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chai
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Sky Sports themed channels coming to NOW TV?

Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp

 

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/27/sky-sports-channels-prices-football-golf-cricket

 

Coming to NOW TV?

 

 

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Anonymous User
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Sky Sports customers will have a choice of channel packages. Why won't NOW TV customers be offered the same flexibility?
NOW TV offers a different kind of flexibility – giving you the freedom to choose when you want to watch Sky Sports. Whether you pick a Sky Sports Day or Week Pass to catch a specific event or a Month Pass that lets you enjoy no-limits sporting action, with NOW TV you can watch the sport you want for a great-value price, without a contract.
Anonymous User
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As Skysports has introduced new charges and packages will NOW Tv be reviewing its pass charges?

schnapps
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@Anonymous User

 

The price for the NowTV Sports passes are not changing with the new Sky Sports channels.

 

See this article linked below.

 

https://help.nowtv.com/article/enjoy-more-sky-sports-channels-than-ever-before-from-july-2017

Tonyteehee
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In that case I wont be buying any Sports passes. Grossly over priced

Anonymous User
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It is disappointing that the same approach isn't being taken with NowTV passes.  £22 with no contract for all Sky's football, and I would probably bite.  £34 a month is extortionate though, will be giving it a wide berth, picking up the odd day pass here and there where I can....

Anonymous User
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@Anonymous User wrote:

It is disappointing that the same approach isn't being taken with NowTV passes.  £22 with no contract for all Sky's football, and I would probably bite.  £34 a month is extortionate though, will be giving it a wide berth, picking up the odd day pass here and there where I can....


I agree.  I tend to use day/week passes as and when needed and doubt I would ever spend £34/month.  Maybe I might get a month's pass for December when I am off, but generally I would say I use no more than 3 day/week passes a month.  Which is always less than £34.

Compared to the equivalent minimum cost of having the full Sports pack via Sky dish of £49.50 (that's £22 for the Original Entertainment bundle plus £27.50 for the full Sports pack), the NOW TV Sports Month pass at £33.99 for "720p HD" (depending on device) is still cheaper, but point taken about paying for sports not watched.

 

And I'm not sure that you get Sport in "1080p HD" for £49.50. I think you have to have the Box Set Entertainment bundle at £38 to get Sport in "1080p HD", so that pushes it up (from £49.50) to £65.50 for Sport in "1080p HD". But I may be wrong about that!

m4ttgtr
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Well, I'm just gonna say Thank You NowTV (Sky) for adding all these channels at no extra cost, and getting rid of the SS Mix fiasco. I do buy months at a time, currently 3 months for £20 per month and I think it's a pretty good service, IF IT STAYS LIKE THIS. No ss mix2 eh

Anonymous User
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@m4ttgtr wrote:

Well, I'm just gonna say Thank You NowTV (Sky) for adding all these channels at no extra cost, and getting rid of the SS Mix fiasco. I do buy months at a time, currently 3 months for £20 per month and I think it's a pretty good service, IF IT STAYS LIKE THIS. No ss mix2 eh


I agree.  Thanks for the extra channels, especially Mix.  Though I still wouldn't put it past them to put events behind the red button....

Anonymous User
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Don't get me wrong I am grateful that Mix is part of the channel line up, but right now Sky Sport Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Mix are all showing the same event.    Mix seems to be a pretty useful overflow channel.

 

Will be interesting when Premier League does return to see if Sky Sports Premier League show more than just extended highlights of the Saturday 3pm games and have complete games in Match Choice throughout the week.  The current schedules suggest there is a lot of time to fill on that channel.

 

PS Is Main Event the channel for those who are too lazy to even press the remote control?  🙂

 

 

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Anonymous User
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@dr_necessitor wrote:

Compared to the equivalent minimum cost of having the full Sports pack via Sky dish of £49.50 (that's £22 for the Original Entertainment bundle plus £27.50 for the full Sports pack), the NOW TV Sports Month pass at £33.99 for "720p HD" (depending on device) is still cheaper, but point taken about paying for sports not watched.

 

And I'm not sure that you get Sport in "1080p HD" for £49.50. I think you have to have the Box Set Entertainment bundle at £38 to get Sport in "1080p HD", so that pushes it up (from £49.50) to £65.50 for Sport in "1080p HD". But I may be wrong about that!


Definitely cheaper than Sky.  

 

I can add Sports to my Virgin box with the most basic package (effectively free but with a £5 monthly tivo fee) at  £31.75/month  + £7 /month HD  (Can't check on Virgin website, but from memory that is the cost).   Sometimes Virgin will offer it for half price for 6 months, so I take them up on that.

 

Sky Q Monthly costs

  • Cheapest option: Sky Q + Original Bundle (£22) + Sky Sports (£27.50): £49.50/month
  • Cheapest option with HD: Sky Q + Original Bundle (£22) + HD (£6) Sky Sports (£27.50): £55.50/month
  • Cheapest option with 4K: Sky Q + Original Bundle (£22) + (£12) + Sky Sports (£27.50): £61.50/month
Anonymous User
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What time do the new channels appear? Still showing as 1-5 except sky sports open.
Miketurn
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All the new channels and logos are now present on my box.

 

Hope the onscreen DOG's are smaller else they're going to take up a lot of screen in some cases.

Anonymous User
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@Miketurn wrote:

All the new channels and logos are now present on my box.

 

Hope the onscreen DOG's are smaller else they're going to take up a lot of screen in some cases.


Yes all there now.

 

Interestingly I noted that Arena/Action is counted as one channel for Sky wheras the other five are separate.

 

Have to admit there is little difference in pricing bewteen the whole she-bang (£20 for a 18 month subscription; though it is £27.50 with zero commitment) versus a single channel (£18).

 

Even so the bare bones (with no box sets and no broadband) would be £52/month for sports + cinema (@ £10/month on offer) which seems pretty expensive.  Think I will stick with Now TV and the day/week passes.

Anonymous User
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@Anonymous User wrote:

 

Even so the bare bones (with no box sets and no broadband) would be £52/month for sports + cinema (@ £10/month on offer) which seems pretty expensive.  Think I will stick with Now TV and the day/week passes.


To effectiely get what I get with Now TV + Virgin (box sets on TV; movies on demand + Sports when needed;  fast broadband + everyday phone calls) with offer would be over £100/month!  Saving a couple of quid on the single sports channel isn't going to make much difference.

Anonymous User
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Have to admit this channel reorganisation is pretty good from the NOW TV perspective with a couple of extra channels including Mix. Main event makes little odds as it is the same as another channel.

 

Now if only those red button streams could be provided as and when...

Miketurn
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@Anonymous User wrote:

Have to admit this channel reorganisation is pretty good from the NOW TV perspective with a couple of extra channels including Mix. Main event makes little odds as it is the same as another channel.

 

Now if only those red button streams could be provided as and when...


I can't see the point of having Main Event at all. Even on Sky you have to have the full package to get it! 

 

It might make it easier for people with Sky to find stuff without having to go through all the EPG's for the sports channels, but as Now TV only does now/next it's still completely pointless for us! Smiley LOL

Issac
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£18 per month is the cheapest package ? Yet the good old Nowtv box man will still be paying £33.99 if he wants a month of sport? WTF? Sure they could offer us the choice of buying 1 or 2 channels via the Now TV for £18 or £22. I would say most hardcore football fans don't really care about golf or F1 or the other themed channels.

SeeMoreDigital
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@Issac,

 

Let's not forget that if you're a Sky TV subscriber you can't just purchase the 'sports' service as a stand-alone package. And you are tied to a contract...

Anonymous User
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@Issac wrote:

Sure they could offer us the choice of buying 1 or 2 channels via the Now TV for £18 or £22. I would say most hardcore football fans don't really care about golf or F1 or the other themed channels.


There are 41 different combinations of three channels (6+15+20).  Plus the whole lot making 42.

And what would happen for those who have one, two or three channels who decide to add one channel for a day/week? You can't even  store weekly/daily passes in the same account so how Now would manage this I don't know.

 

Having more passes and more combinations is not the way to go for an online service.  Netflix have one pass with three service levels and Amazon only really have one, though their new channels offering does muddy the waters.  Now TV already has six different and judging by by some of the posts how difficult it seems to be for some to apply and cancel these correctly it is not a good idea.  Adding this extra complexity which would make it near 50.  

 

As a hardcore football fan myself, I'd happily take the Premier League channel on its own.  But to be fair, buying two or three day/week passes a month as I do isn't that different from the £18/£22/£26/month channel offer from Sky which in reality ain't so great as you can get the whole lot for £20/month if you have it for 18 months.  And you have to pay at least £22 for the base package to get Sports, so in reality it costs more.

 

Oh and you can't get this channel subscription offer with Virgin either.


@Issac wrote:

£18 per month is the cheapest package ? Yet the good old Nowtv box man will still be paying £33.99 if he wants a month of sport? WTF? Sure they could offer us the choice of buying 1 or 2 channels via the Now TV for £18 or £22. I would say most hardcore football fans don't really care about golf or F1 or the other themed channels.


@Issac

 

Compared to the equivalent minimum cost of having the full Sports pack via Sky dish of £49.50 (that's £22 for the Original Entertainment bundle plus £27.50 for the full Sports pack), the NOW TV Sports Month pass at £33.99 for "720p HD" (depending on device) is still cheaper.

 

It would still be a minimum of £40 (i.e. £22 for base entertainment bundle plus £18 for the cheapest Sports pack) to get a cut down Sports pack on Sky, so NOW TV is still cheaper on a price-wise basis.

 

@Furthermore, @Anonymous User also mentioned earlier on this thread that:

"Sky Q Monthly costs

  • Cheapest option: Sky Q + Original Bundle (£22) + Sky Sports (£27.50): £49.50/month
  • Cheapest option with HD: Sky Q + Original Bundle (£22) + HD (£6) Sky Sports (£27.50): £55.50/month
  • Cheapest option with 4K: Sky Q + Original Bundle (£22) + (£12) + Sky Sports (£27.50): £61.50/month"

And of course with NOW TV you can dip in & out as needed, whereas Sky requires a minimum 12 month commitment when you join up (although Sports is effectively a rolling 1 month).