I have seen the nowtv smart box with either an included 3 month entertainment voucher pass or 2 month cinema voucher pass sell for around £20 (where the RRP is normally £49.99).
Here's a thread which I posted towards the end of last year to give you some idea.
Unfortunately, the prices of the smart box at this moment in time have increased from most Retailers but the prices do seem to vary from month to month.
The best price I can find currently from an authorized Retailer on the internet is Asda Direct who are selling the smart box with a bundled 3 month entertainment pass for £25 (see link below).
Maybe some further searching in the Google search engine may return some better deals
Thanks for that @schnapps. Much appreciated. I'll be doing some more tinkering/testing later. The wife says I'm too indecisive. She likes the Smart box for its simplicity and ease of use for herself.
Definitely looking like it's going to be the Smart box. I've had an email offer for Entertainment and Cinema for 12 months at an upfront payment of £99. It's certainly tempting. That leaves me now looking for a competitively priced box. I've noticed some on a well known online auction site for around the £20 mark minus the passes, they are from sellers who state they only opened the box to remove the vouchers. Decisions to be made @schnapps
If it was me I would be inclined to get the NowTV smart box from Asda for £25 (unless you can find a better price from an Authorised Retailer) where you will have "peace of mind" that the box will come with a 12 month guarantee.
Should you go with the nowtv 12 month combined entertainment & cinema offer you may not be able to add the 3 month entertainment voucher that comes with the box after the 12 month offer expires on your account (in theory you could apply the 3 month entertainment voucher on month 11 of the offer, but this would be cutting it close where you have 12 months to apply a voucher code from date of purchase).
Suppose, it depends if you want to take a gamble (If the 3 month voucher code says invalid then you would need to speak to live chat which would be at their discretion, where I have read on the forums that live chat have given some customers a little lee way on the 12 month expiry date, where I have also read that other customers have said that live chat won't budge).
Alternatively, you could sell on the the 3 month entertainment pass for say £5 and either use the Sky Store £5.49 voucher offer on a Sky Store rental or give it away as a gift to get to the price point of £20 for a brand new un used smart box on Fleabay.
If you would prefer a shorter deal of 6 months cinema & entertainment for £59 (which works out slightly more than the 12 month offer) then have a read of this link below which existing customers are eligible for.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Thank you @schnapps for your advice and guidance in this thread. It has proven invaluable and is very much appreciated.
Ordered the box from Asda at £25 (great price with the pass and movie voucher thrown in). Just waiting for delivery to my local store.
I've opted for the 6 month offer from the link you provided. It still works out at a great price as I get to add a further 3 months entertainment free at the end of the offer period. At that point I can make a decision regarding further subs to the cinema channels. I had a look through the movies last night and there are plenty available at present to dip into.
So, decision made, box ordered, will get the 6 month offer sorted today, and it's onward and upward from here.
PS. One question if I may @schnapps. I've been checking out the Youtube HDR stuff on my TVs built in app but nothing I choose is actually being shown as HDR (only 'normal' 4k uhd and even some as only HD). I know my tv does hdr as I used to watch hdr shows on Netflix. Have you found one that is definitely hdr that I could check?
I know this isn't Now TV related but we did touch on Youtube hdr earlier in the thread
With regard to the HDR, you are likely to find that your TV doesnt support either the codec or the youtube app that allows HDR on your TV.
Is it a 2016 LG by any chance?
Ive had the same issue here, Netflix and Amazon HDR works fine, but youtube and iPlayer wont do HDR on my 2016 LG. These apps work fine with HDR on my 2017 model LG however. Its all down to the firmware on the respective models and LG not bothering to upgrade the firmware (and the built in apps like youtube) on the older models to accept the newer HDR formats.
It's a 2016 Panasonic. I would guess your theory is spot on. HDR worked fine on Netflix when I had it and that was directly from the TVs built in Netflix app. If I'm correct the recent Blue Planet series on the iplayer was broadcast in hdr. I had an amazing picture on my set but it wasn't hdr (but definitely uhd allowing me to choose the Rec.2020 colour gamut). I do know my tv was to get (and I'm fairly certain did get) upgraded software for HLG. Of course there was never any indication they'd update the Youtube app etc to accept hdr.
Sorry, I dont have any panasonic devices, so can only assume its similar to the issues on the LG devices. Its a ruse to get us all to buy new TV's.
3d, 4k, HDR, OLED, QLED. They are running out of ideas so are now just going down the old fashioned route of "doesnt work on that model mate". Just like the new MS Office is apparently not going to work on anything other than Windows 10 and why Apple slowed down old phones to prevent damage... pull the other one, its got bells on it.
My Panasonic 4K TV model CX680 (2015) is not HDR, where I jumped on the 4K bandwagon early before HDR was introduced
It sounds to me your Panasonic 4K TV (2016) model uses the YouTube codec VP9 which is only compatible with 4K YouTube videos only
To watch 4K HDR YouTube videos your TV needs the VP9 Profile 2 codec ( where I am not sure if Panasonic can update the YouTube VP9 Profile 2 video codec via a firmware update)
PS ~ Glad you are sorted with a new smart box
Not really too bothered to be honest. I'm quite happy with uhd where and when I can get it.
My 2016 Panasonic is a DX750. I could have gone for a 2017 model but at the time the 750 was going for a steal with a Panny soundbar thrown in for good measure. HDR, although a worthwhile step up, isn't that much of a biggie to me. As for the wife, she couldn't tell the difference if it was still SD
NOTE ON MY TV
Taken from here https://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1464241293 "YouTube’s HDR streams will not be supported (VP9-Profile2 support missing)."
PS @schnapps. The box is being delivered to my local Asda tomorrow