TV and film on demand guide: which streaming service should you choose?

What is the best streaming service in the UK? Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC Store and more compared

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Now TV

Do you have to subscribe?

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Yes, on a daily or monthly basis.

How much does it cost?

You can pay £14.99 for a NOW TV box and hook it up to your TV. Or you can access content through YouView or online.

To access content you buy packages, so the Entertainment Month Pass starts at £6.99, the Sky Movies Pass starts at £9.99 and the Sports Day Pass costs £6.99 (It’s £10.99 for a week and £31.99 for a month). Both the movie and entertainment passes automatically renew unless you cancel them.

What do you get?

You can stream the latest movies or watch live events from Sky’s six sport channels. You can also watch pay TV channels like Sky1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Comedy Central, FOX, Disney and MTV live, catch up on current series or watch whole TV box sets from the beginning.

The Now TV box turns your TV into a smart TV, where you can also watch catch up like BBC iPlayer and All 4.

Original content?

No, but it gives you access to content on paid-for TV channels before it’s available anywhere else.

What can you watch it on?

A Now TV box, LG Smart TV, YouView, Xbox 360, Roku or PS3, as well as android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad or your computer. You can register four devices and watch two at the same time, but you have to be connected to the internet.

Free trial?

NOW TV offers a 14-day free trail for Sky Movies Pass and Entertainment Pass.

Adverts?

Only brief Sky teasers.

Parental controls?

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You can set a parental pin to restrict access to different age certificates.

Netflix

Amazon Prime

BBC Store

iTunes

Disney Life

TalkTalk TV

Hayu

BFI Player