The NOW TV Smart Box was released in 2016 as an upgrade to the standard NOW TV Box, although the regular box is still on the market. The NOW TV Smart Box offers the ability to pause and rewind live TV, and lets you watch over 60 Freeview channels including 12 in HD (i.e. regular TV) over the internet instead of having to rely on a satellite dish.
Those Freeview channels are provided in addition to Sky’s own content. The Smart Box connects to your TV via HDMI, and it has its own power source and remote control.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Smart Box:
NOW TV Smart Box Channels
You can watch 60 Freeview channels on the NOW TV Smart Box including 12 in HD at no cost. These channels are delivered through Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to plug the box into an antenna socket in the wall to receive them.
In addition to these channels, you can also add Passes. Passes grant you access to Sky content. They include the Sky Entertainment Month Pass, the Sky Cinema Month Pass and the Sky Sports Month Pass. The Entertainment and Cinema Passes are sometimes included with the Smart Box as a 14-day free trial. They start from £6.99 per month (Entertainment), with the most expensive costing £33.99 per month (Sports).
NOW TV Smart Box Pause and Rewind
If you value the ability to pause and rewind live TV, the NOW TV Smart Box is a great choice. You can pause and rewind Freeview television and live content on your Passes. This feature can also be used to skip advert breaks, if applicable. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you can’t record live TV with the NOW TV Smart Box itself. For this, you will need to hook up an external hard drive with a TV that supports live recording.
NOW TV Smart Box Menu System
The NOW TV Smart Box has a separate Freeview TV tuner with its own menu system. This separates the Freeview content from the paid Sky content. The menu system is intuitive and the NOW TV Smart Box has its own remote control.
Because it is connected over Wi-Fi, the NOW TV Smart Box receives automatic, over-the-air updates. It comes pre-installed with the latest interface, and NOW TV are constantly improving it. For instance, the latest interface has a homepage with recommendations for you. These include things you might have missed, and catch-up TV.
The Smart Box costs £39.99. You can purchase it online through the official website, and it can also be found in department stores like Currys PC World.
About NOW TV
NOW TV is owned by Sky. Operating in the United Kingdom, the NOW TV brand was launched in July 2012 and offers Sky content (entertainment, movies and sports) via online streaming. It is an alternative to Sky TV, which uses a satellite dish.