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Ah, summer. A time to get out in the sunshine and embrace the great outdoors. Or just plonk yourself on the sofa with some new goodies courtesy of Sky.

The broadcaster has announced it is bolstering its Now TV subscription-free streaming service with two additions: a remixed Now TV Box and a new Sky Sports Month pass.

The Now TV Box will be "faster and smoother" according to Sky. There's no word on a spec sheet, but Sky has revealed its processor will be five times faster than the current-generation TV box.

It will also sport an Ethernet port for a wired connection, which should widen its appeal beyond just those with Wi-Fi.

Sky is also giving its current-gen Now TV Box a lick of paint. It will roll out changes to the user interface in the next few month, which will make it quicker and easier to get to the channels and content you want.

Later in the year, more changes will improve the search function, enable you to automatically play next episodes and tag, save and find favourite shows.

Customers can now subscribe to Sky Sports on a month-by-month basis with the new Now TV Sky Sports Month pass. It will set you back £31.99 a month, and will launch in time for the new football season.

Until now, Sky Sports on Now TV has only been available via a day pass (£6.99) or a week pass (£10.99). So if there's a bumper crop of sports you want to watch, the month pass could be a goer.

"Now TV has established real momentum since it launched nearly three years ago," said Stephen van Rooyen, Sky's chief marketing & digital officer.

"The acceleration in our customer growth shows Now TV is attracting customers in a way that is complementary, not at odds, with the Sky TV service.

"As with the Sky platform we are committed to constant improvement so we can produce the best experience for customers as well as developing exciting new services and features for them to enjoy."

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