Yes, the Boost add-on pushes NowTV up from 720p to 1080p, and works on the NowTV app on LG. This means that only 75% of what you see on screen has to be invented by the LG TV, instead of 89% for the standard NowTV resolution.
And even on the boxes, you need the Boost to get above 720p.
Your guess is as good as mines, the Now TV sticks are really poor devices when compared to smart box and Roku devices.
What I find strange is why they need to supply their own device from Roku with a watered down app selection.
What I find strange is why they need to supply their own device from Roku with a watered down app selection
Either to stop you using Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and anything else Now TV deem as competition or so Roku can still sell their branded sticks/boxes as they have more channels.
In the same way, Amazon Fire does not have a Now TV app.
You said, "What I find strange is why they need to supply their own device from Roku with a watered down app selection".
Well Gavs, thinking back to when I first got into Now TV and Internet TV, I found that the other available streaming boxes were very expensive, limited in features and unreliable. However, the Now TV white box was cheap enough to take a punt on, only £10.00 at the time, reasonably flexible but with limited apps.
In May 2016, I purchased the new 2015 Now TV black box, priced at £12.00 (a Roku 3 clone). It was still cheap enough to take a chance on and a pleasure to use.
Now, as you can see, the Now TV streaming devices are cheap enough for a user to dip their toe into streaming without getting burnt. And, above all, allows users to gain enough experience of streaming devices so that they can decide to stay where they are or get a more expensive, fuller featured, device.
So, what I am saying is, for users new to streaming buying a Now TV device is an affordable chance to take.
So having used now tv for over 5 years would people say a Rocu 4K box is a good upgrade?
circumstances are I have a 12 year old hd tv which has been slowly dying over the last two years. Have my eye on a LG 4K tv for Black Friday. Hence the move up from standard hd.
i get that now won't broadcast in 4K but I'm ok with that as I want Netflix abs Disney in 4K mainly and don't want to pay ridiculous sky q costs.
does this sound feasible through a rocu box? Eg now tv (with boost) at 1080 then Netflix and Disney at 4K?
Also worth remembering that when NowTV started up, Roku had very little UK penetration, and their kit was both expensive and a generation behind what was available in the States. And it was no good importing a US box, as it wouldn’t have been localised for the UK.
So it was a very smart move for Sky to do the deal they did, at the time they did it.
But nowadays, Roku devices hit the UK pretty much when they hit the States, are competitively priced against all other (unsubsidised) streaming devices, and offer more than NowTV sticks do.
So it now makes sense for Sky/NowTV to concentrate on the one, subsidised, entry level Stick which does everything a NowTV customer needs*, and leave the wider market of other apps and 4K and so on to higher-priced Roku devices.
*Well, maybe not everything. For those who can’t get their heads round the Klein bottle outside-is-inside and inside-is-outside way there is apparently no NowTV app on the Sticks in the latest software release (except that there is), and all the other apps are apparently under NowTV (except that they aren’t), getting NowTV on a Roku Stick is a welcome return to sanity.
It’s Roku with a ‘k’, but yes, you are spot on, except maybe you want to at least consider the Roku 4K Stick as well as the box, before making your choice.
But we were looking at the LG 65GX in Curry’s yesterday, which we thought aced it over the comparable Samsung QLED (damn, as I do like the One Connect box), but maybe gave a little away to the comparable Sony. But on picture only, and only a smidgeon, and the Sony UI is not one I want to visit.
Though of course, remember that Disney and Netflix are available as 4K apps on these LG TVs anyway, as is NowTV, albeit that has to beg the LG upscaling to let it fill the screen.
So maybe you won’t need a Roku Stick at all....😛
Here's something that looks interesting, a Roku Stream Bar. A combinations of a 4K streaming device and TV sound bar.
I don't know if this has been officially released in the UK or just a grey import, but I must admit it does tickle my fancy.
I'm guessing, something for the future.
PS: Just found a UK review for this new device, dated 30th October 2020:
Thanks. Sorry. ROKU! 😂.
ive been doing a lot of research on TVs and have settled on the 55cxlb. I didn't realise they had Disney and Netflix built in! For reference my current tv is a Samsung LE46F86BDX (12 years old!) Didn't even have smart TVs back then!
however does the now app have the 1080 output? I'm willing to pay for boost if it does and that will eliminate the need for any box.