Want free NOW TV? Although it may sound too good to be true, there are ways to watch cheaper Sky TV and get NOW TV for free.
One way to save money on your bills is to ditch expensive TV packages.
While you may think you need subscriptions like Sky TV, chances are you don’t watch half the channels they give you.
Luckily, there are now loads of other options to keep your costs down and free up more money in your budget.
NOW TV is a great option if you’re a TV lover as it has loads of up to date things to watch.
It’s just like watching Sky, but without getting tied into long annual contracts.
How does NOW TV work?
Unlike Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, Now TV comes in five individual packages.
This means you’re able to pick and choose what you like and only pay for what you watch and subscribe to.
Your options are:
- Entertainment – all the box sets
- Movies – latest blockbusters currently on Sky
- Kids – that’ll keep ‘em happy!
- Sports – all the sports channels
- Hayu – reality TV
You need to subscribe to each one via a monthly subscription.
It’s likely you won’t need them all of them, all the time. Perhaps you want kids channels over the summer when school’s out, or you fancy having access to movies over Christmas.
Or maybe you’re really into box sets and want to have access to watch whatever you want, whenever you want.
How much are NOW TV passes?
Here’s how much NOW TV usually costs.
If you’re paying for NOW TV, you choose to pay for the things you actually want to watch, rather than being bundled into a big package you don’t need.
If you’re a film buff and want movies, you need Sky Movies, priced at £9.99 per month.
You get unlimited access to over 1,000 movies, with up to 30 new films added every month, plus you get access to 11 live Sky cinema channels, including Sky Cinema Disney.
If you’re into TV boxsets and want to binge watch the latest big shows like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies you want Entertainment, costing at £7.99 per month.
You get to watch the latest and best shows which are not on Freeview. There are over 300 box sets with up to 30 added a month. Plus, you get free access to 13 top channels, like Sky Atlantic, FOX, and MTV.
hayu reality TV
Maybe you prefer reality TV and must keep up with the Kardashians and the Real Housewives then you need the Hayu pass, which is £3.99 per month.
There are thousands of reality TV episodes on demand, and you can watch loads of shows the same day as the U.S.
While you may not watch it (or you may end up finding yourself watching another episode of Paw Patrol an hour after the kids are in bed (just me??)), the Kids TV costs £3.99 a month.
Your little ones will be happy as there are thousands of episodes on demand, plus 6 top channels, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and Cartoon Network.
As an added Brucey-bonus, you’re able to download selected shows to your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet to watch offline (so you don’t need to drain your data while you’re out!)
For the avid sports fans, you can choose a Sky Sport monthly pass for £33.99 a month. With that, you get access to all 11 Sky Sports Channels with no contract.
However, if there is a special match/game/event on and you want to watch it as more of a one-off, you can also choose to pay for a day or week’s pass instead for either £7.99 or £12.99.
Instead, you may want to pick the Sky Sports mobile pass, if you’re happy to not watch on TV. This will get you 5 channels of live Sky Sports TV for the lower price of £5.99 per month (again, you can cancel at any time, and there’s no contract).
Can I get NOW TV for free?
Oh, yes! You can get NOW TV for free.
First off, you can start with a free NOW TV trial.
Instead of running off and starting to pay from day one, there are many ways to get NOW TV for free!
You’re able to get a 14 day free trial for Cinema, Entertainment, Kids on NOW TV and you can get a 14-day hayu Pass.
You can do these individually, and you don’t have to do the free trial for all at the same time.
- Sign up for a free NOW TV Sky Movies Pass trial
- Sign up here for a free Now TV Entertainment Pass trial
- Sign up here for a free Now TV Kids Pass trial
- Sign up here for a free Now TV hayu trial
This is great as you can get all set up, watch away then cancel your subscription and never have to pay.
You’ll be able to watch all the TV you want on loads of different devices including your smart TV, laptop, tablet, smartphone or games console.
Unfortunately, you’re not able to get a free trial for Sky Sports.
2 month’s free NOW TV
If you want more than the 14 days, you’re able to choose to get 3 months of Entertainment for the price of one.
So you will need to pay up the one month cost of £7.99, but you will get three months worth of watching – which is a pretty decent deal.
This is just for new members, and the offer isn’t running for long.
Already a NOW TV customer?
If you are already a NOW TV customer, but you haven’t tried Entertainment, Cinema, Kids or hayu before, you can grab a brand new free trial.
Just head to “My Account”, then choose Passes & Vouchers.
Pick to start a free trial, and you’ll get your 14 days for free.
Free NOW with a new phone
After a new mobile phone contract?
You can get a whopping 24 months of NOW TV Entertainment for free with Vodaphone.
That’s nearly £200 of free NOW TV!
You need to choose a Pay monthly Red Entertainment plan and can pick either a contract or SIM only deal.
You’re then able to stream all the latest TV shows and box sets, plus watch channels for free including Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Sky Witness, Sky Arts 1, Gold, MTV, Fox, Nat Geo Wild, SYFY and Comedy Central (ABC Studios box sets only).
Free NOW TV with a games console
Do you like gaming? Or have a family member who does?
When you buy a new console bundle from Game, you get a free 2 month NOW TV Entertainment pass thrown in for free!
Remember, you’re also able to watch NOW TV through your games console.
Free NOW TV with a NOW TV Smart Stick
If you don’t have a smart TV or a games console to watch NOW TV through, it’s worth getting a Smart Stick.
These can plug into the HDMI port at the back of your TV making it easy to watch NOW TV.
As a bonus, you can also get extended free trials when you buy a NOW TV Smart Stick from Amazon/Argos (depending on who’s cheapest):
- NOW TV Smart Stick with 2 Month Entertainment Pass
- NOW TV Smart Stick with 1 Month Sky Sports Pass
- NOW TV Smart Stick with 1 Month Sky Cinema Pass
- NOW TV Stick with 3 Month Sky Kids Pass
- NOW TV Smart Stick with 3 month Entertainment Pass and Sky Sports Day Pass
Considering a one month Sky Sports NOW TV pass usually costs £33.99, buying a Smart Stick is a much cheaper option!
Free NOW TV passes with apps
There are a few apps that giveaway free NOW TV passes as rewards for using them.
Some I’ve seen so far (please do let us know if there are any more):
With the Sweatcoin app, you get paid to exercise!
While you don’t get physical cash, you earn credit for walking around (or running, if you are that way inclined) while outside.
You can spend your coins on offers and promotions in the app. While they’ve had a few bits and pieces I’ve swapped for my free credit in the past, I’ve used my Sweatcoins to get free access to NOW TV.
I’ve been able to get free Entertainment Passes as well as well as a Sky Sports Pass!
Wanna give the app a go? Sign up here.
Snatch is a virtual reality treasure hunt.
You search for packages in your area (don’t worry, you don’t need to leave the house for this one). You can either find them floating randomly, or you can pinch them from other people who are using the app.
Once you’ve held the package for the stated time frame, you’re able to open it up for a free gift. Sometimes, it’s just in-game stuff, but there are times when you can get free NOW TV passes.
UPDATE: the app is going through its own update and is currently not in the app store, but you can pre-register for when the relaunch.
The cancelling game
This is a little cheeky, but it never hurts to try 🙂
Once you’re all signed up, and you’ve got to the point you want to cancel, you go through some steps for the cancellation process.
NOW TV try to convince you to stay, but by the third screen, you are usually given an option to stay with NOW TV for far cheaper.
It’s usually half price for a month, but we’ve been offered a big cut-price to stay for 3 months.
This doesn’t always work, and if you get all the way through and you don’t get offered you can always start up your subscription again…or…just get it cheaper…
Cheaper NOW TV passes
After you’ve got as many freebies as possible, there comes a time (if you love watching) that you’ll need to pay.
Yes, you can sit back and have the direct debit get taken every month – but there is a cheaper way 🙂
Instead of buying your passes directly with NOW TV, you’re able to buy cheaper passes elsewhere.
Once you’ve got your voucher, you will get a code, and you can enter it in the “Passes & Vouchers” section within My Account (the same as you do when you get free NOW TV vouchers from the apps).
Here are some of the very best cheaper NOW TV offers:
Are you bored of NOWTV already?
If you’re getting them for free, then it doesn’t hurt giving them a go (maybe just not all at the same time as you’ll have too much to watch).
Then, if you’re happy watching TV via streaming, you may want to consider if it’s time to ditch your TV licence.
Also, be sure to take a look at cheaper alternatives to Sky, Virgin and BT so that you can ditch your expensive TV subscription.
Naomi knows the burden of living on very little and became debt free by learning from past mistakes and following her own money saving tips and tricks.