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Sky and BT extend Premier League TV rights deals

Wednesday, February 14th 2018 by Marc Shoffman

Wondering where you will watch Premier League football from 2019?

There were rumours that the rights to screen Aguero, Sanchez and co would be snapped up by Amazon or Netflix.

But the billion-pound battle for Premier League rights has seen Sky and BT fight it out yet again for the 2019/20 season and the following three years.

Sky has picked up four packs of rights totalling 128 games a season, up from 126 matches currently.

The deal will offer Sky Sports viewers every first-pick weekend match, plus Saturday evening fixtures for the first time, all screened on Sky’s dedicated Premier League channel.

Sky will pay a hefty £1.1bn per annum for the rights, which is down £199m from what they currently pay. Time will tell if this is reflected in your bills, though.

BT Sport customers, who usually have Saturday evening screenings, will instead have lunchtime games on a Saturday for three years from the 2019/20 season. The Saturday evening games will continue for this season and next and you will still get access to the Champions League and European football on BT.

There are still two more packages up for grabs so there could be room for Neflix or Amazon to enter the market, but for now Super Sunday is still sacred.

How to watch the Premier League on Sky Sports or BT Sport

The cheapest way to watch Sky Sports, unsurprisingly, is on Sky.

You can add an individual Sky Sports channel to Sky’s Entertainment package for an extra £18 a month or two for £22. If you want access to action across all the sports channels, you can get Sky’s Complete Sports Pack for an extra £27.50 on top of the TV subscription.

You could also get Sky Sports by streaming through NOW TV. You would need to purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass. One day costs £7.99 and lasts for 24 hours, or you can get one for a whole week at £12.99 or for a month at £33.99.

BT charges an additional £27.50 a month for a Sky Sports add-on while Virgin TV will charge £19 to add one of the sporting channels.

It is a similar game when it comes to accessing BT Sport.

BT TV customers can access BT Sport usually for an extra £3.50 a month. It is currently offering BT Sport for free on all its broadband packages for 18 months.

Sky TV customers using BT broadband can pay £10 a month to access BT Sport.

But if you are a Sky TV customer not using BT broadband, monthly prices for BT Sport start at £25.99 in standard definition and £38.49 in HD. This comes on a 12-month contract and there is a £20 activation fee.

Virgin Media TV customers can get BT Sport for free on the Full House and VIP package. If you want both on Virgin you would need to sign up to its VIP package which provides BT Sport and Sky Sports as part of the deal.

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