Sky have just opened up their new streaming service to anyone with a Sky Subscription, to access the new movie streaming a rental platform, named Now TV the service is not your usual Netflix or LOVEFILM £6 a month job, the service will set you back £15 a month to subscribe.
But there is a huge amount of movie content, currently not available on any other service, which is mainly due to the fact that Sky have one of the biggest collections of movies than any other service.
You may be thinking however, why would I sign up to this when I can watch the TV at home or use the Sky Go apps, which are both free as long as you have a subscription and the main reason you shouldn’t is simply because Now TV will let you watch movies when you want, where you want, regardless of your Sky Subscription.
As we mentioned before to stream the movies you will have to pay the £15 Sky Movie Pass charge, but after you have done so, you will have unlimited access to watch as many movies as they have uploaded, which is currently about 600 films but is sure to expand to a lot more in the near future.
And the amount of movies doesn’t even matter as the quality of the films available is amazing, and includes some of the titles they have only just been released on the Sky Movies channel, these include Thor, Captain America, Hop and a lot more.
Not impressed by the Movie Pass? You can also use the Pay & Play rental service, which will let you watch a selection of movies from just 99p all the way up to £3.49 for the newest movies.
The only problem I can find with the Pay & Play service is that it seems Sky has held a few titles back for rental, and is still charging quite pricey rates for older films, The Transporter 2002 is still £1.99 and even worse (even though it’s a great film) 1988’s Die Hard With A vengeance is also still £1.99, I’m pretty sure you can pick up the actual DVD for less than that.
One of the other flaws with the service is that currently all that is available is movies, I would like to see some premium TV shows added too like Mad Men or Game of Thrones, but one of the biggest downfalls is the availability of the service, which at launch was limited to PCs and Mac computers, but the service is starting to slowly make its way to Android smartphones and an iPhone and iPad app has just been launched, but there is still not option for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, and the worst part is that there is no HD or 5.1 audio for the streams, which is pretty crappy if you ask me.
More apps have been promised in the future, as well as HD content releasing alongside content from entertainment channels, but until then the service is in no way worth the £15 a month, and should not have been released without this content, although I have to praise Sky on one thing I really do like the UI they have added to the service, which is nice and simple and can be navigated with ease, I’m sure my 90-year-old grandmother could use it.
At the moment I would not recommend this service to anyone, but there is a 30 day free trail so there is no harm in signing up, watching a few free movies and then cancelling your subscription, although this is likely to change in the future, so if you are reading this in the next couple of months, head on over and see if they have made any changes.