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Now TV Box - £10 inc
Now TV Box - £10 inc

Now TV Box - £10 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:

strayed.co.uk/201…ls/

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 hotukdeals.com/dea…742

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Techradar review: techradar.com/rev…iew

Digitalspy Review- digitalspy.co.uk/tec…tml

Gizmodo - gizmodo.co.uk/201…be/

Video unboxing - youtube.com/wat…Mk4

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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

strayed.co.uk/201…ox/

Video now added to show the process:

youtube.com/wat…WZc

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
help.nowtv.com/Hel…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:

digital-forums.com/sho…ge2
- KM4353

Link to Digital Forums thread has moved -
digital-forums.com/sho…ved
- 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)

forums.plexapp.com/ind…uk/
- cjdean1983

Apologies correct link here: forums.plex.tv/ind…uk/
- cjdean1983

2258 Comments

chantelle310

Yeah thats what i mean..... How how do i go about installing them? Via PC?



Yes, when you set up the plex server

Was waiting for plex to work so before I take the plunge will this play my mkv files okay majority are less than 5gb and most are 1gb episodes.

Have used raspberry pi in the past and found that really good

If it can then its a super bargain for a tenner

How do you turn this thing off without needing to unplug the power supply each time?

I bought mine at 10:30 on Friday. I still haven't received an email with tracking number. Did everyone who received already order before me?

Slash

How do you turn this thing off without needing to unplug the power supply … How do you turn this thing off without needing to unplug the power supply each time?


I think it is designed to be on all the time. It uses 2W power. Not sure if it uses any lower when in standby.

VBV

I bought mine at 10:30 on Friday. I still haven't received an email with … I bought mine at 10:30 on Friday. I still haven't received an email with tracking number. Did everyone who received already order before me?



Ordered Friday, confirmation e-mail timed 10.44, second e-mail 16.00 with delivery details, received this morning about 10.30
Edited by: "OBH6UK" 29th Jul 2013

Does this have the MLB.tv app?

andreapedrazzini

streaming videos from a PC/server to your roku.plex is running … streaming videos from a PC/server to your roku.plex is running beautifully, though it's rinsing my CPU trying to transcode a 25gb 1080p video!



I've never looked at it before but it baffles me somewhat, I don't see why transcoding is necessary all of the time. Surely for some situations a simple native playback of the file is sufficient?

I am looking forward to installing the plex server on my XBMCBuntu linux server when I get in and seeing how much of the CPU it eats to watch videos from it.

forcedv

How can we enable subtitles for NOWTV movies?



Subtitles are not available at the moment.

joshtbh

I've never looked at it before but it baffles me somewhat, I don't see … I've never looked at it before but it baffles me somewhat, I don't see why transcoding is necessary all of the time. Surely for some situations a simple native playback of the file is sufficient?I am looking forward to installing the plex server on my XBMCBuntu linux server when I get in and seeing how much of the CPU it eats to watch videos from it.



It depends on the original format and what network speeds are set in plex. I used handbrake to re-encode all my SD stuff to 1Mb x264, and now all play directly without any transcoding, also means I can have 3 devices streaming externally on my home line. I did this when I was experimenting with plex on the android sticks, but the roku is much nicer to use and certainly more parent friendly - I'm setting my mum up with one this week and the android remotes were a bit fiddly for her.

EDIT: In case anyone is interested this is the script I used on handbrake. I just dropped it into a batch file and it crawled through all my media creating 1Mb x264 versions.

@for /r %%F in (*.avi,*.mov,*.wmv,*.mpg,*.mpeg,*.divx, *.mkv) do … @for /r %%F in (*.avi,*.mov,*.wmv,*.mpg,*.mpeg,*.divx, *.mkv) do ("C:\Program Files\HandBrake\HandBrakeCLI.exe" -i "%%F" -o "%%~pnF.mp4" -f mp4 -O -w 640 --loose-anamorphic -e x264 -b 1000 -2 -T -r 29.97 --pfr -a 1 -E faac -B 160 -6 dpl2 -R Auto -D 0 --gain=0 --audio-copy-mask none --audio-fallback ffac3 -x cabac=0:weightp=0 --verbose=1)


Edited by: "tek-monkey" 29th Jul 2013

OBH6UK

Ordered Friday, confirmation e-mail timed 10.44, second e-mail 16.00 with … Ordered Friday, confirmation e-mail timed 10.44, second e-mail 16.00 with delivery details, received this morning about 10.30


I think I will have to wait and see. I got my confirmation email for order at 10:29 AM on friday. Another email with some promotional information at 6:45 PM. But nothing to confirm it has been dispatched.

Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports and sky movies for free?

Banned

KILLZONE32011

Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports … Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports and sky movies for free?




oO

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kunjoosewala

Was waiting for plex to work so before I take the plunge will this play … Was waiting for plex to work so before I take the plunge will this play my mkv files okay majority are less than 5gb and most are 1gb episodes.Have used raspberry pi in the past and found that really goodIf it can then its a super bargain for a tenner



Wondering this as well about the mkv files.

Hope so or ive just wasted a tenner!

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KILLZONE32011

Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports … Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports and sky movies for free?



Bought mine yesterday. Looking forward to having a play on it. £10 definitely gadget impulse buy.

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KILLZONE32011

Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports … Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports and sky movies for free?



oO oO oO

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dazbot

Bought mine yesterday. Looking forward to having a play on it. £10 … Bought mine yesterday. Looking forward to having a play on it. £10 definitely gadget impulse buy.



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KILLZONE32011

Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports … Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports and sky movies for free?



The data comes from sky, and you need a now TV account (i.e. sky) to access the services. I suspect they'd realise if you don't have a paid sub.

Banned

there's always one....

tek-monkey

It depends on the original format and what network speeds are set in … It depends on the original format and what network speeds are set in plex. I used handbrake to re-encode all my SD stuff to 1Mb x264, and now all play directly without any transcoding, also means I can have 3 devices streaming externally on my home line. I did this when I was experimenting with plex on the android sticks, but the roku is much nicer to use and certainly more parent friendly - I'm setting my mum up with one this week and the android remotes were a bit fiddly for her.EDIT: In case anyone is interested this is the script I used on handbrake. I just dropped it into a batch file and it crawled through all my media creating 1Mb x264 versions.



meh, 1Mb isn't good enough

tek-monkey

It depends on the original format and what network speeds are set in … It depends on the original format and what network speeds are set in plex. I used handbrake to re-encode all my SD stuff to 1Mb x264, and now all play directly without any transcoding, also means I can have 3 devices streaming externally on my home line. I did this when I was experimenting with plex on the android sticks, but the roku is much nicer to use and certainly more parent friendly - I'm setting my mum up with one this week and the android remotes were a bit fiddly for her.EDIT: In case anyone is interested this is the script I used on handbrake. I just dropped it into a batch file and it crawled through all my media creating 1Mb x264 versions.



thanks for the info. This may become apparant to me when I set up the Plex server then, but is there a criteria whereby you can say "only transcode if file is greater than a certain bitrate" ?

KILLZONE32011

Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports … Is there anyway you can hack these box's and get channels like sky sports and sky movies for free?



No but I believe Murdoch is now accepting souls in exchange for a years free sky This is obviously only for the basic package but if you have enough children you may be able to get movies and sports included
Edited by: "kiwikeen" 29th Jul 2013

andreapedrazzini

meh, 1Mb isn't good enough



Change it then!

Like I said, this was just my script for my specific aim (streaming to android devices). All my content was SD anyway, and my limiting factor is my upstream at 3Mb. If you are doing this just internally then stick whatever you like on there, but if you are streaming outside the home be wary of it.

joshtbh

thanks for the info. This may become apparant to me when I set up the … thanks for the info. This may become apparant to me when I set up the Plex server then, but is there a criteria whereby you can say "only transcode if file is greater than a certain bitrate" ?



IIRC you have 2 settings, one for internal and one external. If the bitrate of the file is greater than the limit then it gets transcoded, otherwise it is played direct as long as the device is capable of playing the original format itself.

EDIT:Just checked on logmein, and you have a 'Local Quality' and 'Remote Quality' setting. It goes from 64kbps to 20Mbps, so I'd play with those settings until you find one that plays well over your wifi without dropouts.
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 29th Jul 2013

Has anybody got the latest version of Plex compiled? I dont have linux.

Link
Edited by: "aceshigh" 29th Jul 2013

Impressive CS at nowtv. Emailed them for an AV lead....now ordered and will arrive by 1st class post!

So, 2 leads, a remote and a power supply alone (for say the raspberry pi) would set you back best part of a tenner at least. Stonking deal.

tek-monkey

Change it then! :pLike I said, this was just my script for my specific … Change it then! :pLike I said, this was just my script for my specific aim (streaming to android devices). All my content was SD anyway, and my limiting factor is my upstream at 3Mb. If you are doing this just internally then stick whatever you like on there, but if you are streaming outside the home be wary of it.



nah I know, I've still got the cli options I used to convert all my DVDs I can't remember the bitrate but it was pretty damn ridiculous. back in the day it would run at 2-3FPS on my old core duo laptop tried it again on my ivy bridge i5 desktop, it was running at 18-24fps

Can anyone confirm you can install channels on plex? and do they actually work? 4od? itv player? etc. thanks.

Ordered one for the kids room, hopefully keep them in their room longer, anything for a sleep in!!

How well does Plex handle different formats? Will it handle up to 1080p avi and mp4 tv shows/films and the like that I have *acquired* or is it hit and miss?

Original Poster

JoshJoshJosh

How well does Plex handle different formats? Will it handle up to 1080p … How well does Plex handle different formats? Will it handle up to 1080p avi and mp4 tv shows/films and the like that I have *acquired* or is it hit and miss?



Plex will deal with all of those formats very well. The issue is the client (ie the Now TV box) which is limited to 720p. To overcome this, the Plex server will try to transcode the file to a suitable format and it's ability to do this is based on the processor speed of the server. My N40L microserver manages just fine for a single stream but not two at the same time (1080-720p trancoding that is - no issue streaming multiple lower bit rate Xvids simultaneously).

I know that this is going to be a stupid question...

I take it that if I stream with plex from my PC to the NowTV box I will be doing it over my local LAN and it won't be using up any of my PlusNet allocation, will it? I have no idea how these things work!

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sofeac

I know that this is going to be a stupid question...I take it that if I … I know that this is going to be a stupid question...I take it that if I stream with plex from my PC to the NowTV box I will be doing it over my local LAN and it won't be using up any of my PlusNet allocation, will it? I have no idea how these things work!



If both are on your local LAN then yes the traffic will stay local, but one of the beauties of Plex is that it makes streaming to devices anywhere really easy (I have given my folks a Roku LT and they regularly watch my content, I also use my Ipad or phone when traveling).

xavk

If both are on your local LAN then yes the traffic will stay local, but … If both are on your local LAN then yes the traffic will stay local, but one of the beauties of Plex is that it makes streaming to devices anywhere really easy (I have given my folks a Roku LT and they regularly watch my content, I also use my Ipad or phone when traveling).



Cool, thanks. I think that it would be mainly local. Although taking the Galaxy tab on holiday and watching things might also be nice.

I had never heard of plex until I came to this thread!

xavk

Plex will deal with all of those formats very well. The issue is the … Plex will deal with all of those formats very well. The issue is the client (ie the Now TV box) which is limited to 720p. To overcome this, the Plex server will try to transcode the file to a suitable format and it's ability to do this is based on the processor speed of the server. My N40L microserver manages just fine for a single stream but not two at the same time (1080-720p trancoding that is - no issue streaming multiple lower bit rate Xvids simultaneously).



Ah, I don't have a dedicated server I would just be streaming the files from my laptop, even the 1080p files never regularly exceed 2gb as they're fairly low bitrate so hopefully it will manage.

Thanks!

kiwikeen

No but I believe Murdoch is now accepting souls in exchange for a years … No but I believe Murdoch is now accepting souls in exchange for a years free sky This is obviously only for the basic package but if you have enough children you may be able to get movies and sports included



Still a bit worried about next season.

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Edited by: "captainbeaky" 29th Jul 2013

Works a treat, its an old version of plex though. Will have a look at sorting the latest version later.

Still not quite sure what I going to use it for, but as per usual jumped on the band wagon...

mine appears to be DOA! No power light at all!
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