A new gadget has launched that gives instant access on your TV to the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5 catch-up services, as well as the live Sky News channel, for a one-off £10 - the cheapest way we've seen to do this.

Now TV, an online streaming service powered by satellite TV giant Sky, has launched the internet-connected media box which gives users the ability to watch the free BBC iPlayer catch-up service on their tellies.

It costs £9.99 (including p&p); significantly cheaper than similar products on the market, including Roku boxes (which have an RRP of £50), and Apple TV boxes (RRP £99).

It also offers the option to pay monthly to watch films from the Sky Movies channel, or buy day passes to access Sky Sports, without the need for Sky's satellite TV service.

What do I get?

The Now TV box will give you free access to:

  • BBC iPlayer
  • Demand 5
  • BBC News
  • Sky News
  • Spotify
  • Facebook
  • Flickr

Plus you can pay extra as part of a subscription to see content from:

  • Sky Sports (subscription required - £9.99/day)
  • Sky Movies (subscription required - £9/mth for the first three months, then £15/mth thereafter)

Sky says more content and apps will be added over time. There's more info in our Online Movie Streaming and Cheapest Football On TV guides.

How does it work?

It's pretty simple.Just plug the box into your TV using the HDMI cable provided, and then connect it wirelessly to your home broadband.

Sky recommends using a HDMI to get the best quality picture, but if you haven't got a HD telly, it is possible to use a mini-jack to RCA cable. This connection only outputs the US NTSC standard and although compatible with many, it may not be compatible with all UK TVs.