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The great news is there’s now plenty of choice out there, with lots of TV providers offering Sport channels and a number of streaming options too. But which is the best overall package for Sport? Sometimes it’s hard to tell, so we’ve run through the main options and what you might want to consider before choosing a sport package for your TV.
This sounds really obvious, but we know from our research that many families are paying more than they need to, and could save up to £450 a year if they switched their TV and broadband.
But in order to get the best deal, you need to be willing to switch. If you’ve just started a new contract, or don’t want to leave your current provider, you probably won’t benefit.
In theory, if you pick the exact packages you want when you need them, you can save the most money and have the best flexibility. In fact, that’s exactly what this site will allow you to do. Click here to access our package finder, where you can choose the precise channels/sports you want to watch, and we’ll find you the best deals around.
However, we know that for many busy households, they’d rather go for an all-inclusive bundle, where everything comes from 1 provider with one monthly bill. If that’s what you’d prefer, and you want to get the best TV package will all the sport included, read on.
We’ve compared the main TV providers ‘all-in’ packages including Sport channels, showing you how they differ, what you need to consider and the likely pricing. If you’ve got any comments or questions, please ask.
Prices do vary during the year, so always check our deals page for the latest offers
Alternatively, if you want to search for the best sports package based on just the programmes or channels you need, SwitchTV.co.uk’s unique package finder will do the hard work for you. Click here and enter the specific sports or channels you want, and then your postcode, and we’ll do the rest!
For the British teams, just Chelsea and Manchester City. Liverpool lost to Athletico Madrid, whilst Tottenham never really recovered from that battering at home by Bayern Munich, who are strong favourites. Also left in are Real Madrid who play Man City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
There are 4 remaining last 16 games to be played before the quarter-finals. The last 16 games will be played on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August, before the quarter finals starting on Wednesday 12th August. They’ll be a quarter final game each night that week from Wednesday to Saturday so there’s plenty to watch!
Man City play Real Madrid on Friday 7th August, kick-off 8.00pm BST. If they make it through, they will play their quarter-final against either Lyon or Juventus on Saturday 15th August.
Chelsea are away at Bayern Munich on Saturday 8th August, kick-off 8.00pm BST. If they make it through, they will play their quarter final against either Napoli or Barcelona on Friday 14th August.
BT Sport has exclusive rights in the UK for the Champions League, renewed until 2024. Whilst some people don’t like their commentators, overall their coverage is excellent, with Gary Lineker fronting most of the last 16 action and some excellent European league experts as well as famous names like Rio Ferdinand and Glenn Hoddle.
You can watch the Champions League on your TV by getting BT Sport on BT TV, Virgin Media or Sky TV. Alternatively there are options to watch via the BT Sport app from BT, EE and other providers.
It really depends on things like your budget, whether you want to watch on your big TV and whether you’re looking for a short or long term subscription.
If you’re already with Sky TV, BT broadband or Virgin Media and in the middle of your contract, you can add it to your subscription by giving them a call. You’ll need to pay extra and usually need to extend your contract, but it’s the quickest and easiest way to do it.
If you’re not with any of those providers, or you’ve finished your initial contract, it’s time to look for the best deal. Our unique package finder can help you find the best TV and broadband package, based on the programmes and channels you want to watch. You can start searching here.
Alternatively, if you’re just looking to grab a great deal, you can order straightaway by looking at our brand new offers section on our home page or via the link below
Last year BT finally succumbed and offered monthly passes for BT Sport. This is for the BT Sport app, but can be used on a variety of devices to get it onto your big screen, including;
– A number of recent Smart TV’s including LG & Samsung
It costs £25 per month for a rolling monthly subscription. You can order a BT Sport Monthly Pass from BT Sport here.
Getting a free trial is always a winner! With BT Sport, given the huge cost of the TV rights there aren’t many around. However, if you’re an EE Mobile subscriber, or thinking about becoming one, your luck may be in. EE Pay Monthly Max customers can get access to the BT Sport App included in their contract, so they can watch on their mobile for free. Depending on your contract, they’ll be a charge either after 6 months or when you renew, but it’s free until then. Just remember this only covers the App, so you can only watch on your mobile or tablet, not your big screen.
SwitchTV.co.uk’s unique package finder will allow you to find a package for the programmes you want to watch at the right price, using the latest deals available on the market.
Simply enter ‘champions league’ and any other important programmes and channels into our package finder, along with your home postcode and we’ll do the rest! It’s free so why not give it a try!
There are 92 games left to be played, of which Sky have 64, BT Sport 20, Amazon Prime 4 and the BBC have 4 too.
Both the BBC and Amazon games will be free to air, which is great. Sky have also said they’ll show 25 of their games free – though other than the Merseyside derby, we don’t expect them to show many other top matches. They may also not make them free to all, just free to those who have Sky (but not Sky Sports).
You’ll need a subscription to receive both Sky Sports and BT Sport. At the moment this is only available either from Sky, BT or Virgin Media. Luckily enough, SwitchTV.co.uk is here to help you find the best deals available.
Glad you asked! At SwitchTV.co.uk, we have a unique programme and channel database which we use to find the best package for you, using the latest prices from all the major providers.
Our team has been looking at the results, and they’re pretty tasty at the moment.
1. BT TV are offering HALF PRICE Sport at just £20 per month for 3 months, on their Big Sport with Superfast broadband bundle, at just £47.99 per month. That means you get all of the BT Sport and Sky Sports channels for less than £1.60 per month. You’ll need to pay extra for HD, but it’s an amazing deal – it even includes superfast fibre broadband too!
2. With Sky TV, you can also get Sky Sports and BT Sport all together in one package for £61 per month. Their TV bundle, with Sky Sports and BT Sport add-ons, will give you all the action in HD, plus over 100 channels not on Freeview and access to Sky box sets too.
3. Finally if you’re in a Virgin Media area, you can get the Bigger Bundle + Sports for £65 per month, both BT Sport and Sky Sports channels are included in HD, and it has Virgin’s ultrafast (108mb) broadband included too.
You can use our programme & channel chooser to find the right package for you. It’s completely free – just enter ‘premier league’ and any other programmes or channels you need into our tool and we’ll find the best deal available in your area. Try it out here
Well, some of them are. As part of a negotiated agreement with the broadcasters, the Premier League has announced that all of the 92 remaining games will be broadcast live.
Of the remaining games, they will be split across the existing rights holders, Sky Sports (64), BT Sport (20), Amazon Prime Video (4) and BBC Sport (4).
And yes, this means that the BBC will for the first time in ages have some live games, covering 4 fixtures completely free to air (woohoo!)
Well, it gets interesting here. Sky have said that they will show 25 of their 64 games free to customers. We believe this means they’ll be on Sky Sports Mix, a channel available to all Sky TV subscribers (whether you pay extra for Sky Sports or not). They may also show them on Sky One, which would open up the games to Virgin Media, BT and Talk Talk customers too.
And it’s not just the ‘dull’ games that Sky are opening up. The first game they’ll be offering to all subscribers is Everton v Liverpool on the opening weekend of June 19-21st.
Not all of the fixtures and timings have been announced yet, but we know that the first games will be those games in hand, starting with Man City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, both on the 17th June.
Well, that’s pretty much why our site exists. The games are across 3 Pay TV providers as well as free to air on the BBC, so it’s complicated to work out what sort of package you need and how much you should pay, so we’ve done the hard work for you.
It’s completely free to use – if you just enter ‘premier league’ into our programme and channel finder, we’ll find the best deal available in your area. Try it out here
Not a huge surprise here, Bayern Munich are currently topping the table, but they’re only 4 points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s old team Borussia Dortmund, and then just 2 further points cover Red-Bull Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach. There’s still 9 games to go, so anything can happen…
Well, if you haven’t seen much German football before, you’re in for a bit of a treat, including some British talent too.
Top of the list comes Robert Lewandowski, the Polish goal machine who has already scored a staggering 30 goals this season in all competitions for the league leaders, Bayern Munich.
Next up is Jadon Sancho – you’ve heard of him right? An England midfielder plying his trade abroad, sadly a rare commodity these days. The youngster is doing an awesome job blitzing defences for Borussia Dortmund.
Timo Werner is a German playing for Red Bull Leipzig, who themselves are a bright-burning star in the Bundesliga, with Werner leading the line up front. This season he’s already bagged 21 goals and will be going for more before the season is out.
BT Sport have had the Bundesliga rights since 2013 and recently extended them to the end of the 2020/2021 season. With access to 4 channels plus red button options, they often show 3-4 live games per weekend, so there’s plenty to look forward to.
They’ve got a number of great pundits including former Bayern Munich player Owen Hargreaves and Rafael Honigstein, who also works for The Guardian and the German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Of course on the roster for BT Sport are the likes of Jake Humphrey and Lynsey Hipgrave, who normally cover Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup games, but with those likely to be on hold until at least June, may well be covering the Bundesliga in the short term.
Glad you asked! That’s where we’re hear to help. There are plenty of ways you can watch BT Sport, ranging from a monthly pass on your smartphone, tablet or XBox, right the way through to a fully fledged broadband and TV pack from BT or Virgin Media. As of March 2020, you can add it to your Sky subscription too.
To find the best deal available right now, just enter ‘BT Sport’ or ‘Bundesliga’ in our programme and channel search here and we’ll show you the available options for you, all with the latest offers ready for you…
Is it a like for like replacement for Sky TV?
I know that’s a question lots of people might be thinking – the short answer is no, but don’t stop reading just yet! It’s a no because Sky is still the best TV package, in the way that BT’s broadband packages are still the best. The real question is does it represent a better package for your money – and what does it offer. Read on!
There’s no satellite dish so how does BT TV work?
It’s a combination of using your TV aerial for the Freeview channels like BBC1, BBC2, etc. and your BT broadband connection for extra channels like entertainment, kids and sport. It’s actually a really neat solution – it means you get access to loads more content without having to stick an ugly dish on your house, but you aren’t using your broadband connection if you’re just watching the news.
Do I need a minimum broadband speed?
You definitely need a robust broadband speed, ideally on their Superfast Fibre product. If you’re only on standard broadband you’ll be able to get BT Sport channels only, and not in high definition. So if you can, check you can get Fibre first.
Is it just about BT Sport?
It used to be. Although BT TV (was BT Vision) has been around for about 10 years, it was only really in 2014 that it got a turbo-charge following BT’s acquisition of Premier League rights. Since then, BT have improved the number of channels and TV & film library available. In 2020, they added the main Sky programmes by launching a partnership with Now TV.
So now, as well as BT Sport, with BT TV you can also get;
So definitely not just about BT Sport anymore.
What about extra films and catch-up TV shows?
Great news here too – you can access ‘BT Player’ where they have a whole host of catch-up shows (based on the channels you’ve subscribed too) plus the ability to buy or rent extra shows and films. The film library is really good – a HD film costs around £4-£5 to rent for 48 hours
With BT TV you can also access catch-up from BBC, ITV, Channel 4, S4C and other free to air services all on the same box. It’s similar to how many Smart TV’s give you an ‘app’ to watch them on, but easier as it’s all available via the same remote control.
How do I get Netflix and Amazon Prime on BT TV?
Now you’re talking. BT want to be a champion ‘consolidator’ platform – by bring together all of your services into 1 TV package. So if you’ve already got a subscription to Netflix or Amazon Prime, you can enter your login details into the BT TV box, and then access all your content. BT also do a number of ‘bundles’ where you can get Netflix or Amazon as part of your overall package, so one price and one monthly bill, often at a discount, so look out for them too.
Can you also get Sky Sports on BT TV?
As of March 2020, YES! Finally it’s launched – Sky channels on BT TV (via Now TV).
This is quite a game changer, as it’ll mean being able to have BT Sport, Sky Sports, Sky Entertainment, Netflix and Amazon Prime all available on one BT TV box. Pricing looks fairly competitive, especially if you take the whole bundle of Sports, Entertainment and Cinema from BT. It also has the option of picking and choosing which of the channel packs you want to add to your subscription, giving more flexibility than most other TV providers.
More detail about this exciting launch in our News section here
What features does the box have, is the remote easy to use?
The box BT provides was actually built as part of the ‘YouView’ collaboration between BT, Talk Talk, BBC, ITV and Channel 5 – so you might have seen the box before if for example you were a Talk Talk TV customer. The boxes are also freely for sale on sites like Amazon, but don’t come with any TV subscriptions.
Inside the box is a 500GB hard drive to store your recordings. This is equivalent to around 250 hours of standard definition TV, or 125 hours at high definition. By comparison, the Sky Q boxes hold 1TB (1000 GB), but in our view the BT box has plenty of storage for most users.
The remote itself is quite simple to use, with a very easy TV guide nagivation – so you can flick through your channels and press select to watch the programme or ‘R’ to set a recording. From the TV guide you can also view up to 7 days catch-up TV as it integrates into BBC iPlayer, ITV player etc.
Is it easy to install?
The main thing to know is that the current BT TV box is not wi-fi enabled, so to get the extra channels and watch catch-up you need to connect it to your BT Hub with a cable. So ideally your hub and TV are in the same corner of the room. If they’re not, BT will sell you a set of adapters for £30 so that your hub can connect to the TV box using your home’s electric circuit (it sounds crazy but it works really well!)
Once you’ve done that, it’s just a case of connecting the power up to the BT TV box, connecting the HDMI cable from the BT TV box to your TV, plugging in the aerial to the BT TV box, inserting the batteries into your remote control – that’s it. No need to drive holes in the wall because there’s no dish required.
Once you turn the box on, it’ll search for channels using your aerial and internet connection, then away you go!
The rest of the buttons on the remote are pretty standard, with number buttons to go direct to a certain channel, change channel up and down buttons. In the middle is also the bright ‘BT Player’ button taking you straight into the BT store where you can watch TV shows you’ve subscribed too or rent/buy TV shows and films.
You can also code the BT TV remote so it’ll work on your main TV too (for example being able to change the volume, turn the TV on/off and change between different inputs like BT TV and your DVD player).
Check out our little video of BT TV in action here;
Does it have Ultra HD?
There is a specific BT TV box which supports Ultra HD content – this comes with their ‘Max’ or ‘VIP’ packages – so if this is important to you make sure you get that package when you buy. Currently BT only broadcast BT Sport in Ultra HD, using their Ultimate channel – and the quality really is amazing. You can also watch Netflix and Amazon Prime Ultra HD content too. Of course for all of these, you need to have a 4K/Ultra HD TV too.
What about an app – when I’m out and about?
BT TV does have an app – available for both iPhone and Android devices. It has a full programme guide, the ability to set recordings on the go and to watch certain channels from your device. It doesn’t cover free to air channels like BBC, it sends you to the iPlayer for this, and things like BT Sport and done by the BT Sport app.
Worth saying that you can’t watch your existing recording using the app – yet. We understand the BT TV team are working on that for a future update.
How many extra channels do you get?
BT TV starts with the basic tier, which is just the box, but with Entertainment and Max you can add more channels. See our handy little table below info;
|Freeview channels*||Premium Entertainment channels||Sky Cinema||Sport channels||Ultra HD||BT TV App|
|Sport||85||No||No||4x BT Sport plus Boxnation||No||Yes|
|Big Sport||85||No||No||As Sport, plus 11x Sky Sports||No||Yes|
|VIP||85||16||Yes||As Big Sport||BT Sport Ultimate||Yes|
How do I find out about the latest deals for BT TV?
I’m so pleased you asked! Switch TV has an amazing tool to help you search for the best TV packages based on the programmes you want to watch. Just click here to get started.