The low scoring, low entertainment disappointment of Euro 2016 is already fading from memory. The football season is upon us, which means goal fests, managerial meltdowns and enough entertainment to distract us from our Netflix subscriptions. This year, it s all change when it comes to the beautiful game on your box, with a new, three-year Premier League TV package coming into action.
But whether you want to make like a top flight scout and watch every match being broadcast or just fancy catching the odd game to keep you clued in down the pub, there s a deal for you.
‘I’m all about the Premier League’
If Mourinho v Guardiola, Leicester s title defence and Zlatan s ego all get you excited, then Sky Sports is what you need. It s showing three times as many Premier League games as BT, with 126 matches screened live throughout the season across its myriad sports channels. That includes 10 fixtures aired as part of its new Friday Night Football offering, starting with Manchester United v Southampton on August 19th.
If you already have Sky you can upgrade to Sky Sports for 27.50 a month. New customers get a Sky Sports bundle for 47.50 a month, plus a free LG 32 inch TV. Set up Sky Go on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone and you can watch games on the go too. For sheer quality when it comes to English football, this is the best bet.
‘I want the Champions League and the odd Premier League game’
BT Sport will be showing 42 Premier League games this season, including marquee fixtures such as Arsenal v Chelsea. But it really comes into its own if you want European football.
It has exclusive rights to the Champions League, with options to watch all the goals as they go in a turbo charged highlights show. For Leicester, Spurs, Arsenal and Man City fans then, this is a must. Europa League games are also available. If you have BT Broadband, you can get BT Sport for free. Pay 16 a month and you can snare BT s Ultra HD channels, giving you views every bit as good as those inside the stadium.
For football hipsters and those who love the game beyond these shores, this is just the ticket.
‘I want everything: Premier League, Champions League, La Liga, the lot’
Sky and BT s rivalry means that if you want both sets of Premier League packages you need to shell out extra on top of your regular deal if you want to go with either of their services. Virgin Media, however, has an alternative all in one solution. Its Big Kahuna sports package comes with all seven Sky Sports channels and four BT Sport channels, plus 200Mbps optical fibre broadband. Best of all, it s just 45 a month for a year, rising to 85.50 for a further six months. That means you ll get plenty of football well into the 2017/18 season too.
‘I just want to watch the odd game’
Long gone are the days of watching The Big Match on ITV every Sunday. However, despite monthly packages requiring careful budgeting, there are options for fans who don t want to shell out but still need their football fix. Step forward Now TV. Sky s budget set top box costs 14.99 up front. Get one and you can then buy day or week passes to watch Sky Sports, taking your pick of the biggest Premier League games.
Day passes cost 6.99, while you can get week long ones for 10.99. The latter should come in handy if there s a big midweek fixture you simply cannot miss. If money s tight but you can t miss your team, this option is a winner.
‘I want FA Cup games
The FA Cup is exclusive to BT and the BBC. While the latter has the pick of the games and dedicated highlights showing all the action, you won t get to see every match in the world s oldest cup competition unless you sign up for BT Sport. If you have a top end 4K TV, you can watch it in Ultra HD on BT s dedicated Sport Ultra HD channels.
This package starts at 16 a month as part of BT s wider TV offering.
‘I want blood-and-thunder lower-league football’
The sheer entertainment on offer in the lower leagues (restyled as the English Football League this season) means no self respecting football fan should ever dismiss them. Sky is what you need if your team has dropped down from the Premier League (hello there Newcastle, Aston Villa and Norwich fans). It s showing a total of 127 games from across The Championship, League One and League Two throughout the season, as well as the all important play offs. With big games including Villa v Nottingham Forest, these games are worth the 45 a month alone. Throw in some Premier League action and your entertainment for the next nine months is sorted.
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- ^ Hield’s 37 spark Oklahoma to Final Four (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Painting by Chinese Master Fetches Record $35 Million (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Tamil Nadu polls: Congress joins hands with DMK, to contest 41 seats (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Clinton, Sanders face off in Wyoming as NY looms (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Second Arkansas resident test positive for mosquito-linked Zika virus (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ The Masters: Jordan Spieth hangs on to lead (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Rory McIlroy paying tribute to Kobe Bryant with shoes at Masters (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Campaigning in New York, Ted Cruz clarifies controversial ‘New York values’ comment (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Sanders says no plans yet to meet the pope (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Klopp offers Henderson hope in Euro fitness race (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ US says will pursue Apple phone data in New York drug case (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Panama Papers: Cameron accused of hypocrisy over offshore investments (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Pardew: Bamford handled his departure badly, but we have no problems (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Cubs lose Schwarber for season with torn ligaments (gosporttimes.com)
- ^ Van Gaal Needs A Run-In Boost From Rooney (gosporttimes.com)
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