How much is Sky Sports?

Dan Howdle | September 19th, 2023

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Sky Sports is the leading sports TV subscription service in the UK. Launched 30 years ago, it has evolved and changed over the years and now shows a vast amount of sport that you cannot see anywhere else, including the exclusive rights to a huge range of top sporting events around the world, from football to golf, to F1 and even darts.

Sky Sports is, unsurprisingly, not cheap, but you do get a lot for your money. It is available via a Sky TV package, as a NOW TV membership, or as a bolt-on with various other TV providers, including Virgin Media and BT TV. In this guide, we take a detailed look at everything that’s included in Sky Sports, along with the best – and most affordable – ways to get it.

Introduction

Sky Sports is a paid-for TV package comprising 11 channels devoted purely to sport; from football and cricket to Formula 1 and horse racing. It is available on a long contract as part of a TV subscription bundle, or as a monthly add-on that you can cancel when you wish.

Sky Sports is available as part of a Sky TV subscription, and also with a number of other TV providers, including BT and Virgin Media. You can also watch it via NOW TV – Sky’s little sibling streaming service – on a monthly or daily subscription.

As well as watching Sky Sports directly on your TV, you can watch it via the Sky Sports app or the Sky Go app on a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or games console. If you want to watch on a Mac or a PC, you will need to download the Sky Sports desktop video player.

The Sky Sports app comes free with any Sky Sports subscription, and also provides live scores, news feeds and fixture results, as well as the option to watch your Sky Sports subscription live both at home or when you are out.

If you choose to buy a NOW TV Sports Membership, you can watch it on any device that supports the NOW TV app, from a smart TV to a mobile phone – plus there is the added bonus that there is no requirement for a Sky satellite dish to be bolted onto your property.

What’s the cheapest way to get Sky Sports?

Sky Sports is not cheap, regardless of how you get it. The smallest amount you can pay to watch it is the price of a drink at your local pub – go there and watch it if you want to see a specific Sky-screened sporting event and your local is showing it.

The second-cheapest is the £10 daypass on NOW TV, provided you just want it for a day. If you want it for a month, this then becomes the most expensive way to watch it. It's good if you just want to watch the odd event, though. The one day membership gives you access to all 11 Sky Sports channels for 24 hours.

If you are looking for a monthly membership, the cheapest way to get Sky Sports is with Sky TV, where it costs around £20 a month on a rolling monthly contract. This works out as the most affordable option if you are likely to be watching Sky Sports regularly. Sky puts all its customers on an 18-month contract, so make sure you’re happy to be tied in.

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Cheapest Sky Sports packages and prices

PackageBroadband SpeedContract LengthMonthly Price
Sky Sky Glass + Entertainment + Sports + Netflixnot included48 months£34 per month
Sky Sky Stream + Sports + Netflixnot included18 months£37 per month
Sky Sky Stream + Entertainment + Netflix + Sports + Cinemanot included18 months£45 per month
NOW Brilliant Broadband + Sky Sports11Mb average12 months£49.99 per month
NOW Super Fibre + Sky Sports63Mb average12 months£52.99 per month
NOW Fab Fibre + Sky Sports36Mb average12 months£52.99 per month
Sky Stream + Entertainment + Sports + Netflix + Superfast61Mb average18 months£55 per month
Sky Sky Stream + Entertainment + Sports + Netflix + Ultrafast145Mb average18 months£59 per month
Sky Stream + Entertainment + Sports + Cinema + Netflix + Superfast61Mb average18 months£63 per month
Virgin Media Bigger Combo Bundle + Sports264Mb average18 months£65 per month

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Sky Sports channels

As mentioned, Sky Sports offers coverage of a vast range of live sports, but also offers documentaries, features, news and interviews as well as replays of previous events. But the question is, can you watch the sport that you are interested in? To help you decide, we’ve summarised what’s on offer on all the channels.

Sky Sports Main Event

  • Biggest live events covered by Sky
  • Premier League, Test Cricket, Formula 1 and more

Sky Sports Arena

  • Exclusive pay-per-view events (not included in subscription)
  • European rugby union, rugby league, boxing, GAA, darts and more

Sky Sports Premier League

  • Live top-flight UK football
  • Highlights and features from previous Premier League seasons

Sky Sports Football

  • Carabao Cup, EFL, and more
  • Features on football greats and classic Cup Finals

Sky Sports F1

  • Full coverage of Formula 1 Grand Prix races
  • Practice races, qualifiers, and out-of-season highlights
  • Interviews and documentaries on racing superstars

Sky Sports NFL

  • Dedicated to the National Football League (NFL)
  • Exciting games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl

Sky Sports Racing

  • Live coverage of UK horse racing.
  • International racing coverage.
  • News and reviews of previous week's racing

Sky Sports Golf

  • Latest Golf news from Sky Sports
  • European tour and PGA tour covered along with Masters, Open, US Open, PGA Championships and Ryder Cup

Sky Sports Action

  • Dedicated to general sports coverage, focus on highlights
  • Rugby, netball, the NFL, the NBA and more

Sky Sports Mix

  • Mix of live sports, documentaries, and fitness programs
  • NBA, BBL matches, football features, and fitness shows

Sky Sports News

  • 24-hour coverage of the latest sports news
  • Daily discussions and football transfer analysis
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Ways to get Sky Sports

Sky Sports is not exclusive to Sky TV customers – it is also available with many other subscription TV services as either a bolt-on or as part of a package.

Sky Sports on Sky TV

To get Sky Sports with Sky, you can choose to have it in a bundle with Sky TV, or add it on as an extra. It is cheaper to take it in a bundle, and either way it comes on an 18-month contract. By signing up to Sky, you will also get free access to the Sky Sports app as well as Sky Go, meaning you can watch your favourite sports when you are away from home.

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Sky Sports on BT

BT offers customers its Big Sport bundle, which comes both with TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) and a NOW TV Sports membership, giving you the full monty of sport TV in one package. Alternatively, you can choose to bolt on NOW TV Sport to your basic BT TV package. This works out more expensive, but as it is on a rolling monthly contract, you can choose to cancel at any point.

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Sky Sports on Virgin Media

As with BT, you can choose a pre-built Virgin Media bundle, such as the Bigger Bundle + Sports, which comes with both Sky Sports and TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport), or you can just add Sky Sports to your chosen bundle. Either way, you are tied to an 18-month contract. It’s also worth noting that to get Sky Sports in HD with Virgin Media will cost you an extra £7 per month, unless you pay top whack for the Ultimate Volt bundle, which comes with HD as standard.

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Sky Sports on NOW TV

NOW TV is the obvious alternative to getting Sky Sports with Sky TV. NOW TV offers Sky Sports on both a monthly or a daily subscription. Both options work out expensive, but on the upside, you aren’t tied into a long contract. Just be aware that NOW TV month memberships roll on automatically unless you cancel. Day memberships do not roll on.

You can watch a NOW TV subscription via the NOW TV app on a Smart TV, on a games console, via a streaming stick (such as Roku), via the web or even on your phone or tablet. If you want to watch Sky Sports in HD, you will need to pay extra for the NOW TV Boost, which allows you to watch in HD and increases the number of devices you can watch on at once from one to three.

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Alternatives to Sky Sports

If you don’t fancy forking out for a Sky Sports subscription, there are other ways to watch sporting action on your TV. The main one of which is TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport), which, unlike Sky, has exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League. If you want to make sure you have access to all the top-flight sport, you will have to sign up for both TNT Sports and Sky Sport.

TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport)

For football fans, BT Sport is a great option as it has exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League, the Emirates FA Cup, the UEFA Europa League, and also 52 Premier League matches that are not shown on Sky Sports. It is also the go-to place for Rugby Union fans, showing Premiership Rugby along with the European Champions Cup and the European Challenge Cup.

NOW TV Sports Membership

NOW TV is Sky’s little sibling – offering the best of Sky but without the lengthy commitment. You can get access to all Sky Sports channels on a rolling monthly contract or a one-day membership should you want to watch a specific event. As a bonus, this option also gives you access to five Sky Sports channels (including Premier League) on your mobile for a month.

Freesports from Freeview

Freesports is the new sports specialist channel from Freeview – available without any subscription fee. It shows thousands of highlights from sporting events in the UK and around the world, including football, rugby league, hockey, tennis, motorsports, showjumping and more.

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Frequently asked questions

How much does Sky Sports cost?

Sky Sports starts at around the £20 mark if purchased with Sky TV. If you buy it through NOW TV, it is considerably more expensive, costing around £30 plus on a rolling monthly contract, or even more if you want it in HD.

Can I get Sky Sports without a contract?

Yes, you can buy either the Sports Day or Sports Month membership with NOW TV, both if which come without a contract.

Can I watch Sky Sports on my mobile phone?

Yes. If you sign up for Sky Sports with Sky or with another provider such as Virgin Media, you can watch it on your smartphone via the Sky Sports app.

Is Sky Sports shown in HD?

Yes. If you buy Sky Sports as part of a Sky TV bundle, it comes in HD as standard. If you buy Sky Sports through NOW TV however, you will also have to buy the NOW TV Boost, which comes with an additional monthly fee.

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