8 Must-watch Films This August Bank Holiday

From Disney classics to battles for freedom, love and the future of space, here’s the lowdown on the films to watch at home on Sky this August bank holiday weekend…

Kick back, put your feet up and the television on from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2017. All of these films are yours at the touch of a button on your remote and if you’re not a Sky customer, fear not, call to get access to all of these must-watch films and more.

1. The Boss Baby

How about an epic animated battle between babies and puppies to start your August bank holiday weekend? Round up the kids and meet Tim’s new little brother, The Boss Baby – an Espresso-drinking, sushi-nibbling talking baby on an undercover mission to stop puppies stealing all the love. There simply isn’t enough to go around. If he fails to thwart the Las Vegas launch of the ‘Forever Puppy’, he’ll be stuck with Tim’s family forever and nobody wants that.

Buy and keep The Boss Baby on Sky today.

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Ever wondered how Princess Leia got her hands on the Death Star plans that she hid in R2-D2? This prequel to 1977’s A New Hope is your blockbuster answer. With the Galactic Empire established and the Jedi all but extinct, the Empire captures Erso – who’s crucial to the development of the Death Star. It’s up to his daughter to get the blueprints and restore hope to the galaxy before the Emperor uses them. Follow the story of how she joined forces with the rebels and robot K-2SO.

If the Force is with you, buy and rent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Sky today.

3. Moana

If your little ones liked Frozen, they’ll love Moana this bank holiday weekend. She’s the 16-year-old daughter of Polynesian tribal chief Tui, and Te Kā, the lava demon of earth and fire, is slowly killing the island they call home. With fish dwindling and plants dying, the ocean choses Moana to restore the heart of Te Fiti by sailing oceans full of monsters to the island of Montunui – where the shape shifting demi-god Maui waits to guide her on her watery quest.

Buy and rent Moana on Sky today.

4. Hidden Figures

Pay tribute to three African American heroines – watch Hidden Figures, their true story, this bank holiday weekend. Together, the trio battled severe sexism and racism in segregated Virginia to become crucial NASA maths checkers in the 1960s American Space Race against Russia. Dorothy Vaughan fights for promotion, Mary Jackson is utterly determined to become an engineer and Katherine Johnson is the only African American in a special task group. It’s an unforgettable gritty tale of intelligence and gumption.

Watch Hidden Figures on Sky today.

5. Secret Life of Pets

Terrier Max was the luckiest dog in New York, living it up in his Manhattan apartment block. That is until his owner brought Duke the mongrel home from the pound. As they jostle for top dog, they become stray and not only escape animal control, but also an army of abandoned pets led by an unhinged rabbit, Snowball. Can they make it home or ever get along? Find out.

Watch Secret Life of Pets on Sky today.

6. Beauty and the Beast

It’s the fairytale you know and love, complete with the original music, a few new songs and the indomitable Emma Watson. Disney gave Beauty and the Beast a live action, modern reboot so you can spend your bank holiday following Belle, an independent and fiery young prisoner at the Beast’s castle. It’s that age old question of whether love conquers all, so find out whether Belle can look past the ferocious Beast’s hairy exterior to find the Prince’s kind heart and soul inside.

Buy and rent Beauty and the Beast on Sky today.

7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Teenage Jacob took his late Grandad Abe’s stories with a pinch of salt – tales about a childhood spent battling monsters during the Second World War. Intrigued, Jacob goes hunting for answers where Abe grew up an orphanage for peculiar children on a Welsh Island. And that’s where the magic happens. He’s whizzed all the way back to 1943 where he meets the young residents and Head Mistress Miss Peregrine for all manner of mystery and spellbinding adventure.

Watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on Sky today.

8. Kubo and the Two Strings

Magic, adventure and friendship, the Japanese story of Kubo and the Two Strings makes for perfect viewing this bank holiday. See, Kubo’s mum forbade him from going on adventures – worried the Moon King and his twin witch daughters would attack him again, having already stolen his eye. But the young storyteller soon discovers his family’s secrets and so he enters a magical quest to save his fishing village – armed with a few sheets of paper and a magical lyre, a grumpy monkey and samurai beetle sidekicks. Will his magical suit of armour protect him from evil?

Play Kubo and The Two Strings on your Sky box set from Saturday 19th August 2017.

7 Sizzling Sports Events to Watch This Summer

From once in a lifetime boxing bouts to rugby tournaments worth the four year wait and summer sport that is, frankly, your patriotic duty to watch…

Grab your remote. These unmissable sports events are hitting your TV screen this summer.

1. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor

Saturday 26th August 2017 will see worlds and body parts collide when undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather comes out swinging for two-weight mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor – an Irishman who hasn’t boxed competitively since he was 16.

The hilariously one-sided super-fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena is expected to be the highest grossing event in the history of either sport. And everyone will be watching to see whether McGregor pulls off one of the biggest upsets in history or Mayweather breaking Rocky Marciano’s perfect 49-0 undefeated record to become the all-time great. BT Sport shows McGregor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but you’ll likely have to tune into Sky Sports for the bout instead.

2. British and Irish Lions Tour 2017

Every four years, the best rugby union players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales take on a country from the southern hemisphere. This summer, that’s New Zealand. If Captain Sam Warburton leads the Lions to victory in their first Test Series in New Zealand, they’ll make history. But 10 matches stand in their way, including three games against the mighty All Blacks – scheduled for Saturday 24th June, Saturday 1st July and Saturday 8th July 2017.

Only Sky customers can watch the British and Irish Lions Tour 2017, with all matches shown live on Sky Sports, Sky Sports HD and online, with SkyGo.

3. Wimbledon

Pour your Pimms, squirt cream on your strawberries and tune into the BBC for Britain’s best tennis this summer. Current ladies’ champion and mother to be, Serena Williams, won’t defend her title. But expect to see big-name favourites like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and the pride of Britain, Andy Murray – world number one and double Wimbledon Champion. All nine tennis courts offer live television coverage (seven after week one) from Monday 3rd to Sunday 16th July 2017 – more than any other Grand Slam.

4. Premier League Football

Okay, we’ll level with you, the Premier League lasts months after summer, kicking off from lunchtime on Saturday 12th August 2017 until the final whistle on Sunday 13th May 2018. But it’s one of the most watched sports leagues in the world, with matches almost every Saturday this summer. Current champions Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Burnley, before tackling Everton, Leicester City and Arsenal. But if you’re not a blue, search Sky Sports News HQ (channel 406) for your club’s schedule.

Sky Sports will show more Premier League games than ever before, 126 live matches, including the first Friday night games. Alternatively, BT Sport offers access to four major European football competitions, including the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europe League and Emirates FA Cup.

5. NatWest T20 Blast

England’s hosting an unprecedented amount of international cricket this summer, but keep an eye on our home teams at the NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Old Trafford. All 18 county teams are set to play 14 matches – from 7pm on Friday 7th July (Essex Eagles vs Surrey) to 5.30pm on Wednesday 16th August 2017 (Lancashire Lightning vs Worcestershire Rapids), on Sky Sports. Check the full match listings on Sky Sports, who’re broadcasting more cricket this summer than ever before.

The top four teams will meet at Edgbaston for finals’ day on Saturday 2nd September 2017, offering an action-packed end to your sporty summer. Lancashire Lightning look set to regain their title.

6. The first day-night Test in England

Cricket fans have plenty more to look forward to this summer, with history in the making at the opening of three matches at Investec Test Series. England’s first Test against the West Indies will also be Britain’s first ever day-night match, played with pink Dukes balls from Thursday 17th to Monday 21st August 2017. And you can watch at home on Sky Sports. It could be a tough test for Alistair Cook’s men if Carlos Brathwaite is on form, but England has only lost once at Edgbaston since 2002.

7. MotoGP

Watch the planet’s best motorcyclists fly around racetracks on the fastest bikes money can buy – around Sachsenring in Germany on Sunday 2nd July and Silverstone in Britain on Sunday 27th August 2017. The 69th Grand Prix season of MotoGP is one of the most unpredictable and dangerous motorsports. Catch every second of Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP, including the free practice and qualifying sessions on TV with BT Sport 2. Alternatively, live stream the entire 2017 season on BTSport.com or via the award-winning BT Sport App – if you’re not a subscriber, they can set you up in just 15 minutes.

How to watch summer sport without a contract

Got BT TV and BT Broadband? Enjoy BT Sport for free this summer.
Alternatively, non-Sky Sports customers can watch the sport without a contract by streaming with NOW TV – get a Sky Entertainment Pass for access to all seven Sky Sports channels on TV with a NOW TV box, on the web or via a range of devices.

The 8 Unmissable TV Shows of the Summer

From brand new Game of Thrones to an oh-so relateable comedy and an apocalyptic finale. Here’s the best of summer TV 2017…

Tune into Sky or Apple Music, Amazon Prime or Channel 4 to discover your new TV show addiction.

1. Riviera

Spend 10 episodes in the sun-drenched and seductive French Riviera – home to American art collector Georgina. When a bomb blast kills her tycoon husband at a superyacht party, she’s left to deal with his shady connections.

Thriller fans, tune into Riviera from Thursday 15th June on Sky Atlantic.

2. The Crystal Maze

Will you start the fans please! Richard Ayoade is resurrecting 90s game show, The Crystal Maze for Channel 4 this summer. Teams of five will be pitted against each other in ultimate battle of brains and brawns – watch them navigate the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Future time zones in a maze masterminded by the original designer, James Dillon. To the crystal dome…

Watch The Crystal Maze on Friday 23rd June 2017 at 9pm on Channel 4.  

3. The Leftovers

An apocalyptic event, the ‘Sudden Departure’, killed 2% of the world’s population seven years ago. The anniversary could see rain wipe the world clean and only one man can make it all stop – it’s not the US President, intent on nuclear war. Comedy, horror and flashbacks to a prophecy in 1844 combine in a recipe for summer entertainment – The Leftovers is criminally underrated.

Watch the end of the world as you know it from Tuesday 4th July 2017 on Sky Atlantic.

4. Game of Thrones

Winter, war, wildlings and warriors are coming to Sky Atlantic this summer. Yes, the wait is over at long last – Game of Thrones normally airs in April. It’s anyone’s guess whether Cersi will still be sat on the Iron Throne by the end of episode seven. But if rumours are true, George R R Martin has remained true to notorious form, giving the penultimate series one heck of a cliff hanger.

Watch Game of Thrones at 2am or 9pm on Monday 17th July 2017 on Sky Atlantic.

5. The Tick

Like comic-book heroes that take their destiny, but not themselves too seriously? Catch Amazon’s faithful recreation of The Tick, a giant blue ‘insect’ with enviable antenna and Arthur Everest as his sidekick. Is the man insane? Perhaps, but he could also the hero he imagines himself to be.

Fans of the 90s cartoon simply have to watch Amazon Prime’s The Tick on Friday 25th August 2017 this summer.  

6. Insecure

Need a laugh this summer? Insecure will make you feel good. Follow three Los Angeles locals through the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives. When you last saw her at the end of series one, Rae was sobbing on a sofa, because she didn’t end up with Lawrence – the guy she spent her entire 20s with. Will the love triangle be fixed or are her hopes totally dashed?

Watch Insecure throughout August 2017 on Sky Atlantic.

7. Long Strange Trip

Musos aren’t left out either this summer, because you have the Long Strange Trip to look forward to on Amazon Prime. The six part documentary TV series will get you behind the scenes access into Grateful Dead’s rock’n’roll world, showing you what spurred them on to musical greatness and how they rode the wave of worldwide fame for over 30 years.

Catch the premier of Long Strange Trip on Friday 2nd June 2017 on Amazon Prime.

8. Carpool Karaoke

Apple Music’s first TV series is coming out this summer and it’s a tried and tested hit. Millions have watched superstars belting out their own smash hits, in a car with The Late Late show host James Corden – the Carpool Karaoke segment featured superstars like Adele or Sia, Harry Styles and Katy Perry. Now it’s its own show, with a new celebrity host interviewing the chart-toppers each episode.

7 Awesome Box Sets on Sky Right Now

Need a new box set to binge on? Whether you like action-packed criminal dramas or superhero thrillers, here’s what’s good on TV right now…

Those of you with Sky are spoilt for choice with over 350 television series vying for your attention across 50 channels – it’s the widest range of catch up TV channels in the UK. But here’s how you whittle down your options. From brand new series to old favourites…

1. Blacklist

Like gunfights, explosions and gory stabbings? Then the first three series of Blacklist, available now on Sky, should be at the top of your list. It sees America’s most wanted criminal, Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington team up with FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen to eliminate 10 terrorists and villains on their ‘blacklist’. You’ll delve into Keen’s troubled childhood and watch the worst villains get beaten to a pulp.

2. Lucky Man

Stan Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and dozens more of the most famous superheroes, including Lucky Man – so you can expect his TV box set to be up there with the best. In fact, the 10-part drama was Sky 1’s most watched original drama series ever, averaging 1.9 million viewers an episode from January to March 2016 – and you can re-watch it from 24th October 2016.

Harry Clayton is a troubled London cop, whose outrageous gambling habit led to his wife and child leaving him. But the morning after a passionate night with a mystery woman, he wakes up wearing a bronze bracelet – which gives him the ability to control his own luck. And boy does he need it, he’s immediately suspected of murdering a casino owner.

3. Westworld

Now for Sky’s newest offering, a chaotic drama inspired by Michael Crichton’s original 1973 sci-fi thriller – Westworld. It’ll whisk you away to a dystopian future, specifically, a theme park run by robots where the wealthy humans pretend they’re cowboys in the old American Wild West. It’s only a matter of time, however, before the robots become conscious and start to question what’s happening to them. So chaos inevitably ensues.

4. Hooten and The Lady

Like Indianna Jones? Well, Hooten and The Lady will be right up your alley. Here, rogue American adventurer Ulysses Hooten and British Museum curator Lady Alexandra team up and travel the planet on a treasure hunt, which sees them in a new country every episode – from South Africa to Kuala Lumpur, Egypt and beyond. Of course, these things never go smoothly, so you’ll get a heavy dose of peril and drama along the way.

5. The Night Of

A Sky Atlantic drama watched over 2.5 million times on demand, The Night Of is another cracking murder drama. When college student Nasir Khan drives his dad’s taxi to a party in New York, Andrea mistakes him for a real cabbie. They have a drug-filled night of passion, but when Khan wakes up, he finds her stabbed to death in her apartment – so he flees, leaving everyone to suspect his guilt. The box set will hook you in with a ‘who-dunnit’ theme. Did he kill her?

6. Marvel’s Agent Carter

Marvel fans assemble, you have 18 episodes to catch up on here. It’s 1946 and Howard Stark has been framed for supplying deadly weapons to America’s enemies – accused of treason, he turns to Peggy Carter to get him out of the pickle. While working as a secretary in the Strategic Scientific Reserve, she teams up with Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis to get him off the hock.

7. Outcast

The Walking Dead was good, but creator Robert Kirkman may have gone one better with Outcast – a 10-episode gothic horror series starting fresh on Sky. It’s not for the fainthearted, but the brave among you will meet Kyle Barnes and slowly discover why he’s possessed by demons… which isn’t. Fortunately, Preacher Reverend Anderson is on hand to help him get his life back.

Want to subscribe to Sky, change your contract or make a complaint? Call their customer service team direct.

How to Haggle a Better Deal with Sky

Are you facing Sky TV’s price hike for the second year running? Many existing customers will see their bills increase by £72 from the 1st June 2016, which can feel like a slap in the face. Especially since the hike itself is a cheeky 25% bigger than last year’s.

It’s no secret that Sky are one of the easiest companies to negotiate with. A MoneySavingExpert poll found that 88% of Sky customers who haggled for a better deal, won. With odds like this in your favour, why wouldn’t you try and haggle? You’ll likely find that this friendly TV giant is willing to cut you a better deal, just to keep your account on their books.

While their Live Chat advisors aren’t known for their generous streak, you can pick up the phone in an attempt to slash your bill or bag some freebies, like a new HD set top box, faster broadband or bigger data allowances. But before you call their contact number, you’d best brush up on your haggling technique…

Do Your Homework & Strike at the Opportune Moment 

A seasoned haggler bullet-proofs their case before diving into negotiations, so take five to prepare. List any and every issue you can recall having with Sky, no complaint is too pretty. These can make your customer advisor empathetic to your cause. Is your internet running at a snail’s pace? Were you kept on hold for too long? Temperamental set top box?

Bring up your TV menu, and take stock of your channels too. Trimming down your bill can be as simple as refusing to pay for the channels you don’t watch or can live without – so you need to know which they are. Research Sky’s ‘new customer’ deals and general discounts, before checking in on their rivals too – as these credible tip-bits are hard to argue with, and they’ll show that you genuinely understand what you’re talking about.

For the best chance of success, you need to time your phone call right. If you’re heading to the end of your contract, for example, you’re in with a better shot of haggling a better deal – you must give Sky 31 days’ notice before leaving.

Cut to the Chase

Don’t beat around the bush, you’re going to want to play hardball with the right person to knock pennies off your contract. So when you call through to a customer advisor, ask to speak to the ‘TV Cancellations’ department straight away. You’re going to need to bluff your way to a cheaper deal – and winning yourself the somewhat sympathetic ear of someone in Sky’s Customer Retentions department will help you on your way to victory.

Charm & Schmooze

Would you go out of your way to help a patronising or bad-tempered soul, intent on chewing your ear off for their own end? When you’re haggling with Sky, keep things light and polite. You need them to like and sympathise with you – remember that they hold all of the cards. They’re well within their rights to call your bluff and cancel your contract at any minute.

Simply explain that your budget won’t stretch that far, no matter how much you wish it would. Or take yourself out of the equation altogether, with a simple: ‘sorry, but my partner/housemate/kid brother just isn’t willing to pay such a large sum’.

Hold Your Ground & Make Them Fight for You 

Just because Sky aren’t known to put up a fight against hagglers, they won’t roll over either. You’ll never get the best deal or discount on your very first try. So if you don’t want to settle for their initial offer, simply give it another go.

You may find that they’ll call you back to put a better offer on the table. Otherwise, wait a few days and re-dial their number to talk to another operator. Perhaps you caught the first one on a bad day? Keep your chin up, and fight for what you want.

Be a Cool Cucumber

When you haggle, you catch the person at the other end off guard. While you can often turn this to your advantage, some customer service assistants simply won’t budge. Don’t sweat it if they sound as though they really will terminate your contract and follow through with your bluff, as you asked. Should that happen, simply tell them that you need to talk to the bill payer or your partner/mum/cat before making any permanent decisions. Then hang up.

Regardless of how your phone call is going down, never allow yourself to feel pressured into agreeing to anything.

Bite the Bullet

If you’ve really had it up to here with Sky, and your negotiations have proved fruitless, you might want to go the whole hog and actually cancel your Sky contract. What? Well, your ‘contract termination’ confirmation email may well come with a pleasant surprise, just when you thought it was all over.

Don’t count your chickens, but if you end your contract, check your My Sky account online and on your interactive TV, for a discount voucher or offer. Sky customers have reportedly received 50% off offers and other freebies, to tempt them to continue their contract. Of course, this is not absolutely guaranteed.

But even if this final gamble falls as flat as the rest of your haggling efforts, don’t be disheartened. You’re now free to cherry pick a generous ‘new customer’ contract with one of Sky’s rivals, and Sky may never have been in a position to top them anyway.

So there you have it, your merry dance to a better deal with Sky. Go ahead and practise your steps, before getting down to it – call this number when you’re ready for showtime.