NOW Broadband

Why choose NOW Broadband?

  • Truly unlimited downloads
  • Choose from the latest and best movies, must-see TV shows, kids TV and sports pass attachments
  • TV and Broadband available with no contract
  • Reduced price long term contracts available as well

Now Broadband: Brilliant Broadband

£15.00 p/m for 12 months
£9.99 setup costs, 12 month contract

Unlimited downloads
  • No connection fee! Previously £15
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Is NOW TV a case of ‘WOW TV’?

Most people probably think of NOW TV as a film and TV streaming service. Understandable, because until a year or two ago, that’s exactly what it was.

But NOW TV has expanded - it's a broadband provider too, and a very interesting one at that.

Its triple-play broadband, phone and TV bundle - the NOW TV Combo - is primarily about simplicity. You build your package out of straightforward, easy to understand components that make it very clear what you’re getting for your money. Plus, it’s one of the few national providers that sells no-contract broadband, for those who don’t want to commit to a full year.

But is NOW TV worth getting? Read on to find out exactly what you can get from NOW TV, what’s good, what’s bad, and how to find the best deal.

What does NOW TV do?

The ‘NOW TV Combo’ sounds a bit like something you’d order at a fast food joint, but that’s not the only thing it has in common with those meat ‘n' grease dispensaries. It also lets you choose the different elements of your meal - much like choosing a side, drink and a dip (I generally recommend gravy, by the way).

Essentially, you have to make three big choices: which type of broadband, the phone plan, and what television you want to watch. In doing so, you essentially ‘build’ the package - then the more channels and faster the broadband, for example, the more you’ll pay each month.

There are three broadband options available:

  • Brilliant Broadband: Speeds of up to 17Mb
  • Fab Fibre: Speeds of up to 38Mb
  • Super Fibre: Speeds of up to 76Mb

Then, there are three phone plans available:

  • Pay as you use: standard call rates, no inclusive calls
  • Evening and Weekends: inclusive landline calls between 7pm and 7am Monday to Friday, and all day on Saturday and Sunday
  • Anytime Calls: inclusive landline calls 24/7

Finally, pick your NOW TV pass. The new NOW TV box, which connects to your telly, includes a digital TV tuner, with up to 30 minutes pause. It gives you all the big free to air channels, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, so what you’re choosing here are extra channels and on-demand stuff to watch. And you can choose as many passes as you like - or none at all, if you just want broadband.

  • Entertainment Pass - 11 on demand channels, including Sky One and Sky Atlantic, and 250 box sets.
  • Sky Cinema Pass - formerly known as Sky Movies. Gives you more than 1,000 movies to watch on demand, Sky Cinema live channels, and one new premiere each week.
  • Sports Pass - the full suite of Sky Sports channels, covering Premier League football, Formula One, golf majors, and more. See our Sky Sports guide for more information.
  • Kids Pass - six children’s channels, including Nickelodeon, Boomerang and Cartoon Network. Perfect for the little ‘uns - and the young at heart of course.

The channels and on-demand content you get with the Entertainment Pass are: ABC, Comedy Central, Discovery, Fox, Gold, ITV Encore, MTV, Nat Geo Wild, Sky 1, Sky Arts, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, and Viceland.

NOW TV - contract or no-contract?

One notable string to NOW TV’s bow is that it’s one of the few widely available providers that offers contract-free broadband. It operates on a rolling monthly basis, which gives you the flexibility to switch, cancel, or upgrade at any time. On the downside, you will have to pay a one-off setup fee.

Of course, the NOW TV Combo is also available on a 12-month contract, which has its own benefits. Ultimately, the choice comes down to: do you want to pay a little extra for flexibility, or commit to a year and pay less? Only you can answer that one.

What’s good about NOW TV?

  • Bundles broadband, TV and phone together
  • Wide choice of packages - lots of broadband, phone and TV options to pick from
  • Superfast fibre optic broadband available - perfect for families, shared households and heavy users
  • Gives you loads to watch, both live on-demand
  • Can watch on-demand content on TV, computers, games consoles, smartphones, tablets and more
  • Entertainment Pass gives you some Sky channels, including Sky Atlantic - the home of Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, and other hit US shows
  • More than 250+ box sets available to watch at any time
  • More than 1,000 films on demand with Sky Cinema - plus a new premiere every day
  • Sports Pass gives you every single Sky Sports channel
  • Free to air channels, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 ones, included with all packages
  • Multiple phone plans available to suit everyone, from super chatty types, to those who barely call anyone
  • No contract broadband gives you flexibility to switch at any time
  • 12 month contracts also available if you prefer to spend less upfront
  • New NOW TV box lets you pause live TV for up to 30 minutes

What’s bad about NOW TV?

  • Fewer channels than Sky or Virgin Media TV
  • Fibre optic broadband not available everywhere
  • Setup costs apply if you go no contract
  • Although catch-up and live TV are available in full 1080p HD, some streamed content is only 720p
  • No broadband-only option - you need line rental as well
  • Monthly bills can add up if you take multiple TV passes together

See our full NOW TV review for more info.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch to a new TV service?
    Switching TV services is a breeze if you use a comparison service like ours. Simply enter your postcode, and we’ll list all your different options side by side, so you can easily compare features and price. When you find a package you like, click the link and you’ll be taken straight to the provider’s site. Once you're all set to go live, contact your old TV provider and ask to cancel your current service. Fast, simple and hassle-free.
  2. How do I get sports channels?

    There are multiple sports channels in the UK, with the biggest being Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Sky Sports is available at an extra monthly cost on Sky TV, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Virgin Media TV, and Now TV. Read our guide for more info.

    BT Sport, which also includes ESPN, is available on BT TV, and for an extra monthly cost on Sky TV and Virgin Media TV. Read our guide for more info.

  3. Why can’t I get fibre optic broadband?
    Superfast fibre optic broadband is slowly making its way across the UK as part of a nationwide roll-out part sponsored by the government. Currently, around 90% of the country has access. You can use our postcode checker to see whether fibre optic broadband’s reached your area yet. That's the most likely reason why it's not available to you, but it could also be due to living in a rural area, in an awkwardly-placed property, or just too far away from a street cabinet.
  4. Will I lose my connection if I switch?

    No. You can continue using your current service to the day your new provider activates your connection.

    With some providers, the only downtime you may experience is a couple of hours on the day the switch actually happens. However, you should be able to plan ahead if you provider has an order-tracking system.

  5. Should I cancel my current service?
    No - there's no need to cancel your current connection if you're switching from one Openreach-based provider (e.g. BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Plusnet, EE, Vodafone) to another. Plus, it's a lot easier to switch from one active broadband account to another. However, you should make a note to cancel any direct debits with your current provider once you have switched.

    The only exception is Virgin Media. If you're switching to or from Virgin Media, you'll need to contact your current provider to cancel your service once you've signed up to a new package.
  6. Can I keep my phone number if I switch provider?

    Yes, you can normally keep your existing number if you switch from one provider to another. However if you're a cable customer or need a new line, you may need to get a new one.

    For everything you need to know, see our guide: Can I keep my phone number?

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