by Steve Tattersall, last updated 18 September 2020
With the new 2020/2021 Premier League football season starting from the 12th of September 2020, we list some of the key sports Sky and BT Sport will be broadcasting this 2020/2021 season and uncover the cheapest ways to watch both BT Sport and Sky Sports.
Despite being a relatively new sports broadcaster, the BT Sport portfolio of events is expanding rapidly and it is now the home of European football.
BT Sport is available from £15 a month for new and existing BT Broadband customers. It has 8 channels (4 in HD) and broadcasts all 351 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches live and exclusive.
BT Sport also has 55 Premier League football matches, 30 Scottish Premier League matches, 24 FA Cup matches, the FA Community Shield, the FA Trophy, plus hundreds of live football fixtures from top leagues in France (Ligue 1) and Germany (Bundesliga).
Others live sports coverage available on BT Sport include the European Rugby Champions Cup, Premiership Rugby, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), all of the MotoGP races during the season, all Australia's home cricket matches, the FIH Hockey World League and WWE.
New customers can switch to a BT Fibre Broadband (average 50Mbps speeds) and BT TV package with BT Sport included from just £27.99 a month. This price includes 3 months FREE BT Sport, BT phone line rental and pay as you go calls to UK landlines, while a one-off £29.99 set up fees applies. Find out more at BT.com and sign-up online.
What Is BT Sport Lite?
BT Sport Lite is a thinned-down version of the BT Sport Pack and is now only available to existing BT Sport Lite customers.
BT Sport Lite gives access to the BT Sport 1 channel only and will show all 52 Premier League football matches, 30 Scottish Premier League matches, plus Premiership Rugby games.
Sky Sports has been the dominant pay TV sports broadcaster for many years now and as such, offers a more comprehensive range of key live sporting events across its multiple channels.
Football coverage includes 146 live Premier League matches, plus action from the Football League, the League Cup, the Spanish La Liga and MLS from the US. There are also the home internationals covering all the home nations except England.
Other key sporting events include every Formula 1 Grand Prix race, International Test Cricket including the Ashes, rugby coverage including England and British Lions matches, plus extensive golf coverage like the Ryder Cup, The Masters, The US Open and the World Tour Masters events.
Prices start from £23 a month for existing Sky TV customers adding the complete Sky Sports pack in HD. Existing customers also have the option of adding just the Sky Sports Premier League and football channels for £18 a month. A 31-day rolling contract applies.
New customers switching to Sky will need to pay £57 a month for the Sky Sports bundle that includes; Sky TV with Sky Atlantic, YouTube, BBC iPlayer & more all in one place with Sky Q, Sky Fibre Superfast Broadband with average 59Mbps speeds, Sky phone line rental, pay as you go calls and the full Sky Sports Pack in HD. A one-off £39.95 setup fee applies. Find out more at Sky.com and order online.
NOW TV, wholly owned by Sky, offers a more flexible, cheaper way to watch all 11 Sky Sports channels and is available without a lengthy contract.
Viewable pretty much on any device like a smartphone, tablet, PC & Xbox, or via a streaming stick (Chromecast) or the NOW TV set top box (£9.99), users can simply add or remove Sky Sports Day or Month passes - with prices currently set from £9.99 and £25 per pass respectively.
NOW TV Sky Sports passes are fast and easy to set up, meaning you can dip in and out without missing any of the key sporting events.
What Is The Cheapest Way To Watch BT Sport And Sky Sports?
This is likely to depend upon whether you are an existing BT Broadband or Sky TV customer, so take a look at the options below:
If You Are An Existing BT Broadband Customer
You can pay an extra £15 a month for access to the BT Sport app, or pay £15 per month for a BT TV and BT Sport package (the first 3 months are currently FREE). Alternatively, opt for the BT TV Big Sport package which includes BT TV, BT Sport and Sky Sports for £40 a month (the first 6 months are currently HALF PRICE at £20p/m).
If you already have BT TV, you may be able to negotiate a lower price for BT Sport when you re-contract with BT for your broadband and TV for another 24 months.
Another option for Sky Sports access is to simply use the NOW TV Sky Sports day or month pass at £9.99, or £25 respectively.
If You Are An Existing Sky TV Customer With Sky Sports
If your broadband is still with BT, you will be able to watch the BT Sport Pack on Sky TV for £20 a month.
If your broadband is with Sky or another provider, the cheapest way to watch the BT Sport Pack is to take a BT SIM only plan with prices starting from £15 a month for 20GB's of data. However, you will only be able to watch BT Sport on your mobile as this app is not compatible with the likes of the Google Chromecast streaming stick or Apple TV.
An alternative to the above is to pay BT £29.99 a month to watch the BT Sport Pack on Sky TV.
A further option, which launched quietly back in December 2019, is the BT Sport Monthly Pass. This no contract Pass is available to anyone (so BT Broadband is not required) and costs £25 a month. Access to the BT Sport Monthly Pass is via the BT Sport app which is available on Apple/Android devices, Apple TV, Samsung TV's, Xbox One, Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) and Chromecast.
If You Are Considering Switching To BT Or Sky
The cheapest route is to switch to the BT Fibre 2 Broadband (67Mbps speeds) and BT TV package with 3 months FREE BT Sport included, which costs from £29.99 a month. This price includes BT phone line rental and pay as you go calls to UK landlines, while a one-off £29.99 set up fees applies. Compare this package further below.
The BT Sport Pack would be included, while you could access the NOW TV Sky Sports day or month pass as and when required for £9.99 or £25 respectively.
An alternative option is the new BT Fibre 2 Broadband (67Mbps speeds), BT TV, BT Sport and Sky Sports package from BT which costs £49.99 a month (for 6 months, £69.99p/m after with the 6 months HALF PRICE offer). Find out more about this package at BT.com or compare this package below. A similar option is now also available from Sky. This costs £70 a month for 18 months and includes Sky Broadband Superfast, Sky TV, Sky Sports and BT Sport. Find out more at Sky.com.
What About Watching BT Sport & Sky Sports On Virgin Media?
If you live within a Virgin Media network area (coverage is currently 55% of the UK), you can watch Sky Sports and BT Sport on Virgin TV. For £65 a month, new customers can switch to Virgin Media and enjoy ultrafast broadband speeds averaging 213Mbps, weekend calls to UK landlines & Virgin Mobiles, Virgin TV with 230 channels, plus all Sky Sports and BT Sport channels. Find out more at virginmedia.com.
Compare BT, Sky & Virgin Media Packages With BT Sport & Sky Sports
|Provider||Package Details||Average Speed*||Download Limit||Contract Period||Costs||More Info|
Average speed*: 67Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
1st year cost £729.87,
£49.99* per month
BT Fibre 2 + Pay As You Go Calls To UK Landlines & Mobiles + Big Sport TV Package (BT 4K TV Box With Pause, Rewind & Record, Over 80 Freeview Channels (15 In HD), The AMC Channel, All 4 BT Sport Channels With 52 Live Premier League Matches & Every Single Champions League Game + All 11 Sky Sports Channels From NOW TV With 128 Live Premier League Matches, F1, Golf Majors & More
*For 6 months, £69.99p/m after. Includes BT phone line rental
Monthly cost £49.99*
1st year cost: £729.87
6 Months HALF PRICE BT Sport & Sky Sports (Save £120) + FREE £100 BT Reward Card + FREE Activation
Ends 26th Sept! - Find out more at BT
Add Other Channel Packs Including Sky Cinema
Average speed*: 213Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
1st year cost £780,
£65* per month
Bigger Bundle + Maxit TV + Sky Sports: M200 Broadband + Weekend Calls To UK Landlines & Virgin Mobiles + 230 Digital TV Channels Incl. 16 Sky Channels + All Sky Sports HD Channels + All 4 BT Sport 4K UHD Channels + 47 HD Channels + 7 Day Catch-Up TV + TV, Movies & Music On Demand + 1TB V6 Box
* For 18 months. Includes Virgin Media phone line rental
Monthly cost £65.00*
1st year cost: £780.00
Includes All Sky Sports HD & BT Sport 4K UHD Channels
Find out more at Virgin Media
14-Day Money Back Guarantee + FREE Setup Saving £35
Average Speed*: 59Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
1st year cost £879.95,
£70* per month
Unlimited Sky Broadband Superfast + Sky Talk Pay As You Go Calls To UK Landlines + Sky TV With Over 40 TV Channels (& 240 Free To Air Channels) + All 11 Sky Sports HD Channels + All 4 BT Sport HD Channels + Sky Box Sets + Sky Q Box + Sky Catch-Up & On Demand TV
* For 18 months. Includes Sky phone line rental. Pricing may change during this 18 month period
Monthly cost £70.00*
1st year cost: £879.95
Record & Store Up To 500 Hours With Sky Q
Find out more at Sky
Save £30p/m + Includes All Sky Sports & BT Sport Channels In HD In One Place
About The Author, Steve Tattersall
Steve is a broadband technology writer and digital marketing consultant based in Hampshire (England). He founded the BBC recognised broadband information site BroadbandInternetUk.com in 2004 and is Chief Editor. He has 16 years experience within the telecommunications industry, helping people across the UK with their Internet requirements via a comprehensive range of broadband information, advice and guidance, all delivered on BroadbandInternetUk.com. He was previously a telecoms executive at cable operator NTL, which merged with Telewest to form Virgin Media, one of the UK's leading broadband, phone & TV suppliers. To contact Steve, please visit the contact us page or follow him on Twitter.
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