There are so many ways to watch tv now with Amazon Prime Video and Netflix but you still find yourself having to flick from one to another to get something you want to watch and for the best deal.
NOW TV offers you Sky's on demand catalogue with four passes to Entertainment, Cinema, Kids and Sports. Instead of subscribing and plonking a dish on the side of your house you can just pay as you go every month. I originally went for the Entertainment package on a big free trial offer and it has lots of good box sets to watch. It is priced at £7.99 a month but you can find offers around to pay less for a considerable time. I also had a free trial on the Cinema package (normally priced at £9.99 per month) as I wanted to watch a film I couldn't find on Netflix so I watched it under the free trial. You can cancel at any time, just make sure you do as they will take the full monthly amount out if you don't.
The trouble is when you do go to cancel you sometimes get offered a discount to stay on which is a great way to keep you in the system. I can't say I use the cinema that much but with the package you do also get access to some of the live channels too so it is worth it if you are not a Sky user in general, you can become a Sky dipper. For those with children the Kids package is a nice price at £4 per month and for the bigger kids there is Sky Sports where you can have a day pass for a certain footy game or a F1 race, for a little extra you can take on a week or for £33.99 you can have a month of sports viewing.
You can view NOW TV in so many ways it's difficult to get away from it. There is a box, a stick, you can view through a games console, Apple TV, Chromecast and some smart tv's have it already installed. You can view through a tablet or your phone and also on a PC or laptop so away you go, the worlds your oyster as they say.
The kind people at NOW TV sent me an offer for a free little box to plug in to the tv so I of course said yes, I'll be having that and I use it on my tv upstairs. It's great, I can carry on binge watching my box sets if I feel like it and it also has other apps so I can catch up with tv on BBC iplayer, ITV Hub and All 4 and many more.
I do tend to flick from one streaming service to another, sometimes you have to as not everything is available on one service but if you do go with NOW TV there are some good starter deals and also keep an eye out for the voucher prices to continue as there are some good offers to help you stay viewing. The one down side is to just make sure that a box set is going to be on NOW TV for a while as they do tend to drop some of them. You could have a few episodes of your favourite box set to watch and then it 's not available anymore. They do give you a warning of how long programmes are available and then some box sets make way for newer ones so it's all good.
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I kept hearing about people watching The Handmaid's Tale and wondering if it was any good or worth a watch. I never seemed to have got around to watching it and then my hairdresser asked me if I had watched it so I thought that there must be something about this programme that may need to be investigated.
Oh my! What had I done? Why have I not watched this before? It is absolutely amazing. Now it's not a nice jolly series so if you're not a fan of dark dramas then this isn't for you. It is just so addictive, one of those ones where you watch one programme and you've got to watch the next and before you know it you've just binge watched a whole series.
Oops that's exactly what I've done, watched the entire first season and now ready for the next. The second season is in full flow on the tv right now and I've binge watched through Now TV on the Entertainment package so I've got to wait now I suppose. That's just cruel......I need more!!!
The series is taken from the best selling novel by Margaret Atwood and is set in Gilead which is what used to be the United States. The women of Gilead are treated as property of the state as it is now under the rule of a fundamentalist regime. After a major dip in the birth rate due to many environmental disasters, the remaining fertile women who are left are named as 'Handmaids' and made to 'serve' and repopulate a world which is declining fast. The series is about Offred and her sheer determination to survive this awful world and be reunited with her husband who she believes may still be alive and her daughter who was taken away from her.
It is another one of those dramas which is similar to The Man In The High Castle where you just thank goodness that the world isn't like this and hope it never will be. It's a little scary but like I say so addictive and I now need to know if she will escape. If you've not watched it and like this kind of drama or if you've been wondering what the hype is all about well watch it as it's brilliant.
The filming is great and a talented cast too with Joseph Fiennes and Samira Wiley who you may know from playing Poussey Washington in Orange Is the New Black. Give it a watch, you will be forever saying to yourself 'nooooo is this really happening?' and 'wooooah no way'.
So I've really not watched anything else this week so I'll catch up with my regular shows another time. Celebrity Big Brother started this week but I'm not sure it's worth mentioning. I do think this may be the last series but I'm keeping my eye on it just to see whether anything great happens. They have got a few good celebs in this time but they still get over powered by other reality tv stars who I don't know at all so that kind of spoils it but maybe for others that makes their viewing great so who knows. I'll review that when it finishes.
So have a great week and I will be back tomorrow again for Music Monday if you would like to join me......take care for now and be nice with the remote, don't forget to share!!!
Oh I was beside myself on Friday night....tears flowed, big proper blubbing ones too. We all said goodbye and farewell to Nashville after six seasons of a fabulous drama and music to add. It finished just the way I wanted it to and finished with a good old classic finale song.
I'll miss it, it was one of those series that you just get hooked on and love like a best friend. I might just go back to the beginning for old times sake and watch it again. I've just binge watched Sex and the City yet again, well you forget bits and some programmes are just worth watching millions of times. So goodbye Nashville, it was nice watching you, I think I may have flooded the whole of the East Midlands with my tears but hey I'll recover.
I watched the new Channel Four comedy Hang Ups which I thought was quite good. I love Stephen Mangan so that was a good start but I also loved the whole idea of the series. Stephen plays Dr Richard Pitt who decides to start up his own business providing therapy sessions online through a webcam. Well with a busy family and a whole load of celebrity guests as his clients you can imagine how it goes. It is typical when work for home that if you embark on a conference call there is bound to be someone who walks in or interrupts in some way. It happened to me the other day so a funny idea from one of life's very simple hiccups. Give it a watch and see what you think.......book your moment on the sofa on Wednesday 10pm.
Oh crikey what is going on in Casualty, have they had a new writer or have they been given a bigger budget. There have been explosions and a storyline that's kept me on the edge of myself seat. The last programme ended with me aghast! Oh didn't see that coming.. I won't go into details as it was only last night and there may be people who have 'taped it' so yet to catch up. I still say 'taping it', if you are too young to remember it goes back to the days when we recorded programmes on video cassette tapes so I'm a gal still stuck back in the 80's.
So after all my tears and watching ambulances fly around all over the place, it's been a tough week but looking forward to another one. Celebrity Big Brother returns, mmmmmm not sure but may just have a look to see who goes in. I never know anyone usually and they seem to drag so called celebs over from the U.S who no one over here has ever heard of. Will we be seeing the last of Big Brother? I don't know, there was talk of this being the last, I do think it's days are numbered again.
Have a great week and remember to share the remote nicely and kick your feet up with that all important brew. Pop back tomorrow for some music talk on Music Monday but for now......
Ahhh we will miss her won't we? Yes Poldark came to a bittersweet end with the tragic death of Elizabeth and the happy marriage of Drake and Morwenna. I'm giving a little whoop to that as I wanted their story to end happily and for that girl to smile again.
Elizabeth though tried so hard to make things right with George by diverting suspicion and bringing on a premature birth so that George would finally believe that Valentine really could be his son. We all know that's not true but it was so sad she had to put herself through all that hen her new baby was in fact George's. She paid the ultimate price and now what will happen to the feud between Ross and George? For she was the only one keeping the peace. Well we will have to wait for the next series. I can't wait now.
Oh a bit of a new starter this week with Age Before Beauty. Who knew Robson Green was going to be a trouble causer, the man always looks so cheeky and innocent. Well he's stirring up trouble between his sister in law and her husband. You see Bel was a past love and he believes he would of been with her if someone else hadn't got there first. Teddy played by Robson asks Bel (Polly Walker) to come back and help out her other sisters by helping to rebrand the failing MirrorBel Beauty Salon. She agrees but in the mean time Teddy has cooked up plans leading Bel's hubby to embark on an affair with a young personal trainer. Bel starts to look at her image and thinks she may need a bit of a change herself, where best to go eh?
It started well in this this first episode and was quite entertaining. A great cast of actors including Sue Johnston and Lisa Riley but I wasn't totally blown away by it. I will continue to watch it though as you can never judge a programme from just one episode. If you fancy a watch it is on Tuesday 9pm BBC1.
Nadiya's Family Favourites is a great programme on BBC2 Monday's 8pm. She was the Bake Off winner if you remember and has gone from strength to strength with her new career, baking a birthday cake for the Queen and now presenting her own series. Nadiya is so funny and has still remained true to herself regardless having all this fame. Her recipes her gorgeous and easy to follow too so take a little look and see what you think. I love that she brings the family aspect in by inviting her own family to tase her food, you're always going to get the truth from your family and she also tells little stories about her family life so well done Nadiya.
That's it for this week, I did go and see Mamma Mia - Here We Go Again at the cinema this week which I will review on a Music Monday. I also watched The Incredibles 2 movie this week with family and friends and it was really good. Along time after the first film but still great. My friend hadn't even seen the first movie which I was surprised about, I thought everyone had seen The Incredibles. She enjoyed it, a good all round entertaining family film. Just one warning, a massive cute factor rating for baby Jack Jack. So funny and soooooo cute.
Right that's me signing off this week's Pass the Remote. Please come back tomorrow for Music Monday but for now........
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