Sky Enters Internet TV Market, But Will Now TV Be Able To Rival Lovefilm and Netflix?
It’s finally here! The service that lets you have your TV now rather than later. The Sky service that allows you to watch the film you want when you want instead of you having to adhere to some sort of archaic “scheduling system”. Come to think of it, how did people happily exist with schedules? It boggles my 21st century content-saturated mind…
I’m sure you all want to know where you can dig into this all-you-can-eat, on-demand movie feast? Well I’m here to tell you that as of now, you can get it at Now TV, Sky’s answer to content delivery behemoth’s Netflix and Lovefilm.
So what’s the big idea here? Well according to Stephen Van Rooyen, Sky’s managing director of sales and marketing, Now TV will allow the broadcaster the opportunity to “extend its reach to the 13 million households which do not subscribe to a paid TV service” in the UK.
Apparently the decision to call it something totally different and separate it from the Sky brand was very deliberate, as they didn’t want there to be any confusion between the full Sky offering – which requires a satellite dish and a pricier monthly subscription – and this new pay-as-you-go offering which just needs an internet connected device.
After running a rather late-to-the-party eye over its competitors, the platform is predictably competitively priced. You can rent movies from 99p to £3.49 a pop and if you like to consume your cinematic entertainment at a rate of knots then you can get unlimited access to their sizeable catalogue of 1,000 movie for £15 a month.
Even so, £15 a month isn’t that cheap when shopping around and in such economic circumstances, Sky are taking a big gamble by entering a competitive and established market at the top-end. As such, NowTV better deliver on content. In order to keep their users happy they’ve promised five whole new movies every Friday and they’ve stated that there “will be three-quarters of all top 100 movies in the UK on offer”.
I don’t know what that means but it sounds overwhelming adequate so well done. The selection is good (easily outperforming its rivals on new releases) but the all-you-can-eat price is a tad high. At first glance it seems your best bet is therefore to use it as a highly slick and convenient rental service rather than a mainstay of your day-to-day cinematic life, but we haven’t had time to get our teeth into it properly just yet.
Further than this, they’ve made damn sure that you’ll never have the problem of being far from all this glorious output. Straight from the off (which off-ed 2 days ago) NowTV is available on Android, PC, and Mac with iOS getting the service later this month and Xbox 360 owners (don’t worry, you don’t have to admit that you own one here) able to access it soon. When YouView finally launches properly you’ll able to get it there too and to mop up the stragglers Sky will be tossing a bone to PS3 owners whenever they bally well feel like it.
Not content with simply distracting film fans however, Sky plan to extend the platform to include sport and drama so they’re nothing if not all-pervasive. So here it is. It’s the beginning of Sky’s bid for on-demand media domination. May the best platform win.
For more information on NOW TV.. Go to nowtv.co.uk #nowtv