Sky Sports has been at the top of the table for decades. It has set the standard for coverage of football, cricket, golf and F1, making it a must-have for sports fans.
The good news is that if you want in on the action, there are numerous ways of doing so.
And the even better news is that you don’t even need to be a Sky customer.
Read on we’ll reveal the best ways to get a Sky Sports package.
What is Sky Sports?
Having been the UK’s leading sports broadcaster since 1991, Sky Sports provides some of the best sports coverage on the market.
It comprises 11 dedicated sports channels:
- Sky Sports Main Event
- Sky Sports Premier League
- Sky Sports Football
- Sky Sports Cricket
- Sky Sports Golf
- Sky Sports F1
- Sky Sports Action
- Sky Sports Arena
- Sky Sports Racing
- Sky Sports Mix
- Sky Sports News
How do I get Sky Sports?
As Sky Sports is so popular, there are several different ways to get it.
Alternatively, NOW TV’s Sports Membership is a more affordable and flexible way of getting Sky Sports. It works like a subscription streaming service – you simply buy the membership for one month or one day, and stream Sky Sports using your home broadband.
To see what you can get and how much a Sky Sports package will cost, use our postcode checker. It will tell you the best deals available in your area right now.
Best Sky Sports packages in 2022
There are various ways to get Sky Sports packages in 2022, and the best option depends on what you’re looking for.
For many people, we’d recommend a NOW Sports Membership. At the time of writing (September 2022), this costs £33.99 a month, or £11.98 for one day. You get access to all Sky Sports channels, and you’re free to cancel anytime you like.
Plus, NOW TV can be accessed via most Smart TVs and set top boxes. All this makes it a solid choice for anyone who wants to watch Sky Sports without having to take out a long-term contract or pay for additional channels.
For example, at the time of writing, Sky has a comprehensive package that comes with eight Sky Sports channels, Netflix, 100+ entertainment channels not available on Freeview, plus more than 500 box sets – all easily accessible via the Sky Q box.
How much do Sky Sports packages cost?
Being a premium service, Sky Sports doesn’t come cheap.
Sky Sports packages cost from £33.99 upwards – the cheapest being NOW TV’s monthly Sports Membership. If you just want to watch the odd game, you could also consider a one-day membership, which gets you 24 hours’ access to Sky Sports for £11.98.
Sky’s own Sky TV & Sky Sports package comes with eight Sky Sports channels, Netflix, 100+ TV channels not on Freeview, and over 500 box sets. It costs £44, plus £20 setup costs.
BT’s Big Sport package, which includes its own sports channels, Eurosport, and all 11 Sky Sports channels, comes in at £41 per month plus a £39.99 upfront charge.
At the more expensive end of the scale, Virgin Media’s Bigger bundle + Sports costs £72 a month. But you do get a lot for your money, including BT Sport, Sky Sports and a host of other TV channels, all bundled with its M100 fibre broadband and Talk Weekends landline plan.
If you’re on a budget, we’d recommend getting a NOW Sports Membership. On the other hand, if you want to get Sky Sports with other TV channels or services, it’s worth shopping around with the likes of Sky, BT and Virgin Media to find a package that best suits you.
Overall, you can expect to pay quite a bit for Sky Sports. Still, if you’re a sit-on-the-sofa sports fanatic, it's certainly less costly than going to the pub every time there’s a big game on.
What can I watch on Sky Sports?
Regarded as the home of the Premier League, Sky Sports is best known for its wide-ranging coverage of “the best league in the world”. While it shares live rights with BT, it has more games than any other rival channels.
It also shows Women’s Super League matches, EFL games and the Carabao Cup.
Cricket fans can get their fill too, with live coverage of England’s men’s and women’s teams matches.
Sky Sports is the only place to watch every live F1 race. It covers race weekends from every angle, right through from first practice to the chequered flag.
There’s also a dedicated golf channel, as well as comprehensive NFL coverage.
It’s little wonder that Sky is a must-have for sports fanatics – if it’s worth watching, Sky Sports has got it. Highlights include:
- Up to six Premier League games per week (146 per season) – making Sky the main Premier League broadcaster
- Every F1 race, as well as qualifying ones
- The Carabao Cup, EFL and Scottish Premiership
- NBA and NFL live games
- Premier League darts
- Every golf major and The Ryder Cup
Sky Sports on Sky
Taking out a Sky TV package used to be the only way to get Sky Sports. While that’s no longer the case, if you want to get its sports channels in a straightforward way, opting for Sky as your provider is a good bet.
It has a variety of packages on offer. Its basic Sky TV and Sky Sports deal costs £44 a month, plus a £20 set-up fee. You get the eight main Sky Sports channels, plus a Netflix subscription, more than 100 live channels not on Freeview, and over 500 box sets. All TV plans are on 18-month contracts.
Alternatively, you can upgrade an existing package with Complete Sky Sports. It costs an extra £25 a month and gets you the main eight Sky Sports channels.
Sky Sports on TalkTalk
TalkTalk offers Sky Sports via NOW TV on its YouView set top box. That means you can access every Sky Sports channel by either signing up for a rolling NOW Sports monthly package, which costs £33.99 a month, or getting a one-day pass for £11.98.
Compared with the big providers, it’s a more flexible option, as you’re not tied to a contract and are free to cancel your NOW Sports Membership whenever you want.
Sky Sports on Virgin Media
Many of Virgin Media's broadband and TV packages come with both Sky Sports and BT Sport, giving you all the top sporting action in one place.
As a result, its packages aren’t the cheapest. To give a few examples, the Bigger bundle + Sports costs £72 a month, while the top-of-the-range Ultimate Volt bundle comes in at £85 a month.
On the flip side, you do get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK, starting from 108Mbps, as well as inclusive weekend calls via your landline and plenty of non-sport channels.
All bundles come on 18-month contracts.
Sky Sports on BT
BT has its own range of sports channels, but that doesn’t mean subscribers to its TV service have to miss out on Sky Sports.
BT’s Big Sport deal teams BT Sport with Eurosport and a NOW Sports Membership, giving you plenty of top-class sports coverage.
It costs £41 a month, plus a £33.99 set-up fee. With a contract length of 24 months, it’s the most long-term option – though you do have the flexibility to change your TV package every 30 days.
Sky Sports Passes on NOW Broadband
NOW Broadband offers monthly and daily NOW Sports Memberships. Its Sports Membership is arguably the best way to try Sky Sports, costing £33.99 a month.
Like other subscription streaming services, it's a rolling 30-day deal that you can cancel anytime. As well as access to all 11 Sky Sports channels, you get a free seven-day trial of Boost (£5 a month after that), which bumps up your viewing experience with Full HD, Surround Sound, and simultaneous streaming on up to three devices.
Just want to watch the odd game, or try it out before buying a monthly membership? For £11.98, the NOW Sports Day Membership gives you access to Sky Sports for 24 hours. What’s more, you also get an eight-month Mobile Month Membership, which allows you to stream five channels on your smartphone, including the highly coveted Sky Sports Premier League.
Sky Sports on Amazon Fire Stick
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a handy smart TV device that you simply plug into your TV to access all your channels and streaming services.
You can watch NOW TV via the Amazon Fire Stick – simply download the NOW app, pay for a monthly or one-day Sports Membership, and you’re good to go.
Can I get Sky Sports and BT Sport together?
Absolutely – sports lovers will be pleased to hear that most major providers let you take both Sky Sports and BT Sport in one package.
Sky, BT and Virgin all offer TV plans that include both Sky Sports and BT Sport.
Bear in mind that you’ll need to pay a premium price to get Sky Sports and BT Sport together, as they’re both the top two sports broadcasters in the UK.
Can I get Sky Sports with no contract?
Yes, you can. While the big providers require you to sign up to 18-month or 24-month contracts, NOW TV lets you get Sky Sports with no contract.
The NOW Sports Membership costs £33.99 a month and can be cancelled whenever you like. For those looking for a more affordable and flexible option, this rolling 30-day deal is the best way to watch Sky Sports right now.
Sky Sports deals for existing customers
All TV providers offer Sky Sports deals to existing customers, whether that’s the opportunity to add Sky Sports to your current plan or even bag a discount or freebie. However, these can vary depending on how long you’ve been with your provider and your existing package.
The best way to check is to contact them directly or log onto their website to see what’s on offer.
To give an example, Sky is always running and changing promotions for its existing customers. It’s well worth checking its website regularly, to see if you can get in on the action and score a deal in the process.
What else can I get with Sky?
As well as excellent sports coverage, Sky has plenty of other services going for it. It’s a ‘quad-play’ provider, meaning that you can bundle broadband with TV, landline and mobile services.
For starters, there’s a good range of broadband deals, from standard ADSL broadband to Sky Gigafast with average download speeds of 900Mbps.
Sky’s TV options are some of the best you can get, too. Not only is Sky home to leading sports broadcasting, but it also has plenty of award-winning original entertainment. Sky Atlantic boasts HBO and original shows, while Sky Cinema includes a sizeable selection of blockbusters, courtesy of Paramount+.
You can choose to get Sky TV either with the Sky Q set top box (satellite dish required), or with the Sky Glass TV.
All Sky broadband packages come with line rental and ‘Pay As You Talk’ calls included, and you have the option to upgrade to a more comprehensive call plan.
Finally, Sky Mobile offers some attractive perks for existing Sky TV customers, such as data-free streaming via the Sky TV app.
Visit our Sky provider page for more on what’s on offer.