Today marks the first instalment of “What I love Wednesday”, a weekly post dedicated to a money-saving product or service that I use, and adore.
I am a strong believer that you can still enjoy life’s little luxuries, but it needn’t cost the earth. You just need to know how you can cut costs – and I’m happy to help.
This week, I’ll explain how I said goodbye to expensive satellite TV bills and switched to a pay-monthly streaming service – and without missing out on my favourite “Sky-exclusive” television programmes.
One thing I love is American television. Whether it’s binge watching a boxset or catching up on new episodes as they air, I just can’t get enough of shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Nashville. But, after years of shelling out on Sky TV just so I could watch my favourite programmes from across the pond – I got fed up of the ever-increasing costs.
So, I opted to stream my favourite Sky channels with Now TV for as little as £7.99 a month and so far, it is saving me a fortune.
With this on demand service, you can watch the latest movies, TV, live sports and kids entertainment on your television or tablet – and the best part is, unlike satellite companies, which require you to lock yourself into a 12-month contract and impose penalties if you pull out before it expires, you can cancel at the end of any month.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Now TV can be streamed on your computer, tablet, Apple TV, PS4s, Chromecast or via special NOW TV box. If you’ve already got a Now TV box, or another device that can stream the service then all you need is a Now TV pass to get subscribed to the package you want.
There are currently four passes available for Now TV; Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids and Sky Sports. These are available for subscription periods as short as 1 day (for Sky Sports), or as long as a month. You can get a 14 day free trial of Entertainment, Movies and Kids
The Entertainment Pass costs £6.99 a month and provides access to several channels not available on Freeview, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Living. Sky Cinema Pass costs £9.99 a month and includes all the Sky Movies channels as well as those featured on demand. There is also a Kids package, which costs £2.99 a month and includes channels such as Nick Jr and Nickelodeon.
The Sky Sports Day Pass costs a one-off fee of £6.99 and provides access to ten channels, such as includes Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football (for Football League, La Liga and more), Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix. Other sports are covered in the two variety channels, Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena. Sky Sports Main Event will be the place for the biggest live events of the day.
If you want more access, you can pay £10.99 for seven days or £33.99 for an entire month.
Bear in mind that all monthly subscriptions will auto-renew, so set a date in your diary if you don’t want to incur a charge the following month.
FURTHER WAYS TO SAVE
But if these prices are low enough for you, here are four more ways to save with Now TV.
1 BUY A BUNDLE
For Sky Cinema and Entertainment deals, the more months you pay for upfront, the bigger the discount.
The three-month Entertainment, for instance, is generally available for £14.47. It’s a good option for anyone looking for discounted Now TV passes, especially as the monthly price is £7.99 a month – a saving of 40%.
If you’re more interested in film than television, then the best value way to get the Now TV Sky Cinema pass is to pay £20.68 for three months of the service – a savings of 31%.
You can also save if you buy an Entertainment Pass and a Cinema Pass at the same time – reducing the monthly charge by 30% for one month, or as much as 53% for six months.
2 DON’T FORGET CASHBACK
These sites list retailers that pay commission when you click on their links and in turn, the cashback website passes on the commission to you. Some retailers pay a fixed sum, while others pay a percentage of your spend. To use the sites is easy – register with the site and then, every time you buy online or switch your household bills, visit the retailer via your chosen cashback operator rather than directly. And the savings are not to be scoffed at: I’ve managed to make £1,577.20 since I joined Quidco.com in 2008.
This week at Quidco.com for instance, new customers can earn £7 when buying a Sky Cinema Pass and £5 for an Entertainment Pass.
3 EBAY CODES
If you want to save even more on your monthly passes, head over to eBay where you can find third party retailers selling bundles for bargain. This week for instance, you can find a three-month Entertainment Pass for just £10.99. Once you have paid, you will be emailed a code which can be used at www.nowtv.com. Click on My Account, and Buy Now to enter the code.
4 SHARING IS CARING
What’s more, you can further add to your savings by sharing subscriptions – and their charges – with friends. For instance, one of your pays the monthly charge for Netflix, while the other foots the bills for NowTV – and it’s all above board. But if you are worried that this ‘sharing’ is ‘stealing’, put your mind a rest and check out the story I wrote for The Guardian on this very subject: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/jul/18/streaming-tv-sharing-subscriptions-stealing.