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NOW TV Smart Box with 4K & Voice Search - 4 NOW TV Pass Bundle £29.99 @ Currys - Ebay
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NOW TV Smart Box with 4K & Voice Search - 4 NOW TV Pass Bundle £29.99 @ Currys - Ebay

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Posted 18th Apr
This is the latest Now TV box and we've been looking for months. Seems a good price.
Also available to pick up or free delivery at Currys store and website itself.

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Specification
  • Stream 4K HDR content to your TV
  • Includes 1 month Sky Cinema / Entertainment / Kids Pass & 1 day Sports Pass
  • Catch-up TV & 4K Streaming
  • WiFi
  • Voice search via remote
  • Streaming quality: 4K Ultra HD
  • Included content: NOW TV 1-month Sky Cinema pass, NOW TV 1-month Entertainment pass, NOW TV 1-month Kids pass, NOW TV 1-day Sky Sports pass
  • Remote control features: Voice control
  • Smart TV services: NOW TV
  • WiFi: Built-in WiFi
  • Connections: HDMI 1.4 x 1
  • Power: Mains
  • Colour: Black
  • Box contents: NOW TV Smart Box with 4K & Voice Search, Mains adapter, Remote control with batteries, HDMI cable, Quick start guide
  • Dimensions: 85 x 180 x 180 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 0.76 kg
  • Manufacturer's guarantee: 1 year
  • Weight: 0.76 kg
  • Manufacturer's guarantee: 1 year
  • Product Code: 249918
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Please note this is NOT the Freeview version smart box, so no aerial input - the only connectors on these are...

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I was lucky I picked up a couple of these when Sainsbury’s had a clear out a few weeks ago at £20 each! Much faster than the older boxes!
jona7718/04/2019 16:05

I was lucky I picked up a couple of these when Sainsbury’s had a clear out …I was lucky I picked up a couple of these when Sainsbury’s had a clear out a few weeks ago at £20 each! Much faster than the older boxes!


We had no such luck. Checked out B&M a few times as they supposedly had it at £25. None of their branches had it
does this one have an arial input?
Not actually any 4K Sky content. still 720p lol
graphicology18/04/2019 16:15

does this one have an arial input?


No, you need the other smart box with Freeview. These are the only connectors on this one - no aerial connector:

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nipinuk24 m ago

We had no such luck. Checked out B&M a few times as they supposedly had it …We had no such luck. Checked out B&M a few times as they supposedly had it at £25. None of their branches had it


When you say "None of their branches", I'm assuming you mean only those local to you? We visited B&M recently, and they had them "in stock" on the shelves. Their website also suggests they are still available at £24.99, if you follow the deal link in this other HUKD thread which was posted recently. So, from the look of things, it might just depend on local availability... but, if your branch has them, it does mean saving an extra five quid versus this deal.
Sorry should've been more specific. Southampton and Scunthorpe branches out of stock when we visited. Made 3 or 4 trips and gave up.
These are great value but Sky capping NOW TV content at just 720p (well below 4K resolution) makes this pretty misleading.
mkpianist19 m ago

These are great value but Sky capping NOW TV content at just 720p (well …These are great value but Sky capping NOW TV content at just 720p (well below 4K resolution) makes this pretty misleading.


IDK about them being "great value" on account of restrictions imposed on the "Roku-Powered™" 'App Store'... but, as always, the devil is in the details. The device itself is capable of '4K' playback so, technically, it *is* possible to stream in '4K' from any app that provides content in that resolution (e.g. Netflix). They also don't tell you that, in terms of finding content, the 'Voice Search' will only yield results from 'NOW TV' and none of the other apps... whereas the same feature on genuine Roku-branded products is capable of finding results across multiple services. So with the NOW TV Box/Stick, if you search for a film that is on 'Netflix', it will find "No results" - even though, if you searched within the 'Netflix' app on your 'NOW TV' device, it would find it - but, on a proper Roku device, it will not only tell you which service(s) have a film... but, if available via multiple sources, it will also tell you which service(s) have it and at what cost (whether free, paid, or on subscription). However, I think we'll all be *a lot* happier once 'NOW TV' improves the quality of their streams!
I bought a Now TV stick & set it up yesterday. A couple of questions on the off chance that someone knows the answers...

Programs run fine on my TV but when my lad logs in as me from his PC (apparently this is allowed) he gets sound but no picture. Is this normal?

It says you can manage the number of attached devices in My Account but all I see is a list of packages they want to sell, a request for a Promo Code & my email address. How do you access info on Devices?

The Program Guide only seems to tell you what's on now or next. Is this the entirety of what you can see?? Is there anyway to look what's on later in the day or the week?

Any help gratefully received...
Joe90_guy18/04/2019 17:36

I bought a Now TV stick & set it up yesterday. A couple of questions on …I bought a Now TV stick & set it up yesterday. A couple of questions on the off chance that someone knows the answers...Programs run fine on my TV but when my lad logs in as me from his PC (apparently this is allowed) he gets sound but no picture. Is this normal?It says you can manage the number of attached devices in My Account but all I see is a list of packages they want to sell, a request for a Promo Code & my email address. How do you access info on Devices? The Program Guide only seems to tell you what's on now or next. Is this the entirety of what you can see?? Is there anyway to look what's on later in the day or the week? Any help gratefully received...


Log into your account on smartphone/tablet/laptop (not TV) and go to My Account tab, scroll down to My Devices

- maybe PC exceeding number/not one of authorized devices and that's reason for trouble
Is there a Now Tv 4k box with Freeview?
xavierluther2 m ago

Log into your account on smartphone/tablet/laptop (not TV) and go to My …Log into your account on smartphone/tablet/laptop (not TV) and go to My Account tab, scroll down to My Devices - maybe PC exceeding number/not one of authorized devices and that's reason for trouble


Thanks. I'll try this now.
xavierluther18/04/2019 18:13

Log into your account on smartphone/tablet/laptop (not TV) and go to My …Log into your account on smartphone/tablet/laptop (not TV) and go to My Account tab, scroll down to My Devices - maybe PC exceeding number/not one of authorized devices and that's reason for trouble


Okay. Found it!

Yes, I can 'see' the lad's PC. Other than my stick, his PC is the only other attached device so I assume he's properly authorised to watch stuff. It could be a problem with the Windows Now TV software? I suggested he try logging in on his Pixel Android phone & casting it over wi-fi to his Samsung TV. It might work better.
dread19793 h, 6 m ago

Is there a Now Tv 4k box with Freeview?


No, there is not. The original NOW TV Smart Box, with the blue logo, had a TV aerial socket on the back and a TV tuner inside for watching 'Freeview' but was only capable of 1080p Full HD... whereas the latest model, with the pink logo, is capable of upto 4K but has no aerial socket and no tuner inside. You might want to consider the 4K Roku Streaming Stick+ instead, which will still get you access to 'NOW TV' via a dedicated channel (app) for that service and also has another app for 'TVPlayer' that has most of the 'Freeview' type channels (minus a few notable exceptions: FreeSports and Talking Pictures, for example) and various others that allow live streaming of regular TV broadcasts. I posted deals to get one for £46.99 from Costco on HUKD, or £49.99 from either Currys or Argos, if you want to look for them. The beauty of it is... that you can get live streaming of those channels without the need for a TV aerial and/or tuner so you can use them even in areas of otherwise poor reception!

UPDATE: Added direct links to other HUKD posts, to make them easier to find
Edited by: "IoW_Skin" 18th Apr
Joe90_guy18/04/2019 18:43

Okay. Found it! Yes, I can 'see' the lad's PC. Other than my stick, his PC …Okay. Found it! Yes, I can 'see' the lad's PC. Other than my stick, his PC is the only other attached device so I assume he's properly authorised to watch stuff. It could be a problem with the Windows Now TV software? I suggested he try logging in on his Pixel Android phone & casting it over wi-fi to his Samsung TV. It might work better.


There's no Now TV app for Windows that I know of, try webplayer on a different browser or clearing cookies, that might help.

Chromecast should also work fine, without draining phone battery.
xavierluther18/04/2019 18:51

There's no Now TV app for Windows that I know of, try webplayer on a …There's no Now TV app for Windows that I know of, try webplayer on a different browser or clearing cookies, that might help. Chromecast should also work fine, without draining phone battery.


Thanks. Have passed this on to my boy.
Joe90_guy18/04/2019 19:06

Thanks. Have passed this on to my boy.


You're welcome, no techie here...

(Forgot to add before that maybe you're running an old version of browser on PC that needs updating
Roku platform is starting to feel dated, yawn.
xavierluther18/04/2019 19:13

You're welcome, no techie here...(Forgot to add before that maybe you're …You're welcome, no techie here...(Forgot to add before that maybe you're running an old version of browser on PC that needs updating


Yay! It worked. Thanks for all the help.
Joe90_guy6 m ago

Yay! It worked. Thanks for all the help.


Pleasure, anytime!
xavierluther18/04/2019 18:51

There's no Now TV app for Windows that I know of.


There is one in the Windows store and it has some advantages over using a Web browser. Plus I used to get regular audio sync problems with the browser which is why I went looking for other options.
I thought max on NOWTV is 720p?
africanspeed8 m ago

I thought max on NOWTV is 720p?


Yes, it still is, but other apps on it like Netflix & Youtube can do 4K.
PeacePipe18/04/2019 22:26

There is one in the Windows store and it has some advantages over using a …There is one in the Windows store and it has some advantages over using a Web browser. Plus I used to get regular audio sync problems with the browser which is why I went looking for other options.


Windows 8 only, apparently

nowtv.com/dev…ces
xavierluther18/04/2019 22:56

Windows 8 only, apparentlyhttps://www.nowtv.com/devices


Works fine on Windows 10 at least on the 2 PCs I've tried it on. Probably just haven't updated the Store listing.
PeacePipe18/04/2019 23:00

Works fine on Windows 10 at least on the 2 PCs I've tried it on. Probably …Works fine on Windows 10 at least on the 2 PCs I've tried it on. Probably just haven't updated the Store listing.


Good to know that there's a dedicated Windows app, reviews on MS store aren't great though

If anyone interested, read
www-techadvisor-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s…%3D
Edited by: "xavierluther" 18th Apr
Crossbow18/04/2019 16:29

No, you need the other smart box with Freeview. These are the only …No, you need the other smart box with Freeview. These are the only connectors on this one - no aerial connector:[Image]


what's the sd card slot for?
xavierluther18/04/2019 23:02

Good to know that there's a dedicated Windows app, reviews on MS store …Good to know that there's a dedicated Windows app, reviews on MS store aren't great thoughIf anyone interested, read https://www-techadvisor-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.techadvisor.co.uk/how-to/entertainment/watch-now-tv-on-windows-3684191/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&amp&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.techadvisor.co.uk%2Fhow-to%2Fentertainment%2Fwatch-now-tv-on-windows-3684191%2F


It's rubbish compared to Netflix but generally better than using a Web Browser.
ws00718/04/2019 23:08

what's the sd card slot for?


Nothing for now, the FAQ that relates to it can be found here: help.nowtv.com/art…box

"Can I connect a Micro SD card or USB stick to my Smart Box?
You can't currently connect the NOW TV Box to a Micro SD card, or other expandable media storage devices."
ilepak18/04/2019 23:28

SD card maybe?


Good god, a sd card for a sd card slot, genius, you should be in mensa or some other institution :/
PeacePipe18/04/2019 23:18

It's rubbish compared to Netflix but generally better than using a Web …It's rubbish compared to Netflix but generally better than using a Web Browser.


Article quoted states you can't use browser on Windows to watch Now TV, it's a recognised outlet, so they may be right. I just don't use my laptop for watching NowTV, might have used a Chromebook in the past, that's why I recall using a browser.
xavierluther13 m ago

Article quoted states you can't use browser on Windows to watch Now TV, …Article quoted states you can't use browser on Windows to watch Now TV, it's a recognised outlet, so they may be right. I just don't use my laptop for watching NowTV, might have used a Chromebook in the past, that's why I recall using a browser.


You could watch NOW TV with Chrome with Windows 8.x for years. I started getting audio sync issues so moved to the App even though it's not great.
Moved to Windows 10 eventually so haven't tried watching via a browser for ages.
ws00718/04/2019 23:08

what's the sd card slot for?


It's basically there as a "relic" of the original US-only 'Roku Premiere+' hardware on which it is based, just as the previous NOW TV Smart Box with 'Freeview' bore a close resemblance to the 'Roku 4', the black NOW TV Box to the 'Roku 2' (Model 4205), and the first (white) NOW TV Box to the 'Roku LT', before that. Even when featured on original Roku-branded hardware, however, it was only there to provide additional memory for storing any installed channels and/or game data. There is no way of using it to play back media that might be stored on it such as films and TV shows, or music, or even view photos, etc. Essentially, it's sole purpose is to expand the system memory and nothing more.

Given there is no 'Games' category in the 'App Store' on NOW TV devices (as there is on the Roku platform) and the number of apps featured in the Roku-Powered™ 'App Store' on NOW TV streaming products is (currently) only forty-five (i.e. even less than the original fifty apps that featured on the very first white NOW TV Box) there is clearly no need for any expanded game and/or channel storage on the NOW TV platform. To further illustrate this point, I have hundreds of channels installed on my Roku devices... and, even the ones that are equipped with SD cards are less than 10% full. Those with no SD card slot, once the onboard memory is full, simply keep the most recently used apps stored as part of the built-in (onboard) memory and, if you wish to add another app, will overwrite one (or more) of the existing apps - as is necessary for the latest addition to be installed.

With so few apps available for the NOW TV platform, I really don't see the 'Micro SD' slot being of any use unless they end their restrictive practices and give full access to the six thousand five hundred plus apps (and counting) that are available on proper Roku streaming media players... but, with little or no change (in that direction) over the last six years, it seems unlikely that their business model will alter much. The only difference since Comcast took over the business late last year appears to have been putting up the prices of the passes and reducing the length of time for their free trial periods. Other than the forthcoming addition of 'BT Sport', which is likely to also be on UK Roku devices anyway, I don't see much of a future for NOW TV in terms of either additional third party apps or their "own" (re-branded Roku) hardware. Maybe they would be better-off concentrating on improving the back-end / software side of things so that customers can at least stream content from the various 'NOW TV' passes at a higher resolution than 720p HD!


Hope that clears things up for you.
Edited by: "IoW_Skin" 19th Apr
IoW_Skin24 m ago

It's basically there as a "relic" of the original US-only 'Roku Premiere+' …It's basically there as a "relic" of the original US-only 'Roku Premiere+' hardware on which it is based, just as the previous NOW TV Smart Box with 'Freeview' bore a close resemblance to the 'Roku 4', the black NOW TV Box to the 'Roku 2' (Model 4205), and the first (white) NOW TV Box to the 'Roku LT', before that. Even when featured on original Roku-branded hardware, however, it was only there to provide additional memory for storing any installed channels and/or game data. There is no way of using it to play back media that might be stored on it such as films and TV shows, or music, or even view photos, etc. Essentially, it's sole purpose is to expand the system memory and nothing more. Given there is no 'Games' category in the 'App Store' on NOW TV devices (as there is on the Roku platform) and the number of apps featured in the Roku-Powered™ 'App Store' on NOW TV streaming products is (currently) only forty-five (i.e. even less than the original fifty apps that featured on the very first white NOW TV Box) there is clearly no need for any expanded game and/or channel storage on the NOW TV platform. To further illustrate this point, I have hundreds of channels installed on my Roku devices... and, even the ones that are equipped with SD cards are less than 10% full. Those with no SD card slot, once the onboard memory is full, simply keep the most recently used apps stored as part of the built-in (onboard) memory and, if you wish to add another app, will overwrite one (or more) of the existing apps - as is necessary for the latest addition to be installed. With so few apps available for the NOW TV platform, I really don't see the 'Micro SD' slot being of any use unless they end their restrictive practices and give full access to the six thousand five hundred plus apps (and counting) that are available on proper Roku streaming media players... but, with little or no change (in that direction) over the last six years, it seems unlikely that their business model will alter much. The only difference since Comcast took over the business late last year appears to have been putting up the prices of the passes and reducing the length of time for their free trial periods. Other than the forthcoming addition of 'BT Sport', which is likely to also be on UK Roku devices anyway, I don't see much of a future for NOW TV in terms of either additional third party apps or their "own" (re-branded Roku) hardware. Maybe they would be better-off concentrating on improving the back-end / software side of things so that customers can at least stream content from the various 'NOW TV' passes at a higher resolution than 720p HD! Hope that clears things up for you.


thanks for the info and time
ws00718/04/2019 23:08

what's the sd card slot for?


The Now TV 4k boxes actually display a text box recommending that you install a Micro SD card to "speed up" the loading of apps. And while I doubt it makes much difference, it does allow you to make use of any old SD cards that you have hanging around!

Type 2-4 Micro SD cards with 2GB-32GB appear to work in the Now TV 4k box.
drivel19/04/2019 11:53

The Now TV 4k boxes actually display a text box recommending that you …The Now TV 4k boxes actually display a text box recommending that you install a Micro SD card to "speed up" the loading of apps. And while I doubt it makes much difference, it does allow you to make use of any old SD cards that you have hanging around!Type 2-4 Micro SD cards with 2GB-32GB appear to work in the Now TV 4k box.


Does the unit see the card? Are you able to view or save contents to card?
africanspeed32 m ago

Does the unit see the card? Are you able to view or save contents to card?


Yes, it is capable of detecting and formatting SD cards... but as per my previous comment:

IoW_Skin7 h, 49 m ago

There is no way of using it to play back media that might be stored on it …There is no way of using it to play back media that might be stored on it such as films and TV shows, or music, or even view photos, etc. Essentially, it's sole purpose is to expand the system memory and nothing more.



...so, IIWY, I'd just forget about the 'Micro SD' port (and using a 'Micro SD' card) on the NOW TV 4K Smart Box, because it will serve no useful purpose - even as expanded memory for app storage - because there are so few apps available to install on this device that it will never be needed. Even if you were to install *every* app from the 'App Store' - which (currently) amounts to 45 apps - they would all happily fit within the existing (onboard) memory, with no need for any expanded storage to kick-in.
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