Sign up for broadband, home phone and Premier League football from the same provider and you can make some massive savings while enjoying live action from what many football fans regard as the best league in the world.
But which provider is offering the games you want to see? And what other marquee sports events are showing? These are all pertinent questions you'll want to consider before committing to a Sky Sports TV deal. Our guide takes you through the package options, pricing and brings you a complete breakdown of programming to help you make the right buying decision.
Which providers offer broadband and Sky Sports deals?
Sky Sports channels were once solely available to Sky TV customers. That’s no longer the case. You can now get Sky Sports programming if you’re a BT, TalkTalk or Virgin Media broadband customer too, giving fans unprecedented levels of choice.
BT broadband and Sky Sports deals
BT offers Sky Sports 1 and 2 and ESPN through its BT Vision on-demand TV service.
Customers who subscriber to BT's on-demand TV service BT Vision can sign up for both channels for £20 per month. Alternatively, they can opt to pay £15 per month for one of the channels only. Those taking both Sky Sports channels and who are BT Vision Unlimited customers also get ESPN and Vision Sport absolutely free.
A rolling contract system is being applied by BT, which means that takers will also benefit from the flexibility of being able to stop subscribing to Sky Sports 1 and 2 at any time without incurring a financial penalty. This is dependent on them giving 30 days notice of their intentions.
It is, however, worth noting that Sky Sports channels are only available in areas covered by BT's Infinity fibre broadband service. Currently, BT is also unable to offer Sky Sports to its YouView customers.
Find out more about BT on-demand TV and compare BT Vision deals
Virgin Media broadband and Sky Sports deals
Virgin Media offers the full complement of Sky Sports channels, plus ESPN. Customers can also sign up for the HD versions of Sky channels.
To watch standard Sky Sports channels with Virgin Media you’ll require the set top V box. These come with every Virgin Media TV package. If you want to see Sky Sports programming in HD, you will need the V HD box.
The price Virgin Media customers pay for Sky Sports 1 and 2 depends which TV package they are on. For instance, customers who take the TV ‘M’ package pay more than those on the 'M+', 'L' and 'XL' TV packs.
Virgin Media TV subscribers can also choose to sign up to the Sky Sports Collection. This gets them Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 4. Prices once again depend on the size of Virgin Media TV package that customers take.
Considering a Virgin Media broadband deal? Compare all Virgin Media broadband packages
Sky broadband and Sky Sports deals
Unsurprisingly, the full complement of Sky Sports channels are available to Sky broadband customers, including the HD versions.
Subscribers are given a choice of signing up for either the Sky Sports Pack or the Sky Sports Pack HD. Both options include all Sky Sports branded channels - Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports News. The Sky Sports Pack HD features the same channels but in high definition.
The former will require a Sky+ box, while the latter needs customers to have a Sky+ HD box. Customers with a Sky+HD box can choose to sign up for the standard Sky Sports pack or get the same content in high def by choosing Sky Sports HD.
If you also want ESPN, you can add to your Sky TV package for an extra monthly outlay.
Compare all Sky broadband packages here
TalkTalk broadband and Sky Sports deals
TalkTalk is the newest provider to offer Sky Sports and enables customers to get Sky Sports 1,2,3 and 4, as well as Sky's F1 channel when they add the Sports Boost to their bundle.
What does Sky Sports offer?
Sky’s sports programming encompasses four dedicated sports channels that show a plethora of marquee sports events live. The broadcaster also operates the Sky Sports News channel – a rolling news channel that covers breaking stories around the clock.
Each channel is also available in an HD version for customers with a Sky+ HD box.
The jewel in the crown of Sky’s coverage is its Premier League coverage, with 115 live games shown every season. But if football isn't your thing, you're more than catered for with Masters golf, international cricket including India v England, ATP Tour, rugby's Aviva Premiership and lots more.
Football fans also get action from the UEFA Champions League, npower Football League, Carling Cup, Scottish Cup, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Spain's La Liga and Euro 2012 Qualifiers for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Fans of non-Premier League teams are catered for with plenty of live games from across all three divisions. Sky also shows the end of season Play-Offs and all three Play-Off Finals.
The live coverage is supported by a range of football programmes including Soccer AM, Gillette Soccer Saturday, Goals on Sunday and Sunday Supplement. Plus Sky Sports News will give in-depth sports news, breaking stories, results and interviews, 24 hours a day.
Want to check out Sky's other offers? See all Sky deals and those from other providers here: Sky deals
What does ESPN offer?
ESPN broadcasts premium sports content from across the globe. Non-HD and HD channels are available.
Premier League football on ESPN
ESPN has secured the rights to 23 live and exclusive Premier League games.
Premiership Rugby on ESPN
Rugby fans can enjoy 43 live matches from England's top flight, including exclusive coverage of the final itself.
ESPN is offering live coverage of the FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, England U21s, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Eredivisie, Women's Super League and MLS. There's also the chance to watch Aviva Premiership Rugby, French Top 14, UFC, AFL, Motorsport, Darts and new to ESPN the World Series of Poker.
What is Vision Sport?
Vision Sport is an on-demand service featuring highlights of big football matches and other less mainstream sports. It is solely available with BT through its Vision service and is free when customers take BT’s Sports Pack.