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Get ready for the return of the football season

Published 1 August 2015 by

Football’s coming home much sooner than you think, with the Premier League kicking off on the 8th August (non-football fans, we feel your pain). No matter what team you support, this guide will walk you through how to make sure you’re getting the best TV package for you.

How much of a football fan are you?

Are you glued to your sofa for the entire football season or do you only watch the odd game here or there? No matter how much of a football fanatic you are, you need to think about the type of TV package that would be appropriate for you.

Occasional fan

If you only watch a few games every season, then you’d probably be better off with Freeview. You won’t be able to watch live Premier League games with this (only highlights) but it will show FA Cup and International matches. To watch a particular match, Sky’s Now TV is probably the cheapest way to go about this. You can get a day, week or monthly pass which will give you access to all 7 Sky Sports Channels.

Somewhat fanatical

If you’re partial to a bit of football but wouldn’t want to watch every game then you could give BT a go, as they will be showing 38 of the Premier League matches next season. Alternatively, if you would rather have a little more scope in the games that you can watch then Sky Sports has 116.

Footie fanatic

If you end up with endless recordings of the footie every season and can’t help but talk about it at the water cooler the next day, then you’re probably a football fanatic. For access to the majority of the Premier League games this season, you’ll have to get a package with Sky Sports and BT Sport but it won’t come cheap!

Price breakdown*

Provider** With Sky Sports With BT Sport With Sky Sports and BT Sport Contract
Virgin Media

£62.23 per month

HD: £69.23 per month

£55.32 per month

HD: Same price.

Add-ons: £100 voucher

£84.57 per month

HD: £91.57 per month

Add-ons: £100 voucher

18 month contract

TalkTalk

£54.20 per month

HD: Not available

Add-ons: £100 voucher

Not available

Not available

18 month contract

Sky

£55.40 per month

HD: £60.65 per month

Add-ons: £75 credit

£49.78 per month

HD: £52.78 per month

Add-ons: £75 credit

£74.15 per month

HD: £77.15 per month

Add-ons: £75 credit

12 month contract

BT

£46.49 per month

HD: Not available

Add-ons: £40 voucher

£24.49 per month

HD: £27.49 per month

Add-ons: £40 voucher

£46.49 per month

HD: Not available

Add-ons: £40 voucher

12 month contract

*This table was inspired by one seen on Money Saving Expert

**As prices fluctuate regularly, click the following to see the latest deals from Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky and BT.

The prices in this table assume that you take the basic TV service, line rental and broadband with the provider. Set up fees will be included onto this price and vary depending on the provider.

If you’re already a BT sport customer (and don’t have BT TV), then as of the 1st August changes will be made to your service. You should already have been sent an email or letter notifying you of the changes and telling you that you’ve automatically been opted into paying an extra £5 a month for the full BT sport package. If you don’t want to pay, and just want BT Sport Lite (which comes with any BT broadband package) you need to make sure you notify BT within 30 days of receiving the letter.

Haggle with current provider

Already have a TV package with Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk or BT? Why not try haggling with them to see whether you can get a discount on the sports channels that you use? Start with the customer service team and query the cost of your package. Make it clear that you find this too expensive and want to cancel unless they offer you a better deal. Most companies will try to keep every customer that they can, so may offer you a cheaper rate or entice you with additional channels or free periods.

What about a season ticket?

Alternatively, have you ever thought about whether you’d be better off opting for a season ticket instead? We know what you’re thinking, season tickets can be expensive but this isn’t necessarily the case if you go for the cheapest ticket available.

For example, Manchester City offer the cheapest adult ticket in the Premier League at just £299 for next season. Granted the seats are not close to the pitch, but you’ll still be able to get a clear view of the game and soak up the atmosphere of the stadium! When you compare this to paying £557.88 a year for a Sky Sports package through BT (at a cost of £46.49 per month), a season ticket could make for a good alternative.

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