Now Broadband deals are rarely the first option that come to mind when comparing internet plans and yet, it frequently offers some of the cheapest broadband deals as well as some excellent value TV add-ons.
While it is unable to match Virgin for its massive collection of options, Sky's detailed packages or BT's popularity, Now strives purely based on its affordability, undercutting much of the market.
And while its broadband and TV deals aren't necessarily securing you traditional channels on your TV, it is getting you access to your favourite TV channels and movies with ease from your Laptop, smart devices and more.
Instead of offering Freeview channels, Now throws in subscriptions to Sky Entertainment, Sky Cinema or Sky Sports. These offer you the likes of Sky Atlantic, box sets, thousands of movies and more.
We've listed all of the best Now Broadband deals below for you to compare and if you're still unsure whether it is the right provider for you, read on to find out more about what it can offer.
Now Broadband packages compared
The cheapest of Now's internet plans, the Brilliant Broadband package offers speeds averaging 11Mb which will be perfect for those living on their own or in a household that isn't making heavy use of the internet. If there is a few people living in your house, you work from home or like streaming and gaming, the step up to one of the below speeds will be a necessity.
- Avg 11Mb speed
- £5 set-up
- Anytime calls
Step up to the Fab Fibre package and you'll see a jump up in speeds to an average of 36Mb. That's the perfect option for most people allowing for easy HD streaming on Netflix and comfortable gaming sessions. This is especially great for slightly larger families who own a number of personal devices and smart speakers.
- Avg 36Mb speed
- £5 set-up
- Anytime calls
The fastest option from Now is its Super Fibre package. It's the most expensive option but also the one that provides the best speeds at an average of 63Mb.
That will easily get most large households through daily streaming, gaming, working from home and if you have a larger number of devices connected at once.
While this will begin to struggle in much larger households with 5 or more people connected at once, most people should have absolutely no issues here.
- Avg 63Mb speed
- £5 set-up
- Anytime calls
Now Broadband deals: TV add-ons
Now has three different TV add-ons available, depending on which option best fits what you watch:
- Sky Entertainment Pass:
This is the most popular option of the three when it comes to TV add-ons from Now. It offers live access to: Sky 1, Sky Witness, Sky Atlantic, Sky Comedy, Sky Documentaries, Sky History, Sky Nature, Gold, Sky Crime, Comedy Central, Sky Arts, Fox, MTV, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel and SyFy.
On top of that, you're getting access to all of the box sets from those channels, for example Game of Thrones and Chernobyl.
- Sky Cinema Pass:
This is the option for those who love to binge-watch movies. It allows you to stream well over 1000 films while still updating the service with new content all of the time.
- Sky Sports Pass:
Finally, an option for the sports fan. It is what it sounds like...you get access to all of the available Sky Sports channels. That means Sky Sports, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Racing, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Main Event.
- Sky Hayu Pass:
Sky's Hayu Pass is for anyone who wants a fill of reality TV programmes. It features a wide variety of popular reality shows including Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Below Deck, The Real Housewives and plenty more.
- Sky Kids Pass:
This, as the name implies, is Now's answer to programmes for your kids. It comes with shows from six dedicated kids TV channels including Boomerang, Cartoonito, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and Nicktoons.
Sky Boost Pass:
Unlike the above add-ons, this isn't getting you new channels. The Sky Boost Pass offers a jump up in Audio and Visual quality. You'll be able to watch your shows in 1080p HD and with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (if you have the equipment to do so.
Now Broadband deals: FAQ
How long are Now Broadband contracts?
Now's Broadband contracts only have two options: 12 months or 1 month. Almost all of the contracts are 12 months long which will be great news for all of those who don't like being tied in for a while.
If you prefer the consistency of being tied into a contract for a longer period of time then there are a few 24 month contracts. The best come from either BT broadband deals or Vodafone broadband deals.
Can I get a phone line with Now?
Now offers both pay as you go plans and inclusive options when it comes to phone lines:
- Pay as you go:
This costs nothing upfront but as the name suggests, you are paying per phone call you make. Line rental comes included so if you will almost never end up making calls, this is the option to choose.
- Evening and weekend calls:
Both this package and the anytime calls add monthly costs to your plan. This is the cheaper option so best for those who will have the occasional catch up call on the weekend or in the evening.
- Anytime calls:
This package adds a pretty decent cost to your plan so will only be worthwhile if you do make a lot of calls. You do get unlimited calls to UK landlines and mobile phones and any international call is discounted.
Is Now Broadband better than Sky?
It's not that Now Broadband deals are better...they're simply a cheaper alternative. Both brands offer similar packages with almost identical channel set-ups and while Sky does actually own Now, they are quite different options.
Now is both more affordable and simpler. It has simple packages where you choose your internet and your TV add-ons. In a nutshell, its easy and uncomplicated.
However, Sky's complicated nature is actually its best feature. There is so many add-ons available that you can customise it to perfectly fit your needs. Choose how HD your channels are, how far your internet spreads, if you can get an engineer out at any time and plenty of other options.
If you've got the budget, Sky is a tricky internet supplier to beat but if you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with a Now Broadband package.