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Watch the Premier League

Find the cheapest package to watch on TV or online

The World Cup's over so if you're already eyeing up next season, we’ve crunched the numbers better than a John Terry tackle. With our 20 tips to cut the cost of your footie fix, you'll save if you're a fair weather fan or the Messi of fanatics.

This guide includes how to watch the Premier League for less, what's on offer from the big UK TV providers and how to haggle a discount. The prices apply now, but check here again just before the season starts in August, in case any cracking deals emerge.

If you're already eyeing up next season, we’ve crunched the numbers better than a John Terry tackle. With our 20 tips, you'll save if you're a fair weather fan or the Messi of fanatics.

This guide includes what's on offer from the big UK TV providers, and how to haggle a discount and watch the Premier League for less. Check here again just before the season starts in August, in case any cracking deals emerge.

This is the first incarnation of this guide. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, please suggest any changes or questions in the Football On TV discussion.

What's the cheapest way to watch the Premier League on TV?

This is all about just how much of a fanatic you are, so home in on the best deal based on exactly how much football you'll watch.

You need Sky Sports & BT Sport to watch all Premier League TV games

There are 154 live Premier League games on UK TV each season, and they are only broadcast on Sky Sports and BT Sport.

What does it cost to watch football on TV?

The price you'll pay depends on which provider you plump for, and whether you've already got a subscription TV package set up or are starting from scratch.

Sky Sports vs BT Sport: what will I get?

Sky's still top of the league when it comes to the array of live Premier League games it has, showing 116 compared with BT Sport's 38 next season.

What is BT Sport, and is it really free?

BT markets its sports channels (BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN) as free for all BT broadband customers.

BT Sport is free on Virgin Media

Last year Virgin Media and BT launched a deal for Virgin TV customers to get access to the BT Sport channels.

You can't get BT Sport on TalkTalk TV

Unfortunately, TalkTalk TV customers still don't have access to BT Sport. However, all the Sky Sports channels are available to TalkTalk customers as a subscription add-on though.

Get loads of free football on TV

If you just want to watch football and don't care whether it's the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup or internationals, you can do so for free on BBC and ITV through Freeview.

Check first if deals are available where you live

Because not every service is available everywhere, you'll need to use a postcode checker to find out which are available in your area. Many cable services are not available nationwide, for example.

Can I watch football online for free?

It’s possible to watch matches live on the internet for free. But the picture quality's often suspect and there are big question marks about the legality of doing this.

Can you really afford to pay for Premier League football?

Watching every Premier League game on TV is pricey. So, before you sign up for anything, use these money mantras to work out whether you really need to be spending all that money.

Find a pub showing your team - but you'll need to pay for drinks

You could always head down to your nearest pub to get your football fix.

How to get more sport, incl rugby, darts & cycling

Looking for other sports or something a bit niche?

Cancel Sky Sports if you don't watch it

If you only take Sky Sports to watch the Premier League, once the new season's finished next year you can cancel penalty-free and save yourself a few quid.

You do need a TV licence to watch sports

If you're watching football (or any other sport) live, you will need a TV licence. If you don't have one you risk a £1,000 fine.

Bundle TV with broadband and phone for max savings

Taking a bundled package with TV, home phone and broadband all from one provider may work out cheaper than taking the services from separate providers, so consider this before signing up to any new contracts.

Planning to stream games? Beware broadband download limits

If you're a footie fan planning to stream matches over the internet, make sure your broadband connection can handle it and you've got a decent download allowance.

There's more about package download allowances and speeds in our Cheap Broadband guide.

Already got Sky or Virgin? Haggle a discount

If you've already got a TV package with sports, you could try haggling with your current provider to get the sports channels at a discounted rate (or even free!).

Get cashback to cut costs

It's often possible to get cashback on top when signing up for a new TV package. Yet it isn't done direct. To get it you'll have to go via a specialist cashback website, such as Topcashback or Quidco.