Sky have today announced that their Now TV Box, which enables you to watch some Sky content on your TV over the internet instead of with a satellite dish, is now available in Argos, Currys PC World, and in a few weeks time, John Lewis too.
The box itself has been available online only for a couple of months now. It is essentially a rebadged Roku media box and runs Sky’s very own Netflix-style on-demand Now TV service. This grants the viewer access to Sky’s (arguably better) collection of films. Users of the box can also buy day passes to Sky Sport channels – ideal for watching your team in the cup final, without having to shell out on a monthly subscription with a dish.
Price-wise things are competitive: You can pick up a Now TV Box with a 24 hour Sky Sports pass for £14.99 (the day pass is worth £9.99, so the box is only a fiver). Or for £24.99 you can get the box and a 3 month Sky Movies pass, which sounds like good value to me. (Subsequent subscription is in the region of £9.99/month too).
In addition to Sky Movies and Sky Sports, the box also has built in support for Sky News, BBC News, the BBC iPlayer and… Demand 5, which I’m presuming someone must have used at some point in the past. On top of this is support for Spotify, Flickr and Facebook – with Channel 4 On Demand coming soon.
So if you’re looking for a box to get your TV online at long last – this could be a good opportunity to get involved.