The options for watching things on the TV has changed a lot since I was a kid.
We now live in a world where everyone wants things on demand.
And Now TV is one such example of getting your fix of screen time in the UK.
It offers entertainment, films, sport and kids channels.
Everything is delivered over your broadband connection so there’s no need for a satellite dish on the side of your house.
Unable To Get Satellite TV
Before we moved house, we had Sky TV.
After we moved that was no longer possible because we now live in a listed property.
As I understand it satellite dishes require listed building consent before they can be installed.
We might have gotten away with installing a satellite dish without that consent but I didn’t want to risk it.
So the next best thing was to get Freeview and get additional channels over the internet.
The range of HD channels on Freeview leaves a lot to be desired however.
BT TV Is Okay But Lacking
I decided to go with BT for broadband and landline telephone service because they gave the best estimated internet speed.
They also offered the best deal for my wife to call her relatives in Ireland.
It made sense to keep as many things in one place so I signed up for BT TV too.
After you’ve been used to Sky and an abundance of channels, BT TV is a bit of a let down.
They are missing key programmes we were used to getting with Sky.
And BT TV’s own entertainment offering wasn’t as good.
In some cases viewing programmes comes at an additional cost even though we’re on the most expensive option.
To get back some of the programmes we were missing I decided the best thing to do was to get a Now TV box as well.
Full In With Now TV
Initially I only signed up to the Entertainment pass.
I had taken Sky Cinema through BT TV when I first signed up for their broadband service.
The only advantage of taking Sky Cinema through BT TV is that you can record films as well as stream them.
For the money you pay though that’s just not worth it.
In the last couple of weeks I cancelled Sky Cinema through BT TV and moved my subscription to Now TV instead.
I also signed up to the Kids pass too because it means my son can watch it through his Playstation 4.
That was still cheaper than taking Sky Cinema through BT TV.
I Wish I’d Moved Over Before
It’s over two years since we had to give up our Sky TV service.
And now I feel like we’ve got most of it back.
I like the fact that you can watch several premium channels live or on demand over your internet connection.
It’s good to be able to access Sky One, Sky Atlantic and Sky Living again.
If I could, I’d get all of the channels Sky has to offer over the internet.
Unfortunately that’s not available as yet and we don’t have cable TV in our area.
Whilst I’m currently out of contract with BT TV, I’m going to hang onto that service too for the moment.
I still like to be able to record some programmes from terrestrial TV.
That would be lacking if I only had Now TV.
For the most part, I’m impressed with what the little black box has to offer.
There is a small grumble I have with it though.
It’s annoying having to swap between different devices to watch TV for starters.
You can watch the Sky Cinema pass through BT TV but you can’t any of the other ones currently.
So if we want to catch up with Sky Atlantic or the kids want some of their TV on, we have to switch over to the Now TV box.
Although it sounds as if that may change in 2019 because Sky and BT have come to an agreement.
That feels like ages to wait just to watch the other passes through BT TV.
It Feels Better Than Netflix
We signed up to Netflix a year or so ago to supplement our TV viewing.
After the immediate excitement died down, it’s more the kids that watch it now.
It’s not easy to navigate Netflix and that makes it a struggle to find what you want to watch.
Many of the films and programmes are quite old and the line up doesn’t get updated that often.
I’ve watched a few of Netflix’s own shows and so far haven’t been impressed with the quality.
I’m considering whether to sacrifice the subscription at the moment.
The kids do like watching it though so it may be spared.
Do You Pay For A TV Subscription?
How do you watch TV? Terrestrial only or do you also subscribe to a premium service?
Have you tried Now TV? What do you think of it?
What about the other options available? Are they any good?