Let’s talk Game of Thrones on NOW TV

Game of Thrones House StarkLong after everyone had OOOOd and OH MY GODed at Game of Thrones, we discovered it.
The Husband and I became totally and utterly hooked.

After doing the whole ‘I don’t see what all the fuss is about’ for years we succumbed. In a big way. We planned our days around being able to sit down at 10pm when the kids were well and truly in bed, to indulge. Sometimes we indulged in two episodes on a school night, we were that taken.
We binge watched Season 1 in a couple of days. Season 2, Season 3, Season 4 we stalked Ebay like praying mantis ready to strike when a boxset became available to buy.

It all came to a crashing halt when he hit upon Season 5 because, well, it wasn’t even on DVD yet. The horror.
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, then people started talking about Season 6 and we felt left out. This really is an addiction.

Then we were asked if we’d like to be NOW TV ambassadors.
To be honest, there are so many different ways to view your TV these days they all blend into one incomprehensible melting pot. I flat refuse to pay what Sky charges so I was rather hit and miss about the whole thing.


But how wrong I was. NOW TV is our dream come true! We are totally and utterly converted.
Well, first and foremost we get to watch Season 6 of Game of Thrones WHEN IT’S AIRED. AND we also get to binge watch Season 5 on their catch up boxsets.
Oh my oh my.

Here’s what you need to know about NOW TV

  1. You can sign up to watch it on your tablet, smart TV, desktop, Xbox or Playstation. To watch it on your TV you need a NOW TV box which is about the size of your palm and costs about £15. It is supremely easy to set up; you plug it in and connect to your broadband. It’s so easy my 13 year old son set ours up!
    With the box you also have access to catch up TV from iPlayer etc.
  2. It’s not a subscription service, you literally pay for what you want.
    So you can pay for the Entertainment package (£6.99 a month, the Movie package £9.99), or the Sport package (you can either pay for the days you want to watch with a Day or Week Pass, or get a whole month of live sport with a Month Pass £32).
  3. You have access to a world of boxsets so beware of bingewatching.
    Over the Easter holidays the kids and I discovered The Flash while the husband caught up on his favourite The Walking Dead (which no one else will watch with him so we trotted off to watch The Flash in another room! Taking the chocolate and popcorn with us, obviously).
  4. I didn’t realise until after two weeks of having the services that you can actually watch live TV; as in Sky Movies, Sky Atlantic etc. They don’t exactly make it easy to find! On Monday we will be THERE for the premier of Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Yes I know, I know, Westeros bores.

A few minus points.
Buffering can be a problem, but we’ve found occurrences to be relatively low.
I’ve also had to ‘reset’ the box a couple of times; when we’ve attempted to watch something a message comes up saying something along the lines of ‘this content is not available’. The first time it happened I had to Google what to do but it’s really simple; just go to settings and press ‘reset’ and the problem is solved. It is rather annoying though.
After binge watching The Flash we were keen to move on to Season 2 but found that only half of it was there – and the last half at that! I guess it will come onto the service eventually but *ooo* frustrating.

Top and tail of it is, we love NOW TV, would totally recommend it to anyone with a passion for varied and exciting TV and we’d find it very hard to be without it.

See you on Monday at 9pm! Oh and if I’ve sold NOW TV to you or you just want to investigate a little more, click on that purple box over there in my sidebar.

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4 Responses to Let’s talk Game of Thrones on NOW TV

  1. Gayle says:

    *whispers* you don’t have to watch it live. You can watch it now – it’s already on there…

    Second tip – we don’t use the nowtv box – got enough plugged in to our telly! We have our chromecast (another genius invention) listed as one of the devices we can watch nowtv on, so we just control it with phone/ipod/ipad and cast it to the telly. Added advantage is that you can take the chromecast to someone else’s house if you wanted to watch something together!

    • Tara Cain says:

      I’m at work.
      I have older kids who stay up late.
      I have homework, PE kit to wash, tea to cook and kids to wrangle before I get to sit down and view.
      You don’t actually need the box as you can watch it on any device; we’re just really really old fashioned and like to hide behind our cushions while curled up on the sofa 🙂
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  2. Jonathan says:

    First – great blog – just discovered it. I just wanted to highlight something my brother-in-law tipped us off about – when you buy NowTV boxes, you get 6 months of the entertainment pack thrown in for free. Therefore, every six months, we buy a new box – if you shop around you can get them with the 6 month pass really cheap – so much so that you essentially get 5 of the 6 months for free.

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