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Football fans count down to Premier League return

Ready for the Premier League’s return? Make sure you have the right TV package in place to enjoy the action.

Tom Harrison
Content writer
2
minute read
posted 16 JUNE 2020

It’s the moment millions of football fans across the world have been waiting for.

Yes, the Premier League is officially back from its 100-day hiatus this week, with all 20 teams returning to action behind closed doors to see out the 2019/20 campaign.

In total, 92 league matches remain to be played, with every broadcast live on either Sky Sports or BT Sports, with a selection of others heading to either Amazon Prime or the BBC.

So while Premier League clubs were able to reach a decision over how best to resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – have you been able to make a call on the best TV package to catch it all on?

‘Spoilt for choice’

Holly Niblett, head of digital at comparethemarket.com says the return of top-flight English football will help bring back “a sense of normality” for millions at home.

“Followers of the beautiful game are spoilt for choice when it comes to TV packages to watch sport – but as with all things in life, the prices can vary widely,” she adds.

Among the networks, Sky will show the lion’s share of remaining games – with 25 of its 64 matches being made free-to-air, both online and via Freeview.

BT Sport has exclusive rights to 20 games, while the BBC and Amazon will each broadcast four games for no charge (no Prime membership needed).

This means 33 of the final 92 games are available free of charge.

Now more than ever, viewers are encouraged to shop around for the right TV package for them, to make sure they truly get the most out of the next six weeks of action.

‘Atmospheric audio’

The Premier League’s return to what will be virtually empty stadiums has prompted a range of unique technical innovations coming to our screens from this week, including the introduction of artificial crowd noise.

Developer EA confirmed that noise from its FIFA 20 console game will be used for the real thing, as the country continues to physically distance itself to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As Holly Niblett explains: “These days you don’t even need to be in a stadium to soak up the atmosphere, with Sky being the first broadcaster to confirm it’s giving viewers the option to simulate the sound of crowds from the comfort of your own living room.

“For those missing sport during lockdown, this – and a cold beer – could be the next best thing.”

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