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Now TV Smart box (Inc. freeview) with 5 month entertainment or 4 month movie pass £35.99 @ Amazon

£35.99 @ Amazon
Box alone is around £40, probably a little less from 3rd party. With a good whack of pass seems decent. If you don't already have either a now TV box or freeview certainly. Advantages over the othe… Read More
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Box alone is around £40, probably a little less from 3rd party. With a good whack of pass seems decent. If you don't already have either a now TV box or freeview certainly.

Advantages over the other box:

- Over 60 Freeview channels + 15 HD channels
- Pause & rewind live TV
- HDMI® (HDCP 1.4 HDMI®)
- Quad core instead of dual core

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Comparison between the older BLACK box & this new SMART box:
http://www.nowtv.com/best-tv-boxes
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Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.
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Just to help people with the various NowTV Box versions:

#1 Original small WHITE NowTV Box (a few years back) = max 720p output; extra 'AV' composite video/audio output to use with optional cable (c£10 extra) with pre HDMI TV sets; WiFi Internet connection only

#2 Newer small BLACK NowTV Box (last year) = max 1080p output; wired & WiFi Internet connections; no AV socket; far faster CPU - ie a LOT better than original white box (ie best to retire/replace white ASAP)
[Were some "special editions" eg Christmas last year with various 'jazzy' designs/colours instead of pure black]
http://www.nowtv.com/box

#3 This latest black bigger NowTV SMART Box just released with addition of Aerial socket for live Freeview HD digital terrestrial TV display [with some pause & rewind capability, but not record]
http://www.nowtv.com/tv-smart-box

NowTV comparison of current black NowTV Box and NowTV Smart Box:
http://www.nowtv.com/best-tv-boxes

And some extra tips/tricks/ideas I summarised re exploiting the white/black NowTV Boxes:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/now-tv-movies-sub-9-99-m-reduced-7-99-6-60-m-when-cancelling-2134612?p=24308188


Edited By: mk-donald on Aug 09, 2016 12:08: Tips/tricks
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buffig
Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.


If you are so desperate to be pedantic, the famous mermaid you refer to is 'Ariel'. Arial is a typeface.[/quote]
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steve543
bladerfc
So if I use this I get free view I don't need an aerial??
You'll stil need aerial
I think the giveaway here is the big socket on the back marked Arial in
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buffig
Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.


If you are so desperate to be pedantic,
buffig
Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.


If you are so desperate to be pedantic, the famous mermaid you refer to is 'Ariel'. Arial is a typeface.

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#1
raj75
Hotmeal
Box alone is around £40, probably a little less from 3rd party.
Box is £10 from NOW TV.. is this a new version of NOW TV box?


This is the new box;
http://i2.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article8360837.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Now-TV-box.jpg
http://i1.wp.com/www.techaddicts.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/NOW-TV-SMART-BOX-WITH-REMOTE-1024x536.jpg?fit=690%2C400
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Had ordered the older black box with 6 months' entertainment pass yesterday which was still awaiting dispatch, which I managed to cancel in time and ordered this one instead.

Edited By: intalex on Aug 09, 2016 05:29
#3
Can I watch this on my crt like I do with the normal now TV box anyone ?
#4
MR1123
Can I watch this on my crt like I do with the normal now TV box anyone ?
There does not appear to be an av out on this box?
1 Like #5
So if I use this I get free view I don't need an aerial??
1 Like #6
bladerfc
So if I use this I get free view I don't need an aerial??
You'll still need aerial

Edited By: steve543 on Aug 09, 2016 06:54: .
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steve543
bladerfc
So if I use this I get free view I don't need an aerial??
You'll stil need aerial
I think the giveaway here is the big socket on the back marked Arial in
59 Likes #8
Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.
3 Likes #9
Does anybody know if you can still load plex onto this version like you could with the old ones? I have had a look online but I can't find anything.
#10
HOT! I've been waiting for a deal on this! Thanks OP.
#11
steve543
bladerfc
So if I use this I get free view I don't need an aerial??
You'll still need aerial


Shame, no good for me than
1 Like #12
Dont forget from September 1st you will need a TV licence to stream from any device that has BBCi Player on it !!!!

OUCH !!!!!

Edited By: cbrpaul on Aug 09, 2016 07:38
1 Like #13
Does this box stream the freeview HD channels in 720p or 1080p? And can you pause & rewind sky sports?
#14
strabo75
Does this box stream the freeview HD channels in 720p or 1080p? And can you pause & rewind sky sports?
Pretty sure freeview, or sky hd, when viewed live are 1080i max?
1 Like #15
MR1123
Can I watch this on my crt like I do with the normal now TV box anyone ?

I'm under the impression you could only do this on the white Now TV box. The more recent black Now TV box and this brand new Now TV Smart Box both lack this feature and only have HDMI out.

You can get a HDMI - RCA converter here for a tenner. That's your CRT future proofed for a long time yet :p
https://www.amazon.co.uk/GHB-Composite-Converter-Adapter-Blu-ray/dp/B01HLREBT0/ref=sr_1_7?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1470729694&sr=8-7&keywords=hdmi+to+rca
#16
strabo75
Does this box stream the freeview HD channels in 720p or 1080p? And can you pause & rewind sky sports?

It doesn't stream the Freeview channels. There's a little aerial socket on the back and it just works like a normal freeview tuner.

Parfy
Pretty sure freeview, or sky hd, when viewed live are 1080i max?

That's traditionally been the case although the BBC started using 1080p for their Freeview HD transmissions a couple of years back. Unsure if others have followed suit.
#17
Parfy
Pretty sure freeview, or sky hd, when viewed live are 1080i max?

Freeview HD is broadcast in both 1080i and 1080p depending on channel and programme.

Edited By: OBH6UK on Aug 09, 2016 09:07
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cbrpaul
Dont forget from September 1st you will need a TV licence to stream from any device that has BBCi Player on it !!!!
OUCH !!!!!

Only if you use the iPlayer Application.
2 Likes #19
shardie886
Will you have to buy an aerial for the free view if you don't have one?

Yes, you'll need an aerial to access the freeview channels.
3 Likes #20
I have two of these new boxes.There really good,love the integration of Freeview and Now TV live/catch-up channels...and yes they need an aerial.
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buffig
Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.


If you are so desperate to be pedantic,
buffig
Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.


If you are so desperate to be pedantic, the famous mermaid you refer to is 'Ariel'. Arial is a typeface.
23 Likes #22
buffig
Actually, it says "Aerial In". I think Arial is the name of the little mermaid and I don't think that's where shes supposed to go.


If you are so desperate to be pedantic, the famous mermaid you refer to is 'Ariel'. Arial is a typeface.[/quote]
#23
Just bought thanks
My white box started playing up so took the chance to get this 'free' upgrade :)
3 Likes #24
cbrpaul
Dont forget from September 1st you will need a TV licence to stream from any device that has BBCi Player on it !!!!
OUCH !!!!!

only if you use iplayer. just having the iplayer app will not mean you need to pay the license but if you actually use the iplayer app to stream catch up or live tv.
1 Like #25
Finding conflicting information about the resolution of NowTV streams, Is it still restricted to 720p on this box?

**From what ive read it does still fall into the 720p restriction, Just the usual the box "can" produce 1080p"

Edited By: Whyte901 on Aug 09, 2016 10:06
3 Likes #26
Whyte901
Finding conflicting information about the resolution of NowTV streams, Is it still restricted to 720p on this box?

Sky's Now TV service might be limited to 720p resolution, but the Smart Box itself is a 1080p machine. This means that it's the streaming services themselves that get to decide between 720p and 1080p.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/av-accessories/now-tv-smart-box-1324139/review/2

So it's NOWTV limiting its streaming to 720p.

iPlayer and the rest would probably work in 1080p.


Edited By: fandangoxx on Aug 09, 2016 10:09
1 Like #27
Can it be sideloaded with Plex etc?
#28
Bendown
steve543
bladerfc
So if I use this I get free view I don't need an aerial??
You'll stil need aerial
I think the giveaway here is the big socket on the back marked Arial in

ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL ARIAL.

Sorry, I couldn't resist burning your "burn".
#29
I have the white box and find it really slow to respond to the pause button and the rewind takes me back too far if I'm wanting to look at something from a moment ago, is the black box any better?
1 Like #30
mrew42
Can it be sideloaded with Plex etc?

Yes
#31
are there two versions of the black box? there was a deal a few weeks ago where Argos were selling the black box with 6 months entertainment pass for 19.99 - is this box different?
#32
diddlypockets
are there two versions of the black box? there was a deal a few weeks ago where Argos were selling the black box with 6 months entertainment pass for 19.99 - is this box different?

This is the newest box which can use free view, also different design and can pause n rewind
#33
Older box is cheaper at Amazon - what is better with the new box?

Thanks
1 Like #34
intalex
Had ordered the older black box with 6 months' entertainment pass yesterday which was still awaiting dispatch, which I managed to cancel in time and ordered this one instead.

how much did you get this for and from where?
1 Like #35
cbrpaul
Dont forget from September 1st you will need a TV licence to stream from any device that has BBCi Player on it !!!!
OUCH !!!!!

For this deal you will need a tv licence anyway as its a freeview box
#36
any deals with skysports subscriptions?
#37
If I plug the TV aerial into this. Will this mean the regular TV internal channels are now black screen. I know this does the regular TV channels too. But there are many times I just want to watch TV through the TV as opposed to an addon box.
#38
decent
1 Like #39
Is this really Freeview HD? Doesn't mention this on Amazon.

*edit* see on the TR review it is. Will order for our non Freeview HD TV. :D

Edited By: The Lone Ranger on Aug 09, 2016 10:57: Error.
#40
Is this any better than a youview box? Need a box due to getting rid of Sky.

Edited By: mario999 on Aug 09, 2016 11:00: change

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