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How can I get every Scottish Premiership and Championship football game on TV?

The 2014/15 season of the Scottish Professional Football League – incorporating the top level Premiership and the second-tier Championship – will kick off on August 9. 

At 3:00pm, Dundee will play against Kilmarnock, Hamilton Accies will face off against Inverness C Thistle in the Premiership while Cowdenbeath will play against Falkirk and Hibernian will welcome Livingston in the Championship. 

But how can you get all of the Scottish football action on your TV and how much will it cost you? 

Get all of the Scottish Professional Football action on your TV with Sky Sports, BT Sport and the BBC
Get all of the Scottish Professional Football action on your TV with Sky Sports, BT Sport and the BBC

Who has the rights to the 2014/15 Scottish Professional Football League matches? 

Coverage of Scottish Premiership games is currently split between Sky Sports, BT Sport and the BBC.  
Sky Sports and BT Sport will continue to showcase the very best of SPFL League action, between them screening 70 live matches this season, including at least 15 Rangers games from the Scottish Championship and the four Edinburgh derbies in the Scottish Championship. 

The BBC will show 16 games on BBC ALBA from the Championship, Scottish League 1 and League 2.  

How can I find out which games are on Sky Sports, BT Sport or BBC ALBA? 

The SPFL keeps a list of fixtures which tell you at a glance which games are being shown on Sky Sports, BT Sport and BBC ALBA. 

Can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League in HD or 3D?

Sky Sports and BT Sport show all of their games in high definition. 

Sky viewers will need a £5.25/month HD subscription to watch games in high definition on Sky Sports while Virgin TV viewers will need to pay an extra £7/month to get Sky Sports in HD. 

BT Sport HD costs £15/month on Sky TV and Virgin TV. If you’re a Sky TV customer taking BT Broadband or you’re a BT TV customer with BT Sport, then you can get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 1 and ESPN in HD for an extra £3/month on top of whatever you’re paying for TV, broadband and line rental. 

Neither Sky or BT currently show any Scottish Professional Football League in 3D.

How can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League on Sky?

BBC ALBA is a free to air channel and is included in all Sky TV subscriptions. 

To get Sky Sports, you’ll need to take out one of Sky’s basic TV bundles. There’s the entry-level Original Bundle (£21.50/month) Variety Bundle (£28/month) and the Family Bundle (£33/month).
Sky Sports 1 or 2 are available to order as standalone channels for £13/month each. Combined with the Original Bundle this costs £34.50/month. 

Sky Sports 1 will show the majority of the games but taking all the Sky Sports channels – £24.50/month – will see you able to get extra channels including Sky Sports News and Sky Sports 5, which will show UEFA Champions League football matches. 

The Original Bundle plus all of the Sky Sports channels – Sky Sports 1-5 and Sky Sports F1 – costs £46/month. 

If you want the Sky Sports channels in HD as well then you’ll need to pay an extra £5.25/month.

If you want BT Sport as well there’s two ways of going about this. 

You can pay BT directly. The BT Sport channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN – in SD (standard definition) cost £12/month. To get those same channels in HD, you’ll need to pay £15/month on top of your Sky Sports subscription. 

Paying for BT Sport directly with Sky TV and Sky Sports

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) £34.50/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + HD (£5.25) £39.75/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + BT Sport (£12) £46.50/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + HD (£5.25) + BT Sport (£12) £51.75/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + BT Sport HD (£15) £49.50/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + HD (£5.25) + BT Sport HD (£15) £54.75/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50)  £46/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + HD (£5.25) £51.25/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + BT Sport (£12) £58/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + HD (£5.25) BT Sport (£12) £63.25/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + BT Sport HD (£15) £61/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + HD (£5.25) + BT Sport HD (£15) £66.25/month

Alternatively, you can get BT Sport in SD for free if you take BT Broadband which starts at £16.99/month with line rental. BT Sport HD channels with BT Broadband costs £3/month extra instead of £15/month.  

Paying for BT Broadband to get BT Sport with Sky Sports

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + BT Sport in SD (free) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £60.49/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + BT Sport in SD (free) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £71.99/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + BT Sport HD (£3) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £63.49/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + BT Sport HD (£3) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £74.99/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + HD (£5.25) + BT Sport in SD (free) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £65.74/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + HD (£5.25) + BT Sport in SD (free) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £77.24/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports 1 or 2 (£13) + HD (£5.25) + BT Sport HD (£3) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £68.74/month
Original Bundle (£21.50) + Sky Sports complete (£24.50) + HD (£5.25) + BT Sport HD (£3) + BT Broadband (£25.99) £80.24/month

How can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League on Virgin Media? 

BBC ALBA is available to all Virgin TV subscrinbers no matter which set of channels they sign up for. 

You can sign up for both Sky Sports and BT Sport with Virgin Media. 

Virgin TV customers can get all of the Sky Sports channels in one bundle as the Sky Sports Collection, which works out better value for money than taking either Sky Sports 1 or Sky Sports 2 on their own. 

This costs £27.50/month with all Virgin TV packages, apart from Virgin TV M, where it costs £34.75/month.

You’ll have to pay an extra £7/month if you want to get Sky Sports in HD.

BT Sport is available with all Virgin TV options. This gives you all of the BT Sport channels in SD and HD channels. There’s currently no way to just take BT Sport in SD from Virgin Media. 

BT Sport costs £15/month with all Virgin TV packages, with the exception of Virgin TV XL (£31/month), which gives you BT Sport HD for no extra cost. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25) £45.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7) £52.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7), BT Sport (£15) £67.25/month

How can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League on BT TV (BT Vision+) 

BBC ALBA is free to view for BT TV customers with a BT Vision+ box. 

Both Sky Sports and BT Sport are also available with BT Vision+ box – provided you can get BT Infinity.

BT Infinity is BT’s FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet)-based broadband service. According to the most recent figures from BT, Infinity is available in over 3 million UK homes. 

If you’re able to get BT Infinity then you can get Sky Sports and BT Sport with the BT Vision+ box. If you can’t get BT Infinity but you can get BT Broadband, then you can get BT Sport with BT Vision+ – but not Sky Sports. 

If superfast BT Infinity is available in your area, here’s how the cost of Sky Sports and BT Sport breaks down. 

Both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 on their own cost £15.50/month with BT Vision+. Combined with the required TV Essentials package (£5/month) and BT Infinity 1 – the cheapest fibre-based service – plus line rental (£30.99/month) this works out at £51.49/month. 

If you want both channels, which you probably will given that Sky Sports 2 shows Premier League games on Super Sundays, then you can take both Sky Sports 1 and 2 with BT Vision+ and BT Infinity 1. The total combined price is £56.99/month. 

BT Sport is included free with BT Infinity as standard. You get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN in SD for no extra cost. If you want the HD channels, that’ll cost you an extra £3/month.

Currently, you can’t get Sky Sports 1 or 2 in HD with BT Vision+ nor can you get Sky Sports 3-5 or Sky Sports F1.

There’s also a one-off £35 activation fee whichever combination of channels you go for.

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25) £45.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7) £52.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7), BT Sport (£15) £67.25/month

How can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League on BT TV (YouView+) 

BBC ALBA is free to view on your BT TV YouView+ box.

No Sky Sports channels are currently available with the YouView+ box.

The BT Sport channels are bundled free with BT Broadband.

The cheapest way to get BT Sport with BT Broadband and a BT TV YouView+ box is to get TV Essential (£5/month), BT Broadband with line rental (£16.99/month). This all works out at £30.99/month.

You can get BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN in HD for an extra £3/month, provided you can get BT Infinity fibre-based broadband. 

The cheapest BT TV with BT Infinity deal – TV Essential (£5), BT Infinity 1 with line rental (£30.99), which totals £35.99/month. With the HD channels this rises to £38.99/month. All BT TV packages require a one-off £35 payment. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25) £45.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7) £52.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7), BT Sport (£15) £67.25/month

How can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League on TalkTalk TV?

You can get BBC ALBA for free on TalkTalk TV. The Sky Sports Boost – which gives you all of the Sky Sports channels – can be added as an optional extra to your TalkTalk TV package for an extra £30/month. 

Taken with Essentials TV (£24.45/month) Sky Sports costs £54.45/month. The more expensive Plus TV service (£34.45/month) costs £64.45/month when you add the Sky Sports Boost.
As the Essentials TV box doesn’t come with a hard drive, you can’t record any Scottish games. The Plus TV box comes with a 350GB hard drive which will let you store up to 200 hours of SD programmes. 

You can’t record any Sky Sports matches at the moment but you will be able to record games shown on BBC ALBA. 

Sky Sports channels are not currently available on TalkTalk TV in HD. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25) £45.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7) £52.25/month
Virgin More TV (£16), Sky Sports Collection (£29.25), HD (£7), BT Sport (£15) £67.25/month

How can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League on Freeview, YouView and Freesat? 

Aside from the matches shown on BBC ALBA, there’s no way to get any other Scottish Professional Football League games on Freeview, YouView (unless you’re with BT TV or TalkTalk TV) or Freesat. 

If you’ve got a Now TV Box connected to your Freeview or Freesat TV then you’ll be able to access Sky Sports with a Day Pass (£9.99/day) but aside from that you probably won’t be getting any other Scottish games on a subscription-free. 

BT Broadband customers with Chromecast can download the iOS and Android BT Sport apps and cast live streams to their TV screen when they’re connected to same WiFi network. 

How can I watch the Scottish Professional Football League online? 

Sky subscribers can watch all of their Sky Sports channels on Sky Go via broadband, WiFi or 3G, on PC, Mac, iOS selected Android devices and Xbox 360. PlayStation 4 support for Sky Go is arriving later this year. 

If you’re not a Sky TV subscriber you can sign up for a Now TV Day Pass (£9.99/day) to watch matches online on a pay per view basis. 

If you’ve got BT Broadband but you don’t take out any of the BT TV packages, you can log in to BT Sport online and stream games on your desktop or laptop. Alternatively you can watch games on your phone or tablet with the iOS and Android BT Sport apps. 

The Scottish Premier League also has its own YouTube channel, splofficial, carrying highlights, pre and post-match interviews, and behind the scenes features. 

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