Once you get used to the NowTV App on the TalkTalk box it's pretty straightforward even for non technical persons.
Apart from Sport the majority of the NowTV content can be watched on Demand or Catchup via the NowTV App.
You would have to take it up with TalkTalk why they decided to jump over to the NowTV service rather than keep their TV bolt on packages via the main TV Guide.
Currently only BT TV customers who have the NowTV bolt on package can record live NowTV.
With live sports the options you have is to watch live, see if it's on a repeat broadcast later on.
NowTV do offer a sports catch up service, but currently it's limited to mobile devices, PC's.
There is a workaround to this though not ideal, where you can use your smartphone, tablet, PC and start watching sports on demand, then jump over to the Talk Talk box and you should be able to pick up the sports event from there under Continue Watching on the NowTV App.
Or another method I use is to use the search feature on the NowTV App on the Talk Talk box.
Maybe has a test run try typing in Manchester United v Aston Villa or Formula One has a trial run in the NowTV App search box.
Ideally you need a smartphone or tablet with the NowTV App on it to see what's currently available on Sports catch up or on Demand to see what's currently available to watch to type in your Talk Talk NowTV App search box.
NOWTV Sports on demand should be coming to more devices this year.
One major problem for me with NowTV on demand sports is that the frame rate is only 25fps and doesn't look great when you compare the six out of eleven Sky Sports live channels that offer 50fps on NowTV when watching on a Youview box with a HD Boost Pass.
It's a shame you are not a BT TV customer on their platform using the NowTV service would have been more straight forward for you and your husband when it comes to live NowTV, where you could have watched and recorded live Sky Sports directly from the main BT Youview box TV Guide.
If you can't get on with the NowTV App on your Youview box, then maybe send a complaint to Talk Talk and cancel your NowTV passes.
I tried @schnapps recommendation of the Sky guide, but there is loads of stuff shown on there you can’t get on NowTV, which rather clutters up what you are looking at.
I would suggest that you download, to phone or tablet, the BT TV app.
Indeed, maybe you already have this, as it is the only way to set remote recordings on the Freeview channels now the TalkTalk app is discontinued.
Even though it’s a BT app, BT have kindly made some of its functionality available to YouView Retail and TalkTalk users otherwise left high and dry without a remote recording app.
And also, you can load this app, choose Live at the bottom, then choose Full TV Listings, and then scroll down to 335-525, where all the NowTV channels, interspersed with only a few BT channels, can be found together.
Reading back now from the start of this thread, i can now see you was offering some sound advice to the originator who started this thread enquiring about a suitable 7 day TV guide by recommending the BT App 👍 (my bad).
I thought you was helping @BoatladyUK with her problem that her hubby wants to watch & record live Sky Sports directly from the Talk Talk Youview box main TV Guide, where from my understanding is not currently possible.
@BoatladyUK s initial posting here was also just about getting a 7-day guide, which the BT TV app gives, and I was recommending it as an alternative to the Sky Guide.
Not least because all us YouView box owners have had to move onto the BT TV app in order to still be able to set remote Freeview recordings, so they may already have it anyway.
TalkTalk customers with a Sky Boost (in the TalkTalk sense of Boost) used to be able to record Sky programmes, so NowTV comes as a decidedly second-class offering to those who had the Sky Boost, and this has left these TalkTalk customers somewhat riled.
And yes, only BT TV subscribers, who by definition need to be users of BT broadband, and who take their NowTV subscriptions via BT, can record these channels.
So, in principle, TalkTalk could do this as well if they wished, technically; but I suspect BT have deep pockets that were necessary to put this in place, and TalkTalk don’t.
Very interesting that this move by BT has brought NowTV centre stage now, though; I doubt that What HiFi? will be able to review streaming services next time and completely omit NowTV like they did recently, which will no doubt have caused some bruxellism in the basement of Sky Towers which NowTV share with the central heating boilers 😛