How to get Sky Sports
Sky Sports dominates the world of sporting entertainment and anyone can get it. It simply comes down to how much you're prepared to pay and how much of it you want to see. Here are all the ways you can get Sky Sports.
Whether you want to sign up for the full 10 channels in glorious HD to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa, or whether you just want to catch the odd important match, there is a solution for everyone. Our custom-made Sky Sports comparison will show you all the ways you can get Sky Sports where you live.
Sky Sports with Sky TV
Believe it or not, this usually works out as the cheapest way to get Sky Sports on TV. If you are an existing Sky TV customer you will need to buy Sky Sports as an add-on to the Entertainment package. You can choose to add either one, two or three individual channels or just get the whole lot.
You can sign up for 18 months or just one month if you take all the channels. Sky will also let users swap the sports channels once a month, so if you change your mind or want to get access to a specific channel to catch a specific sporting event, you can.
You are not just confined to the TV for your sporting needs if you are a Sky customer. Sky customers can also access the same channels through the Sky Go app, which lets you watch live games on the move through your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Sky Sports through another TV provider
You don’t just have to be with Sky TV to access its sports channels. Other providers will let you buy an add-on or may even offer access to the channels on the more expensive packages.
Sky Sports with BT
BT offers two Sky Sports channels – Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Extra – giving you access to major sporting events such as Premier League football and F1 race days but only on its Superfast Fibre (previously Infinity) packages. Remember it also has its own BT Sport service which shows Premier League as well as Champions League football, so you may need to consider whether it's worth paying for both. There are some BT packages offering BT Sport for free for free.
Sky Sports with Virgin Media
Virgin Media customers can buy the full Sky Sports pack as an add-on or, if you go for its premium VIP service, you will all 10 Sky Sports channels as standard. This includes Premier League and football channels, as well as Sky Sports Action and Arena, which will give you tennis and Rugby League matches and there are also dedicated platforms for F1, golf and cricket.
Sky Sports with TalkTalk
TalkTalk offers a Sky Sports Boost that gives you eight channels including Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and the cricket, golf and F1 channels. Similar to BT, TalkTalk only offers its TV service to customers that also have TalkTalk broadband. This may sound restrictive, but if you find a cheaper broadband deal on TalkTalk or BT compared with Sky, that may well give you saving on the extra you would be paying to add the sports channels to your TV service.
Sky Sports Mobile TV
You don’t need a TV subscription to get Sky Sports. The Sky Sports Mobile TV app is available to everyone - not just Sky customers. There is a choice of two packages, and you get Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports News with both. You also get Sky News thrown in for free, should you want a break from the sport.
The app is available through the App Store and Google Play so you should be able to watch sports on the move through most smartphones. You can only watch the channels live - there is no option to record or catch up. You are also limited to watching on your mobile phone, as you are cannot stream the app onto your television screen.
Sky Sports Mobile TV with your mobile phone contract
Before paying for the Sky Sports Mobile TV app, it may be worth looking at what some of the phone networks have on offer. Providers such as Vodafone often have deals that include a free subscription to Sky Sports Mobile TV for a set period. This could work out cheaper if you are also on the lookout for a new phone contract or handset.
Get a NOW TV Sky Sports Pass
The most flexible option for watching Sky Sports is with NOW TV. You can watch using the NOW TV app through smart TV devices such as Apple TV Chromecast, Roku and the Amazon Fire Stick, or you can get the NOW TV set top box. You can also get it through smartphones and games consoles.
Users can purchase a Sky Sports Pass through the app, which automatically gives you access to all the Sky Sports channels. You aren’t tied into a lengthy contract; instead you can choose to buy a one-day, one-week or one-month pass. This means if you know your team is playing and being shown live on Sky, you can simply pay for the service to start just before the game is on. NOW TV even has an online guide showing upcoming events in the world of football, rugby, golf and F1 so you can plan your viewing and decide when is best to buy your pass.
New users get a free 14-day trial and if you sign up for a rolling monthly contract you can cancel at any point.
Sky Sports through your games console
Not everyone in your household may want to watch sport, so if you have been chucked out of the lounge during Super Sunday you could watch the match through a games console if you have one in another room. Sky TV customers who pay for Sky Go Extra can stream live and on demand TV from Sky, including the sports channels if they are part of your package.
You can access the Sky Go app through an Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. Alternatively, some games consoles may even have the NOW TV app preloaded, so if you don't have a Sky TV subscription, you can pay for a Sky Sports pass and watch via your console instead.
Watch Sky Sports at the pub
This is by far the cheapest option. Check if the match is on at the pub and get there early for a front row seat. This option mainly works for football fans, but you may find a waterhole that is showing darts or the bigger tennis, golf or cricket matches if you're not into the footie.
Technically, if you can find a pub showing a game you want to watch, the only cost is whatever you pay to eat or drink. It may be a bit cheeky to be on tap water all night, but a pint or a Diet Coke and a bag of crisps once or twice a month should work out cheaper than a Sky Sports subscription (although it's a close run thing with NOW TV Sports Passes). The risk is if you carry on celebrating after a big win, then it may start getting expensive...