I've just noticed that it looks like the Now TV Sky Cinema monthly pass is increasing in price to £11.99 a month from early April 2019. See the link below and click on 'Terms and conditions' for details of this.
This makes the vouchers which can as be purchased in many stores even better value at the moment. The Cinema passes can still be bought for £15.00 for 2 months of Sky Cinema. I wonder if these will go up in price soon as well? Hopefully the monthly Entertainment pass will stay the same price.
I have to say that we should be getting 1080P full HD if the price is going up. I'm not sure we will though...
I was thinking of getting the cinema pass but not now.
A 20% price hike, not sure how they can justify that!
I just saw this and i'm genuinely shocked. I was on a £4 a month offer and i cancelled it, didn't really think it was worth £4. I suppose it depends on what you watch, but for me almost every movie fits into 3 categories. 1) old movies that i already have on blu ray. 2) new releases that i'm buying on blu ray anyway, and 3) stuff i have literally zero interest in watching.
It's not entirely Sky's fault, pretty much 95% of "big" new movies are a load of rubbish, remakes or superhero movies. There are maybe 10 new movies a year that i actually want to watch and so i usually buy the blu ray when they come out. I have watched the odd old classic that i've somehow never seen and a few lesser known new releases, but there really isn't much choice. 1,000 or 1,500 or whatever it is sounds a lot, but not when you delve into it. Plus nearly all the movies seem to stay the same almost forever. I can dip in on an offer, and pretty much everything is the same from 3 years ago.
One incredibly irritating thing, is when a new sequel gets put on but they don't have the previous movie/s on there. I don't get that at all. Surely somebody somewhere in Sky Towers thinks... so... this big movie sequel is coming out... we're promoting it... maybe it would be a good idea to put the previous one/s up, for people who haven't seen them, or even just want to watch them again. But nope.
There are obviously lots of good movies that i just never hear about and Sky just fall into that same trap of promoting the same old stuff like "Iron Man 643: this time it's even more Zincy". I suppose it's what the general public want, somebody must be paying to watch it. Though i'm clearly not the target market, because i wouldn't pay £11.99 whatever movies they had on there. No point having a large collection of blu rays or dvds, then paying good money to watch the same stuff again, in much lower quality. If they had a lot more choice, with easier to find more obscure new releases, i'd chuck in 5 or 6 quid. £11.99, no chance.
The entertainment pass is good enough for me, even if it's even harder to find stuff. Bung Gold on during the day as background noise, until the Last of the Summer Wine theme tune scares me off. A bit of "it's gone a bit crap these last 15 years or so" Simpsons. Catch up with The Good Doctor and all those "a bit boring, but amusing enough" time-fillers with Romesh, Russell Howard and the rest. Then find a documentary about some bloke who chopped up all his friends and hid their toes in his freezer. Jobs a good 'un.
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I think that £11.99 per month for the cinema pass is too steep for my blood, especially as I do not watch as many films as I used to, in other words its just not worth it.
So, by the end of this week, I plan to cancel my cinema pass.
These days I tend to rent new movies at 90p from Chili or £1.99 from Amazon, so whenever there is a new premiere on Sky I have often already watched it. And I spend less than £10/month on new films.
Cancelled Cinema at start of year and have a voucher sitting waiting to be used. Will probably wait until school summer holidays.
But compared to Amazon and Netflix, £11.99 is poor value.
They're having a joke... there's these services called Prime & Netflix that offer FAR more content & TV shows for much less than a Sky Cinema pass... they also don't restrict you to 4 devices with 1 change a month, most of their stuff is in 1080p, lots of 4K HDR & Dolby Vision content, Dolby Atmos etc.
Now TV & Sky really don't seem to be grasping the streaming revolution do they - I wonder how the subscriber numbers in the UK stack up... I can't see many people rushing out for Now TV when you could have Prime or Netflix.
You are so right about sequels when the earlier film(s) in the franchise are not available. That's one of my biggest bug-bears.
The other day my daughter wanted to watch the Despicable Me films. Now TV currently has Despicable Me 1 and Despicable Me 3, but NO Despicable Me 2! I just don't get that (and no Minions film either).
Personally if a sequel is available, and I have not seen the earlier film(s), I will not watch it at all until I have 'started from the beginning'. It's just logical.
This is actually a joke, right?
Like a late April Fools and we're all going to wake up tomorrow with the £2 back in our accounts?
I always thought £9.99 was steep for the content and lack of 1080p and 5.1 surround, but £11.99!? It's not even as if 1080p is modern technology either, or 5.1 surround for that matter.
The content has always been proper toilet as well, I just kept paying it these last few months for the odd film here or there, but it's literally cheaper and just as convienient to rent the films I actually want to watch from somewhere else. Plus I can literally watch Netflix in 4K with 5.1 surround sound for £9.99 a month and have WAY more content. Netflix churn out absolute belters every other day just for fun and they have done consistently for years.
I would love to see a timelined graph of active NowTV's Cinema subscriptions after all of this, I'd imagine it's just a picture of a backslash.
And to top it all off, Disney+ is being price at $6.99, for every Marvel film, every Star Wars film, all the newly announced Marvel and Star Wars spin off series, all of the Fox films and not just that, every Disney classic and live action movie.
NowTV/Sky haven't got a change
They've broken through the psychological £10 barrier for me.
I might go back to Cinema Paradiso, who offer unlimited DVD rental for £10 a month. And I can buy my favourite films second hand on Amazon for a few quid each and keep them forever.
I used to think this pass was good value for money, but not so much now.
As somebody mentioned, this is because Comcast overpaid for Sky and now they are trying to get their money back. Good luck with that.
NowTV just sent me an email saying they will refund me the extra £2 for this month's Cinema Pass. They never formally told me that the price was going up! Whoops.
You said, "They've broken through the psychological £10 barrier for me." Well, me too.
The price hike is absolutely ridiculous. I agree with a lot of the previous points.
Why has the price gone up? I asked them on the online chat and all they could do was offer me a £2 refund! £2 extra per month is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things as long as there is justification but there's none...
- Same amount of movies
- Same 720p picture quality (in 2019!???)
- Same sound quality.
I wonder if the price will incraese even further if they improve on those three things?
If that's the case or we do not receive adequet responce from NowTV then i'll also be cancelling this pass.