BT Sport has announced its 2014/15 Premier League fixtures for Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Boxing Day will see Manchester United take on Newcastle United at 3pm followed by Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers at 5.30pm. On New Year’s Day, BT Sport will host Manchester City vs. Sunderland followed by Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea.
Sky will show Chelsea vs. West Ham at 12.15 on Boxing Day and the Stoke City vs Manchester United on New Year’s Day ay 12.45pm.
Head of BT Sport Simon Green Said: “We will be treating BT Sport fans to a Christmas feast of football again this year. Our double headers on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day last year were extremely popular with football fans, and we are presenting viewers with the same gift this year.
“BT Sport is free for a second season with BT Broadband and with 18 of the ‘top pick’ Barclays Premier League matches we are bringing more of the pivotal, must-see games to a wider audience.”
BT will also air Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United on December 28, keeping that boring gap between Christmas and New Year a little more exciting.
Sky and BT Sport will show a total of 25 live Premier League Games between the beginning of December and January 1.
Although Sky Sports will get the most matches in the run-up to Christmas, it seems any football fans will find themselves tuned into BT rather than Sky between Christmas and New Year with BT Sport showing more games than its rival.
European football fans will need to stick with Sky because in June, it announced it would be sniping all UEFA Champions League, Euro 2016 qualifiers for everyone except the UK nations, plus La Liga, Coppa Italia, the Copa del Rey and the Dutch Eredivisie matches on its new Sky Sports 5 channel.
Though it seemed like BT TV customers wouldn’t be able to get Sky Sports 5 when the new channel was announced, a last minute deal saw subscribers with a BT Vision box able to get Sky Sports 5 as part of a bundle deal.
BT Sport is available to all BT TV customers for no additional cost. BT Sport in HD costs an extra £3/month. Sky TV customers with a BT Broadband subscription can get BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN in SD for free. The HD channels will cost £3/month on top of that.
Alternatively, Sky TV customers without BT Broadband can sign up for BT Sport directly, paying £12/month for the channels in SD or £15/month for the channels in HD. Virgin Media customers can pay £15/month for all BT Sport channels in SD and HD and Virgin TV XL punters get the channels thrown in for free.
Be sure to check out our guide on the best Premier League TV packages for more information.