Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK

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UK home entertainment and communications provider Sky expanded its Apple TV offerings with its expanded NOW TV channel supporting the broadcaster's Entertainment Month Pass and Sky Movies Month Pass, reports Engadget. These two passes join the existing Sky Sports day pass that debuted on NOW TV last year.

The Entertainment Month Pass for NOW TV brings the latest television programming from 13 pay TV channels, including Boardwalk Empire and The Leftovers, for £4.99 (US$8.19) monthly. The Movies Month Pass is for movie buffs, offering streaming access to more than 800 blockbuster Hollywood films for £9.99 (US$16.39) a month after a 30-day free trial. UK customers also will be able to access the £9.99 (US$16.39) Sky Sports Day Pass for one-day access to six different Sky Sports channels.

Apple recently has been expanding the content and capabilities of its Apple TV. In the past few weeks, the company has rolled out a new channels for Beats Music and FX NOW, tweaked the user interface with an iOS 7-inspired design, and added support for iOS 8 features like Family Sharing and iCloud Photo Support.

Article Link: Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK
 

rctlr

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BBC content only via Airplay from devices. iPlayer is on almost every other device (Chromecast, Consoles, 150 types of TV etc), just not on an Apple TV. They must be thinking of it.
 

BouncinDave

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It relies on the BBC (and ITV, 4od, 5) wanting to make an app for the platform. For some reason or other they don't seem to be wanting to right now.
 

NATO

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I wonder if the movies are streamed in 1080p? Very few devices have 1080p streaming with NowTV unfortunately, it seems so strange given every other service supports it on all their supported devices.
 

ItWasNotMe

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BBC content only via Airplay from devices. iPlayer is on almost every other device (Chromecast, Consoles, 150 types of TV etc), just not on an Apple TV. They must be thinking of it.
Just the opposite I suspect.At the start of the month they removed support for iPlayer from many devices; namely those that consist of less than 0.01% of the user base (e.g. lots of wifi enabled Bluray players).
 

jslinky

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There is a simple reason that the main 5 TV companies don't offer their on-demand services to AppleTV.

It is mainly due to the fact that each of them are key investors (along with talk talk and BT) in the digital set top box called YouView.

Supplying their content to AppleTV would not be in the interest of the fledging YouView project, as the ATV would truly then be a definitive cord cutting device.

Like other incumbents in the TV business, they are also terrified at the prospect of Apple gaining a major foothold and disrupting their business models.

Look how long the BBC dragged their feet at offering AirPlay support, which was available internationally a long time before they caved in and offered it in the uk.

Also the BBC are increasingly concerned about people not paying the TV license. iPlayer on ATV would only accelerate this trend.
 

TopToffee

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This will never happen as they want to get a full sky subscription.
I understand the concept, but I feel like there's a middle ground... Or even offer a monthly sports-only subscription through NOW TV, at roughly whatever you pay for the sports add-on with regular sky. Maybe even a touch more.

They get money, yeah Apple get a cut, but Sky also have none of the related expenses/equipment to provide/engineers to send out etc.
 

JamboUK

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Can anyone confirm that the NowTV will only appear on up to date AppleTV 2? (e.g. will it appear on Apple TV 2 with iOS 5.02 / iOS 5.3 firmware?).

Thanks.
 

The Phazer

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There is a simple reason that the main 5 TV companies don't offer their on-demand services to AppleTV.

It is mainly due to the fact that each of them are key investors (along with talk talk and BT) in the digital set top box called YouView.
No it isn't. Indeed, it's a condition of the competition commission approval for YouView that they don't withhold other devices access on that basis.

Which doesn't happen in practice anyway. There are stacks of STBs that get support from all the major FTA providers - the games consoles all do, the Fire TV and Roku have apps from several of them, lots of Humax PVRs, lots of Sony Blu-Ray players etc etc etc.

The Apple TV is the only set top box with no support. Do you not think that maybe, just maybe, the issue might be with Apple since you can't see the terms that channels have to sign up to as there's no public app store?

Like other incumbents in the TV business, they are also terrified at the prospect of Apple gaining a major foothold and disrupting their business models.
Which is why they all support iOS, right? Even though on demand viewing through mobile is many times higher than through IPTV set top boxes according to all public figures.

Look how long the BBC dragged their feet at offering AirPlay support, which was available internationally a long time before they caved in and offered it in the uk.
Nah, that was because the security on Airplay was completely broken (note Sky STILL don't offer Airplay, because of this). The international version didn't have any content from the US studios so took a risk earlier.

Also the BBC are increasingly concerned about people not paying the TV license. iPlayer on ATV would only accelerate this trend.
Right, so why have the BBC launched iPlayer on STBs that have sold considerably better than Apple TV in the UK?
 

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I was hoping the AppleTV would open a gateway to a world of free online TV channels rather than simply another way to watch catchup TV and subscription channels from those rip-off merchants at Sky.
 

steve-p

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It's not about "love for Sky" It's about the fact that the BBC is always behind the times and backwards when it comes to technology. Stodgy.
I don't think you could be more wrong. For example, first to operate a teletext service, first to offer NICAM stereo, first for widescreen format, first to trial and roll out DAB, first catch-up service, first to trial and broadcast in HD, first to implement red button extra channels, first to trial 3D and 4K broadcasts, etc. The BBC is normally the technology leader for the commercial operators to try to keep up with.
 

powerbook911

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So how much is the Sky Sports day pass? You get all the channels? In HD or SD? Do they have Sky Sports F1 on there?
 

leon44

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A very strange reasoned or no iplayer is given by the BBC here - http://www.imore.com/bbc-comes-clean-why-theres-no-iplayer-apple-tv

I don't really get their argument.m
This is rubbish. They obviously have limited resources and have to justify everything carefully but there is an iPlayer App on the Wii, there is an iPlayer app on a whole load of crappy 'Smart TV' interfaces. This isn't a reason to not do one for the :apple:TV

Can we all tweet them or something @BBCiPlayer, because I'm not sure how to even get them the message that there is more than enough demand for it.
 

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I don't think you could be more wrong. For example, first to operate a teletext service, first to offer NICAM stereo, first for widescreen format, first to trial and roll out DAB, first catch-up service, first to trial and broadcast in HD, first to implement red button extra channels, first to trial 3D and 4K broadcasts, etc. The BBC is normally the technology leader for the commercial operators to try to keep up with.
Not when it comes to anything having to do with the internet. How many years did BBC stick with Real Player and Windows Media Player? Why, when Sky News is free to stream internationally, including in the U.S., BBC World won't? No app for AppleTV, only available on cable or satellite. The only thing the BBC did that was really forward thinking when it came to the internet was the cutting of shortwave transmission of World Service radio to North America (and Australia) back in the early 2000's because the chief at the time saw that the internet was the future of receiving in technologically advanced markets. Other than that, they are completely stubborn when it comes to streaming through AppleTV.
 

redrog

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Sorry to drag up this old thread, but I have a question.

Sky Movies as an add on to Sky's Family Pack through satellite = £17/month
Sky Movies as an add on to Sky's Family Pack through Now TV = £9.99/month

Am I missing something?
 
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