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How to watch live football on TV

How to watch live football on TV

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Last updated: 12 January 2022

With no fans allowed back into football stadiums for the foreseeable future, finding the cheapest way to watch live football on TV has never been more important for many fans. It is no surprise that almost every game this Premier League season is available on some TV format or another. In this guide we will answer all your queries about how to watch live football on TV.

Where can I watch premier league football?

With so many different services sharing the fixtures between them, watching all Premier League games in the 2020/2021 season you probably want the service where you can see the most. Sky Sports remains the home of Premier League football with 128 games to be shown live on their platforms across the span of the season, plus an additional six games in September.

Also, BT Sport secured 58 games to be exclusively available on their service. You will now be able to watch matches in stunning ultra-high definition on 4K UHD on TV. Due to the situation with COVID-19, with a BT subscription you will be able to watch six more games than last season.

Amazon Prime are fairly new to the live Premier League game, in the 2020/2021 season they have secured two full rounds of matches over the Christmas period from 15th-17th December and 28th-30th December. As well as two extra games which are currently yet to be confirmed.

Watch Sky Sports Premier League fixtures

Sky Sports is priced at £18 for a rolling monthly subscription, giving viewers the flexibility to sign up and cancel each month depending on what they'd like to watch. This is reasonable considering the 128 Premier League games you would have available to view. On top of this, for subscribing to the sports package, you would also receive the following football games:

  • 54 Scottish Premier League
  • 153 English Football League fixtures
  • Scottish Cup fixtures
  • UEFA Nations League
  • Euro 2020 qualifiers
  • Carabao Cup, La Liga, Eredivisie
  • US Major League Soccer

Being a Sky Sports subscriber also means you can access all the live sport above on the Sky Go app, all the football you want on the go. If you want another way to watch Sky Sports without being an actual subscriber, 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 offers a Sky Sports Mobile Month pass, for those of you who don’t mind watching on a smartphone. This pass only costs £5.99 and includes five Sky Sports channels: Premier League, Arena, Action, Racing, and News.

Watch BT Sport Premier League fixtures

There are many ways you can watch the Premier League on BT Sport. You can add BT Sport to your Sky TV package for £29.99 per month on either a monthly or annual contract, on top of your Sky contract. You can also access it through TalkTalk TV for the same price.

You can watch BT’s 58 Premier League fixtures via a Monthly Pass. The Monthly Pass gets you full access to the BT Sport app (with all four BT Sport channels) for 30 days, for £25. You won’t need a TV box, a contract or BT broadband.

A Monthly Pass is particularly handy for watching all the Champions League football on BT. Here is a breakdown of the other football on BT Sport:

  • 58 Premier League games
  • All 351 Champions League and Europa League games
  • 30 FA Cup fixtures
  • 25 English National League fixtures
  • Coppa Italia, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, A-League

Watch Amazon Prime Premier League fixtures

Amazon Prime was initially set out to broadcast 20 Premier League fixtures for three consecutive seasons starting in the 2019/2020 season. But with the pandemic, this has increased slightly this season to Amazon broadcasting two full weeks of the Premier League over the Christmas period. The most notable clash available on the Prime Video service is Tottenham’s game against the champions Liverpool which was on 16th December.

Amazon Prime video is £5.99 a month and this includes access to all the Premier League fixtures they have available.

Scrapping of pay-per-view model for live football

Originally, there was a pay-per-view service for matches not available on Sky, BT Sport, or Amazon. However, due to the steep price of £14.95 per match, this has been scrapped.

The Premier League will now show every match live on TV until the new year, on Sky, BT Sport, Amazon Prime or BBC. It has not been decided what will happen after the New Year.


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Danny Lord

Author: Danny Lord

Danny is our Editor-in-Chief, and has been writing news and guides for comparison sites for the last five years.