New Model Sky Now TV box (Roku 3)  1080p £14.99 @ NowTV
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New Model Sky Now TV box (Roku 3) 1080p £14.99 @ NowTV

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Found 6th Aug 2015
£14.99 for the new Sky Now TV box Roku 3 that can play 1080p

or £24.99 with any of the TV packs below

nowtv.com/box

419 Comments

will this new box run iPlayer without all the stuttering between menus as since the last upgrade its been really bad.

Sky content will remain at 720p.Only iPlayer etc will be full HD

Be aware the Sky content isn't in Full HD only iplayer, All4 etc....

Plus you can connect USB stick and micro SD. Bargain of the century for converting to smart tv.

Can I reflash this back to a Roku 3 (e.g. to support Netflix)?

Better off with my Amazon fire tv stick most of the channels on Kodi are Full HD...

Ordered, just to see if I can still use plex.

FamilyGuy67

Better off with my Amazon fire tv stick most of the channels on Kodi are … Better off with my Amazon fire tv stick most of the channels on Kodi are Full HD...



Ethernet might be handy, as well as the price - this would be even cheaper than the discounted FTVS @ £19.

OTOH the lack of Android might be a drawback. Will have to wait and see what the enterprising people do with them. I expect at least Plex which tbh might not even be enough these days.
Edited by: "spammy" 6th Aug 2015

Not being able to watch Netflix (or even side load the app) is a deal breaker for me.

Scared of the competition, NowTV ?

paulj48

will this new box run iPlayer without all the stuttering between menus as … will this new box run iPlayer without all the stuttering between menus as since the last upgrade its been really bad.


I damn well hope so!

fairytooth

Not being able to watch Netflix (or even side load the app) is a deal … Not being able to watch Netflix (or even side load the app) is a deal breaker for me.Scared of the competition, NowTV ?



I get your point but handing out a box subsidised by 30+ quid that could be used to play competitor products might not be the smartest marketing move.

I am amazed no one ever hacked the original nowtv box, presumably if it had been put out by one of Sky's competitors then the hack code would remarkably have been made available....(allegedly)

What exactly were you expecting with the original box being hacked?
Sideloading apps was about the most you could do..

m1chaels

I get your point but handing out a box subsidised by 30+ quid that could … I get your point but handing out a box subsidised by 30+ quid that could be used to play competitor products might not be the smartest marketing move.I am amazed no one ever hacked the original nowtv box, presumably if it had been put out by one of Sky's competitors then the hack code would remarkably have been made available....(allegedly)


the ethernet port is the key for me. my wifi is shocking (old house, thick walls). got power lines everywhere so might plump for this. Voucher wise Im sorted until november with ents and october with movies. Guess Movie pack is the best bet - takes me up til christmas

Does anyone know for sure whether it is possible to Sideload Plex onto these new boxes? Ordered anyway.

Yes Plex can be side loaded...

Would Itv player and Channel 4 still be in standard definition, or HD?

m1chaels

I get your point but handing out a box subsidised by 30+ quid that could … I get your point but handing out a box subsidised by 30+ quid that could be used to play competitor products might not be the smartest marketing move.I am amazed no one ever hacked the original nowtv box, presumably if it had been put out by one of Sky's competitors then the hack code would remarkably have been made available....(allegedly)



Ha ha, you remember the old ONdigital days as well then!?

any optical or coaxial out on these?

Size:89mm x 89mm x 25mmWeight:141 gramsNetworking:802.11 dual-band … Size:89mm x 89mm x 25mmWeight:141 gramsNetworking:802.11 dual-band (a/b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA and WPA2 support10/100 Base-T EthernetVideo outputs:720p and 1080pVideo modes:720p 16:9 anamorphic 4:3 standardAudio output:Digital over HDMI (7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through)USB media formats:Video: MP4 (H.264), MKV (H.264)Audio: AAC, MP3Image: JPG, PNGRemote:Infra RedCompatible with various universal remotesPorts:HDMI (cable included), Ethernet, microSD card slot, USBPower consumption:Less than 3.5W (typical) when streaming HD videoPower input:5.99V - 2A power adapter



I'll just keep the previous ones then.


Edited by: "dontasciime" 6th Aug 2015

does this have the headphone jack in the remote like the roku 3?

I've got a chromecast but would I be right in thinking this would be better for playing all the iplayer and on demand services?

peteforster

does this have the headphone jack in the remote like the roku 3?



​looking at the pictures on Engadget it doesn't look like it.

If I remember correctly this is going to be available from Argos from tomorrow ☺

sticking with my original box's as sky will still be 720p and not really bothered about iplayer in full hd,, great buy if you haven't already got a box though. hot.

looks like they've dropped the headphone jack from the remote control that Roku 3 usually offers. Certainly no mention of it in the promo material or tech specs.

bixbarton

looks like they've dropped the headphone jack from the remote control … looks like they've dropped the headphone jack from the remote control that Roku 3 usually offers. Certainly no mention of it in the promo material or tech specs.


This box is a modified Roku 2, not 3 apparently.

can u get kodi on new boxs ?

Be great if kodi could be side loaded

Really cant see the benefit of a microSD slot unless gaming. Assume no other apps (that can run on NOWTV 2015 Box) unless someone knows differently?.. Was also expecting some nee bundled Sky Packages but seems the same/ 1 Week Sports was added a while back but the promo seemed to suggest more coming. Thoughts?

Maybe the original NOWTV box will be able to be picked up cheaper soon?

FamilyGuy67

Yes Plex can be side loaded...



I thought they locked it out?

javea

Sky content will remain at 720p.Only iPlayer etc will be full HD



iPlayer. Believe in better.

Nice - can you side-load XBMC or anything else? Would jump on one if it does at least Netflix and network streaming (not DLNA, but NFS).

brenbo

Maybe the original NOWTV box will be able to be picked up cheaper soon?



Local Tesco had them at £15 with the passes, ie 2 months entertainment / 3 moth movies or a few sports day passes.

Almost worth buying for the passes alone...

kevlfc

can u get kodi on new boxs ?


I don't think any Roku/NowTv boxes have a Kodi/XBMC app.
They're not based on Android so you'd not be able to add any of those nice unofficial add-ons even if you could.

A FireTV stick is miles better than one of these, keep the £14.99 and wait for Amazon to put the FireTV stick down to £19 or £25 when it's Black Friday (amazed if that doesn't happen!)

I UPGRADWED MINE KIDS WATCH IT WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE TOO MUCH HAD A FIRE STICK BUT TOO EASY TO BUY PROGRAMMES.

SHOULD BE GOOD BARGAIN

kpearsoncj

I UPGRADWED MINE KIDS WATCH IT WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE TOO MUCH … I UPGRADWED MINE KIDS WATCH IT WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE TOO MUCH HAD A FIRE STICK BUT TOO EASY TO BUY PROGRAMMES.SHOULD BE GOOD BARGAIN



Can't hear you. Speak up!

kpearsoncj

I UPGRADWED MINE KIDS WATCH IT WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE TOO MUCH … I UPGRADWED MINE KIDS WATCH IT WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE TOO MUCH HAD A FIRE STICK BUT TOO EASY TO BUY PROGRAMMES.SHOULD BE GOOD BARGAIN


You just need to put a password on a FireTV stick in the settings iirc.
I've got three FireTVs under my Amazon account and none of the kids have bought anything so far.
That might largely be down to them not using Amazon Prime and just going into the Genesis add-on on Kodi though....

Hi does anyone know if you can watch sky go on your tv using this?

Could somebody please tell me what exactly this box does, it is so you can watch Iplayer on your TV, sorry not tech educated.

Banned

hot

The options in the Iplayer settings on the OLD box are HD or SD or LOWER Quality. The best option looks better and more HD than the Sky 720p program offerings - maybe it streams direct from the beeb? And surely most folk have got another device that can do the Iplayer in best HD quality (for their connection speed) already?
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