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What is a Parental PIN?

NOW has got something for the whole family – but it's not all suitable for younger viewers. That's where your Parental PIN comes in. It has 2 levels: one you can choose yourself, and one you can’t.


You’ll need a PIN to watch some live Entertainment and Sky Cinema channels...

A PIN is mandatory to watch most live Sky Cinema channels and 4 Entertainment channels (Sky Max, Sky Atlantic, Sky Comedy and Sky Documentaries) between 5.30am and 9pm if you're watching on any of our supported devices.

Where a PIN is mandatory, it’ll be required:

  • even if you’ve turned your Parental PIN off
  • whatever the age rating of the movie or programme that’s showing
  • when you switch between channels.

...but it's optional for anything else

You can choose to set a Parental PIN to restrict shows by age rating and stop younger viewers from watching anything they shouldn't. This age restriction will apply to:
  • all live channels other than the Sky Cinema and Entertainment channels where a PIN is mandatory
  • all on-demand movies and shows.

How to set up your Parental PIN

Your PIN can only be controlled by you, so our advisors won't be able to set or reset it for you – you'll need to do this yourself online.

It’s easy to set up your PIN for the first time:

  1. Go to the Settings & PINs area of My Account (you might need to sign in)
  2. Select Set up Parental PIN
  3. Enter your PIN, confirm your password and Save PIN
  4. All certificates will be selected as your default age rating. To choose a different rating, just select Change settings

In Settings & PINs you can reset your PIN, turn it on or off, or change your settings. For more help with PINs, see our help article on changing your PIN.


Watching on YouView?

You don't need a NOW PIN – just enter your YouView PIN. Don't know it? Try the default PIN of 1234, or head to the YouView site for help.


Are you a BT customer?

This Parental PIN is separate from your BT PINs, which you can change through your BT TV box. Head to the BT website to find out how to change BT PINs.

If you’re only watching on your BT TV box, you don’t need a NOW Parental PIN – just use your BT PIN. If you want to watch on other devices, set up a Parental PIN to control what younger viewers can watch on NOW. 



You don’t have to set up a Parental PIN unless you plan to watch live Entertainment or Sky Cinema channels.

A Parental PIN is only mandatory to watch live Entertainment and Sky Cinema channels. If this doesn't apply to you and there are no younger viewers in your household, just select Turn OFF and you won’t be asked for a PIN.

If you turn off Parental PIN, you’d still need to enter your PIN to watch the live Entertainment and Sky Cinema channels where a PIN is mandatory. But you wouldn’t need to enter it for any on-demand movies or shows.

Your Xbox and YouView box have master parental controls which will override your NOW Parental PIN.

If you've turned off your NOW Parental PIN and you still can't watch certain movies or shows, you'll need to change the parental controls on your device to restore access. Here's how:

Xbox One & Series X/S
Find out how to change the parental controls on your Xbox

You also have the option to change your family filter settings. This will block any images or content that's rated above your preferred settings.

Find out how to change the parental controls on your YouView box
PS4 & PS5
The parental controls for PS4 and PS5 don't affect your NOW viewing. If you have parental controls set on your PlayStation, you'll still need to set your Parental PINs on your NOW account to your desired level.

A Payment PIN helps you control who can make purchases using the payment details stored on your account. Your Payment PIN is automatically turned off when you sign up. If you’ve got kids in the house, it’s a good idea to set up your Payment PIN to prevent them from buying something accidentally. You can do this in the Settings & PINs area of My Account, too.

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