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Save money on Sky Sports: How to find the cheapest deal or get it without a contract

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

From the Premier League and the Cricket World Cup to Formula One and Elite League Speedway, Sky Sports offers something for every sports fans. And with the Sky Sports relaunch, there are now 10 channels to choose from.

The cheapest way to get Sky Sports on TV is usually to join Sky. But that's not the only way and, if you just want Sky Sports for a day, or if you just want one or two channels, there are alternative options. Here's all you need to know about getting Sky Sports without it costing a fortune.

Get Sky Sports for just £34 with TalkTalk

Until the end of August 2017, TalkTalk is offering all 10 Sky Sports channels for just £34 per month when purchased as an add-on to TalkTalk broadband and TV. This is an astonishingly low price and if you are thinking of switching, now is the time to do it.

  • TalkTalk TV & Sky Sports + Faster Fibre 38Mb

    TalkTalk
    • Freeview plus 8 Sky Sports channels
    • Up to speeds: 38Mb download, 10Mb upload
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Pay for calls made (11.5p per min)
    £59
    £25 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • TalkTalk TV Plus & Sky Sports + Fast Broadband

    TalkTalk
    • Freeview and + 6 Sky entertainment channels
    • Includes 8 Sky Sports channels
    • Up to speeds: 17Mb download, 1Mb upload
    • Pay for calls made (11.5p per min)
    £57 .95
    £50 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

How much does Sky Sports cost?

There are number of different ways to get Sky Sports and what you pay will depend on how you choose to subscribe. Here's a brief list, with more detail about how the pricing works in each case a little further down.

  • On Sky TV: £40 per month as a complete bundle, £20 per month as an add-on to your existing Sky package
  • On Virgin TV: £31.75 to add every Sky Sports channel, £19 to add a single channel
  • On BT TV: Add it on for an additional £27.50 per month
  • On Now TV: £6.99 for a one-day pass, £10.99 for a week pass, £33.99 for a one-month pass

On Sky TV

If you're a new Sky customer

Sky Sports is included as standard in two Sky TV bundles: The Sky Sports Bundle, which costs £40 per month; and the Complete Bundle which costs £67 a month. You can also add all ten Sky Sports channels to another bundle of your choice for an extra £20 per month.

  • Sky TV Original + Sports

    Sky
    • 10 sports channels, 11 HD channels
    • 35+ entertainment & 250+ free-to-air channels
    • Sky Q 1TB box, add BT Sport for £19.99 p/m
    £40
    £20 set-up cost See Deal
  • Sky HD Complete

    Sky
    • 10 HD sports channels, 11 HD cinema channels
    • 75+ entertainment channels, 56 HD channels
    • 250+ free-to-air channels, 1900+ kids' shows
    £61
    £20 set-up cost See Deal

If you're already a Sky customer

Existing customers don't have to miss out on all the sporty action either and can add the complete Sky Sports Pack to their existing TV bundle for an extra £20 per month.

  • Sky Sports Upgrade for Existing Customers

    Sky
    • Choose one of 9 dedicated sports channels
    • 116 live Barclays Premiership games
    • Live cricket, every F1 race and more
    £18
    Zero set-up cost See Deal

On Virgin TV

If you haven't signed up to Virgin TV yet

Similarly to Sky, you can't just buy Sky Sports by itself as a Virgin Media TV customer. You need to add it on to a TV package, or choose a bundle that comes with Sky Sports included. The Full House Sports bundle, which costs £75, or the VIP bundle, which costs £90, is the best way to do this, but you can also choose a standalone TV package and add Sky Sports to it from £19 extra per month.

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If you're already a Virgin TV customer

If you're already a Virgin Media TV customer, you can add Sky Sports to your Virgin TV package. This costs £31.75 per month.

Call Virgin Media on 0808 168 4947 0808 168 4947
for cancellations or upgrades

Lines open 8am to midnight, 7 days a week

On BT TV

If you haven't signed up to BT TV yet

You can only get Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 in a two-channel bundle. The cheapest BT TV and Infinity package with Sky Sports costs £67.49 per month.

  • BT Unlimited Infinity 1 + TV Entertainment & Sky Sports + Calls

    BT
    • Freeview + 29 premium + 2 Sky Sports channels
    • Pay nothing upfront
    • Weekend calls
    • YouView+ box & BT Smart Hub router
    Offer ends 26th October
    £65 .49
    £69.99 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

If you're already a BT TV customer

You can add Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to your package for £27.50 extra per month. BT does not offer the other Sky Sports channels.

On TalkTalk TV

If you haven't signed up to TalkTalk TV yet

TalkTalk TV Plus package costs £23.95 and the Sky Sports boost will set you back an extra £34 per month. However, TalkTalk regularly have offers so keep your eyes peeled to bag yourself a deal.

If you're already a TalkTalk customer

If you've already got TalkTalk TV then you only need to add the Sky Sports Boost. Unlike BT, adding the Sky Sports Boost gives you every Sky Sports channel, not just Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2. The TalkTalk Sky Sports Boost is currently £34.

Call TalkTalk on 0808 108 0465 0808 108 0465
for cancellations or upgrades

On Now TV

If you're new to Now TV

If you think Now TV sounds just the ticket for you, but you don't have a compatible device, you can order a Now TV Box for a one-off payment and get a two-day Sky Sports Pass for a reduced price. This will cost you £24.99, and you can purchase further Sky Sports passes whenever you fancy from £6.99.

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If you already have Now TV

Now TV customers can access the Sky Sports channels over a specific period of time with Sky Sports Passes. If there's a specific match you want to see, you can choose the Day Pass, which costs £6.99, if you want it a little longer you can choose the Week Pass for £10.99.

You can also choose a rolling month-long pass if you want all the sport, all the time. That will set you back £33.99 per month, but you can cancel at any time – and therein lies the joy of Now TV.

Does it cost extra to watch Sky in high definition (HD)?

Yes. You can only watch Sky Sports in HD on Sky TV or Virgin Media. Either way you will have to pay extra to get it upgraded.

Sky Sports in HD on Sky TV

Sky charges a flat fee of £6 per month for its HD Pack, which can only be added to its Family Bundle. Customers who have the Complete Bundle or Sky Q Bundle don't need to pay extra; HD is already included as standard.

You should also consider that if your plan is to watch Sky Sports through a non-Q Sky Multiscreen box you will have to pay for the HD pack once for each room in which you intend to watch it.

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Sky Sports in HD on Virgin Media

Virgin Media TV customers have to pay an extra £7 per month to get their Sky Sports channels in HD.

Call Virgin Media on 0808 168 4947 0808 168 4947
for cancellations or upgrades

Lines open 8am to midnight, 7 days a week

What's the cheapest way to get Sky Sports?

The cheapest way to get the full Sky Sports pack on a rolling monthly basis is with Sky TV – it can be added on to your existing bundle for £20. However, if you just want to watch Sky Sports now and again, Now TV will be your best bet.

Sky Sports on Now TV will set you back £6.99 for a one-day pass, £10.99 for a week pass, £33.99 for a one month pass, though obviously if you want it for a month, it's going to work out more expensive than if you simply subscribed to Sky TV.

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£6.99

Six ways to save money on Sky Sports

1. You don't need to be with Sky to get Sky Sports

Don't make the mistake of thinking that you can only get Sky Sports on Sky. Virgin Media, BT TV, TalkTalk and Now TV also offer Sky Sports as extra standalone channels or as part of a multichannel pack. And when you come to packages think about bundling up other services to save money.

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2. Shop around and don't take the first deal you see

Don't buy Sky Sports without first looking around at the different options. Prices differ, and while Sky looks like the obvious choice for Sky Sports, try thinking outside the box and consider getting Sky Sports from a different provider, perhaps bundled with one or more other money-saving services like faster broadband and inclusive calls.

3. Don't pay for what you don't need

Sky Sports broadcasts over 100 different sports across seven dedicated channels with almost as much exposure given to cricket, F1 and rugby as to football. If you're only interested in Premiership football, for example, you may well find that you don't need the full Sky Sports pack.

Virgin Media and BT TV, for example, both give you the option to sign up for just Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2. However, BT doesn't offer the full range of Sky Sports channels whereas you can get the full pack with Virgin Media if you want to add it on later.

4. Use Sky Box Office (pay-per-view) to watch special events

If you're only interested in watching selected games, such as the local football derby, it may not be economically wise to subscribe to a Sky Sports channel or channel pack at all.

Some of these sorts of events are only available on a pay-per-view (PPV) basis through Sky Box Office. This means you'll pay a one-off fee to watch one particular event, such as a boxing match or wrestling event, and that's that. No subscription fees, no paying extra for events you're not interested in – you just pay for exactly what you want to watch and nothing else.

5. Now TV offers Sky Sports without a subscription

While pay-per-view has traditionally been the preserve of boxing and wrestling, Now TV has, in effect, introduced it to all Sky Sports content, since it allows you to watch on an ad-hoc, subscription-free basis.

You can watch Now TV through your games console, tablet, desktop computer, phone or with one of Sky's bespoke Now TV boxes. The service will allow you to purchase a 24-hour Sky Sports Day Pass to watch all seven Sky Sports channels for £6.99, or a Sky Sports Week Pass, which lets you watch the same channels for one week for £10.99. Or you can choose a rolling monthly pass which costs

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6. Try haggling for a better deal by threatening to leave

If you're an existing customer, then try to get what is known as a "retention deal". If you contact your TV provider and let them know that you're seriously considering leaving them for one of their competitors, you may be able to negotiate a discount on Sky Sports in return for staying with them.

The trick here is to be polite, but don't be shy. And only try if your contract is up or coming to an end. If you're in the middle of your first year with your TV provider then your chances of success when haggling over the price or getting a retention deal are very slim indeed.

If you are out of contract and you don't get any joy from the person you speak to it's always worth pointing out to them that you should be considered a valued customer, especially if you're considering leaving after several years with the provider. Again, make sure you're polite; they don't have to give you anything, and if you're rude then chances are they won't.

Compare current Sky Sports deals

If you'd like to compare the various ways of receiving Sky Sport, just use our handy comparison tool:

  • Broadband
    Max download speed38Mb
    Max upload speed9.5Mb
    Monthly usage25GB
    Digital TV
    TV channels327
    SD channels316
    HD channels11
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.50ppm
    Evening calls9.50ppm
    Weekend calls9.50ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£29.95
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £749.95

    £60
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    Max download speed100Mb
    Max upload speed6Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
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    TV channels99
    SD channels90
    HD channels9
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost £911

    £74.25
    per month
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Two ways to get Sky Sports without a contract

1. Rolling 30-day contracts are available from most subscription TV providers

Pay TV providers Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk all offer Sky Sports on a 30-day contract, but of course there is a catch. You'll need to already have a subscription with one of these services – or be prepared to take one out. Prices vary widely and contracts range from 12 to 18 months.

If it's available with your TV package, you should see the option to upgrade when you log into your online account. Sky Sports News HQ is not usually included in the upgrade as many pay TV subscriptions already include it as standard.

2. Get a Sky Sports pass from Now TV

Now TV offers a selection of passes to watch Sky TV without a contract. It streams channels over the internet so you'll need an broadband connection instead of a satellite dish. Sky Sports is available for one day (£6.99), one week (£10.99) or one month at a time (£33.99), so you can dip in and out for specific sporting events. The passes expire after use.

You'll need to open a Now TV account online at nowtv.com. It's free to do, but you'll need to pay for your first pass when you sign up. Passes don't have to be used immediately; you can save them until there's an event you want to watch. Finally, you'll need a means to stream the Now TV service from the internet to your TV. You do this with a Now TV box, which is available to buy online for £14.99 (including delivery) to hook up to your TV via an HDMI cable.

As well as streaming the channels you pay for, the box gives free access to catch up TV players, like BBC iPlayer and 4oD, and apps such as Spotify and YouTube. Alternatively, you can use Now TV on tablets, smartphones, computers, smart TVs, streaming sticks and games consoles. The nowtv.com website has a handy list of what you can use.

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The cheapest way to get both Sky Sports and BT Sport

If you want literally all the football, you're going to need both Sky Sports and BT Sport. There are a number of ways to do this. You can add BT Sport onto your Sky package or vice versa, you can add both onto your Virgin TV package. And there are a number of other second-tier TV and broadband providers that offer you the opportunity.

Joining BT broadband and choosing the free BT TV Starter package, then adding a Now TV subscription on top is the cheapest way to get both BT Sport and Sky Sports. But there are a few provisos.

For instance, you won't be able to watch Now TV on your television unless you choose a Now TV box or possess a games console. Also, while the Now TV passes for Sky Sports are flexible in the short term, the ongoing cost will mount up, so you might want to pick and choose games and tournaments to keep Sky Sports affordable. Also, unlike with Sky Sports on Now TV, you cannot get a BT Sport day pass – it's all or nothing.

Other than these few nagging issues, combining BT broadband and Now TV will have you watching sports and waving your foam finger around quickly, and for less than you'd pay elsewhere.

How to watch Sky Box Office events on pay-per-view

Sky Sports Box Office is Sky's premium pay-per-view channel, broadcasting live, big-ticket fixtures that you can't watch anywhere other than Sky or Virgin TV, and are not included with any of the seven Sky Sports channels.

Watching pay-per-view events on Sky Sports Box office on Sky TV

The native home of Sky Sports Box Office is, of course, Sky TV, where it can be found on channel 491. High-definition (HD) coverage is also available on channel 492, but you may need the Sky HD Pack in order to watch it.

To watch an event, you'll first have to book it. Orders can either be completed online or over the phone, but Sky expresses that the easiest way to order is by pressing the 'Box Office' button on your Sky remote and following the on-screen menu.

Completing a pay-per-view booking using your remote will add it to your TV planner and record it using Sky+ so you won't miss it and can watch it over again if you want to. All events are priced individually and your order will be reflected in your next Sky bill.

If you're thinking of joining Sky TV, you can check out all the latest offers in your area by entering your postcode below.

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Watching Sky Box Office pay-per-view events on Virgin TV

If you don't have – or want – Sky TV, the only other way to access all its pay-per-view Sky Sports Box Office coverage is through Virgin Media TV – but you won't be able to watch in HD.

Sky Sports Box Office events can be booked using your Virgin remote. If you're a Virgin TiVo customer, go to 'On Demand'; if you have a V+ HD, V HD or V Box, go to On Demand and Catch Up TV and then follow the onscreen instructions to browse and book an event.

Live Events can usually be ordered up to five days before they are broadcast. Once you have made and paid for a booking it will be available in the 'Live Events' section of the 'Your Rentals' menu (TiVo) or on Channel 0 (V+ HD, V HD or V box).

What live events does Sky Sports Box Office show?

Pay-per-view boxing

Live, exclusive events, including such high-profile boxing matches as Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, and Klitschko vs. Fury can be booked to watch live on TV with your Sky or Virgin Media remote, via Sky Sports Box Office online, or by calling your provider direct.

Sky customers can call 03442 410 888 while Virgin customers can book by dialling 150 from a Virgin phone, or 0845 840 7777 from any other phone.

Pay-per-view live-action WWE wrestling

Sky Sports Box Office is best-known for its coverage of large-scale, World Wrestling Entertainment events, including Royal Rumble, Fastlane and Wrestlemania.

TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) is one of the most popular entertainment events, along with WWE Raw, WWE Heat and WWE Smackdown, with live-action fighting broadcast from the United States.

All the latest Sky Sports Box Office news and schedules are available to look at on the Sky Sports website.

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