Full NOW TV is now available on YouView devices

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  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    al said:
    My wife tried the Macbook route but subtitles only lasted a few minutes then disappeared. They all suddenly appeared at the end of the show. I assume the the roku box is pretty much the same as the nowtv stick with a couple of extra services(?) [lazy I know but losing the will with now]
    The NowTV stick is made by Roku for Sky. it’s pretty much locked up to NowTV, with some extra NowTV-specific features, especially during setup where you have to sign up for NowTV, and you get virtual passes to any Entertainment, etc., offer bundled with the Stick. And only those other services that Sky authorise to be on it, which do not include Amazon Video, surprise, surprise.

    The Roku Stick actually comes with many many other apps, and no subscription tie-ups to any of them unless you want this. Mostly of niche interest at best, but this is the only way to get NowTV plus Amazon Video on a single stick. And Disney+ and Apple, and of course Netflix and YouTube, but no Britbox (yet?)
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,230 ✭✭✭
    @Roy I too am a great fan of Roku. But NOW TV and Amazon Prime Video are also available on Chromecast, as are most services including Britbox. Apple TV+ can be cast from the Chrome browser on a computer, but not from mobile devices.
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    edited 31 May 2021, 7:48AM
    Hi @redchiz

    I don’t understand ‘available on Chromecast’, stated as if it was equivalent to ‘available on a Roku Stick’.

    While whatever you are streaming has to be supported (on, over, by or for, depending on how you look at it) Chromecast, don't you have to have anything you want to stream over Chromecast already available, somehow, on the device you are streaming it from?

    So Chromecast is just a way of watching something you already have on another device, presumably with a smaller screen than your TV, on that larger screen?

    i know Chromecast takes over the heavy lifting, thus relieving the source device of the job - but how do you then control it, if you want to pause while you nip to the fridge to get a beer say, or to deal with the after effects of doing that earlier - on the TV, or do you still need the source device for that?

    Or did I miss the memo?
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,230 ✭✭✭
    Hey @Roy, of course they work differently, we all know that. My point remains about availability of services. Roku is great if you don't have a computer, or any mobile devices. Not so good if you want to watch BT Sport, the one remaining significant gap in it's otherwise comprehensive arsenal. And of course you can pause, rewind etc. on Chromecast from the casting device. Using it much like you would a separate remote control. 
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    Anyone who put their now device out to pasture when youview acquired full fat now tv might want to reinstall it now that Disney + and Roku channel are recent additions to now devices.
     
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,230 ✭✭✭
    I don't understand the "Roku channel" reference? But Disney+ has been added to a device for a service owned by Disney? Fancy that!
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    redchiz said:
    I don't understand the "Roku channel" reference? But Disney+ has been added to a device for a service owned by Disney? Fancy that!
    NowTV is owned by Sky, @redchiz

    Sky is owned by Comcast, publicly traded, symbol CMCSA on NASDAQ.

    Disney is another, and quite separate, publicly traded company, symbol DIS on NASDAQ. There is no single owner. There are almost 1.5 billion shares of Disney Stock. Robert Iger, the President and  Chairman of the company, and the largest single stockholder, owns over a million of those shares.

    Or have I missed the thrust of your observation?
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  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    kodikid said:
    Anyone who put their now device out to pasture when youview acquired full fat now tv might want to reinstall it now that Disney + and Roku channel are recent additions to now devices.
     
    Full fat streaming services have subtitles, @kodikid

    As we rather rely on them, in these mumblecore days of soft voices and loud music scores, our other NowTV devices are a long way from going out to pasture.
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,230 ✭✭✭
    edited 25 April 2020, 6:56PM
    @Roy You are right, my brain got addled I think ....


  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    redchiz said:
    I don't understand the "Roku channel" reference? But Disney+ has been added to a device for a service owned by Disney? Fancy that!
    Roku channel is a streaming service available on roku and now devices. 
    Some good content in my opinion. 
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • westonewestone Member Posts: 38
    The NOW TV devices have improved a lot recently and now only need the Prime Video app. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    edited 31 May 2021, 8:37AM
    westone said:
    The NOW TV devices have improved a lot recently and now only need the Prime Video app. 
    Perhaps that will occur when Amazon sticks start carryIng NowTV?

    [EDIT] Oh look! It did!
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  • Wayne MouleWayne Moule Member Posts: 4
    edited 30 May 2020, 1:18PM
    NOW TV Boost is a much needed boost!
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,140 ✭✭✭
    NOW TV Boost is a much needed boost!
    WHY?
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  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    Visionman said:
    NOW TV Boost is a much needed boost!
    WHY?
    Err better sound, picture  and the ability to watch on more screens 🤔
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,140 ✭✭✭
    edited 30 May 2020, 3:51PM
    Wayne Moule Why do you think that?
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  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,140 ✭✭✭
    edited 30 May 2020, 6:46PM
    @kodikid

    >BURP<  :D  :tired_face:
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  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    Visionman said:
    @kodikid

    >BURP<  :D  :tired_face:
    Watching the repeats,@Visionman........?
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  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,140 ✭✭✭
    You.......
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  • zulu17zulu17 Member, Super User Posts: 1,074 ✭✭
    Do we have and indications as to when subtitles will be available on now Tv content on the Youview  Now Tv app please ?
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,140 ✭✭✭
    I'm watching Man City V Burnley on Sky Sports Main Event HD and the sound keeps on intermittently cutting out. Anyone else?
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,230 ✭✭✭
    Visionman said:
    I'm watching Man City V Burnley on Sky Sports Main Event HD and the sound keeps on intermittently cutting out. Anyone else?
    What device? I get that sometimes on large, but not on my iPad which I am using just now. On NOW TV.

  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,140 ✭✭✭
    edited 22 June 2020, 9:41PM
    YouView T2000, watching on a Sony YouView TV 2015 model. KDX43 something or other.
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  • corinrosamcorinrosam Member Posts: 2
    I'm late to this topic. I'm looking for alternatives to Sky and have a few questions.

    Is the full now tv feature available to non bt or talktalk customers (I'm on Virgin and not intending to change at the moment)?

    Is it available on the Humax dvr t2000? Their site says no, but you only mention the t1000 and t1010. If not, is there a youview device I can get that will? 

    Thanks
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    Hi
    Can't speak for talk talk but yes now tv is available to non bt customers. 
    It's also available on the T2000.
    If I was you I would seriously consider the T4000 as in my opinion it is a superior device (4k).
    No youview devices have WiFi capabilities if that's important to you.
    Happy hunting. 
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    I'm late to this topic. I'm looking for alternatives to Sky and have a few questions.

    Is the full now tv feature available to non bt or talktalk customers (I'm on Virgin and not intending to change at the moment)?

    Is it available on the Humax dvr t2000? Their site says no, but you only mention the t1000 and t1010. If not, is there a youview device I can get that will? 

    Thanks
    @corinrosam

    Yes, anyone with a NowTV subscription (or as we must now call it, a Now membership) can watch that on a YouView box. 

    I think you have the box availability backwards. The modern devices, the T2000, DN372, BT T2xxx and T4000 boxes can all get it; the mentioned T1000 and T1010, which are older devices , and the DN370T likewise, can’t.

    You can’t buy YouView devices retail any more, though there are plenty on Amazon or eBay, both new and secondhand.

    But unless you have other reasons for wanting to get a YouView box, the cheapest way to switch from Sky to Now is to buy a Roku device for around £30.

    Four other things to note:-

    Now on YouView doesn’t have subtitles.

    That is a dealbreaker for our ageing ears, so we always watch Now on a stick, even though we have several YouView boxes.


    Now is only recordable for BT TV customers with their Now bought via BT, for whom the Now channels in the BT TV EPG open up.

    We don’t give a toss about this; we have never wanted to record anything on Now, with most things readily available on demand, though Sport used to be a sticking point for other people here.

    What everyone should do on Now bought from Now is to start the cancellation process almost as soon as you become a member; you will get an automated retention discount offer, which you can accept instead of cancelling; nobody need pay full price for Now after the first month.

    Such deals are not available to those who subscribe via BT TV.

    Now support for Now streaming consists only of a Community,  an online chat service, Twitter, and email. There is no telephone support.

    A small plus for BT TV is that they do give telephone support to their Now customers.
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  • corinrosamcorinrosam Member Posts: 2
    @Roy, @kodikid, thanks both of you for the advice and the quick reply.
    Your caveats aren't a concern to me. What is a worry is that the boxes are not available by retail. In my experience, that happens when a service is being wound down. Is there a chance that the youview service will be stopped in the near future?  
    I have a Roku stick. As a on-demand aggregator, it's not bad, although newly broadcast shows are not always found by the search, and the ui is clunky. It's no replacement for a good on-demand enabled pvr.
    I've bought a t4000 refurb on your advice. 
    Many thanks again to you both. 
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,048 ✭✭✭
    @Roy, @kodikid, thanks both of you for the advice and the quick reply.
    Your caveats aren't a concern to me. What is a worry is that the boxes are not available by retail. In my experience, that happens when a service is being wound down. Is there a chance that the youview service will be stopped in the near future?  
    I have a Roku stick. As a on-demand aggregator, it's not bad, although newly broadcast shows are not always found by the search, and the ui is clunky. It's no replacement for a good on-demand enabled pvr.
    I've bought a t4000 refurb on your advice. 
    Many thanks again to you both. 
    Speculating here, but the lack of retail boxes could mean a hardware refresh is one the way at some point, or/and change of manufacturer. 

    The good thing about Youview boxes, is that they will continue to work even if you no longer subscribe to bt or talk talk. They’ll work much the same as a retail box with the same apps apart from Amazon which hasn’t turned up on retail bought boxes yet.

    BT’s involvement is good indicator of the long term validity of the service I think. However I hope the retail side continues. 
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