Following the announcement this week by Sky Sports uSwitch have taken a look at how much armchair football fans will have to pay to watch all the available matches.
“Following one of the most gripping seasons in recent memory, football fans will be eagerly awaiting the new Premier League campaign after the fixtures were announced. Their excitement may be tempered, however, by having to figure out the best, and cheapest, way to watch the matches, with many fans having to find hundreds of pounds to catch all the action.” – Dani Warner, TV expert at USwitch.com
The new Premier League season kicks off live on Sky Sports on Friday 9th August as European Champions and Premier League runners up Liverpool host newly promoted Norwich City. Other highlights include Aston Villa making their return to the Premier League with a visit to Champions League runners up Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 10th August and the first Super Sunday of the season on August 11th begins with Arsenal travelling to face Newcastle United while Super Sunday concludes with Manchester United hosting Europa League winners Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Sky Sports will show 128 live Premier League games during the 2019/20 season, the first season of a new three-year agreement with the Premier League. As part of the new agreement, Sky Sports has every first-pick weekend match, offering customers more of the best matches, in the best slots.
“Last season was one of the Premier League’s best yet, with Liverpool pushing Manchester City to the final day in a compelling title race. Fans clearly loved what they saw, with Sky Sports seeing an 11 per cent increase in viewing.” – Gary Hughes, Sky Sports’ Head of Football
In addition to Friday nights, Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons and Monday nights, Sky Sports will also broadcast live Premier League matches on Saturday nights for the first time – all on a dedicated channel, Sky Sports Premier League.
Sky Sports’ coverage of the Premier League will be available across a range of platforms, including online and mobile, with analysis and insight from some of the biggest names in football, as well as a range of support programming including Gillette Soccer Saturday, Goals on Sunday and The Debate.
“This season Sky Sports will have more of the big head to heads, as well as two new Saturday slots. It all gets underway with European Cup winners facing newly promoted Norwich, before one of the most anticipated heavyweight clashes of the season, with Chelsea travelling to Old Trafford. We can’t wait to get started.” – Gary Hughes, Sky Sports’ Head of Football
Last season viewing to live Premier League matches on Sky Sports was up 11 per cent year on year, fuelled by an unprecedented title race which saw Liverpool amass a record 97 points and push eventual winners Manchester City all the way to the final day.
uSwitch.com however have been looking into the costs of watching sport via the streaming and television services. The previous split between Sky Sports and BT Sport was difficult enough for many fans but the 2019-20 season has a new player in the game in the shape of Amazon Prime, which will carry 20 matches.
“All of its games are conveniently confined to December, meaning that non-Prime subscribers could simply sign up for one month at a cost of £7.99. With Sky Sports hosting the vast majority of games, accessing its football channels will be a priority, and loyal football fans will likely see an advantage in signing up to Sky on a long-term deal. Adding BT Sport will be a costly add on of £29.99 a month, on top of the current best Sky Sports subscription, which includes broadband, of £67.50.” – Dani Warner, TV expert at USwitch.com
Over nine months, uSwitch note that including Amazon Prime in December, the whole season comes to £885.40. BT customers can do similarly, adding Sky Sports channels to their package, with prices starting at £30 a month on top of a cheapest BT subscription of £44.99 – bringing the potential total spend over the season to £682.90.
“These are pricey options, though it is worth noting that BT is the exclusive home of Champions League football. For casual fans, however, NOW TV’s range of Sky Sports passes – daily, weekly or monthly – may prove better value, with prices starting at just £8.99. A monthly NOW TV pass at £33.99 can be combined with a subscription to BT Sport’s app for just £10 a month, which, with a month of Amazon Prime, would reduce the total spend for the season to £373.90. This may prove the best possible value for fans who want to see all of the action without breaking the bank.” – Dani Warner, TV expert at USwitch.com