How can I watch Sky Sports on Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV and TalkTalk TV? Can I get it on Freeview and can I watch online? 

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. 

Even if you can’t get or don’t want a pay TV service, you can now watch online (legally) with a Now TV subscription. There’s never been more ways to watch Sky Sports content at home or on the go. 

Here’s how to get all 116 of Sky’s Premier League football games on your TV, tablet and phone. 

How can I watch Sky Sports on Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, BT Vision, TalkTalk and YouView?

Because TV providers change their prices and launch introductory rates, we're listing all of the standard prices below first and foremost, mentioninig introductory prices where appropriate. Line rental (where required) is listed outside of tables. 

All pricing information is correct at the time of writing (07/08/15). 

Click the links below to jump to your favourite provider. 

Sky TV

Existing Sky TV customers without Sky Sports can upgrade for £25.50/month extra if they want all of the channels or £13/month if they just want Sky Sports 1 or 2 on their own. At the time of writing, Sky Sports 5, home of Sky’s European football coverage, is also thrown in for free with these £13 deals

If you’re new to Sky, you’ll be looking at paying at least £45.50/month for Sky’s Original Bundle of channels (the cheapest requisite TV package) which costs £20/month and £25.50/month for all of the Sky Sports channels. 

With Sky TV you get Sky Sports 1-5 plus Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News HQ. 

If you want to get all of the Sky Sports channels in HD you’ll need to fork out for the top-tier Family Bundle of channels (£36) and the HD Pack (£5.25) in addition to the cost of the Sky Sports channels (£25.50). In total, all of this works out at £61.50/month. 

With Sky TV, you have the choice of two set-top boxes; an entry-level Sky+HD box which comes with a 500GB hard drive (185 hours of SD, 60 hours of HD) or a Sky+HD box with a bigger 2TB drive (1,180 hours of SD, 350 hours of HD). 

The 500GB Sky+HD box is included for no extra charge. There’s a one-off £149 fee for the 2TB version. Both set-top boxes come with WiFi and Ethernet, allowing you to connect to your router and access Sky On Demand services. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Original Bundle (£20) + Sky Sports 1/2 (£13) £33/month
Original Bundle (£20) + Sky Sports Bundle (£25.50) £45.50/month
Family Bundle (£36) + Sky Sports 1/2 (£13) + HD Pack (£5.25) £54.25/month
Family Bundle (£36) + Sky Sports Bundle 1/2 (£25.50) + HD Pack (£5.25) £66.75/month

Virgin Media 

Sky Sports is available in SD and HD with all Virgin TV packages. The price of Sky Sports on Virgin TV depends greatly on which TV service or bundle you pick - in some cases you’ll get Sky Sports thrown in for no extra cost. Let’s examine all those packages now. 

Virgin TV on its own starts at £13/month for the More TV. This is strictly a TV on its own service, there’s no broadband or calls or anything else, so there’s no extra charge for a Virgin phone line.

For this, you get a basic driveless V HD set-top box. If you want to be able to record games, then you can pay £18/month for Virgin More TV which will give you a TiVo box with either a 500GB (250 hours of SD, 50 hours of HD) or a 1TB drive (500 hours of SD, 100 hours of HD).

While the monthly price is the same regardless of which TiVo box you go for, you’ll need to pay a one-off £49.95 fee for the 1TB box. 

Sky Sports on top of this costs £17/month per channel or £27.25/month for all the channels - that’s Sky Sports 1-5 and Sky Sports F1. 

If you only want to take Sky Sports 1 to get the Premier League games, then you can pay £17/month for a single Sky Sports channel. 

At its very cheapest, Sky Sports on Virgin TV will cost you a grand total of £30/month. If you want to watch games in HD, you’ll need to pay an extra £7/month. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin More TV with V HD (£13) + Sky Sports 1 (£17) £30/month
Virgin More TV with V HD (£13) + Sky Sports Collection (£27.25) £40.25/month
Virgin More TV with TiVo (£18) + Sky Sports 1 (£17) £35/month
Virgin More TV with TiVo (£18) + Sky Sports Collection (£27.25) £45.25/month
Virgin More TV with V HD (£13) + Sky Sports 1 (£17) + HD (£7) £37/month
Virgin More TV with V HD (£13) + Sky Sports Collection (£27.25) + HD (£7) £47.25/month
Virgin More TV with TiVo (£18) + Sky Sports 1 (£17) + HD (£7) £42/month
Virgin More TV with TiVo (£18) + Sky Sports Collection (£27.25) + HD (£7) £52.25/month

Sky Sports with Virgin Media Big Bundles

Virgin line rental costs £16.99/month or £164/yearThe cost of Sky Sports changes when you’re taking out one of Virgin Media’s Big Bundles. 

If you’re going for the Big Easy (£22/month), Big Bang (£32/month) or Big Kahuna (£52/month) bundles, then Sky Sports 1 or Sky Sports 2 on their own will set you back an extra £19/month each. 

If you take all of the Sky Sports channels (Sky Sports 1-5 plus Sky Sports F1) then that’ll be an extra £29.25/month instead. 

If you want to watch any games in high definition, then you’ll need to pay the £7/month HD premium on top of that. 

As these bundles contain superfast broadband (at least 50Mbps unlimited) and phone services (at least weekend calls) as standard, you’ll need to pay Virgin line rental, which is either £16.99/month or £164/year (equivalent to £13.66/month). 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Big Easy (£22) + Sky Sports 1 (£19) £41/month
Big Bang (£32) + Sky Sports 1 (£19) £51/month
Big Kahuna (£52) + Sky Sports 1 (£19) £71/month
Big Easy (£22) + Sky Sports Collections (£29.25) £51.25/month
Big Bang (£32) + Sky Sports Collections (£29.25) £61.25/month
Big Kahuna (£52) + Sky Sports Collections (£29.25) £81.25/month
Big Easy (£22) + Sky Sports 1 (£19) + HD (£7) £48/month
Big Bang (£32) + Sky Sports 1 (£19) + HD (£7) £58/month
Big Kahuna (£52) + Sky Sports 1 (£19) + HD (£7) £78/month
Big Easy (£22) + Sky Sports Collections (£29.25) + HD (£7) £58.25/month
Big Bang (£32) + Sky Sports Collections (£29.25) + HD (£7) £68.25/month
Big Kahuna (£52) + Sky Sports Collections (£29.25) + HD (£7) £88.25/month

If you shell out for the Big Kahuna Sports (£80/month) bundle, then all Sky Sports channels are included for no extra cost. You’ll still have to pay £7/month to get the games in HD though. 

The top-of-the-line Big Daddy bundle (£104.50/month) gives you all Sky Sports channels in SD and HD as standard. 

For what it’s worth, the Big Kahuna, Big Kahuna Sports and Big Daddy bundles also come with all four BT Sport channels in HD for no extra cost. 

BT TV 

BT line rental costs £16.99/month or £183.48/yearIn order to get Sky Sports with BT TV, you’ll need to be able to get BT Infinity, BT’s FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet)-based service in your area. 

According to BT, this is available to over 80 per cent of premises across the UK, so there’s a good chance you can get this. 

At its cheapest, BT Infinity currently costs £9.75/month plus line rental (£16.99/month or £183.48/year). 

BT TV offers you the TV Starter service for no extra cost. This gives you a basic set-top box which gives you all of the same channels you’d get on Freeview HD plus extra channels and catch-up content delivered over the broadband connection. The TV Starter is driveless, so you won’t be able to record any games. 

The Entertainment Plus service costs £7.50/month and comes with a YouView box with a 500GB drive (300 hours SD, 125 hours HD). 

You can only get Sky Sports 1 and 2 with BT TV. These cost £22/month on top of your BT TV package on a rolling monthly basis. Sky Sports isn't currently available in HD on BT TV. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
BT Infinity 1 (£9.75) + BT TV Starter (£0) + Sky Sports (£22) £31.75/month
BT Infinity 1 (£9.75) + BT TV Entertainment Plus (£7.50) + Sky Sports (£22) £39.25/month

TalkTalk TV 

TalkTalk line rental costs £16.70/month or £180.36/yearTalkTalk TV has a six channel Sky Sports package called Sky Sports Boost, consisting of Sky Sports 1-5 and Sky Sports F1, in standard definition only. 

The standard price of the Sky Sports Boost is £30/month. From August 23 onwards, TalkTalk will cut this price down to £11/month for nine months - just in time for the 2015/16 Premier League season - on a rolling monthly basis. 

To get TalkTalk TV you’ll need to be a TalkTalk broadband customer signed up to the TalkTalk Essentials or Plus packages. 

Essentials TV, which comes with a driveless YouView set-top box, costs £7.50/month for the first three months and £10/month after that. 

Plus TV costs £10/month. The set-top box comes with a 350 GB hard drive (200 hours SD, 80 hours HD). 

Both of the set-top boxes give you access to digital terrestrial channels delivered through your aerial and extra pay TV channels delivered over a broadband connection. 

You’ll need to pay TalkTalk line rental with both services (£16.70/month, £180.36/year). 

Sky Sports isn't currently available in HD from TalkTalk TV. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
TalkTalk Essentials TV (£10) + Sky Sports Boost (£11) £21/month
TalkTalk Plus TV (£10) + Sky Sports Boost (£11) £21/month

Freeview, YouView and Freesat

Related: The cheapest Sky Sports and BT Sport deals and How to get BT Sport on FreeviewThere’s currently no way to get Sky Sports channels on your Freeview or Freesat set-top box or TV or YouView box, unless you've got BT TV or TalkTalk TV. 

If you’ve got a smart TV, Chromecast, Apple TV or a Now TV Box you can sign up for Now TV, which lets you stream all of the Sky Sports channels over a broadband connection. 

Depending on how frequently you watch sports, you can opt for a 24 hour daily pass for £6.99, a weekly pass for £10.99 or a monthly pass for £31.99.  

Live streams are currently only available in SD and catch-up content maxes out at 720p HD. Even if you’ve got a broadband service capable of comfortably handling 1080p Full HD streams, you’re not able to stream live games in HD from Now TV.