If you want to keep up to date with all the latest and best series from across the pond — including Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Affair — you need to watch Sky Atlantic. Here’s how you can watch Sky Atlantic, even if you're not with Sky, and avoid spoilers for your favourite series.
Although past series of popular, top-notch American programmes like Westworld, Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies are available for anyone to buy, the only place to watch new episodes is Sky Atlantic.
Unlike other Sky channels like Sky Sports or Sky Cinema, which are available with any TV provider, there are only two ways to get Sky Atlantic: subscribing to Sky or signing up for an Entertainment Pass with Sky’s standalone streaming service, NOW TV.
Get Sky Atlantic with a Sky TV package
Sky's basic TV package, Sky Entertainment, offers 320 channels, including Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Sky Living, FOX, Comedy Central and the Sky Sports Mix channel, which offers subscribers “a taste of Sky Sports” for free.
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With Sky Entertainment, you’ll not only get HBO series from the States, you’ll also get to watch other breakout hits such as:
- Modern Family
- Grey’s Anatomy
- The Blacklist
- Criminal Minds
- The Walking Dead
- The Daily Show
- Inside Amy Schumer
- Broad City
If that’s not enough for you, Sky makes it easy for existing customers to upgrade to Sky Cinema and Sky Sports packages, too, giving you access to thousands of films or exclusive live sports events. You can also add and remove upgrades to your package, like box sets or kids' content, on a flexible 31-day basis.
As a Sky subscriber, you'll receive a Sky Q set-top box and can watch shows live from your TV or up to two compatible devices — including laptops, smartphones, tablets and games consoles — once you register with Sky Go.
Sky is a quad-play provider now, meaning you can bundle your TV, broadband, landline and mobile plan together with one operator, which saves you money and consolidates your monthly bills.
Stream Sky Atlantic with NOW TV
NOW TV is a streaming service that gives you access to the exact content you want on your own terms.
NOW TV started out as a streaming app where users could purchase themed TV passes on a monthly — or, for the Sky Sports pass, a daily or weekly — basis. TV passes could be stacked together to offer more viewing options.
After growing in popularity, NOW TV launched two different kinds of NOW TV boxes, based on Roku technology, one of which allows viewers to pause and rewind Freeview TV. They also offer the NOW TV Smart Stick, which is the cheapest streaming stick in the UK.
The company also expanded its offerings to include broadband and landline capabilities, making NOW TV a triple-play provider. All of these services are still offered on a monthly, pay-as-you-go option or as a 12-month contract.
Users still have the option of signing up for TV passes and watching content through the app — which is available on certain models of laptops, smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, games consoles and smart TVs. The NOW TV passes and app allow you to watch live channels (although this isn’t supported on all devices) or on-demand content available through the TV pass you sign up for.
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NOW TV offers four TV passes:
- Entertainment: If you want Sky Atlantic, this is the TV pass you need to get. It gives you access to Sky Atlantic’s programmes — either live or on demand — plus 10 other pay TV channels.
- Movies: This pass gives you access to Sky Cinema films, both live and on demand.
- Kids: With this pass, you can access on-demand children’s programming and live shows from six children’s channels.
- Sky Sports: Available on a daily, weekly or monthly pass, you can watch live matches and events across 10 Sky Sports channels.
Again, all of these TV passes are available on their own or can be stacked together — and cancelled whenever — to meet your household’s needs.
In addition to hits like Game of Thrones and Westworld, if you sign up for the Entertainment Pass, you'll also get to watch top series like:
- The Walking Dead
- The Blacklist
- Twin Peaks
- Ex on the Beach
- The Affair
- The Young Pope
Which is better, NOW TV or Sky?
Both services have pros and cons, and this question ultimately comes down to your needs.
If you’re not happy with your current TV provider or if you want to watch a lot of Sky channels, it makes sense to subscribe to Sky.
Although NOW TV’s Entertainment TV pass is a good deal, if you’re renewing it month-over-month or if you’re combining multiple TV passes on a regular basis, you may be able to save money by switching to Sky.
Subscribing to Sky also guarantees you’ll get Sky Atlantic in HD on a consistent basis. NOW TV streams Sky Atlantic in HD on certain devices; however, this is subject to broadband speeds, which aren’t always reliable.
On the other hand, if you’re not concerned with always watching programmes in HD or if you’re only interested in a few series, NOW TV may be a better deal for you than signing up for a contract with Sky.
NOW TV’s flexibility allows you to get Sky Atlantic when you need it and cancel it when you don’t. So if you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan, you can sign up for the NOW TV Entertainment TV pass for the premiere, then cancel it after the series finishes.
If you're still not sure which one is right for you, our Sky vs NOW TV guide goes into greater detail, comparing set-top boxes, quality and additional features across the two services.
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