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How to watch the Premier League on TV

How to watch the Premier League on TV

The Premier League has officially returned to our TV screens, with the 2020/21 season kicking off on the 12th September and each match still taking place in empty stadiums.

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Where can I watch Premier League football?

At the time of writing, all but two Premier League fixtures until the 1st October will be aired on either Sky Sports or BT Sport — it's yet to be confirmed if every match has guaranteed airtime after that date.

The two matches during this period that air elsewhere are Leicester City v Burnley on Sunday 20th September (BBC One / BBC iPlayer) and Crystal Palace v Everton on Saturday 26th September (Amazon Prime). Amazon Prime Video has also secured broadcast rights for a number of Premier League games in December.

This means that in order to watch every available Premier League fixture for the rest of 2020 live on TV, you’ll need access to more than one sports channel.

Sky Sports Premier League fixtures

Sky Sports currently has the exclusive broadcast rights to 12 of the season’s fixtures, though of course that is expected to grow as more broadcast dates are confirmed. Sky TV's popular Sky Sports Premier League channel is available for those customers wishing to watch football but aren’t too fussed about other sports such as cricket or golf.

Priced at £18 at the time of writing, this is a rolling monthly subscription, giving viewers the flexibility to sign up and cancel each month depending on what they'd like to watch.

Sky Sports subscribers can access a range of channels filled with live sport, including top-flight football matches each week. You will also be able to stream matches via the Sky Go app on a range of devices, including smartphones and tablets.

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Alternatively, NOW TV gives you access to every Sky Sports channel without signing up to a contract. You can get a Sky Sports day pass for £9.99 or a month pass for £33.99.

NOW TV also has a Sky Sports Mobile Month pass for those who don’t mind watching matches on their smartphones. This is a monthly subscription that costs just £5.99 and includes five Sky Sports channels: Premier League, Arena, Action, Racing, and News.

NOW TV can be streamed through a computer or apps found on most smart TVs, phones and consoles.

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BT Sport Premier League fixtures

BT Sport has so far secured eight games this season (also expected to grow as the year progresses), all of which will be available exclusively to BT Sport customers, including the first match of the season between Fulham and Arsenal on Saturday 12th September.

In addition to the Premier League matches, BT Sport will also be the only place to watch the Champions League when it returns for the 2020/21 season, as well as the Europa League.

BT Broadband customers can add BT Sport to their existing contracts for an additional £15 per month.

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Amazon Prime Premier League fixtures

Amazon Prime is still fairly new to the world of Premier League football, predominantly airing key Bank Holiday matches, but this year it'll be airing games throughout December.

Take a look at the latest deals for Amazon Prime ahead of the new season.

Pay-per-view Premier League games on BT and Sky

Premier League games that had not been selected for broadcast will also be available for fans to watch on a pay-per-view basis. Since most fans won't be able to attend games in person for a while, this interim solution will at least allow some of the other teams in the League to get some support, albeit virtually, and give fans a bit of a COVID distraction.

Five fixtures per round will be available on BT Sport Box Office or Sky Sports Box Office, priced at £14.95 each.

Ru Bhikha, TV expert at Uswitch.com, said,

“This move by the Premier League is far from an ideal solution, but it at least means that supporters don’t have to miss out on seeing their team in action.

“While it may feel galling for some fans to have to pay £14.95 a match to watch a game from their living room, many supporters will be used to paying much more to see their team on matchday, with the average Premier League ticket costing £32 in the 2019/20 season.

“BT Sport, Virgin Media and Sky TV customers will be in the best position to watch these pay-per-view matches as they have direct access to box office channels. Casual fans can download the Sky Sports Box Office app for one-off access.”

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