New standalone Sky Sports Monthly Pass launched
The new pass launched on Thursday and enables viewers, especially those with Freeview or Freesat and a preferably unlimited broadband connection of at least 2.5 Mbps to access Sky's premium sports channels via a compatible device (see below).
The Sky Sports Month Pass, at £31.99 a month, is at first glance not that cheap. But access to Sky Sports on other platforms usually depends on subscribers taking out a lengthy contract and getting additional services, such as broadband and other TV bundles, which makes the Now TV offer one of the best if you don't want to have to subscribe to additional channels you won't watch.
The pass automatically renews every month, but users are free to cancel, with the service stopping when their next payment would have been due. The Sky Sports monthly pass can currently only be bought via the Now TV website.
It's not the first time Freeview viewers wanting a little extra sport have been targeted: Five years ago, Top Up TV launched a service giving viewers access to Sky Sports 1 and 2 alongside the existing Freeview service. It charged £31.99 a month just for the two channels. In contrast, Now TV also provides access to Sky Sports 3, 4, 5, F1 and Sky Sport News HQ.
For viewers who only want Sky Sports for specific events, other sports passes include a day pass for £6.99 or 7 day access via the weekly pass, available for £10.99.
Now TV users can also access 13 of Sky's main entertainment channels, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and ITV Encore for £6.99 a month or Sky's movie channels for £9.99 a month.
Now TV Devices
The service operates on a number of devices, including Roku, Chromecast, the Now TV Box, EE TV, PS3, PS4, Xbox and Apple TV. But the Sky Sports Monthly Pass is not available via the Now TV service on YouView.
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