UK residents can get 800 Microsoft Points for free for trying Now TV

If you live in the UK or Northern Ireland, you may be able to get a whopping 800 Microsoft Points completely for free. There's very little in terms of a catch; the free points is part of a way for UK broadcaster Sky to get you to try out their Now TV streaming video service on the Xbox 360 console.

The Now TV website has the details on the special deal. Basically, you have to be a totally new member of Now TV in order to be eligible for the offer as well as an Xbox Live Gold member. If you are, and again if you live in the UK and Ireland, you sign up with a credit card and put in the promo code XBOXOFFER.

Once that is completed, you can then download the Now TV app on the Xbox 360 console and start watching its libary of movies for free for 30 days.  You can cancel the free trial at any time before the 30 day free period ends, but you still keep the 800 Microsoft Points if you watch at least 90 minutes of video on Now TV beforehand.

However, if you decide to stick with Now TV after the free trial ends, Sky will send over an additional 1600 Microsoft Points. The subscription rate is £8.99 a month for the first three months if you sign up before March 31st and £15 a month after that. This free Microsoft Points offer will close up on January 31st.

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Catherine E: Hi, how can I help you today?

You: Hi Catherine, I signed up yesterday, using the XBOXOFFER code. Just wondering how long it takes to receive the 800 MS Points.

Catherine E: Ok, you would have the free trial for a month and then your 800 Microsoft® Points will be posted to you within 30 days of the end of your free trial.

Catherine E: Is there anything else I can help you with?

You: No, that is all. Thank you for your help. Goodbye

Catherine E: Ok, enjoy the rest of your day.

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Well thank kinda sucks, could be two months until you get the points

Still, gotta love a freebie.

Hannah A: Hi, how can I help you today?

You: Hi hannah, I have just tried to take advantage of your current promo, by entering the code: XBOXOFFER

You: But it says... Order summary: Sky Movies Pass - FREE 30 DAY TRIAL VOUCHER APPLIED: You will be charged £8.90 for this service for the first 1 month(s) and £8.99 for each month thereafter.

Hannah A: Could I please take the full name and email address linked to your NOW TV account?

You: I don't have a NOW TV account. Not yet at least.

Hannah A: This message is referring to the first payment month, not the actual free trial. You are as a new customer entitled to and will receive a free 30 day trial

You: OK, cool. Just wanted to make sure. The wording doesn't make that absolutely clear.

Hannah A: Yes we are actually in the process of amending the wording of the statement as it is causing concern with our customers.

Hannah A: I hope that clears it up.

You: Great. Thanks for your help

Hannah A: Have a good day, Goodbye!

You: You too. Goodbye.
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Order summary: Sky Movies Pass - FREE 30 DAY TRIAL

VOUCHER APPLIED: You will be charged £8.90 for this service for the first 1 month(s) and £8.99 for each month thereafter.

Say what?

"You already use that email address for another Sky service. We'll need a different one to get you set up for NOW TV."

Useless *******.

So you watch 90 mins then you get the points. I will most likely now actually take out the subscription because no other service like this (lovefilm, netflix) have enough content to consume. Just checked, better selection that netflix and lovefilm but still only around 20 decent films which I could watch in a month.

What? UK only? What about the rest of the world?

(If this were US only, there would be 20 comments by now about the restriction)

nohone said,
What? UK only? What about the rest of the world?

(If this were US only, there would be 20 comments by now about the restriction)

The difference is Now TV is a UK & Ireland only service anyway.

If something like this was offered by an international Service, say Netflix, but was restricted to US only, then i can understand the "US only?" type of comments

No thanks, I'll stick with the more reasonably priced Netflix. At least they are a little bit more open about other platforms besides iPhone and Android (and Xbox obviously). Netflix has W8 and WP apps too which work great.

Also, I'm still dubious about paying more money to Sky for TV and Movie content that I already get with my near £80-ish per month Sky subscription. What does this give me that I don't already get with Sky Go, my Sky+ HD box, and Sky On-Demand?

Lastly, does anybody else think Sky's NOW TV is somewhat anti-competitive? It seems to me that Sky are leveraging their position as the primary premium TV provider in the UK, and the early access to Movies and TV shows that this gives to them, to give their own streaming service an unfair advantage over their competition. Perhaps I'm just being paranoid.

Edited by Ryster, Jan 11 2013, 12:15am :

Misleading, *UK residents with an xbox 360 and gold membership can get 800 Microsoft Points for free for trying Now TV