All the Sky Sports channels are available to Virgin Media TV customers, in standard and in high definition, either as part of a bundle or as an add-on.
Whether you are looking for Premier League football, Formula One or international cricket, you can get it all with Sky Sports on Virgin Media, and it won’t matter whether that’s as a new customer or coming to Virgin TV for the first time. Here’s what you need to do, and exactly what you’re going to get.
If you looking at switching to Virgin Media and want to get the sport channels, then your first job is to choose a Virgin Media TV bundle. There are four basic bundles to choose from and you can add Sky Sports to any of them. The exception is the VIP bundle, which already comes with Sky Sports and BT Sport.
The Player bundle comes with 100Mbps broadband and more than 70 channels, most of which are available on Freeview, as well as basic catch-up TV services and a Virgin V6 box. The Mix bundle is a bit more of an upgrade, delivering 100Mbps broadband into your home as well as 150 channels, including Eurosport, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports News, and a Virgin TV V6 Box.
The Full House bundle also promises 100Mbps broadband and the Virgin TV V6 Box, but it also includes all BT Sport channels in HD as well as HD versions of Sky Sports News and Sports Mix. There’s also a Full House Sports bundle, which gives you 200Mbps broadband, all BT Sport channels in HD and all ten Sky Sports channels.
If you want to go all out, you can get the VIP bundle, which gives you all BT Sport channels in HD and all ten Sky Sports channels in HD. There’s also Sky Cinema, 350Mbps broadband and an extra Virgin TV V6 Box. Perfect for watching the game in the bedroom if someone else has the remote.
You can get the Mix TV and Full House TV packages without a broadband connection, and add Sky Sports on top, but this is less cost-effective and you don’t get the latest Virgin TV V6 Box.
Of course, the services you can receive depend on your postcode. Virgin Media’s cable network currently covers around 14 million households in the UK and is now embarking on the biggest expansion since its formation, with the hope of covering 19 million by 2019. Some services, such as the 350Mbps broadband, are only available in some areas, so it’s best to check with the company before you take out a subscription.
If you’re already a Virgin Media customer, you can get Sky Sports added to your existing package by visiting the Virgin Media website, signing in and upgrading. If you already have Virgin TV, the upgrade should be instantaneous to your existing V6 or TiVo box. If you’re not yet a Virgin TV customer (but have Virgin Media broadband), then you’ll have to wait for your new TV box to arrive before you can enjoy your sport.
You can watch all ten Sky Sports channels on Virgin Media. In the summer of 2017, Sky reorganised its portfolio into ten different channels, including several sport-specific stations and one dedicated to Premier League football – Sky Sports Premier League.
Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports F1 are fairly self-explanatory, while Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena are the home for other sports, such as rugby union, rugby league, American football, wrestling, tennis and darts.
Sky Sports News is a 24-hour rolling news station, complete with highlights and reports, while Sky Sports Mix is included in most basic tv packages, broadcasting a selection of events from other Sky Sports channels as well as exclusive programming like extreme sports, netball and the burgeoning area of eSports.
The biggest selling point of Sky Sports is the 126 live and exclusive Premier League matches shown each season. Sky usually shows one match on Saturday evening, two on Sunday afternoon and several matches on Friday and Monday nights. All are shown live on Sky Sports Premier League, which also broadcasts highlights, classic action and a nightly debate show.
There are also live Football League matches every week on Sky Sports Football, which also shows live Spanish football, live Dutch football and International qualifiers not involving England. The channel will be home to the new UEFA Nations League.
On Sky Sports Cricket, there’s live and exclusive coverage of England home internationals, as well as most away series and the pick of matches between other nations, as well as live English T20, Australian Big Bash T20 and every match from the Indian Premier League.
Sky Sports Golf is home to the European Tour, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, as well as the Ryder Cup, US Open, The Open and is the only place to watch all four days of the Masters. Meanwhile, Sky Sports F1 shows every single practice, qualifying and race live, alongside classic races and support races like GP2.
Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena show a mixture of European Champions Cup, Super Rugby, Pro 12, Top 14 and international rugby union, Super League rugby league, NFL, WWE Raw and Smackdown and major darts tournaments including Premier League Darts.
The good news is that if you get Sky Sports from Virgin Media, you can still get access to the Sky Sports mobile app on Android and iPhone. Here you can read the latest news, view Premier League highlights, and watch live coverage. Recent updates to the app add interactive highlights to Premier League matches, additional camera views for Formula One and hawkeye data feeds for live cricket.
The app works on both a wi-fi and mobile connection and you can also login to the Sky Sports website with your My Virgin Media details, so there’s every opportunity to keep your eye on the action while at work.
No, you cannot watch NOW TV through your Virgin Media V6 or TiVo box. You can however watch it online - on a computer, laptop, with a games console, or with any other streaming device.
A day pass costs £7.99, perfect if you just want to watch a big match or a single F1 race, while a week pass is £12.99. A month-long pass is £33.99, and continues until you explicitly cancel it.
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