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There isn’t much better than kicking back on the weekend and watching a day of adrenaline-pumping action. Whether you’re a fan of the Premier League or the Challenge Cup, you’ll need to know exactly where they’ll be on – here’s the lowdown on what’s being offered.

Where to watch your favourite sport on TV

Sky Sports

After a major rework of their sports broadcasting network, Sky now offer channels that cater specifically to different sports. With a new, more flexible pricing structure also in place, this means you can choose one, two, three, or all of their channels as part of your package – including:

  • Sky Sports Premier League – where you can catch 126 live Premier League games, as well as match highlights and other football-related programmes.
  • Sky Sports Football – showing over 900 live matches from the English Football League, the Scottish Premier League, and the Spanish La Liga.
  • Sky Sports Cricket – offering the chance to watch all England home test, ODI, and T20 matches as well as plenty of other cricket, both domestic and international.
  • Sky Sports Golf – broadcasting every minute of the Majors, alongside the PGA and European Tours.
  • Sky Sports F1 – the place to be for all live Formula 1 races and other motoring events.
  • Sky Sport Arena and Action – bringing you action from Rugby League and Union, as well as tennis, boxing, darts, and the NFL.
  • Sky Sports Main Event – all the biggest events from Sky Sports will also be shown on Main Event, only available to customers with all Sky Sports channels.
  • Sky Sports Mix – Sky Mix comes free for all Sky customers, and it shows a number of sporting events from all other channels, excluding the main events.
  • Sky Sports News – if you’re looking for 24/7 sports news coverage, you’ll find it on Sky Sports News.

You’ll be able to watch all the Sky Sports channels if you have a Sky subscription, while most channels will also be available on Virgin Media and TalkTalk. If you are a BT customer you’ll only have access to Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Extra, which shows Premier League matches not shown on Main Event.

You can watch Sky Sports in HD with all providers but TalkTalk.

BT Sports

BT also offers a selection of sports channels: BT Sports one, two, and three, as well as BT Sports ESPN. You’ll be able to watch a variety of sports with BT, such as:

  • Football – This season BT sports is showing all matches from the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, as well as 42 Premier League games, up to 24 fixtures from the FA Cup, and a selection of matches from the Scottish Premier League, the German Bundesliga, the Italian Serie A, the French Ligue 1, and many more.
  • Cricket – you’ll also be able to catch all of England’s test, ODI, and T20 matches.
  • Rugby – rugby fans can look forward to up to 69 Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, as well as the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
  • Boxing – BT are offering bouts from World, European, Commonwealth, and domestic British boxing.
  • Motorsports – Additionally, you can see all races from MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3.

BT subscribers will have access to BT Sports, while Sky and TalkTalk customers can also add all BT channels – though this will be done through BT not your own provider. Virgin Media customers can also get the full BT range.

Pay-per-view on Now TV

If you don’t want to subscribe for a lengthy period of time, or you’re only looking to catch a few specific matches, you might be better off using Now TV.

Now TV is owned by Sky, and they offer one-off matches and short term passes – a day, a week, or a month – to all Sky Sports channels. You should note that a monthly pass will auto-renew unless you cancel.

You can access Now TV online, through an app, or through the set-top box connected to your TV.

Free-to-air sports

For some sporting events, known as listed events or ‘crown jewels’, are required by law to be offered to free-to-air by channels such as BBC, ITV, and Channels 4 and 5. This means you’ll be able to watch the following without subscribing:

  • The FIFA World Cup
  • The UEFA European Championships
  • The FA Cup Final
  • The Scottish FA Cup Final (in Scotland)
  • The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
  • The Rugby World Cup Final
  • The Olympic Games
  • The Grand National
  • Wimbledon

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