Keeping up with football on TV
With live football shown across different channels from different providers this season, we’ve gathered together everything you need to know in order to watch live matches, in one handy guide.
Watch Premier League football on TV
154 games were shown live throughout the 2015/16 Premier League.
As was the case with previous seasons, it was Sky that has managed to secure the most live Premier League games, with 116 matches being shown on its Sky Sports package.
BT Sport followed up with 38 Premier League games this season, rising to 42 for the 2016/17 campaign.
Forthcoming Premier League fixtures
Champions League Football
Having secured exclusive rights to the Champions League, BT Sport will have unprecedented coverage of the competition over the 2015/16 season, showing every single game in the tournament.Previously, the rights were shared between Sky Sports and ITV, however, BT Sport has picked up the exclusive rights for both of the major European competitions over the coming season. This covers a total of 351 matches in the Europa League and Champions League – only available on BT Sport.
Forthcoming Champions League fixtures
28th - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid
Watching cup football on TV
The BBC shares TV broadcasting rights with BT Sport for FA Cup fixtures. Games from the third round through to the final of the tournament are available on both channels, with the final also shown on both.
Which channels show international football?
You can tune in to all of England’s home qualification games on ITV, whilst the away matches head Sky’s way.
Sky also has the rights to all of the other Home Nations’ matches, so if you plan on catching up with Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland’s progress you’ll also have to pay out for a Sky package.
Sky Sports football
You don’t need to subscribe direct to Sky in order to watch Sky Sports.
Virgin Media customers can pay for the package on a monthly basis, offering all of the standard sports channels as well as Sky Sports F1. BT Sport can also be included with Virgin Media’s ‘Big Kahuna’ package.
You can also gain access to Sky Sports through NowTV, which allows you to pay for a day, week or monthly pass for varying price ranges.
Finally, if you’re a Sky customer with the sports package (which costs around £40/month), you can also watch Premier League football on a tablet, smartphone or PC with Sky Go.
BT Sport football
If you’re a BT Broadband customer then you’ll be lucky enough to gain access to BT Sport for free. However, if your broadband is with another provider, you’ll need to pay to access the Champions League channel..
If you’re with Sky TV and a BT broadband customer, you’ll need to sign up with BT for its Sport pack on Sky. However, if you want to avoid taking out their broadband package, you can pay extra for standard or HD BT Sport channels on your Sky box. This comes in at a higher cost and can be purchased as a one month or 12-month package.
Virgin Media customers can also pay an added monthly charge for their BT Sport subscription. You can’t however access BT Sport through a Now TV subscription, so if you’re a Freeview customer, BT Sport is out of bounds.