January doesn't have to be a slog - there's so much to look forward to! Join us as we go through the this month's best music, TV and sport on #4GEntertainment...

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January can sometimes feel like a bit of a slog, but it certainly doesn’t have to. We’ve got a boatload of new TV, music and sport coming to chase away those winter blues, thanks to our collection of fantastic entertainment partners.

When you sign up to any of our Red Value 4G Bundles, you’ll can nab yourself a subscription to one of Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium, Netflix or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass!*

Only problem is, which one do you choose? Well, that’s where we come in. Check in with Vodafone Social every month for a rundown of what’s hot in the world of #4GEntertainment. First up, Netflix…

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The newest member of our #4GEntertainment family, Netflix is home to a massive range of great TV series and movies, all available to stream direct to your mobile device from wherever you might be.

For starters, Netflix is the only place you can see the company’s award-winning Netflix originals content. If you’re brand new to the service, House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black are must-watch shows, whilst Netflix veterans should make sure to catch more recent originals like Narcos, or Marvel’s Jessica Jones, both of which have received rave reviews in the last few months.

Are you on a fitness drive this January? Netflix can help you out. Check out Town of Runners or Pantani for some serious running and cycling motivation, and to get you out of bed on those frosty mornings. And if you feel like the world is conspiring against you and your new year’s resolutions, check out Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which will teach you how not to let disaster get you down.

As for this month’s new shows, Netflix is kicking off 2016 with Degrassi: Next Class – a Canadian teen drama on 15 January, followed by Chelsea Handler’s four part documentary ‘Chelsea Does…’ on 23 January, where Chelsea takes on four hot topics – namely, marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs.

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On the hunt for up and coming new artists for the new year? Look no further than Spotify’s Spotlight playlist – a curated list packed full of artists that Spotify thinks will be huge in 2016, including the likes of Jack Garratt, Samm Henshaw and LEON. You can check out the Spotlight 2016 playlist just below.

Besides that, there’s plenty more to look forward to this January on the music front, including two massive British album releases. Firstly, David Bowie fans will be waiting with baited breath for his 25th studio album, titled ‘Blackstar’, which arrives on 8 January – the date of Bowie’s 69th birthday, no less. You may have already heard the title track if you’ve been watching ‘The Last Panthers’, if not, here it is below!

29 January also sees the arrival of a new album from British indie rockers Bloc Party. Four years since the release of ‘Four’, the band are back with a different line-up, but the same distinctive sound. If you can’t wait until the end of the month, you can check out the lead single ‘The Love Within’ below.

And in case you missed the news, The Beatles are now on Spotify too!

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If winter is your perfect time to curl up with some great TV, a NOW TV Entertainment Pass might be the way to go. With box sets for hundreds of top shows, and access to live TV from 13 of the UK’s best pay-to-view channels – including Sky Atlantic, FOX, Sky1, MTV and Comedy Central – it’s the perfect choice for TV junkies.

This month is packed to the gunnels with quality TV, but the pick of the bunch this month arrives on 20 January, when Stan Lee’s Lucky Man arrives on Sky 1. This is the first UK TV drama from the comic book legend, and it features James Nesbitt as Harry Clayton – a down-on-his-luck cop who receives an ancient bracelet that allows him to control his luck. But as Harry is about to find out, all is not as simple as it seems…

If you’re looking to get your TV fix a bit sooner than that, there’s always Season 1 and 2 of Penny Dreadful, available as a box set from 4 January. Or you can head over to Sky Living on 9 January to catch Limitless live and on catch up – a new TV series based on the 2011 film – starring Jake McDorman, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Carpenter.


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There’s nothing quite like football over the New Year, and with most of us not going back to work until 4 January, we’ve already enjoyed a huge weekend of sport thanks to the footy and the PDC World Darts Championship.

Well, you’ll be glad to know that the action carries on throughout the month too, with Liverpool vs. Manchester United on 17 January, and a big London derby a week later when Chelsea travel to The Emirates to take on Arsenal.

January is a big month for cricket fans too. England’s tour of South Africa continues throughout the month, with the second, third and fourth test to look forward to. With South Africa highly ranked but struggling, and England starting to find their best form with bat and ball, the series promises to be a real battle. Tune in to Sky Sports 2 from 2 January for the second Test.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty of Guinness PRO12 rugby all through January, and the excitement of the World Sevens to look forward to on 30 January.

Ready for #4G Entertainment? You can find out lots more about each service here.

*Entertainment: Available on 12- and 24-month Red Value Bundles (excludes Red Value 2GB Bundle). Compatible device required. Sky Sports 1&2 only and Sky Sports News HQ only. Content may vary. NOW TV Entertainment Pass: available for Red Value Bundle customers. Access to the NOW TV Entertainment service will automatically renew at £6.99 per month after the initial 6/12/24 months unless cancelled. Retail price paid includes the cost of the Red Value Bundle and the NOW TV Entertainment Pass. Offer not available in conjunction with other NOW TV Entertainment Pass offers. NOW TV Account set up with debit/credit card required. 18+. UK only. Content streamed via BB/4G. Full terms at vodafone.co.uk/entertainment-packs.
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