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New 'advanced' Now TV box announced

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Sky has teased a new top-end Now TV box for later in the year.

We don't have many details yet, but Sky has revealed that the new Now TV box will be its "most advanced TV box," and that it will launch later in 2016.

We're pretty certain that this means 4K support, particularly with the 4K-ready Sky Q service set to roll out in March. Also, the box itself looks an awful lot like the 4K-ready Roku 4 box launched in the US late last year.

Sure enough, Sky confirms that the new Now TV box was indeed made by Roku, just like previous Now TV devices.

Sky also mentions that existing Now TV users will receive a fresh new UI in February, which will also boast a bunch of new features. One of these will be a "content-rich homepage" that offers curated recommendations of what to watch across Now TV's range of catch up TV apps and pay TV content.

There'll also be a new Best of Catch Up section provided by Now TV's content partners, which will bring together the best shows you might have missed in one place.

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"The launch of our new homepage on the Now TV Box will make it easier than ever for our customers to quickly find and watch their favourite shows," said Now TV director Gidon Katz.

"And when the new Now TV Smart Box arrives later this year, it will be the perfect one-stop box to get a contract-free, flexible way of watching the best of pay TV and free-to-air content all in one place."

Apis Bull

January 29, 2016, 10:27 am

Would appear to be based on a Roku 4, the current generation of Now TV look like they are based on Roku 2, (though I only have the original white Now TV one, which convinced me enough to get a full Roku 3)
I would wonder how much this would cost, since we can't get a Roku 4 here yet (and maybe this would be the reason why, since SKY invested in Roku) Certainly, if you haven't got a smart TV the Now TV is definitely a great buy, if just alone for the catch up.

Bugblatter

January 29, 2016, 2:03 pm

I looked into whether Freeview plus Sky Now could replace VM for what I like to watch. Content-wise it pretty much could, but Sky Now is currently 720p, and pretty poor 720p at that.

Here's hoping that situation improves, although Sky and VM have never prioritised picture quality.

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