Cheapest ways to get Sky Sports

Last updated: 20 May 2024   By Julia Kukiewicz

Sky Sports deals are available from Sky, Virgin Media, and BT, with a range of special offers to bring down the cost.

The cheapest way to get Sky Sports is with Sky TV, where it costs just £20 a month for the complete Sky Sports pack in HD. Sky Superfast broadband can even be bundled for just an extra £18 per month.

Ultimately, the best Sky Sports offers will depend on a customer's preferences, for example, whether they want to bundle broadband with their TV plan, or just watch Sky Sports.

In this guide we'll reveal the cheapest ways to watch Sky Sports covering a range of individual preferences to suit your home, including HD and UHD options.

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Sky Sports deals for new customers

Virgin Media

Sky Sports in HD + £250 Bill Credit or Ultra HD 43" Smart LG TV

Virgin Media's Bigger Combo Bundle + Sports HD combines the Sky Sports pack in full 1080p HD plus 190 live TV channels.

New customers signing up through this site can choose between an Ultra HD 43" Smart LG TV or a £250 bill credit until 27th May 2024.

The Bigger Combo Bundle + Sports HD offers ultrafast broadband with 264Mbps average speeds, and is one the cheapest ways to get Sky Sports in HD.

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo bundle + Sports HD 362Mb average £65 Free 18 months
offer Offer: £250 bill credit or a LG 43 inch TV + No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 27/05/2024)

Sky TV

Sky Sports for just £20 per month, plus £9 off Sky TV

New Sky Stream TV customers can get the full Sky Sports pack for just £20 per month, saving them £8 per month on a standard subscription. New customers will also save £9 per month on Sky Entertainment & Netflix, with the total bundle costing just £39 per month.

Setup is also currently free, saving an extra £39.95, and customers can save even more by bundling Sky broadband, with reduced prices for the introductory 18-month term, for example, Sky Superfast Broadband can be added for just £18 per month for 18 months, a saving of £9 per month.

Here are the best Sky Sports deals from Sky:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Sports 158 N/a £43 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £5/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Free setup (Ends 20/06/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Sports + Superfast Broadband 158 61Mb average £58 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £5/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 20/06/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Sports + Ultrafast Broadband 158 145Mb average £60 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £5/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 20/06/2024)

NOW TV & Broadband

Sky Sports just £29.99 per month

New customers can sign up to NOW Super Fibre and get a NOW Sports Month Membership for just £29.99 per month for 12 months.

Usually the NOW Sports Month Membership costs £34.99 per month, so this offers a saving of £5 month (or £60 over the length of the offer) for customers who can switch their broadband plan to NOW.

Overall, NOW offer one of the cheapest ways to watch Sky Sports, but customers will only get access to the Sky Sports channels in 720p, and upgrading to full 1080p HD costs an extra £6 per month.

Here is the best Sky Sports deal from NOW:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Super Fibre + Sports Membership 11 63Mb average £50.99 £10 12 months
offer Offer: Save £3/mth on NOW Broadband until 4 July 2024 then £24/mth + NOW Sports £29.99/mth for 12 months (Ends 04/07/2024)

BT Broadband & EE TV

£50 Reward Card, and Discovery+ Premium Membership

New BT TV and broadband customers will get a £50 Reward Card with BT Fibre Broadband until 6th June 2024.

The Reward Card can be spent at any retailers who accept MasterCard, and is available on any packages with download speeds from 50Mbps or BT Fibre 1 and up.

Big Sport from BT includes the Sky Sports pack, as well as all 4 TNT Sports channels, plus Eurosport 1 & 2, and a Discovery+ premium membership. It has recently been rebranded as EE TV but is essentially the same service and still requires BT broadband.

Here is the best Sky Sports offers from BT:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Big Sport + Fibre 2 90 67Mb average £81.99 £31.99 24 months
offer Offer: £50 BT Virtual Reward Card + Free setup on BT Big Sport TV (was £30) (Ends 06/06/2024)

Sky Sports deals for existing customers

Sky TV: Add Sky Sports for just £22 a month

Sky's offer price for existing customers includes the complete Sky Sports pack for just £22 per month extra for 18 months, with a price guarantee for 18 months too.

This deal is available to Sky Q, Sky Stream and Sky Glass TV customers, and includes all Sky Sports channels in full HD.

The usual price for this deal is £34 per month with Sky Q and £28 per month with Stream or Glass, so customers can currently save themselves up to £12 a month, or £216 over the length of the 18-month plan.

Sky Q: Add Sky Sports Golf for just £17 a month

Existing Sky Q customers can add Sky Sports Golf standalone channel to their plan for just £17 per month, reduced from £20 per month.

The channel is offered on a 31-day rolling contract and can be cancelled at any time with 31 days' notice.


Sky Sports offers with TV and broadband

Sky Sports is available bundled with TV and broadband from Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, and NOW. But which is the cheapest?

The current cheapest Sky Sports bundles are:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Super Fibre + Sports Membership 11 63Mb average £50.99 £10 12 months
offer Offer: Save £3/mth on NOW Broadband until 4 July 2024 then £24/mth + NOW Sports £29.99/mth for 12 months (Ends 04/07/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Sports + Superfast Broadband 158 61Mb average £58 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £5/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 20/06/2024)
M125 Fibre Broadband + Stream + Sky Sports 60 132Mb average £60.99 £35 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £26 per month + Get 10% Stream credit back on every subscription you add to Stream
Bigger Combo bundle + Sports HD 195 362Mb average £65 Free 18 months
offer Offer: £250 bill credit or a LG 43 inch TV + No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 27/05/2024)
TV Hub + Full Fibre 150 + Sky Sports 78 152Mb average £68.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: NOW Boost free + NOW Sports £34.99 + Free setup and P&P
Big Sport + Full Fibre 100 90 150Mb average £74.99 Free 24 months
offer Offer: £50 BT Virtual Reward Card + No setup fees save £61.99 (Ends 06/06/2024)

The current cheapest broadband and TV bundle with Sky Sports is with NOW TV & Broadband, however customers should be aware of some drawbacks that can make going direct with Sky a better choice.

NOW Sports doesn't allow customers the ability to pause or rewind live TV, and in addition the router provided with NOW Broadband is more basic than the one provided by Sky.

While it's possible to also add NOW's Entertainment pack for more channels, it costs an extra £10 per month, and there is still no option to get a faster broadband speed.

As such, the extra few pounds for Sky Superfast or Sky Ultrafast bundled with Sky TV and Sky Sports is often the best choice for a cheap Sky Sports offer.

Sky's new Stream service is also a great way to watch Sky Sports, and is currently only £6 more per month than the NOW broadband & Sports bundle. Customers will get the channels in full 1080p HD, plus an additional 150 channels, and support for a range of on-demand apps through the Sky box.

Virgin Media also offer a good price for Sky Sports with their Bigger Bundle + Sports HD deal on the TV 360 platform. Customers get over 190 channels and the Sky Sports pack, which has now been boosted to full 1080p HD. There's also a special offer on this bundle where customers can choose from a Smart LG TV or a £250 bill credit when they sign up through this site before 27th May 2024.

Broadband on the Bigger Bundle + Sports deal is around four times faster than the cheapest Sky Sports deals from NOW, Sky and BT's cheapest Sky Sports bundles. However, as with Virgin Stream, availability may be more limited so that's worth checking.

Sky Sports with faster broadband

There are still deals on Sky Sports available to those who want faster broadband speeds, however monthly prices do go up.

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Sports + Ultrafast Plus Broadband 158 500Mb average £64 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £5/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup
M500 Fibre Broadband + Stream + Sky Sports 60 516Mb average £69.99 £35 18 months
offer Offer: 500Mb broadband for the price of 350Mb + Get 10% Stream credit back on every subscription you add to Stream
Bigger Combo Volt bundle + Sports HD 195 362Mb average £69.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: £250 bill credit or a LG 43 inch TV + No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data, unlimited minutes and texts (Ends 27/05/2024)
TV Hub + Full Fibre 500 + Sky Sports 78 525Mb average £78.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: NOW Boost free + NOW Sports £34.99 + Free setup and P&P
Big Sport + Full Fibre 500 90 500Mb average £79.99 Free 24 months
offer Offer: £50 BT Virtual Reward Card + No setup fees save £61.99 (Ends 06/06/2024)

Virgin Media's Bigger Combo bundle with Sports HD can be taken with Volt, boosting the broadband speed to M500 and including a 10GB O2 SIM as well.

Customers taking Sky Sports with Sky can opt for Ultrafast Plus with 500Mbps average download speeds, and still save £8 per month on the Sky Sports pack, as well as benefit from a reduced price on Ultrafast Plus of just £25 per month for 18 months.

BT also still offer a Reward Card to customers taking faster broadband deals, and this can still be bundled with the Big Sport pack which includes Sky Sports and TNT Sports.

TalkTalk customers can also opt for their Full Fibre 500 plan and gain access to Sky Sports through a NOW Sports subscription. While TalkTalk TV does include NOW Boost for free, there aren't currently any special offers on NOW Sports.

Overall, like-for-like comparisons aren't entirely straightforward, but the cheapest way to get Sky Sports for those who want faster broadband remains with Sky or Virgin Media, with both providers offering a decent range of other TV content too.

Sky Sports in HD

The Sky Sports bundles we've covered above give us some insight into the cheapest Sky Sports offers, but it's not the whole picture.

Sky include Sky Sports in 1080p HD as standard, as does TalkTalk TV, while BT and NOW offer Sky Sports in 720p HD, with the option to upgrade to 1080p HD with the Boost add-on for an extra £6 per month.

Virgin Media offer Sky Sports in HD with Stream, and they've recently upgraded their Bigger Bundle + Sports pack to HD, it's also included in HD in the top-end Mega Volt Bundle on the TV 360 platform.

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo bundle + Sports HD 195 362Mb average £65 Free 18 months
offer Offer: £250 bill credit or a LG 43 inch TV + No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 27/05/2024)
Mega Volt bundle 230 1.13Gb average £84.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: £250 bill credit or a LG 43 inch TV + No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with Unlimited data, minutes and texts (Ends 27/05/2024)

Now the Bigger Bundle + Sports has been upgraded to full HD, the Mega Volt Bundle, while it offers more content such as Netflix and Sky Cinema, as well as faster broadband, is a bigger step up money-wise, costing an extra £20 per month.

Overall then, while Virgin Stream is the cheapest option for watching Sky Sports in HD in a TV and broadband bundle, customers will only get Freeview channels, unless they opt for Sky Stream or Virgin TV 360 instead which bundles over 150 extra channels.

Sky Sports in Ultra HD

Virgin Media added Sky Sports Ultra HD as an option for V6 and TV 360 customers in February 2023, bringing their platform in line with Sky TV.

It costs an extra £7 per month on top of a HD subscription, so Bigger Bundle customers now only need to pay £7, along with Ultimate Volt customers, as they both already have HD.

Sky Sports UHD is also now available to add to Virgin Stream for an extra £7 per month too.

With Sky, the Ultra HD upgrade for Sky Sports costs an extra £6 per month - although current offers reduce this to £4 for new customers -, so depending on bundle choices this can make them the slightly cheaper option for Sky Sports in Ultra HD and HDR.

BT, TalkTalk and NOW don't offer the ability to watch Sky Sports in Ultra HD.


Sky Sports offers with TV only

While the most savings are likely to be made by bundling TV with broadband, for those who just want a separate TV package, it's possible to get Sky Sports in a TV-only deal directly with Sky.

The advent of Sky Stream and Sky Glass, both allow customers to watch Sky TV over their broadband connection, so there's no longer any need to install a satellite dish and customers aren't tied to Sky for broadband.

Package TV Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Sports 158 £43 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £5/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Free setup (Ends 20/06/2024)
Sky Glass + Sky Sports 158 £57
for 18 mths,
then £67
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Money off Sky Glass + Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £2/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix

Sky are currently offering money off Sky Sports and Sky Entertainment along with free setup with Sky Stream, saving customers £17 per month.

Customers who want to sign up to Sky Glass will also save on Sky Entertainment & Netflix with discounted pricing for the first 3 months, plus an additional £8 off the Sky Sports pack. It's a good offer for those considering the Sky Glass set, and it's also possible to add Sky broadband during the checkout process too.

It's worth noting however, that the Sky Sports with Sky Stream deal above saves only £18 per month over the Sky broadband and TV bundle, which isn't enough to get broadband from another provider.

So, while it's possible to take Sky Sports with a TV-only package, the cheapest way to get Sky Sports is in a TV and broadband bundle, as otherwise households will end up paying more to get a separate broadband subscription.

NOW TV Memberships

While NOW TV Memberships can be taken with NOW Broadband for extra savings as we've covered above, and both BT and TalkTalk allow customers to add a NOW Sports Membership to their plans, it's also an option for customers to take a NOW TV Membership on its own.

However, while these prices look cheap, if households also have broadband plans they will always get the best prices by bundling services.

Package Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sports Day + Mobile Month Membership £11.99 Free 1 day
offer Offer: Save 25% and 1 month free trial of Boost
Sports Membership £26 Free 6 months
offer Offer: Save 25% and 1 month free trial of Boost

What NOW does offer is the option to access Sky Sports for just one day, for example if a particularly big match is on.

It's also worth noting for those who want the flexibility to watch Sky Sports on a monthly basis, or just when a particular season is running, Sky Stream, Sky Glass, Virgin Stream, BT TV, and TalkTalk, all offer access to the Sky Sports pack on a rolling 30-day contract.

While the Sports Membership from NOW contains just the Sky Sports channels, it is possible to get extra content by taking out additional memberships including Entertainment and Cinema.

However, it's worth noting NOW misses out on a dedicated TV box, so while content is on-demand there's no way to record TV to a set top box, and viewers can't pause and rewind key moments like goals in live matches. It also misses out on the extra channels and features that come with a premium pay TV deal, like access to TNT Sports and Eurosport channels for example.

Read more on how NOW compares to Sky.


Getting the best Sky Sports deal

Price is a big factor when looking for the best Sky Sports deal, yet as we've seen, each provider offers slightly different access to Sky Sports channels, which may suit some and not others.

Therefore, making sure you get the best Sky Sports deal will come down to also considering other factors such as the channels included, whether they're in SD, HD, or even 4K Ultra HD, what the minimum contract term is and whether there is any flexibility.

Sky Sports channels

While each TV provider has become increasingly similar in their channel line-up for Sky Sports, there are some minor differences.

Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, and NOW TV all offer access to all 12 Sky Sports channels, including:

Programmes
Sky Sports Main Event Major, live flagship events: football, cricket, boxing, F1, etc. When not showing live events, broadcasts Sky Sports News.
Sky Sports Premier League 128 live Premier League matches in the 22/23 season, as well as a weekly debate show and various documentaries, highlights shows etc.
Sky Sports Football Non-Premier League matches and coverage: EFL, Carabao Cup, SPFL, La Liga
Sky Sports Cricket Cricket coverage: home tests, ODIs, T20, international cricket; plus, documentaries
Sky Sports Golf Golf coverage: The Masters, The Open, the US Open, Ryder Cup Solheim Cup; plus, interviews and masterclass documentaries
Sky Sports F1 Everything F1: live coverage, 'Legends of F1' and old classics.
Sky Sports Action General sports: Rugby (Union and League), boxing, NFL, darts, tennis, WWE etc.
Sky Sports Arena General sports: Rugby (Union and League), boxing, NFL, darts, tennis, WWE etc.
Sky Sports Tennis New! Dedicated tennis channel covering the US Open, WTA Tour, and ATP Tour. Available from 11th February 2024.
Sky Sports Racing Horse racing coverage
Sky Sports Mix A selection of sports entertainment from across Sky Sports
Sky Sports News Latest news/updates from all kinds of sport

Sky TV customers will get access to Sky Sports Mix, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Racing whether they take the Sky Sports pack or not.

Whereas, Virgin Media customers only get Sky Sports Racing with the Big Bundle, and will have to take the Bigger Bundle to get Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix, unless of course they upgrade to the full Sky Sports pack.

Virgin Media Stream customers won't get Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports News are only included in the Essential Entertainment pack, which costs extra.

Both Sky and Virgin Media give customers some Sky Sports content without needing to spend any extra money on the full pack.

Because BT and TalkTalk rely on NOW TV Memberships for their access to Sky Sports, customers of these providers don't get any free Sky Sports content.

The new Sky Sports Tennis channel, due to launch from 11th February 2024, will be made available to all customers on complete Sky Sports subscriptions whether they watch via Sky, Virgin Media, or NOW.

Sky Sports in HD and Ultra HD

While we touched on the cheapest way to get Sky Sports in HD above, it's worth taking another look at how each provider compares for HD viewing.

Here's how each provider compares for watching Sky Sports in HD:

Standard Sky Sports pack Cost for 1080p HD pack Cost for Ultra HD pack
Sky 1080p HD Included £6
Virgin Media SD
(1080p HD with Stream, Bigger Bundle + Sports, or Mega Volt)
£7 £7 (+ HD pack)
BT 720p HD £6 N/a
NOW TV 720p HD £6 N/a
TalkTalk TV 1080p HD Included N/a

Virgin Media added access to Sky Sports Ultra HD content for new and existing V6 and TV 360 customers in February 2023, although this costs an extra £7 per month on top of the Sky Sports HD subscription, or an extra £14 if customers have Sky Sports in SD on their plan. Sky Sports UHD is also now available on Stream for £7 per month.

Sky are the only provider to include Sky Sports in 1080p HD as standard, although as we've looked at above, for total bundle cost, Virgin Media often work out as the cheapest way to watch Sky Sports when looking at like-for-like plans.

Lastly, while TalkTalk offer access to NOW Sports Memberships, they also include NOW Boost for free, which means customers who subscribe to Sky Sports get the channels in full 1080p HD.

We've more on the best TV providers for HD and UHD content here.

Sky Sports on-demand

For those who want to be able to watch Sky Sports on the go, it's worth knowing which providers allow access to the Sky Sports pack content on their smartphone or tablet when they're out and about.

Sky's Sky Go app allows all Sky customers to access their full TV content, including premium channel packs like Sky Sports, when they're on the go. Sky Go is included for free for all Sky TV customers.

An upgrade to Sky Go, Sky Go Extra, costs £5 per month, or comes free with Sky Q Experience, and allows customers to also download content to watch later, and includes app access on more devices including the Xbox and PlayStation.

Virgin Media TV subscribers can download the Sky Sports app, where they can access content they've subscribed to on a range of devices including smartphones and tablets.

NOW TV subscribers can also access live streaming and on-demand sports content through a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles. However, unless NOW customers have a Boost subscription they can only watch on one device at the time, although up to six can be registered to the account.

NOW Boost allows customers to watch on up to three devices at the same time, which may be useful for larger homes where occupants want to watch different things.

Sky Sports with TNT Sports

Some sports fans might want to combine a Sky Sports and TNT Sports subscription to ensure they don't miss any important matches, especially now more Premium League games are spread across different platforms.

TNT Sports is the new name for BT Sport, and offers all the same channels and sporting fixtures, including the same number of Premier League games, and exclusive rights to the Champions League.

Customers get a £3 monthly discount off TNT Sports when taking the Sky Sports pack with Sky TV. Both sports packs are HD as standard. Though they'll need the Ultra HD pack at £6 to watch TNT Sport Ultimate.

Virgin Media customers will get TNT Sports in HD and Ultra HD when they take the TNT Sports Complete add-on with either TV 360 or Virgin Stream.

For those who want to watch with BT, they include the TNT Sports pack in the Sport, Big Sport, and Full Works plans, but customers will need to pay more to watch the channels in HD and Ultra HD.

Read more on the best Sky Sports and BT Sport packages.


Verdict: who offers the cheapest Sky Sports deal?

For families and households who also want a premium TV service and a broadband connection, bundling Sky Sports in a deal is the best way to save the most money.

Sky TV is the cheapest way to watch Sky Sports, with the channels included in full HD and customers can pause and rewind key moments live.

Sky also offers the ability to watch Sky Sports through their new Sky Stream service on a more flexible basis, and customers can save money by bundling Sky broadband. Sky are the cheapest place to watch Sky Sports in Ultra HD for those with a 4K TV, which costs just an extra £4 per month for new customers.

Virgin Media are the better choice for fast broadband however, with a competitive monthly price for Sky Sports in the Bigger Combo Bundle + Sports HD, which combines over 195 channels with 362Mbps average broadband speeds.

The Bigger Combo Bundle + Sports HD from Virgin Media now includes Sky Sports in full 1080p HD, and Virgin Media customers can upgrade to Sky Sports Ultra HD for an extra £7 per month. Virgin customers can also watch Sky Sports on the go with the Virgin TV Go app, which is included for free for all Virgin TV customers.

For those who only want to watch one big match, the absolute cheapest way to get Sky Sports is through a NOW TV Sports Day Membership, which for just £14.99 provides 24 hours' access to all 12 Sky Sports channels, including Sky Sports Premier League.

Finally, while it's worth looking for special offers on the Sky Sports pack itself, some of the biggest savings are likely to be found on the bundle itself, so make sure to check out our guide to the best broadband offers in 2024.

Compare Sky Sports deals and check availability by postcode and see the latest prices and special offers.

Comments (1)

William
24 April 2023

Can I choose 4 sports channels on sky?

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