Another month, another glorious round-up of top entertainment from Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Amazon Prime Video, and NOW TV Entertainment…
Did you enjoy that much-needed rain? Don’t get used too used to it; August looks set to be another stonker when it comes to sunshine! Luckily though, with a Red Entertainment plan* from Vodafone UK, you can catch up on the latest entertainment whatever the weather, and wherever you go.
This month is shaping up to be a real feast for the eyes and ears when it comes to streaming, since NOW TV Entertainment, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV and Spotify Premium are all bursting at the seams with top quality content. Here’s what to have on your radar…
NOW TV Entertainment
NOW TV Entertainment is your one-stop shop for all manner of top TV – from award-winning boxsets like Game of Thrones, to lighthearted entertainment and reality shows. This month, though? All eyes will be on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
That’s because the big man is back for season four of Ballers – the NFL dramedy that’s half Friday Night Lights and half Entourage – from 16 August. Dwayne Johnson’s endlessly affable charm is a big sell here, and the show’s fourth season sees him, in the guise of American Football financial manager Spencer Strasmore, heading to LA to widen his portfolio. And now doubt to widen his glut of problems and scrapes, too.
You can check out the trailer above, and catch up on seasons one-three on NOW TV Entertainment right now.
Amazon Prime Video
Our newest Red Entertainment partner, Amazon Prime Video plays host to a dizzying array of TV shows and music, all available to stream at no extra cost. There are much-loved classic and brand new releases, all alongside a growing collection of ‘Prime Originals’ – homegrown shows with big budgets and, often, universal acclaim.
The latest Prime Original to land on the service, and teased online for long enough to have usvery excited, is a TV adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. This time John Krasinski (who you might know as Jim from the US version of The Office) is stepping into Jack’s shoes, which will help round the character out with some very likeable edges.
Watch the latest trailer above, and then set a date in the diary for 31 August, when the full first season drops.
Sky Sports Mobile TV
Even the most casual sports fan knows there’s a massive cross in the calendar each August, and it’s there to mark the long-awaited return of the Premier League.
As ever, Sky Sports has an enviable roster of live and exclusive matches, which means anyone with a Sky Sports Mobile TV subscription can get in on the action wherever they go, via the app on phone or tablet.
The new season starts on Friday, 10 August this year, with Man Utd squaring up against Leicester at 7.45pm. But that whole weekend is set to be a corker, with Newcastle v Tottenham on the Saturday, Liverpool v West Ham early on Sunday and then current champions Man City heading to the Emirates at 4pm to play Arsenal.
There are no fewer than eight more live and exclusive Premier League games on Sky Sports during August, so you know where to keep it locked to keep up to date.
Millions of tracks, hundreds of thousands of playlists and only so many hours in the day! Don’t worry; here’s what you need to give a Spotify thumbs up to this month…
Drake’s latest album, Scorpion, continues to chew up the streaming charts, but there’s plenty else to look forward to in August. On the 24th, for instance, Honne’s new album, ‘Love Me / Love Me Not’ lands, bringing some sweet electro vibes with it. The Honne boys say of the new LP that they want “to show a balance, and the grey space” between good, bad, hectic and smooth.
Have a listen to single ‘Feels So Good’ below to see what they mean:
Elsewhere, Ariana Grande’s next studio album, ‘Sweetener’, drops on 17 August. First teased way back in 2016, the singer says this LP will be all about “bringing light to a situation, or to someone’s life, or somebody else who brings light to your life, or sweetening the situation.” So we’d expect plenty of uplifting moments. You can check out new single God is a Woman below:
Also on the 17th, emo faves Death Cab For Cutie release their ninth album, entitled Thank You for Today, following a year spent in the studio. First single, Gold Rush, should give you a decent taster:
Elsewhere, there’s new music from both Justice and Interpol to keep an ear out for, while Spotify’s Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlists – which tailor themselves to your tastes – should mean you’ll never be without a new tune or two (hundred) this month.
This month’s must-have apps… Check out our pick of August’s essential new downloads.