NOW is planning a massive shake-up to the way you can watch shows, which will impact millions of its customers.
The TV streaming service is planning to scrap its free multi-screen feature and introduce adverts for Brits paying the basic rate for their subscription.
You’ll only be able to stream and watch shows on one device at any one time from July 15 – previously, you could watch shows on two devices at the same time.
Plus, you won’t be able to watch on demand shows ad-free from this date too.
To avoid the changes, you’ll need to upgrade your subscription by paying extra for Now Boost.
This will get rid of the adverts and let you keep the multi-screen feature.
Now Boost is an added fee on top of your subscription – but the cost of this will be bumped up from July 15, from £3 a month to £5 a month.
How much do memberships cost at Now?
THERE are five types of basic rate memberships that you can buy to watch Now channels
- Entertainment membership – £9.99 a month (which includes Kids membership, which used to cost £3.99 but now can’t be bought as a standalone
- Cinema membership – £11.99 a month – but will drop to £9.99 from July 15
- Sports Month membership – £33.99 a month
- Hayu membership – £4.99 a month
- Spots Day membership – £9.99 for 24 hours
If you want to watch on demand shows ad-free and on different screens at once, then you’ll need to upgrade to a Now Boost membership.
Boost is an extra charge on top of you membership, and will increase in cost from July 15 from £3 to £5 per month.
There are five basic membership rates at Now you can choose from – ranging from £4.99 to £33.99.
So you could be paying up to £38.99 a month to watch shows ad-free and on different screens – depending on which type of membership you have.
Now is also rolling out other membership shake-ups.
You will no longer be able to buy a Kids membership, which cost £3.99.
Instead, you’ll have to buy an Entertainment membership, which costs £9.99 a month, to watch these shows.
How to watch TV legally without paying for a licence
YOU can legally use the following services without a TV Licence as long as you aren’t using them to watch or stream live TV:
- On demand TV – such as catch-up TV and on demand previews, which are available through services including ITV Player, All 4, My5, BT Vision/BT TV, Virgin Media, Sky Go, Now TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. You can’t watch or download programmes on BBC iPlayer without a TV licence.
- On demand movies – from services such as Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
- Recorded films and programmes – either via DVD or Blu-ray, or downloaded from the internet.
- YouTube – Video clips that aren’t live through services such as YouTube.
It will mean that those with an existing Entertainment membership will have six kids channels added onto their subscription at no extra cost.
Meanwhile, Now’s Cinema membership will drop in price from £11.99 to £9.99 a month from July 15.
Now said it had been contacting customers about the changes earlier this month.
To sign up for a Now membership or upgrade your subscription, head to Now’s website.
A Now spokesperson said: “The new NOW offering will make it easier for members to access the world’s best entertainment, with the flexibility to choose the package that suits them, whilst avoiding price increases to the core content membership proposition.”
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