NOW Broadband Buyers Guide

TV packages and unlimited standard and superfast broadband without a contract

  • Fibre broadband services available, average speeds 36Mb and 63Mb
  • Choose from Entertainment, Kids, Sky Cinema and Sky Sports TV passes
  • Range of call plans available
  • All offers available with no contract for just £60 extra one off cost

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Calls
£18.00 for 12 months
£25.99 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

Buy now

NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Calls
£24.00 for 12 months
£35.99 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 36Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

Buy now

NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Calls
£29.00 for 12 months
£43.99 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

Buy now

Reasons to choose NOW Broadband

  • No contract - Standard and fibre broadband packages are all available without a contract. You'll need to pay a set up fee, but can cancel at any time. It's great for students or anyone with a short tenancy agreement.
  • Cheap TV bundles - NOW Broadband offers a range of TV packages including Sky Sports and Sky Cinema. You'll make a saving if you buy them in a bundle with NOW Broadband.
  • Fibre packages available - NOW Broadband has fibre packages with average speeds of 36Mb and 63Mb.
  • Truly unlimited broadband - All the broadband deals are unlimited, so you can download as much data per month as you like.
  • Free NOW Broadband Hub Two - Fast wireless router included free for all users. Get a cheap Smart TV Stick as part of a TV bundle, too.
  • Smartphone and tablet support - You can add up to four phones or tablets for your TV plan, and watch on two simultaneously.
  • Easy switching from other providers - If you're currently with BT, Plusnet, EE or TalkTalk, the NOW team will handle the whole switchover process for you.

Possible downsides

  • Online tech support - NOW Broadband is predominantly an online service, so your options for customer support are more limited than other providers.
  • Connection fees apply - A one-off setup fee applies to new customers, and is higher on the no-contract option.
  • There may be cheaper options available - While the flexibility of no contracts is a big deal, it does come at a price. Both broadband and TV services from NOW Broadband are a little more expensive than you might pay if you're willing to enter into a contract with another provider.

Features at a glance

  • Average download speeds of 10Mb on standard broadband, 36Mb or 63Mb on fibre broadband

  • 12 month contract, 1 month contract available

  • Truly unlimited on all packages

  • £9.99 delivery fee for all deals, £15 activation on a 12 month contract or £60 for 1 month rolling contracts

  • Online technical support between 7am and 11pm

  • Free Broadband Buddy internet protection with a site filter

  • Free N-rated NOW Broadband Hub will all deals

  • NOW TV Passes available

  • Only pay for the calls you use, inclusive call packages available

  • NOW Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.9 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 535 customer ratings since 2018-08-18. See more NOW Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-08-15

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no activation fee!
Add Evening & Weekend Calls for £4 a month, or Anytime Calls for £8 a month!

802.11n Wireless RouterLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£216 £18.00
£25.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during this period

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Entertainment Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Entertainment Pass + 11 of the best pay TV entertainment channels on demand + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£288 £23.99
£33.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no activation fee!
Add Evening & Weekend Calls for £4 a month, or Anytime Calls for £8 a month!

802.11n Wireless RouterLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£288 £24.00
£35.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during this period

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Sky Cinema Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Cinema Pass + over 1000 movies on demand + a new premiere every day + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£312 £25.99
£37.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no activation fee!
Add Evening & Weekend Calls for £4 a month, or Anytime Calls for £8 a month!

802.11n Wireless RouterLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£348 £29.00
£43.99 after 12 months
Prices may change during this period

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Entertainment Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Entertainment Pass + 11 of the best pay TV entertainment channels on demand + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£360 £29.99
£43.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Sky Cinema Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Cinema Pass + over 1000 movies on demand + a new premiere every day + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£384 £31.99
£47.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Entertainment Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Entertainment Pass + 11 of the best pay TV entertainment channels on demand + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£420 £34.99
£51.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Sky Cinema Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Cinema Pass + over 1000 movies on demand + a new premiere every day + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£444 £36.99
£55.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband with Sky Sports Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Sports Pass + 10 Sky Sports Channels + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£456 £38.00
£59.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Fab Fibre with Sports Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Sports Pass + 10 Sky Sports Channels + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£528 £44.00
£69.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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NOW Broadband Super Fibre with Sky Sports Pass and Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price broadband and Sky Sports Pass + 10 Sky Sports Channels + free anytime calls + no activation fee!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£588 £49.00
£77.98 after 12 months
Prices may change during contract

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for NOW Broadband.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.9 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.7 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 535 customer ratings since 2018-08-18

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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WiFi is absolutely terrible, service even worse, keeps dropping out every few mins , really useless at trying to get it fixed, don’t go with this service it’s just not worth the hassle

***** DO NOT USE ********
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London NOW Broadband  
Absolutely useless, had to cancel before it even got set up. Engineer never turned up when they were supposed to. Customer service is just terrible.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hornsea NOW Broadband  
I really wish I didn't enter into this contract, it was the cheapest on offer and I took it. Thinking what difference can there possibly be between the providers?

The price is good, for the deal period only. The router is very poor - you will find yourself wanting to get yourself a new one (£60+). The wireless range is abysmal, doesn't cover even a small 3 bed home with the router in the middle. Want to use it in the garden? Forget it.

However the major problem with Now TV is the connection reliability. It frequently drops out, then you can't connect for another 5-10mins - you spend time at the router, resetting and playing with settings and no change. Then slow speeds for periods of many days.

Don't get me wrong, we had periods of a month with no issues. However over the 12 months we have used Now TV, we have had 10 periods of between 3 and 10 days - with frequent drop outs throughout those times. Along with not being able to connect, and we live in an area where mobile signal is not the best so we rely on it.

I have read many reviews reporting the same issues on connection dropping out. Its not an isolated situation.

Customer service is poor, waiting times on the phone are long. Not particularly helpful when you finally do get through. Problems persist anyway.

I'd say, stay far away. Its better to pay twice as much and get reliable internet than this nightmare.

Go with Plusnet, EE or BT. The first 2 aren't much more expensive and from reviews seem to be far more reliable.

Don't cheap out on your internet, DO NOT USE Now TV - you will regret it when those periods of constant disconnects and poor connection speeds arise - while your waiting the 12 months until you can move without paying a fee.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Gloucestershire NOW Broadband  
Dire customer support. Often left on hold for up to 20 minutes only for them to take you off hold to tell you that they can't help and end the call. The other tactic is to disconnect the call whilst "transferring" you. I have cancelled within the first week of my contract after they messed up my broadband order and I couldn't get a straight answer on how it can be resolved from anyone.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bath NOW Broadband  
stay clear. They are appalling.
Try the call centre number and go through as though you want to move....
Call us 0330 041 2480
You'll wait forever.
you've been warned
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
browne NOW Broadband  
***DO NOT USE NOW TV BROADBAND - DO NOT BUY IT***

Poor, poor, poor all round. Read all the reviews they are true:

-Tell you that you are connected and are not.
-Poor help line help.
- Dishonest phone line operators.
- Poor chat connections help.

They take money from you even though you have no service - cowboys.

AVOID AVOID AVOID
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh NOW Broadband  
dreadful company, and service. 8 engineers were sent to look for the fault, all 8 said that it was a problem with the Now tv/Sky equipment.
Now tv offered to let me out of my contract early with no early leaving fee, so I switch providers and then sky informed me they would fix their equipment if a cancelled my leaving them.
They then had the cheek to charge me for 9 days of faulty broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Angus NOW Broadband  
Your customer services is a joke once no contact numbers .customers support none When you finally get to speak to someone after waiting 45 minutes when told it would take 3 minutes you are then transferred to deal with at the least 3different people each one taking up to 25 minutes to 30 minutes each This happened on 4 nights did not get any answers . It may only be £18 a month but be aware of the hidden costs of contacting this fir as in 1 week it cost me £12 and still no cooperation from this firm of cowboys a complete RIP OFF
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Biddulph NOW Broadband  
Been trying to switch from BT Hyperoptic Broadband to Now.

Firstly entering my postcode does work for Now despite being here almost 2 years.

Then tried to call the number to switch that way but first 2 attempts gave a we are currently very busy and a disconnect.

Just tried for the third time and after waiting for an agent for 15 mins I hung up and looked at this website, they really dont appear to be a good supplier. Just told me to go to the website and use help/live chat.

if that is how they treat new business it doesnt look good for existing customer.

You would think they would ring back when they have some customer service reps after asking for my mobile number.

I suppose you get what you pay for with a cheap Broadband supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hammersmith NOW Broadband  
Their broadband is the worst on the market. It is even worse than TalkTalk and that is really saying something. Even loading a webpage takes forever, and forget about streaming Netflix or Prime. It is pot luck as to whether you can even log into them. Never ever again will I use this company, so unbelievably disappointing. They do not have enough channels to run their broadband through so you sometimes get on sometimes not, and their routers are weak and wet, so the signal is ridiculous even in a small house its a weak signal.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Essex NOW Broadband  

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Football on TV

The cheapest way to watch Premier League football this season

Posted on 2019-08-08 17:18 in Features EE Virgin Media BT Sky TalkTalk NOW Broadband

The Premier League is back, and there are more ways than ever to catch the action. Pick the wrong ones, though, and you could end up paying the best part of a grand for the privilege. Shop around, and there are savings to be had.

Let's look at the cheapest ways to watch the new Premier League season.

Sky Sports

Sky Sports is the self-styled home of football, and Sky have the rights to by far the most games. They'll show 128 in the 2019/20 season, across Friday nights, Saturday evenings, Saturday nights, Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. They get the first pick from all the games from each round, so this is where you'll catch the big derbies and the title deciders.

But Sky Sports isn't cheap. Although it actually only costs £18 a month, you can't get it from Sky TV as a standalone service. You need to take Sky Entertainment, too, which bumps up the price to over £40. Plus you need a dish, and a Sky Q box (with optional UHD viewing), and have to pay any installation and setup fees. And it all comes with an 18-month contract.

If you want the best service and are happy to make the commitment, your best bet for a good deal might to get Sky Sports and the rest along with Sky Broadband as part of a bundle. Check out the latest Sky TV with Broadband deals.

The same goes for Virgin Media customers, you can't just sign up for Sky Sports Premier League, it has to be taken as part of an expensive bundle along with all the other Sports channels and a variety of other premium Entertainment channels. However, if you're already with Virgin Media, this could still make sense for you. Check out the latest Virgin Media Sports offers.

NOW TV - the cheapest way to get Sky Sports

The cheapest way to get Sky Sports on your TV and tablet is through NOW TV's Sky Sports Football Season Ticket. Right now, they've got a 10 month season ticket available for just £199, offer ends on the 26th of August.

Alternatively, if you just want to watch on your phone, you can get the Sky Sports Mobile Month Pass for only £5.99 per month - you're limited to only one smartphone viewing at a time, but that's otherwise an unbeatably cheap way to access Sky Sports Premier League, and 4 other Sky Sports channels!

You can also get a cheap deal on the full Sky Sports Pass when you take it as part of a great value bundle with NOW Broadband. Just choose your preferred broadband plan and you can add the full Sky Sports package for only £20 a month for a year. That's 40% less than the full price. Even better, there's no contract on the TV side of the deal, so you can cancel whenever you want.

The NOW Broadband plans are very competitvely priced, ranking among the cheapest in the UK. They start at just £18 a month for the Brilliant Broadband service, with average speeds of 11Mb. Or if you'd prefer fibre you can get it for £25 or £30 depending on what speed you need. They're all on 12 month contracts as standard, or you can switch to a rolling contract by paying extra £60 upfront. Choose your NOW Broadband and Sky Sports Pass deal here.

If you don't fancy a broadband bundle and don't want to pay for a season ticket pass, you can take a standalone NOW TV Sky Sports Pass and get access to all 11 Sky Sports channels for £33.99 a month on a 30 day rolling deal. This undercuts the Sky Sports + Entertainment deal for Sky TV, and you can save more money by cancelling in June and July when there are no games.

Although the content's the same, the NOW TV experience isn't quite as good as what you get from Sky. There's no UHD, and HD resolution is currently pegged to 720p. You also can't record shows, though you can pause, rewind and watch on demand. For most, though, it should more than satisfy your hunger for the beautiful game.

As a streaming service you'll need to make sure your internet is fast enough to handle it. 4 to 5Mb should be enough for one device to stream 720p HD. If you need to upgrade, use our postcode checker to find the best and fastest broadband deals in your area.

Save on Sky Sports with TalkTalk TV

The other way to get a good saving on Sky's Premier League football coverage is through TalkTalk TV. If you're already a customer of TalkTalk's broadband and TV bundle - or are keen to sign up - you can add the full Sky Sports package to your deal at the half price rate of just £18.99 a month for six months. NOTE: This offer has now ended. That'll save you over £100 against what you'd normally have to pay if you went direct with Sky or Virgin. You can also add BT Sport for £25 a month for 12 months, if you sign up via BT.

This offer is available to new and existing customers. Take a look at the latest TalkTalk TV offers to see what takes your fancy.

Want BT Sport?

BT Sport have the rights to 32 matches on Saturday lunchtimes. BT get second pick of the games for 20 rounds, and fifth pick for the rest, so you might be more likely to get Watford's trip to Burnley than Liverpool vs Man City. They've also got all 20 games from two midweek rounds, and you get the Champions League and FA Cup among other things, too.

You can add BT Sport to your TV package for only £25 a month for 12 months if you're already a Sky TV or TalkTalk TV customer, and you can get a BT/Sky Sports bundle through Virgin Media. EE also offer a three month BT Sport trial through Apple TV 4K, followed by a cheap subscription for mobile users via the app.

But for the most part, BT Sport is for BT Broadband users, when it's included for free via app or included in all BT TV packages. Thinking about switching? Take a look at the latest TV bundle deals on BT Broadband.

Amazon Prime enters the field

The big new signing for the season is Amazon, who'll be showing games through their Prime Video service. They've got the rights to an impressive 20 matches spread over a rather less impressive two rounds played on Boxing Day and another as yet unspecified bank holiday. With staggered kick off times you might be able to catch more three or four games in total, if you want. But on the whole we'd regard this as a nice addition to the whole Prime package rather than a reason to sign up on its own.

If you're not on Prime Video yet, Amazon will often offer free trials of Prime that can be easily cancelled. If there's a particular Prime Video exlusive game or games that you have to watch, your cheapest option may be strategically timing when you begin your trial membership in order to cover the most matches.

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Are broadband bundles or standalone deals right for you?

Posted on 2019-04-11 14:01 in Features EE Hyperoptic TalkTalk NOW Broadband BT Sky Virgin Media

Is it better to get your broadband, TV and phone services as part of a single bundle from the same provider, or should you shop around for the best standalone deals?

Is it simply a question of convenience versus flexibility? And does one work out cheaper than the other?

Let's take a look.

What kind of bundles can you get?

There are three types of broadband bundle. Where providers offer more than one you might see them described as triple or quad-play providers.

Broadband and call bundles

Most broadband services need you to have a traditional phone line, the price of which will be included in your broadband bill. Many providers - even some of the smaller ones - make the most of this requirement by offering you a call plan as part of a bundle. You can add off-peak, Anytime or International calls for a few extra pounds a month. If you don't add a plan the price for any calls you make just gets added to your bill.

Even some providers who don't require a landline will still offer you call bundles, and that can work out cheaper even if you don't intend to use them. For example, Virgin Media's broadband with phone options are cheaper than just standalone broadband for the offer introductory period of. After this, it goes up by £2 a month, but you always have the option of ditching the phone portion at the end of your minumum contract, or some people might consider the extra £2 worth it for extra piece of mind in an emergency. Of course, this isn't always the case, as with Hyperoptic who charge more for a phone bundle than they do for a standalone product. But it's worth investigating to see whether a potential provider requires a landline or not, and if you can make a saving by getting calls bundled in.

Broadband and TV bundles

Broadband and TV bundles are the next most common types of deal. These are generally restricted to the bigger name providers like Sky or BT, and can give you access to premium TV channels that show Premier League football or the latest movies. But beware, they aren't all like this. Some TV bundles, such as the basic TalkTalk or Virgin TV deals, don't offer many more channels than you can get with Freeview. You get a set-top box that lets you record or pause shows, but doesn't include any pay TV channels unless you choose to upgrade. Take a look at our guide on the cheapest ways to get pay TV for the full lowdown.

Broadband and mobile bundles

The other type of deal you can get is a broadband and mobile bundle. Again, these are rarer. Your options are split into two groups: either money off your bill, or a bonus added to your mobile plan, usually in the form of a bigger data allowance. The good thing about the latter is that you can add it to an existing plan if you're already a customer, without needing to take out a new deal.

How do the prices compare?

So how do the prices of bundles compare to buying all your services separately? And do they work out cheaper? Well, it's complicated. When you compare like-for-like services, bundles will usually give you a decent saving. But if you're willing to make compromises on what you need, they might not be the best option.

Here's an example. Let's say you want to sign up to Sky TV.

As of April 2019 you can get Sky Entertainment with 63Mb Fibre in a bundle from Sky for £42 a month. By contrast, if you took the cheapest fibre deal with an average 63Mb speed, from TalkTalk, plus the same Sky Entertainment package from Sky it would cost you a total of £47 a month. It's the same story for different speed broadband, and when you add more TV channels the gap increases further.

Bundles are cheaper when you compare like-for-like services. But - and there's always a but - it isn't quite as simple as that.

If you take that 63Mb TalkTalk Fibre plan and add a NOW TV Entertainment Pass instead of the Sky subscription, the monthly price plummets to just £33. In fact, add the NOW TV plan to Sky Fibre and it works out £7 a month less than the Sky bundle.

What gives? The important thing here is to compare the small differences in the services you're getting. NOW TV is cheaper and gives you the same channels you get through Sky, but it's also a far less premium service. You can't use it to record shows, access red button services, watch 4K broadcasts, or plenty of other things.

In summary: if you want the full monty, a bundle will almost always be cheaper. But if you're willing to shave off some of the extras, you might be able to make savings by buying separately.

Are bundles right for you?

Money aside, the big selling point of bundles is convenience. A bundle gives you one contract, one bill, and one customer service department to deal with. In most cases you'll be able to renew at the same time, too. And you could argue that getting all your services from the same provider will give you more leverage when it comes to negotiating the best deal. The more you pay, the keener they'll be to keep you.

But buying standalone deals has its merits, too. You get more choice, for a start, since there aren't many triple or quad-play broadband providers. And more flexibility, which lets you pick up a faster broadband package than your chosen TV provider can offer, for example. Plus, there's the possibility of taking shorter deals. Sky TV comes with an 18 month contract, Virgin 12 months, and NOW TV just 30 days.

Call plan bundles are the easiest to decide upon. Lots of us don't even have phones plugged into our landlines anymore, so don't need them. But if you make a lot of landline calls - especially international calls - then go for it.

For TV, make sure you know what you want before you sign up. For the full pay-TV experience a Sky or Virgin Media bundle will work out cheaper. If you just want a few extra channels, like from NOW TV or the handful of premium channels offered by BT, a standalone deal might actually work out better.

And as for mobile, keep an eye out for indirect savings. Sky TV customers, for instance, are automatically eligible for unlimited free calls and texts, which means they only need to pay for a data plan. The cheapest they offer is just £6 a month - almost certainly less than you're paying at the moment. EE give 5GB of mobile data to their broadband customers each month. This won't show as a saving on your broadband bill, but is likely to enable you to switch to a much cheaper mobile plan and make your savings there instead.

The main thing is to know what you need and how much it will cost you separately. The you can compare it to how much an equivalent bundle will set you back. Use our comparison tool to find your perfect broadband bundle to get started.

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NOW Broadband Buyers Guide - Is NOW Broadband right for you?

Can I get NOW Broadband?

NOW Broadband runs on Sky's own broadband network, which has very wide availability across the UK.

Sky's network region covers major cities, towns, and rural areas, and it's mostly only remote regions that aren't supported. In all, standard broadband is available to more than 90% of UK homes, and fibre to approaching 95%. You can use our postcode checker to find out if NOW Broadband is available where you are.

Even if you aren't within the network area you can still get NOW TV. You only need a fast broadband connection (from any provider) to use one of the NOW TV Passes.

What packages are available?

NOW Broadband is owned by Sky, and offers a similar range of standard and fibre broadband packages. You can also add calls and TV services to your deal.

The three main packages are:

  • Brilliant Broadband - a standard broadband service with average speeds of 11Mb
  • Fab Fibre - the entry-level fibre offering, with average speeds of 36Mb
  • Super Fibre - the fastest fibre package, delivering average speeds of 63Mb

The standout feature of all these deals is that you can get them on either a 12-month contract, or on a 30-day rolling deal with no long-term obligations. The monthly price is the same whichever length you choose, although you do have to pay a connection fee of £60 if you go for the shorter option.

If you choose the 30-day deal you're free to cancel at any time. Just give notice before your next payment is due. If you choose the 12-month deal - known as the Saver Plan - you will be committed to remaining on your plan for the full year (or pay a termination fee should you want to leave early).

The packages are all unlimited, meaning you can download as much as you like each month without any restrictions. Line rental is included, and there's no option to buy without a phone line. 

You can add a range of call packages, including deals that give you weekend or Anytime calls. There's also options to take broadband and TV as part of a bundle, or you can sign up for your optional TV services separately.

What TV deals are available through NOW TV?

Now TV is a streaming service that offers a near complete Sky TV package without contract or satellite dish.

As a full streaming service you need fast broadband to get the most out of Now TV. You can get this as part of a NOW Broadband bundle, add it separately after you've signed up to NOW Broadband, or just sign up for it even if you use another provider.

To watch it you get a NOW TV stick or box to plug into your television, which you might get for free as part of a broadband bundle. They let you pause and rewind live TV shows, but not record them. The devices do support apps, which you can use for on demand viewing including on Netflix. You need to use your normal TV tuner to watch the Freeview channels.

Most importantly, NOW TV does not come with a contract. You pay for one month at a time, and can cancel whenever you want. It also offers a free 14 day trial.

There are five TV passes for Now TV, each offering a different set of channels:

  • Entertainment: 11 premium entertainment channels including Sky One and Fox. It's also the only way to get Sky Atlantic without a dish.
  • Sky Cinema: the full set of Sky Cinema channels along with 1000 movies on demand.
  • Kids: six extra channels and thousands of episodes of TV on demand.
  • Sky Sports: all the Sky Sports channels. You can sign up for day, week, month or mobile-only passes. This is ideal if only want to watch specific events.
  • Hayu: a channel dedicated to US reality TV shows.

NOW TV is the best way to get the full set of Sky channels without a contract. It is more expensive than going with Sky, but you only pay for what you want when you want it. In particular, this means you can get the Sky Sports channels without signing up to an additional Entertainment bundle, which you have to do if you go with Sky. It also means you can cancel to save money when the football season ends, or when your favourite TV series finishes.

Which package should I choose?

With the similarities between all the packages, the main choice is what speed you need.

The Brilliant Broadband package is likely to be good enough for smaller households, or those with more modest requirements. It'll be fine for one user watching Netflix or making large downloads, but may be too slow for several users doing the same thing together.

For larger households, where someone is always streaming, downloading or gaming, the faster Fab Fibre or Super Fibre packages are better for making sure no-one experiences any slowdown.

The no-contract option makes NOW Broadband an ideal choice for students who might only need the service for nine or ten months in the year. If you do choose the 12 month contract instead it reduces the one-off set up fee significantly, but the monthly prices remain the same. In either case you can change or cancel your TV passes whenever you like.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband for streaming, downloading and gaming?
  • Are you a student, or do you live in short lease accommodation?
  • Do you want premium TV channels without a long-term commitment?
  • Do you want to watch TV on your phone or tablet?
  • Do you make a lot of landline calls?
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What do I get when I sign up?

It's good to know what else is included in the deal, so you can budget for any extras you might need.

  • NOW Broadband Hub Two - Every broadband package comes with a free AC-rated wireless router.
  • NOW TV Smart Box - Choose a NOW TV pass and you'll also get a free or cheap Smart Box for streaming your new TV channels. It sits below your TV and comes with a remote control.
  • Broadband Buddy - This basic security package enables you to activate parental controls, and also helps protect against malware-infected sites (but is not a replacement for anti-virus software).
  • Customer support - NOW Broadband is an online-only service, so customer is available via the internet through live chat.
  • Mobile device access - You can register up to four other devices, including tablets and smartphones, for use with your NOW TV pass. You can watch on two devices at the same time.

What are the benefits of NOW Broadband?

What are the main reasons you should consider buying broadband from NOW Broadband?

  • No contract - The one-month rolling deals make NOW Broadband ideal for students or anyone else who is either unwililng or unable to sign up to a long-term commitment with their broadband supplier.
  • Commitment-free TV - Want to watch Game of Thrones or live Premier League football? NOW TV lets you do that without being tied in for a year or more. NOW TV is also the only way to watch Sky Atlantic without a full Sky package (it isn't available through Virgin Media).
  • Unlimited usage - There are no download or speed limits on any of the NOW Broadband packages.
  • Fast uploads - Upload speeds on the fastest Super Fibre deal are 18Mb average speed, which is better than many rival providers.

What are the drawbacks to NOW Broadband?

What possible downsides should you be aware of before you sign up?

  • Set up fee - While it's great to be able to sign up to a no-contract deal, this does come with an activation fee of around £60. Make note of this, as it adds to your upfront cost.
  • TV can be more expensive - The biggest selling point of NOW TV is the lack of contracts. If you're happy to sign a contract you might find a Sky Broadband-with-TV bundle works out cheaper. There are also other ways to save money on pay TV.
  • Online tech support - The tech customer service options for NOW Broadband are limited. You'll mostly be required to go online for support.
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