't.

    People really need to stop saying that it'll be hacked because the odds of this happening are very, very slim.


    There's a big difference between the Roku LT and this - the Roku LT doesn't need hacking, this does. Why would you hack something that doesn't really need it?

    You could use the same arguments about the HP Touchpad - the hacking efforts on that were minimal until it could be got really cheap - then it went into overdrive.
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    And why exactly would you buy this for iPlayer when your Sky+HD has iPlayer?


    Well yes, I can buy the wireless connector for £21.95 or Now TV for £9.99. No contest.


    Or plug an ethernet cable in..


    Indeed, go to the trouble of getting a 20m ethernet cable and setting it up between my Sky box and router adding to all the other cables. Or just get Now TV delivered, plug in and press a couple of buttons. No contest once again.


    20 meter Ethernet cable = £1-£3
    Extra box = £10 and switching between boxes everytime you want to watch iplayer..

    Yeah no contest, ethernet.

    Or use a wireless ap for the skybox for around the same price, do not need to buy the official adapter.

    Edited By: Reser on Jul 26, 2013 17:59
    poolman
    Could these be hacked by phone I wonder.......
    chantelle310
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    A raspberry pi? :)
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    And why exactly would you buy this for iPlayer when your Sky+HD has iPlayer?


    Well yes, I can buy the wireless connector for £21.95 or Now TV for £9.99. No contest.


    Or plug an ethernet cable in..


    Indeed, go to the trouble of getting a 20m ethernet cable and setting it up between my Sky box and router adding to all the other cables. Or just get Now TV delivered, plug in and press a couple of buttons. No contest once again.


    20 meter Ethernet cable = £1-£3
    Extra box = £10 and switching between boxes everytime you want to watch iplayer..

    Yeah no contest, ethernet.


    hahahaha Wireless is the future my friend. Embrace it.
    captainbeaky
    Ps3 with netflix usa=1080p dolby 5.1 happiness.
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    And why exactly would you buy this for iPlayer when your Sky+HD has iPlayer?


    Well yes, I can buy the wireless connector for £21.95 or Now TV for £9.99. No contest.


    Or plug an ethernet cable in..


    Indeed, go to the trouble of getting a 20m ethernet cable and setting it up between my Sky box and router adding to all the other cables. Or just get Now TV delivered, plug in and press a couple of buttons. No contest once again.


    20 meter Ethernet cable = £1-£3
    Extra box = £10 and switching between boxes everytime you want to watch iplayer..

    Yeah no contest, ethernet.


    hahahaha Wireless is the future my friend. Embrace it.


    Yeah having 4 boxes to do everything you can do with 1, that's the future, no it is idiocy by someone who has no sense.

    And as I said you can make your Sky box wireless for about the same price as buying this and save on haivng an extra box for one thing.

    http://dx.com/p/mini-portable-150m-802-11n-wi-fi-wireless-router-green-115931?tc=GBP&utm_source=GoogleshoppingUK&utm_medium=CPC&utm_content=115931&utm_campaign=340&gclid=CO7BnZTSzbgCFQTMtAod_V0AfQ


    Edited By: Reser on Jul 26, 2013 18:05
    Towelie
    Your Humax HD Box will also do iPlayer & YouTube - plenty of wireless dongles for them available for ~£5.



    Not overly impressed with this tbh, the price is great but wait a month or so for the Chromecast from Google to be available as it will be a hell of a lot more versatile and well worth double the cost but even at £20 it will be better value for money than this imo.
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    Reser
    Shaunyboy
    So I have Apple TV for Youtube and MLB
    Humax HD box for HD channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4.
    Sky+HD for Sky Sports
    ...and Now TV for iPlayer, Facebook.

    Any more boxes I can buy?


    And why exactly would you buy this for iPlayer when your Sky+HD has iPlayer?


    Well yes, I can buy the wireless connector for £21.95 or Now TV for £9.99. No contest.


    Or plug an ethernet cable in..


    Indeed, go to the trouble of getting a 20m ethernet cable and setting it up between my Sky box and router adding to all the other cables. Or just get Now TV delivered, plug in and press a couple of buttons. No contest once again.


    20 meter Ethernet cable = £1-£3
    Extra box = £10 and switching between boxes everytime you want to watch iplayer..

    Yeah no contest, ethernet.


    hahahaha Wireless is the future my friend. Embrace it.


    Yeah having 4 boxes to do everything you can do with 1, that's the future, no it is idiocy by someone who has no sense.

    And as I said you can make your Sky box wireless for about the same price as buying this and save on haivng an extra box for one thing.

    http://dx.com/p/mini-portable-150m-802-11n-wi-fi-wireless-router-green-115931?tc=GBP&utm_source=GoogleshoppingUK&utm_medium=CPC&utm_content=115931&utm_campaign=340&gclid=CO7BnZTSzbgCFQTMtAod_V0AfQ



    Hahahaha I don't know why me buying a £10 box has excited you so much...but...
    If you can get everything I will be using on 1 box and 1 TV including MLB, Youtube, Facebook, iPlayer, itunes, Sky Sports, Radio stations then give me a price and I will buy it from you.

    If not, give it a rest.
    modmouse
    Does this have a web browser?
    SixFeet
    xavk
    SixFeet
    We have a sky subscription in our house with sky sports included. Can someone explain what shows/tv channels/apps this will bring me and what advantages this has over having my pc currently connected up to my tv via hdmi cable which is what i currently have.


    It might offer a slightly improved UI for some of the free apps but it wouldn't offer you much more as you can access all the services it offers already.


    Would I not be able to watch any of the Sky TV channels on our package we have at all then?
    zappp64
    if I have a Sky Go account can this be used to stream Sky Channels I subscribe to
    mattmerch
    Towelie
    Your Humax HD Box will also do iPlayer & YouTube - plenty of wireless dongles for them available for ~£5.



    Not overly impressed with this tbh, the price is great but wait a month or so for the Chromecast from Google to be available as it will be a hell of a lot more versatile and well worth double the cost but even at £20 it will be better value for money than this imo.

    after seeing the reviews Chromecast does not seem an essential purchase
    xavk
    SixFeet
    xavk
    SixFeet
    We have a sky subscription in our house with sky sports included. Can someone explain what shows/tv channels/apps this will bring me and what advantages this has over having my pc currently connected up to my tv via hdmi cable which is what i currently have.


    It might offer a slightly improved UI for some of the free apps but it wouldn't offer you much more as you can access all the services it offers already.


    Would I not be able to watch any of the Sky TV channels on our package we have at all then?


    This box can give you access to Sky Movies (monthly sub after 30 trial), Sky Sports (Day Passes only) and a range of free services like iPlayer and 5OD. As you already have sports, thats not much use, your PC will give you the free services (and much more) so theres just the movies left - and as oyu have Sky already, probably cheaper and more user friendly to get them there rather than here. You cant use your sky subscription on this box, the two are separate. Hope that helps.

    Edited By: xavk on Jul 26, 2013 18:16
    modmouse
    I have a Sky Go Account but I'm no longer paying for a subscription can I still use the free apps? Also does it not have wifi built in? If no wifi I could use a wifi to ethernet dongle instead

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