Now TV is new Sky on-demand service

Sky has unveiled Now TV, a new pay as you go online TV service and direct rival to Lovefilm and Netflix.

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Sky has unveiled Now TV, a new pay as you go online TV service. Hitting your phone, tablet and computer this year with movies on-demand, Now TV is a separate brand to Sky itself and a direct rival to Lovefilm and Netflix.

Now TV is the official name for the online service promised by Sky earlier in the year, which doesn't require you to have a Sky dish or Sky broadband package. Sky has given the service its own distinct brand to avoid creating a two-tier system that could tempt current customers to switch for the cheaper option.

Instead, Sky wants to make it clear that if you have dishy Sky you're getting the full-fat package, and if you stream Now TV you're getting a watered-down diet version -- it's billed as "powered by Sky", rather than a version of Sky itself.

Announcing the new service at the Guardian's Changing Media Summit in London, Sky captain Jeremy Darroch revealed the service will offer on-demand instant access to movies at first, with Sky's sports and entertainment programming to be added later. 

That puts it into direct competition with movie-streaming rivals Netflix and Lovefilm. Sky is currently under investigation by industry watchdogs over accusations that the company's deals to screen movies first is a monopoly, a probe that was last week widened to include online movie-on-demand services.

Now TV begins broadcasting some time this year. Prices are yet to be revealed, but you can sign up for more information at NowTV.co.uk.

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