Premier League football has returned to kick off the 2021/22 season.
Unlike the resumption of football post-Covid, this season’s matches will not be shown on free-to-air TV.
That means fans keeping up with which TV channel and broadcaster is showing which game, and can mean costly monthly outgoings to watch all the action if you’re not headed to cheer your team on live.
Catherine Hiley, TV and broadband expert at Uswitch.com, said: “Millions of fans will be looking forward to being back in stadiums once more, and many more will enjoy the action from their homes and pubs.
“Sadly, the days of the BBC screening live Premier League matches during the pandemic are long gone, so fans will have to fork out to watch games at home.”
Premier League on Sky Sports
“Sky Sports is the destination for 128 games but fans will also need subscriptions with BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video to watch all of the live matches,” Hiley says.
“If you’re an existing Sky customer, one offer currently lets you upgrade your TV membership to include all Sky Sports football channels from £18 a month on a rolling one-month contract.”
“New customers looking to get the full football experience with Sky Sports and BT Sports in one package will need to fork out £65 a month, plus a £20 set-up fee.
“BT Sport’s Big Sport package is currently £40 a month, which includes BT Sport and Sky Sports channels. But be aware that the package comes with a 24-month contract and a £29.99 upfront fee, and commits you to having BT as your broadband provider.”
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Are Premier League games on Amazon Prime this season?
Yes, but luckily for fans, the timing means non-Amazon Prime subscribers could watch all the games with one month’s subscription – or even take out a trial and watch matches for free.
“All of the games on Amazon Prime fall between 30 November and 28 December. So if you time your sign-up smartly, you’ll only need to pay for one month to see all 20 matches.
“If you’re currently out of contract with your broadband and TV providers, you can use the opportunity to save a lot of money during the Premier League season.
“For casual fans happy to watch matches on their phone, NOW’s one-off payment of £9.99 gives you a day’s worth of Sky Sports channels on your TV and a five-month subscription to stream on your smartphone.”