It has never been easier to watch the “beautiful game” without actually being at the ground. These days you can take in hours and hours of Premier League action on Sky, BT and even Amazon Prime.
Yet it’s still not exactly cheap. So whether you want to catch every match or just your own team, here’s how you can watch Premier League football for a reasonable price.
What are the options?
There are a range of different viewing options to suit you and your budget. We’ve rounded up the best below.
With the exclusive rights to a huge proportion of the matches in 2020/21, Sky is your best bet for football-watching over the next few months.
You can catch Sky Sports on Sky, BT TV, Virgin, NOW TV and Talk Talk.
NOW TV is ideal if you don’t think you’ll watch the Premier League every weekend. A Day Pass gives you access to all Sky Sports channels for 24 hours and will cost £9.99.
Or you might opt for a 7-day Week Pass for £14.99. If your team is playing on a Sunday one weekend and a Saturday the next, this could be a cheeky way of cutting costs.
If you think you’ll be plonked on your sofa watching the Premier League a few times a month however, NOW TV might be the best option. And anyway, £25 for a Month Pass is a pretty good deal.
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BT has the rights to a selection of Premier League matches for the remainder of this season. Below we look at some tactics for getting BT Sport access on the cheap.
Maybe you’re looking for a new mobile deal? If so then you can get three months of BT Sport totally free when you sign up with the EE network. After this honeymoon period, you’ll have to pay £15 a month to watch it on your TV, which is still pretty decent value.
If you don’t want to go down the EE route, the cheapest way to watch BT’s Premier League coverage is by taking out a combined Broadband and Sport App package.
At a cost of £39.99, it isn’t exactly cheap, plus it will lock you into a 24-month contract. So there’s no way to stop paying when the football season comes to an end.
If you have Sky TV, Virgin or TalkTalk it’s a good idea to call and ask what it will cost to add BT Sport to your package. You might discover it’s cheaper to simply take out an EE mobile contract than upgrade your existing television deal.
Amazon is also making its mark in the pay-to-view football arena and will also show a range of matches for the 2020/21 season.
If you haven’t done an Amazon Prime 30-day free trial before then, you’re sorted. It’ll cost you absolutely nothing and you can watch all the matches. For those who have already cashed in on the free trial, it will cost £7.99 to use Prime for the month.
Tips for cutting costs
Look out for broadband and TV combo deals. If you’re on the hunt for a new broadband deal anyway then it might be a good idea to find one that lets you watch Premier League football, too.
Watch on your mobile. If you’re not too fussed about seeing the action on the big screen, you might consider getting an app-only version of Sky Sports or BT Sport. A NOW TV Mobile Month Pass costs £5.99 a month while the BT Sport App comes for free with a BT Mobile plan.
Switch provider. Don’t automatically add sports channels to your existing Sky or BT TV deals. By haggling or switching to a new company, you can take advantage of benefits that are usually reserved for new customers.
Split with a mate. Given you can watch Sky Sports and BT on two separate devices, maybe you could ask a friend if they want to split the cost with you?
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