Category Archives: TV

How to watch NOW TV in your university halls

So you’ve arrived at your uni halls and want to hook up your NOW TV box as it’s a cheap way to watch Sky TV and get the iPlayer, ITV Player, All4, Demand 5 and YouTube on your TV without an aerial.

However you’ve hit a problem, although your NOW TV box can see the hall wifi you get Error Code 014 and have nowhere to enter your username and password.

So what can you do about it? Well for £15.99 you can get a HooToo® TripMate Nano Wireless Router which when in bridge mode will connect to your hall wifi, get past the username and password prompt and then create a second wifi network for your devices to use.

  1. Turn the HooToo on and wait for the blue light to appear.
  2. On a laptop (or mobile) connect to the wifi access point called TripMate-XXXX with the password 11111111 (unless you’ve previously changed it)
  3. Visit on your laptop.
  4. You’ll reach the admin screen for the HooToo. Enter the HooToo username and password (defaults are admin and no password).
  5. Select Network Settings > Internet > Wireless Access.
  6. Press the Scan button and in the drop down you should see your halls SSID or wireless network name.
  7. Leave the password blank if you don’t normally have one here.
  8. Hit save.
  9. Open another browser tab and visit any website.
  10. You should now be prompted for your halls username and password, enter them here.
  11. Your HooToo should now have access to the internet.
  12. Turn on your NOW TV box and head to the WiFi settings screen.
  13. Select TripMate-XXXX and enter the password 11111111.
  14. Select the Connect button.
  15. Your NOW TV box should then get the three green ticks.
  16. Watch away 😀

Possible issues:

  • Your hall wifi might need you to re-enter your username and password on a regular basis (say every 24 hours) you’ll need to use your laptop or phone to do this.
  • You get lots of buffering, if this happens unfortunately the speeds provided aren’t fast enough, you need at least 3MBps.

Join NowTV and get a £10 shopping voucher – plus your chance to win more

So I’ve been with NowTV for over a year, and regularly used them since April. For just £6.99 a month I get access to 13 pay channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Sky Living, Sky Arts 1 and Fox (plus the less watched ITV Encore, Discovery, MTV, Comedy Central, Disney, Nickelodeon, NickJr and Gold) through the internet.

Not only do they provide a catchup service for most new shows, but also boxsets of some you might have missed in the past, including The Wire, The West Wing, 24 and Game of Thrones (shows come and go, and some might have every season right now).

If you’ve not had NowTV before, they regularly offer a free £10 voucher to new customers as an incentive, and this time around they are also offering me a £10 voucher to get you to sign up. You just need to follow this special link for both us to be rewarded.

Not interested in TV, but love movies? Find Netflix is just full of old films? Well the reason why Netflix UK doesn’t have the best range possible, is due to a deal Sky signed many years ago with the studios to get them first dibs at pretty much every new films, and to have a 12 month exclusive period as well. This means at Christmas, Frozen, Spiderman 2 and The Lego Movie will all be on. And if those don’t do anything for you there are over 1000 films right now to choose from.

Again the £10 shopping voucher offer is available and not only that new customers get the first 30 days of films for free. Then it’s £9.99 a month after that. Here’s the movie link Don’t fancy paying a tenner every month? With NowTV you can stop and start whenever you want meaning that you could watch every blockbuster from last year for only £40 by dipping in every third month (hint, this is what I do).

NowTV is available on a number of devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Android, PC, Mac, PS3/4, XBoxOne/360, Roku and some YouView boxes. Alternatively if you have none of those you can pick up a NowTV box for only £9.99 and it’ll do the trick for you (plus it comes with all the domestic UK catchup services).

Finally not only are NowTV giving away the £10 shopping voucher to my friends, I have a NowTV box plus some monthly vouchers to give away. Just signup via one of the two links and I’ll enter you into the draw.

If you are interested in seeing what new films and boxsets are on NowTV, I have two twitter account which tweet once they spot something new. @NowtvBoxsets and @NowTVFilms

NowTV Entertainment Pack

So earlier this week Sky announced that their NowTV service offers the ability to live stream several of their channels, plus get on demand with some back catalogues.
It’s an additional monthly cost on top of the Movies or Sport, but at £4.99 a month with no contract it seemed like a worthwhile trial.

The current channels available are

  • Sky 1
  • Sky Living
  • Sky Atlantic
  • Gold
  • Comedy Central
  • Fox
  • MTV
  • Sky Arts 1
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Channel

Continue reading NowTV Entertainment Pack

In defence of Top Gear

Last week, Top Gear did a piece on driving electric cars to Cleethorpes. They have been slated by the pro EV, anti Top Gear lot after it turned out the Nissan recorded the battery and geolocation stats for the Leaf. And they have form, in 2008 they lied about the Tesla running out of juice around the track.

However as some who lives in Lincoln, has family in London and Cleethorpes I was interest in the piece to see if an EV would be worth it for me (if it wasn’t for the fact that I can’t even afford a £500 ten year old car right now).

So what did I learn?
The cars are f-ing expensive! £35k for a small car!
Without a fast charging point it takes hours to recharge.
The battery won’t make it from Lincoln to London.

but wait, didn’t they fake the bit about running out in Lincoln? Continue reading In defence of Top Gear

Doctor Who Season “4” trailer on-line

45 minutes ago the BBC first aired the new Doctor Who trailer, it’s already online via their Doctor Who Site.
It seems that U.N.I.T. will be making there appearance in this season (after the name dropping in Reset, and then the raid in Fragments in Torchwood) and for those who haven’t seen the spoilers in the tabloids, both Martha and Rose seem to be making a comeback.

The problem with Golden Balls – always Steal!

OK, other than the fact that it is rather crap, the biggest problem I have with Golden Balls is the Share or Steal at the end. Whilst I never studied Game theory, this is pretty much a Prisoner’s dilemma. However the payoff matrix is weighted in an odd format.

Assume that you have a 6th sense, you are sat in the chair and the amount is £50,000.

If you knew that your opponent who you will never see again is going to share what would you do?
If you share it’s 50/50, and you walk away with £25,000, but if you steal thats £50,000 in your pocket!

However if you knew that they were to steal, your f*cked. You’re going home with nothing, so what do you choose? Well if it’s share, you’ve just given your opponent fifty grand, but if it’s steal you could shaft them and ensure that they go home with nothing too.

So if you look back, on both scenarios steal was the best option, which means that you should always steal.

What to watch over the summer

Today at work I was trying to work out what I could start watching over the summer period. 24, Smallville, My Name is Earl, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes are now over and it won’t be long before Lost stops too. This is now leaving me with around 5-6 hours of TV time free.
But then on the way home I remembered what I watch to fill my free time over the summer. Big Brother! With pictures of the new house in the papers and on the web, I can’t believe that I couldn’t put the two together. Season Eight is only 8 days away, so whilst all the good American TV is on it’s break, I’ll just put up with the cheap space filling stuff you get on Channel 4.

YAY: Whilst researching this post I had originally wrote

On top of that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip has been axed.

but the NBC website shows a NEW episode to be aired this Thursday. Web reports show that there are 6 episodes still to be aired and that the future of Studio 60 is still being decided.