Skip to main content

How to get Sky Sports

Although there are other dedicated sports channels out there, Sky Sports is the go-to package for sports fans. Showcasing a wide range of national and international sports and events, Sky Sports offers unparalleled programming options for even the most avid sports enthusiasts.
Share this guide
man watching sports on TV

Luckily for everyone, Sky makes it easy to subscribe to Sky Sports no matter which TV provider you’re with. Here’s how you can watch Sky Sports on your TV, no matter who your provider is.

What’s on Sky Sports?

Sky Sports is a group of 11 sports channels, airing sports like:

  • Live Premier League games

  • English Football League

  • Formula 1

  • PGA Tour

  • The Ashes

  • La Liga

  • Betfred Super League

  • World Rugby Sevens

  • Rugby Champions Cup

  • Rugby Super League

  • ATP World Tour

  • The Masters

  • Ryder Cup

  • WWE

  • Scottish Premiership matches

  • ICC Cricket World Cup

  • NFL games

  • Super Bowl

How can I watch Sky Sports?

Regardless of who your TV provider is, you can either watch Sky Sports on your TV, online through the Sky website or via the Sky Sports app if you subscribe to the channels.

Watch Sky Sports on Sky

It’s easy to add Sky Sports to your current Sky package for an additional monthly fee, no matter what package you’re already on.

The good news is that Sky also offers bundled options with Sky Cinema channels, so subscribing to Sky Sports is cheaper for customers who also subscribe to Sky Cinema.

If you're with Sky, there's also the option to pick and choose specific Sky Sports channels to add to your subscription. That way if you only want to watch football, for example, you don't need to pay for the full Sky Sports package.

See our latest Sky TV deals

Watch Sky Sports on Virgin Media

Virgin Media has several excellent options for sports fans to get access to Sky Sports. Similar to other providers, you can add Sky Sports on its own or get it bundled together with Sky Cinema. Virgin Media also offers a sports bundle that combines Sky Sports and BT Sport.

If you're a Virgin Media broadband customer you can also subscribe to Sky Sports through its new Stream service, which allows you to combine all your streaming services into one package.

How much does it cost to add Sky Sports to Virgin TV?

You can add eight premium Sky Sports channels to your Virgin TV package from £31.75 a month (or add it in HD for an additional £7 extra a month). You can then also watch live sport on the go with the Sky Sports app.

How much does it cost to add Sky Sports to Virgin Media Stream?

You can add Sky Sports HD to Virgin Media Stream for £38.75 extra a month on a rolling 30-day contract. You'll also receive a 10% stream credit, effectively giving you £3.875 off your broadband bill each month you're subscribed.

Compare Virgin Media TV deals

Watch Sky Sports on BT

Since BT Sport is Sky's biggest competitor in the live sports arena (pun intended), it used to be incredibly complicated to get access to both channels. These days, Sky and BT have formed something of a truce, making it easier than ever for BT customers to get access to Sky Sports and vice versa.

If you're a BT customer you will need a BT TV subscription, you can then add on either the Big Sport TV package to watch Sky Sports or BT Sport whenever you want.

Compare BT TV deals

Watch Sky Sports on NOW

You can even watch Sky Sports without a TV provider by signing up to NOW, Sky’s standalone streaming service. With NOW, you can get a Sky Sports TV membership on a daily or monthly basis, making it the most flexible option of all.

Compare NOW TV deals

Watch Sky Sports online

After you’ve signed up for Sky Sports — no matter what provider you’re with — you can watch Sky Sports online through their website or the Sky Sports app, which is available for most smartphones and tablets.

Subscribers to Sky can watch Sky Sports through the Sky Go app. If you subscribe to Sky Sports through NOW, you can use their app to watch the service, too.

Watch Sky Sports in HD

Sky Sports is available in HD and UHD (ultra-high definition) which is also known as 4K.

Sky subscribers

Sky Sports and Sky Cinema subscribers now come in HD as standard, with the option to watch some events in UHD/4K. You'll see an on-screen prompt to switch to UHD viewing for those events that are available in 4K, or you can press the red button to check for UHD events.

Virgin Media subscribers

Sky Sports is available in HD for an additional monthly fee.

BT subscribers

Sky Sports is available in HD for an additional monthly fee.

NOW subscribers

The Sky Sports Pass is available in HD but you'll need to purchase a NOW Boost which gives you Full HD viewing at 50 frames per second and immersive Surround Sound.

Read more...

family watching football

BT Sport vs Sky Sports

Compare BT Sport and Sky Sports to see whether you should get Sky Sports or BT Sport. Find out which channels you need to see the sports you love.

Learn more
watching football on TV

What's the cheapest way to watch football on TV?

With the Premier League and the majority of competitions only available on pay-TV platforms, what's the cheapest way to watch football on TV?

Learn more
young couple watching sport on the TV

How to watch the Premier League on TV

Find out where to watch the latest Premier League matches, including all the games over Christmas and Boxing Day.

Learn more
friends watching sport online

How can I watch BT Sport?

If you’re a sports fan, you’ll want access to dedicated sports channels like BT Sport. Here’s how you can get BT Sport with any provider.

Learn more