How can I watch Sky Sports on Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, BT Vision, TalkTalk and YouView?
Sky Sports, long the home of the English Premier League, is not just available to Sky TV subscribers.
Though with Sky you get access to benefits like Sky Go (watch matches on your phone) Sky Remote Record (the ability to set Sky+HD recordings remotely) and the Sky Sports for iPad app, you can get Sky Sports on every digital TV platform in the UK, with the exception of Freesat.
Virgin Media, BT Vision and TalkTalk (via YouView) subscribers can play ball and and even Freeview boxes (provided there’s a CI card slot) can access’ Sky’s football crazy channel on a subscription basis.
We’ve taken a close look at the prices of Sky Sports and ESPN on all of these platforms and compared them in our How can I get Barclays Premier League football on TV? feature.
Here we detail how to get the Sky Sports channel(s) on each package and what you get for your money.
On Virgin Media Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 cost £15.50/month each. Alternatively you can pay £25.75/month to get both Sky Sports 1 and 2 as well as Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports F1.
For an extra £7/month, you can upgrade all your Sky Sports channels to HD for the full experience.
On Freeview and Freeview HD you can get Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 if your set-top box has a Common Interface (CI) slot, aka the viewing card slot. All Freeview digital TVs will have a CI slot somewhere, usually on the left hand side, as per EU directive.
To get Sky Sports on Freeview you’ll need a Top Up TV CI+ CAM adapter - these cost £49.99 on their own plus a £20 connection fee.
Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 cost £24.99/month on their own or together cost £33.99/month. In some cases, if you sign up for both channels through Top Up TV, you’ll get the £49.99 cost waived.
Subscriptions to Sky Sports on Freeview are on a rolling monthly basis. There’s no contracts, no obligations, so you could, for example, not pay during the months when there’s no Premier League games and sign up again in time for the new season.
To get Sky Sports on BT Vision you’ll need to get a viewing card, same as you do with Freeview. The difference is that BT Vision supplies the viewing card, not Top Up TV, and it costs £10.
All BT Vision boxes are fitted with a viewing card and the BT Vision box is free to BT Vision subscribers, though you’ll need to be a BT Broadband customer and be paying BT for line rental.
The cheapest BT Vision deal is BT Vision Essential which costs £30.08/month. Sky Sports 1 and 2 cost £12.90/month each or can be taken together in a £18.20 monthly bundle.
Combined, this works out at £42.98//month for BT Vision Essential plus Sky Sports 1 or 2, or £48.28 /month for BT Vision Essential plus Sky Sports 1 and 2.
Sky Sports will not available through BT YouView from launch but it will be available eventually, pending a YouView firmware upgrade. For more details on this, read our ‘How can I get YouView and BT Broadband?’ feature.
TalkTalk TV (YouView)
TalkTalk TV has a 5 channel Sky Sports package consisting of Sky Sports 1-4 and Sky Sports F1 that costs £30/month.
To get TalkTalk TV you’ll need to be a TalkTalk broadband customer signed up to the TalkTalk Plus package. This costs £14.50/month (plus £9.50/month line rental) which takes the total cost up to £54/month.
It seems a bit like stating the obvious, but in the interests of fairness here’s what you need to get Sky Sports on Sky.
Sky Sports 1 or 2 cost £13/month each, in addition to the basic Entertainment pack at £21.50/month. This works out at £34.50/month in total for the Entertainment pack plus one of the Sky Sports channels - this is the bare minimum Sky subscription.
Alternatively, you can pick up both Sky Sports 1 and 2 (plus the Entertainment pack) for £43/month.
If you want the whole hog, the Sky Sports pack (Sky Sports 1-4, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News) costs £21/month on top of the £21.50 for the Entertainment pack, for a grand total of £42.50/month.
Sky Sports subscribers also get access to the Sky Sports for iPad app, with live channels in line with their package.
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- Sky Sports and BT Sport reveal first Premier League football fixtures for 2013/14 season
- Sky Sports 1 reveals new Premier League and Football League weekend schedule
- BT Vision customers who lose Sky Sports offered six months’ free broadband
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- Sky Sports to run dedicated cricket channel this summer
- Sky Sports for iPad 360 update adds goal line camera plus 20 angles
- Sky Sports gets exclusive rights to Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers
- BT loses final chance to appeal Sky’s pricing
- Formula 1 test goes 3D for Sky
- Ryder Cup fans get extra features on Virgin Media
BT won’t be able to appeal a ruling which axed an Ofcom-enforced discount on Sky’s prices for Sky Sports to other pay-TV providers.
Last year, the Competition Appeals Tribunal reversed a ruling made by media regulator in 2010 which forced Sky to cut its wholesale rates for Sky Sports by almost 25 per cent.
BT claimed the CAT’s was wrong because it misunderstood Ofcom’s original decision, but the tribunal says it raises no new points of law which can be debated.
The decision will see millions of pounds returned to Sky from an account which held the difference between Sky’s official price and Ofcom’s discount rate while the appeal was running.
It’s also likely to see BT and Virgin Media raise their subscription rates for Sky Sports as they absorb the increased prices - or face a hit to their income if they keep prices level.
The CAT’s Sky Sports ruling in August was the second which overturned an Ofcom decision affecting Sky, months after deciding there was no need to intervene in the UK market for pay-TV film rights.
February 8, 2013
Sky TV subscribers with the Sky 3D pack will be able to soak up this year’s Formula 1 action at the Circuit de Catalunya in an extra dimension.
Every day of the upcoming third test, from February 28 to March 3 will be broadcast in 3D, as well as high definition 2D.
Note that it’s just this warm-up event that’s being shown in 3D, not the full season itself. Sky and Formula One Management have collaborated to see what the future of live racing could look like with this one-off landmark broadcast.
Sky’s Director of 3D John Cassy said that 3D has “proved a huge success with other sports, and now for the first time ever, 3D will bring TV viewers a new perspective on Formula 1... As the leading 3D pioneer, Sky is delighted to be able to bring this entirely new experience to Sky 3D viewers and F1 fans.”
Since Formula 1 launched on Sky we’ve seen a high quality iPad racing off the starting block, giving viewers the chance to switch between a bird’s eye view of the track and views from the driver’s seats.
To catch the Formula 1 fun in 3D, you’ll need a Sky+HD box, the Sky World HD package (£10/month) and subscribe to Sky Sports HD (£21/month). It’ll also help if you have a TV set capable of displaying 3D images as well.
February 6, 2013
Virgin Media subscribers with Sky Sports will be able to make use of extra red button services during the Ryder Cup this weekend.
Extra features in addition to standard definition and HD Sky Sports coverage includes the option to bring up news feeds, course information and golfer biographies and histories.
Access to the service will be made available from today onwards, starting at 12:30. The service will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD during the following times:
Friday 28th September - Ryder Cup Golf Day 1 - 12.30-00.30
Saturday 29th September - Ryder Cup Golf Day 2 - 12.30-00.30
Sunday 30th September - Ryder Cup Golf Day 3 - 16.00-00.30
This service is available to both Virgin Media TiVo and non-TiVo customers who susbcribe to Sky Sports.
September 28, 2012