How to watch the Premier League live
As the most watched domestic league in the world, the Premier League is always in the spotlight. That is especially true now that several clubs have invested heavily in the January transfer window.
Leaders Man City have added young striker Julián Álvarez to their ranks, while Liverpool have improved their attacking options with the signing of Luis Diaz. Tottenham made a double signing on deadline day, with midfielders Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur both arriving from Juventus. But it has been a quiet window for other members of the so-called ‘Big Six’, with mainly spending at Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd.
There was a lot more action further down the league, however, with a total of £295m spent by Premier League clubs. Fans didn’t have to wait long to get a glimpse of their signings in action as full stadiums have been allowed since the start of the season.
That means televised matches have returned to a pre-pandemic schedule, but all major matches can still be seen live. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Premier League live during the 2021/22 season, even if you’re based outside of the UK.
- 1 What Premier League games are on TV this week?
- 2 How to watch the Premier League on Sky Sports
- 3 How to watch the Premier League on Now
- 4 How to watch the Premier League on BT Sport
- 5 How to watch the Premier League on Amazon Prime Video
- 6 Can I watch the Premier League for free?
- 7 How to watch the Premier League outside of the UK
What Premier League games are on TV this week?
There are some great games to look forward to in the Premier League. Here’s all of this weekend’s matches live on UK TV, along with kick-off times and each broadcaster:
Friday February 25th
- Southampton vs Norwich – KO 20.00 – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HD
Sat 26 Feb
- Leeds v Tottenham – KO 12.30 – BT Sport 1/Ultimate
- Everton vs Man City – KO 17.30 – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HD
Sun 27 Feb
- West Ham vs Wolves – KO 14.00 – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HD
How to watch the Premier League on Sky Sports
You probably already know it, but Sky Sports is the number one place to watch the Premier League in the UK.
Sky has its own channel for the league and you can also find some games on Main Event and Showcase. Over the course of the season, the broadcaster is showing a total of 128 live games this season.
Packages start at £41 a month for 18 months, or from £18 if you already have a Sky TV subscription. This means that access is also possible on the go via Sky Go.
However, if you sign up to Sky Q with a Sky Sports package, you can also watch in HDR quality. Find out more in our separate guide: How to get HDR on Sky Q
How to watch the Premier League on Now
If you don’t want to commit to a Sky contract and a satellite dish on your house, that’s no problem. As an alternative, Sky offers its Now streaming service.
Now is available on a variety of devices, including smartphones and gaming consoles, and now offers HD quality when you purchase the Now Boost option.
A day pass offers 24-hour access and starts at £9.98 – great for one-off occasions. However, it makes a lot more sense to get the monthly pass if you plan on watching it every weekend – it now costs just £25 for 6 months, with Now Boost included for free during that time (usually £17). That means you can stream on up to three devices at once, instead of the usual two.
Click here to view Now’s Sky Sports Pass packages.
How to watch the Premier League on BT Sport
Your second spot for Premier League action after Sky is BT Sport. A total of 52 live games are available this season.
BT Sport has exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK, so you’ll need an active subscription to start watching.
There are a few ways to sign up for BT Sport, first by combining it with BT Broadband. Enter your zip code on the website to see what offers are available.
On the On the TV side, prices start at £7.50 for three months and then £15 for the rest of your 24 month contract. In return you get all BT sports channels and BoxNation alongside Freeview, AMC and a writable TV box.
You can also Just use the BT Sport app (£15pm) – it works on mobile, tablet, smart tv and console – or Buy the monthly pass for £25. If your device supports it, you can still watch in up to 4K HDR quality. Sky customers can Get BT Sport added from £15pm (after a three-month £7.50 promotion).
Sky customers can Get BT Sport added from £15pm (after a three-month £7.50 promotion). BT also offers one combined package with Sky Sports via Now, costing £20 for three months and £40 for the remaining 21 months.
View all BT Sport packages here.
How to watch the Premier League on Amazon Prime Video
In recent years, Amazon has gradually increased the amount of sports shown on its Prime Video streaming service. While tennis remains the main sport, there are 20 Premier League games available this season.
If that’s the case (check the schedule above), you can watch via a web browser or use the Prime Video app on a variety of devices to tune in.
If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you have access to Prime Video included with your subscription. Otherwise, you have a choice of £7.99 per month or £79 per year.
You can also use a 30-day free trial.
Can I watch the Premier League for free?
Not live provided you are based in the UK. The BBC have had 4 and then 8 live games in the last two seasons affected by the pandemic, but that is no longer the case with fans returning to stadiums in 2021-22.
It means you’ll have to settle for highlights, but there are plenty of places to catch up on the games. The most obvious is Match of the Day, the BBC’s highlight programme. It typically airs on both Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as midweek when a full game round occurs. It’s available live on BBC One or via BBC iPlayer, although you’ll need a TV license.
However, if you’d rather not tune in for expert or managerial interviews, Sky Sports uploads highlights of every game (including those not shown) to its football YouTube channel.
How to watch the Premier League outside of the UK
Before attempting to watch British TV from abroad, you should check which broadcaster has the rights to the Premier League in which you are based. For example, NBC in the US, Optus Sport in Australia and Canal+ in France.
However, if you’re just visiting another country, accessing your UK-based subscription makes sense.
Until the end of 2020, it was fairly easy for UK viewers to watch TV outside of the UK when traveling to another EEA member state. By law, providers had to allow customers to view content, but with Brexit that is no longer the case.
Now you need to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to set your location to UK to unlock the content. The same applies to US viewers who want to see the Premier League beyond what is shown on American channels.
Our choice is NordVPNwhich also surpasses our overall victory best VPN roundup due to its ease of use, security features and excellent value for money.
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