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Affordable way to get Sky Sports

Sky Sports is a must-watch for die-hard sports fans. With the rights to show Premier League football, F1 races, all four golf majors and more, it’s still the undisputed king of live action. But it can be pricey. In this guide, we'll take you through your options to help you find some of the cheapest Sky Sports deals.

Sky Sports is a must-watch for die-hard sports fans. With the rights to show Premier League football, F1 races, all four golf majors and more, it’s still the undisputed king of live action. But it can be pricey. In this guide, we'll take you through your options to help you find some of the cheapest Sky Sports deals.

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Matthew Brewer
Broadband and mobile expert
Last Updated
11 JANUARY 2024
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Watch Sky Sports with a TV and broadband deal 

One of the most cost-effective ways to get Sky Sports is by taking it as part of a broadband and TV package, which will often save you money on your bills overall.

New customers can sign up for bundle offers that include all Sky Sports channels, although that does mean being tied into an 18-month contract. If you’re already a Sky customer, you can add sports channels to your TV package. You can either get them all if you want to watch everything or add individual sports channels on a 31-day rolling contract. If you’re only interested in top-flight football, for example, you could just take the Sky Sports Premier League bolt-on. 

Other broadband and TV providers, including Virgin Media and BT, also have deals where you can access Sky Sports. So, it’s always worth doing a comparison to find the best-value deal for your household, especially when there are special offers on.

Watch Sky Sports with a NOW membership 

Sky’s flexible streaming service NOW is the only way to get Sky Sports without paying for other TV services. 

NOW offers themed memberships that allow you to watch Sky channels without being tied to a long-term contract. You can sign up no matter who your broadband provider is and watch via TVs, laptops, games consoles, tablets and smartphones. 

A NOW Sports Membership gives you the flexibility to dip in and out when you want as you can choose one-day or monthly memberships. The Sky Sports day pass is ideal if you just want to watch a specific event, like a big match involving your team or the final day of The Open. You’ll get access to 11 live Sky Sports channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports News. 

Be aware that the monthly membership will renew automatically, so your bills can soon rack up if you never cancel.

Watch Sky Sports as a Sky TV customer 

If you just want a TV-only package that includes Sky Sports, it’s possible to get this through Sky. 

Everyone starts with a basic Sky Signature entertainment package when they take out a TV deal with Sky, but you can add on packs like a Sky Sports subscription for an extra monthly payment to get all the channels you want. 

This may be the best way to get Sky Sports if you’re happy with your current broadband provider but want to watch other Sky channels as well as sports.

Watch Sky Sports on your mobile 

With Sky no longer offering its Sky Sports Mobile TV app as a cheap alternative to contract Sky Sports packages, your options for watching on the go are a lot more limited now. 

But NOW’s one-off sports membership does come with a Mobile Month Membership. This gives you access to five sports channels on your smartphone for five months – good value if you’re happy to watch on a mobile. The channels you get are Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Racing and Sky Sports News. These are in addition to the one-day access you get to all Sky Sports channels, which you can stream to your TV. 

Sky TV customers who have a Sky Sports subscription can watch on mobile devices through the Sky Go app at no extra cost.

Other ways to watch sport on TV 

Sky isn’t the only TV provider to offer live sports coverage. BT and Amazon also have growing sports portfolios, bagging the rights to some of the world’s biggest events. 

BT Sport is the only place to watch Champions League and Europa League football in the UK. That’s in addition to more than 50 Premier League games a season, plus live FA Cup clashes. There’s also Premiership rugby, boxing, MotoGP and Major League Baseball. 

Amazon Prime Video holds the rights to broadcast two full rounds of Premier League fixtures, as well as US Open tennis, ATP World Tour tennis events, NFL games and rugby internationals. These are all available to watch at no extra cost to Amazon Prime members. If you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial, which is a great way to enjoy some of your favourite events without paying (just remember to cancel the trial, or budget accordingly if you’d like to carry on with the service).

Frequently asked questions

Can I get Sky Sports without a Sky subscription?

Yes, you can get Sky Sports without being a Sky customer by signing up for a NOW Sports Membership. You simply choose from a one-day or monthly membership to access all 11 Sky Sports channels. The one-month membership works on a rolling basis, but you can cancel at any time.

How much does Sky Sports cost?

It’s difficult to give an exact figure because the cost of Sky Sports will depend on who your TV provider is and whether you want the full works or just selected channels.

How do I find the cheapest sports package?

Broadband and TV package prices can fluctuate throughout the year, and providers regularly have special offers to persuade you to upgrade or switch. So, the best thing to do is compare digital TV packages with us. This will help you find the right Sky Sports TV package for the sports you want to watch – and your budget.

Will Sky give me a better deal if I haggle?

It’s certainly worth a try. If you’re out of contract, Sky won’t want to lose you as a customer if you’ve always paid your bills on time. The key is to research the market before you call them. If you say you can get an equivalent deal cheaper with another provider, you’re in a strong position to negotiate a discount. Always be polite, even if you’re not getting your own way.

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