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

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

The Premier League returns on Wednesday 17th June, and Sky Sports and BT Sport are doing whatever it takes to get new customers to sign up.

With the exciting announcement that the Premier League will officially be returning to our screens this week, digital TV providers have been pulling out all the stops to make it cheaper than ever to watch every single game.

Over the past couple of days, BT, Sky and Sky’s streaming platform NOW TV have all announced special offers on their various sports packages, many of which will only be around for a limited time.

If you’re keen to get back into the action, we’ve got all the information you need to find the right deal for you. After all, it can be confusing figuring out which one to choose, as each of the 19 different deals currently on the market has its own list of pros and cons.

Here’s the breakdown of what deals you can get as of today:

New deals from Sky

Since Sky Sports holds the rights to the majority of games, let’s start there. If you’re a Sky TV customer, the quickest and cheapest way to start watching the Premier League fixtures is to add on Sky Premier League & Football channels to your current subscription.

The Premier League & Football channels have been reduced from £22 to £18 per month and will give you access to 39 games that’ll be aired live exclusively on Sky Sports. You’ll also get 45 live EFL Championship games and access to Sky’s immersive new Fanzone, Crowds and Recap features.

This is a rolling 31-day subscription. But you’ll need to take on an 18-month contract for the rest of Sky’s TV channels which is currently £21 per month. There’s also a £20 set-up cost for new Sky TV customers.

New deals from BT

BT has recently announced half-price deals on BT Sport and Big Sport TV subscriptions for its broadband customers. This means you could get access to BT Sport channels for £7.50 per month or all BT and Sky Sports channels for £20 per month.

However, this discount is only for three months, and you would be required to sign up for a 24-month contract. So while this has the cheapest initial cost, it does tie you into a lengthy contract with the provider.

Flexible deals for Sports channels

If you’re not currently a Sky or BT customer, and you have no plans on switching anytime soon, you can still get access to all the sports channels you could want via streaming services.

You can get access to all 11 Sky Sports channels with the NOW TV Sports pass for £33.99 on a rolling monthly subscription. There’s even a £9.99 day pass you can get if you’re interested in watching a particular match, like the Merseyside derby on 21st June or Man City Vs Chelsea.

You can also subscribe to BT Sport on a monthly basis for £25 per month which you can stream through the dedicated BT Sport app on your smart TV or mobile devices.

What's cheaper, Sky or BT?

BT Sport is cheaper than Sky Sports, simply because Sky has more channels, more programming and more exclusive matches. There are a lot of different ways to get access to both Sky Sports and BT Sport, and the price you pay will mostly depend on which broadband provider you’re with.

That being said, both BT and Sky often have special deals and offers running, so to get an accurate idea of pricing it's best to regularly compare your options.

What’s the cheapest way to get BT Sport?

The cheapest way to get BT Sport involves being a BT customer. You can add it to your BT TV package for just £15. If you’re not with BT, the cheapest way to get BT Sport is to pay £25 to access the BT Sport app directly.

What’s the cheapest way to get Sky Sports?

If you’re a Sky customer, the cheapest way to get Sky Sports is simply upgrading your TV subscription for £23. If you’re not with Sky or BT, the cheapest way to get Sky Sports is with the NOW TV Sky Sports pass, which is £33.99 for a month, or just £5.99 for a mobile-only pass.

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