he 2017-18 Premier League season kicks off tonight, but it’s not too late to ensure you’re getting the best deal when it comes to watching the matches.
Fees for Sky and BT subscriptions are typically high – reflecting the extortionate fees cable companies pay for broadcasting rights, which form the piggybank for player transfers. That’s why it’s important to shop around to find the best deals and offers.
First, though, you need to decide how committed you are to not missing a single game. For the occasional viewer, no-contract options are probably best and you may not need to pay anything at all (see below).
Avid viewers, on the other hand, will need access to both Sky Sports and BT Sport, with the former showing around three-quarters of matches, and the latter showing the rest.
Of course, packages come with additional benefits. For example, BT broadcasts all UEFA Champions League matches, as well as games from Scotland’s Premier League, Italy’s Series A, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Liga 1, while Sky also shows the Scottish Premier League, as well as Spain’s La Liga and the Dutch League.
If you’re already tied into a contract, all is not lost. Use the below guide to get a benchmark price and try to haggle with your existing provider to see if they are willing to budge. Telecoms companies are keen to ensure that customers stay with them, giving you a lot of leveraging power.
The football fanatic: get access to every live game
Live coverage of all the Premier League action, along with hundreds of other sports, won’t come cheap – but football fans can still catch a cheaper subscription deal.
Premier League games for this season are only aired on Sky Sports TV (126 games) and BT Sport (42 games) – but you can buy add-ons if you have a package with Virgin or TalkTalk.
TalkTalk – £969 for 18 months
TalkTalk offers a broadband, line rental and TV package, with Sky Sports add-on (via Sky Sports Boost) and a BT Sports add-on (via TalkTalk TV box) for £969, the cheapest deal on the market.
The deal includes access to eight Sky Sports channels, including Sky Sports main event and Sky Sports football.