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NOW TV arrives on Chromecast, plus adds ITV Encore to the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass

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2 September 2014 - From today NOW TV is available on Chromecast - the thumb-sized media streaming device made by Google.

The arrival of NOW TV to Chromecast offers customers another new way to enjoy the latest blockbuster movies, live action from all Sky Sports channels and must-see shows on 13 of the best pay TV channels from NOW TV all up on their main TV screen.  

Furthermore, from today all NOW TV customers with the Entertainment Month Pass will also be able to watch ITV Encore. The new channel will bring episodes of Poirot, Prey, The Widower and Monroe to customers as it launches, with series 2 of Mr. Selfridge, series 4 of Vera and the fourth and final series of Whitechapel all joining later this month.

Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV, said: "We're big fans of tiny media streaming devices so we're really excited to add Google Chromecast to the family. It means customers have another great way to enjoy NOW TV on their big screen."

"We're getting ready for the colder, darker nights and making sure there's plenty of great TV to watch while snuggled down on the sofa.  Adding the very best of British drama from ITV Encore means TV addicts won't be short of shows to enjoy this autumn."

Martin Goswami, Director of Pay & Distribution at ITV, said: "Following the launch of ITV Encore to Sky customers on 9th June 2014, we are delighted to also offer NOW TV customers the chance to enjoy our fantastic dramas with the addition of the channel's catch up content to the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass."

Chromecast plugs into the HDMI® port on a TV. Set it up with a simple mobile app, then send online shows, movies, music and more to the TV using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It works on Android and iOS devices, as well as Macs, Windows PCs and Chromebooks, and users can enjoy content from Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and YouTube as well as hundreds of other apps.

NOW TV customers with an Entertainment Month Pass can look forward to the latest shows around in September, including the finale series of Boardwalk Empire (Sky Atlantic), Geordie Shore  (MTV), A League of Their Own (Sky 1), The Leftovers (Sky Atlantic) as well as the continuing series of Scandal  (Sky Living).  Plus, see the complete seasons of Prison Break, and The West Wing all for just £4.99 a month.

Movie fans can enjoy over 800 movies with their Sky Movies Month Pass, from big Hollywood blockbusters to cult classics and top independent films, for just £8.99 a month after a 30 day free trial. Customers get unlimited access to the latest films including Gravity, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Purge and Turbo with Emperor, Wish You Were Here and Philomena joining later in September.

Sports fans can keep up with the biggest matches and events with a Sky Sports Day Pass or Sky Sports Week Pass. Watch live action from all 7 Sky Sports channels for just £6.99 for 24 hours or £10.99 for a week's worth of Sky Sports. The passes will give you more of the games that matter from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, European Qualifiers, La Liga and Eredivisie as well as Formula 1TM and major tennis from the US Open.  Plus Sky Sports 4 will become Sky Sports Ryder Cup for two weeks from 18th September as the tournament gets under way.

NOW TV is available on over 50 devices including the NOW TV Box, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3TM, PS4TM, YouView, LG Smart TVs, selected LG media devices, Roku boxes and Apple TV (Sky Sports Day Pass only).

More information on NOW TV is available from nowtv.com or join us on Twitter @NOWTV and @NOWTVSport and facebook.com/NOWTV.

About NOW TV & Chromecast

  • Selected NOW TV & Chromecast device required to watch NOW TV on Chromecast. Counts as two devices for concurrent viewing.

Information on the Sky Sports Day Pass and Sky Sports Week Pass from NOW TV:

  • Sky Sports Day Pass will be available for £6.99 from 12 August for a limited time only - until 27 November 2014.
  • Sky Sports Week Pass will be available for £10.99 from 14 August for a limited time only - until 27 November 2014.
  • The Sky Sports Week Pass will only be available to purchase via the NOW TV website at launch. Once purchased and activated, week long access to Sky Sports will be available through all devices except Apple TV.

About Chromecast

  • Chromecast costs £30 and is available from play.google.com as well as many online and high street retailers.

About NOW TV

NOW TV offers hundreds of films from Sky Movies on demand, the best live sporting action from Sky Sports and must see shows on 13 of the best pay TV channels including Sky1,Sky Atlantic and, Sky Living. Taking advantage of the rapid growth in broadband-connected devices, and building on Sky's experience in multi-platform TV, the service provides an additional choice to watch and enjoy Sky Movies, Sky Sports and the TV shows everyone's talking about.

NOW TV offers some of Sky's most popular programming.  Sky Movies is the UK's most popular subscription movies service with up to 800 different movies on demand including up to four new and exclusive Sky Movies premieres each week. With a Sky Movies Month Pass, NOW TV customers can choose from more of the latest and biggest movies you missed at the cinema.

NOW TV also offers a flexible way to watch Sky Sports.  With a Sky Sports Day Pass or Sky Sports Week Pass customers can see exclusive live action from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Formula 1®, Test cricket, US and European Tour golf, ATP tennis, European and international rugby union and much more besides.

The NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass lets customers stream TV shows live and on demand in seconds, without a contract for £4.99 a month. Now people can get simple, instant and commitment-free access to top TV channels such as Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Discovery, MTV, Comedy Central, GOLD, Disney, Nickelodeon and Nick. Jnr, FOX and ITV Encore, plus entire box sets of hit shows.

NOW TV is available to anyone 18 or over in the UK with a broadband or 3G connection across a wide range of connected devices including NOW TV Box, PC, Mac, selected Android smartphones and tablets, iOS devices, PS3, PS4, YouView, Xbox One and Xbox 360 (the Sky Movies live channels, and Entertainment Month Pass are  not available on YouView).  TalkTalk customers with YouView can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass.

The NOW TV Box offers customers a quick and easy way to convert a regular TV into a Smart TV for a one-off box cost of £9.99. Currently customers can watch unlimited movies on NOW TV with a 30 day free trial of the Sky Movies Month Pass, then priced at £8.99 a month.   NOW TV Customers can also get 24-hour access to all Sky Sports channels live for £6.99 with the Sky Sports Day Pass.

NOW TV Box: Connects to TV via HDMI (cable supplied).  NOW TV account required to activate box.  Customers can select a Sky Movies Pass, Sky Sports Day Pass or an Entertainment Month Pass to create an account and watch NOW TV.  All Passes sold separately.