Tottenham Hotspur square up to current first placers Manchester City this weekend and BT Sport will be broadcasting and streaming all the action, live and exclusive.
While we’re only six games in to the 2014-15 season, Spurs are faring well, clawing themselves up to 9th in the League rankings while Man City are sitting pretty on top. A Tottenham win combined with Manchester United victory later in the day would take the Sky Blues off their perch.
Regardless of what happens, the only place to watch or stream all the games will be on BT Sport 1.
If you’re not set up with BT Sport, we’ve rounded up the best deals going, letting you know how you can watch or stream the game for the least amount of money, whether or not you can watch games in HD and everything else you’ll need.
Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City with a Sky TV and BT Sport subscription
How to get BT Sport LiteThe price of BT Sport with a Sky TV package depends on whether or not you’ve got BT Broadband or not.
With a BT Broadband service, you’ve got two options. You can take the BT Sport Lite pack which is free and gives you BT Sport 1 or you can sign up for the BT Sport Pack for an extra £5/month.
The BT Sport Pack gives you every BT Sport channel – that’s BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport ESPN and new channel BT Sport Europe – as well as AMC from BT, BT’s new drama channel.
If you don’t take BT Broadband with your Sky TV subscription, you’ll need to pay £19.99/month for the BT Sport Pack. BT Sport 1 is not available as a standalone channel with Sky TV (unless you take BT Broadband).
If you want to watch any of the games in HD, you’ll need to pay an extra £4/month. This will get you all of the channels in HD, which the exception of AMC from BT.
The cheapest Sky TV package is the Original Bundle, which costs £20/month.
BT Broadband starts at £5 plus line rental, which is charged at £17.99/month for the standard rate, or £183.48 for 12 months cover (equivalent to £15.29/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.
Here’s how everything breaks down.
|Sports Packages||Total Monthly Cost|
|Original Bundle (£20) + BT Broadband (£5) + line rental (£17.99) + BT Sport Lite (FREE)||£42.99/month|
|Original Bundle (£20) + BT Broadband (£5) + line rental (£17.99) + BT Sport Lite (FREE) + HD Extra (£4)||£46.99/month|
|Original Bundle (£20) + BT Broadband (£5) + line rental (£17.99) + BT Sport Pack (£5)||£47.99/month|
|Original Bundle (£20) + BT Broadband (£5) + line rental (£17.99) + BT Sport Pack (£5) + HD Extra (£4)||£51.99/month|
|Original Bundle (£20) + BT Sport Pack (£19.99)||£39.99/month|
|Original Bundle (£20) + BT Sport Pack (£19.99) + HD Extra (£4)||£43.99/month|
Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City with a Virgin Media and BT Sport subscription
With Virgin Media your choices are somewhat limited – you can get all of the BT Sport channels in SD and HD, but you have to take all eight channels for £18/month or nothing. There’s no inbetween SD-only, option and there’s no way to take BT Sport 1 on its own.
The good news is, you get the entire BT Sport channel line up included with Virgin TV XL – Virgin’s biggest TV package – as standard.
As well as being the biggest TV package going, this has the benefit of actually being cheaper than if you opted for the least expensive Virgin TV package (More TV) and added the BT Sport Pack.
Virgin Media’s standalone TV services – that is, just cable TV, no phone, no broadband – don’t require you to pay for line rental. You’ve got the option of three set-top boxes, all of which let you watch the games in HD. There’s the driveless V HD box (no record function) a 500GB TiVo box (250 hours of SD, 50 hours of HD) or a 1TB TiVo box (500 hours of SD, 100 hours of HD).
Both of the TiVo packages cost the same each month, but if you want the 1TB box, there’s a one-off £49.95 charge. Here’s how everything works out.
|Sports Packages||Total Monthly Cost|
|Virgin More TV with V HD (£13) BT Sport HD Pack (£18)||£31/month|
|Virgin More TV with TiVo (£18) BT Sport HD Pack (£18)||£36/month|
|Virgin TV XL with V HD box (£28) BT Sport HD Pack (FREE)||£28/month|
|Virgin TV XL with TiVo (£33) BT Sport HD Pack (FREE)||£33/month|
Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City with a BT TV and BT Sport subscription
BT TV customers have the option of getting BT Sport 1 on its own with BT Sport Lite or signing up for the full BT Sport Pack which gives you all of the BT Sport channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport ESPN and BT Sport Europe.
Note that BT Sport Lite only entitles you to stream games online and through the BT Sport mobile app. You won’t get to watch any BT Sport games on TV this way.
You need to take a broadband service from BT in order to get BT TV.
The cheapest BT broadband service right now costs £5/month plus line rental, which is £17.99/month for the standard rate or £183.48 for 12 months cover (equivalent to £15.29/month).
The cheapest BT TV package available now is the Starter service – so cheap, in fact, that it’s free. The set-top box you get with BT TV Starter is driveless, so you can’t record any matches, but it does have a 15-minute time buffer so you can pause and rewind live TV.
The Entertainment Plus service costs £7.50/month and comes with a YouView box with a 500GB drive (300 hours SD, 125 hours HD).
Entertainment Ultra HD costs £15/month and gives you a YouView box with a 1TB drive (600 hours SD, 250 hours HD).
If you want to get BT Sport in HD, you’ll need to pay £4/month for the HD Extra bolt on. You’ll also have to take a BT Infinity broadband service as well. BT Infinity 1 is BT’s FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) packages that provide the necessary bandwidth to deliver BT Sport in HD.
The cheapest BT Infinity 1 package costs £10/month plus line rental for a service that gives you a 38Mbps top speed and a 40GB data cap.
The cheapest BT Infinity 1 package with unlimited downloads costs £13/month plus line rental for the same top speeds and weekend landline calls included. A £35 activation fee applies to all BT TV services.
|Sports Packages||Total Monthly Cost|
|BT TV Starter (£0) + BT Broadband (£5) + Line rental (£17.99) + BT Sport Lite (FREE)||£22.99/month|
|BT TV Starter (£0) + BT Broadband (£5) + Line rental (£17.99) + BT Sport Pack (FREE)||£22.99/month|
|BT TV Starter (£0) + BT Infinity (£13) + Line rental (£17.99) + HD Extra (£4) BT Sport Pack (FREE)||£34.99/month|
Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City with TalkTalk TV
BT Sport isn’t currently available with TalkTalk TV. You can however sign up for a BT Mobile SIM (which start at £10/month) which will let you stream games live through the BT Sport iOS and Android app.
Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City on a Freeview, Freesat or YouView (non BT TV boxes)
How to get BT Sport on FreeviewYou can’t currently get BT Sport on any of the free to air TV platforms in the UK. While BT Sport Showcase does often showcase games for free, the Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City game is not one of them.
There is however nothing to stop you from watching the game live on your phone with a £10/month BT Mobile SIM.
How can I watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City online?
BT Mobile’s SIM-only deal is the cheapest way to get BT Sport yetYou can stream BT Sport games online through Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
You’ll need to have Adobe Flash Player installed and you’ll need to log in with your BT ID.
Quality of streams will depend on how good your broadband connection is – you’ll need at least 2Mbps to stream any content at all and 4-5Mbps to stream games in higher quality.
How can I watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City on my phone or tablet?
If you’ve got a BT ID, you’ll be able to stream BT Sport content on your iOS or Android device.
You cannot, however, cast BT Sport content to your TV via Chromecast, unless you’re a BT broadband customer as well. As this entitles you to BT TV for nothing with the Starter pack, it’s kind of pointless, unless you want to watch in a second room.
While anyone can sign up for BT Mobile SIM (which gives you a BT ID) BT broadband customers get a £5 discount off of all BT Mobile prices.