The Premier League season began just over three months ago, but it’s about to come to an abrupt halt.
After this weekend’s round of fixtures, the competition will take a six-week break to make way for the World Cup. It’s taking place in the winter for the first time ever, with Qatar hosting the tournament from 20 November-18 October.
The Premier League will then return on 26 December, and we aren’t getting the usual flurry of games around Christmas and New Year. There’s also a later final day of the season – 28 May.
Half of the ten fixtures this weekend are being broadcast live in the UK, meaning you can watch them from wherever you are in the world. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Premier League games are on TV this weekend?
The Premier League is about to take a break, but not before ten high-profile matches take place. Here are the five available to watch live on UK TV:
Sat 12 Nov
Man City vs Brentford – KO 12pm – BT Sport 1/UltimateNewcastle vs Chelsea – KO 5.30pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HDRWolves vs Arsenal – KO 7.45pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HDR
Sun 13 Oct
Brighton vs Aston Villa – KO 2pm – Sky Sports Premier LeagueFulham vs Man Utd – KO 4.30pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HDR
How to watch the Premier League on Sky Sports
You probably already know, but Sky Sports is the main place to watch the Premier League in the UK.
Sky has its own dedicated channel for the league and you’ll find many games on the likes of Main Event and Showcase, too. Throughout the season, the broadcaster is showing a total of 128 live games.
Packages start at £44 per month for 18 months, or from £18 extra per month if you already have a Sky TV subscription. The latter only gets you access to Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football – for all eight channels, it’s £25 extra per month.
You can also get Sky Sports half price (£12.50 per month), when bundled with a Sky Glass 4K TV (from £13 per month) and Sky TV & Netflix (£26 per month). The TV is available in 43in, 55in and 65in sizes.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll also get access on your phone, tablet and/or laptop via Sky Go. See all four options on the Sky website.
However, if you sign up to Sky Q with a Sky Sports package, you can also watch in HDR quality. Learn 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 satellite dish on your house, that’s not a problem. Sky has its Now streaming service as an alternative option, and there are no restrictions on the content you can access.
Now is available on a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, Chromecast and even games consoles.
A Day Pass provides 24 hours of access and costs £11.99 – this is great for one-off occasions. However, it’s going to make much more sense to get the Month Pass if you plan to watch every weekend. This costs £33.99 per month and includes a week of free Now Boost.
The latter which adds 1080p video and Dolby 5.1 surround sound, removes ads and lets you stream on three devices at the same time (instead of the usual two). After that, it’ll cost you an extra £5 per month.
Click here to view Now’s Sky Sports Pass packages.
How to watch the Premier League on BT Sport
Your secondary place for Premier League action after Sky is BT Sport. This season, there are a total of 52 live games available.
There are a few options when it comes to signing up to BT Sport, firstly by combining it with BT Broadband. Put your postcode into the website to see what deals are available.
On the TV side, prices start at £16 per month for the duration of a 24-month contract. In exchange, you’ll get all the BT Sport channels and BoxNation, alongside Freeview, AMC and a recordable TV box.
You can also just use the BT Sport app for £16 per month- it works on mobile, tablet, smart TV and console – or buy the Monthly Pass for £25 per month. If your device supports it, you’ll still be able to watch in up to 4K HDR quality. Sky customers can get BT Sport added for £21 per month.
BT also offers a combined package with Sky Sports via Now, which is £41 per month for 24 months.
How to watch the Premier League on Amazon Prime Video
Over the last couple of years, Amazon has gradually increased the amount of sport shown on its Prime Video streaming service. While tennis remains the main sport, there are 20 Premier League games available this season.
When they are (check the schedule above) you can watch via a web browser or use the Prime Video app on a wide range of devices to tune in.
If you’re already an Amazon Prime member then you have access to Prime Video included in your subscription. It currently costs $14.99/£8.99 per month or $139/£95 per year, but there are plenty of other perks.
New customers can take advantage of a 30-day free trial. Sign up via the Amazon website, although you’ll need a VPN to access the football if your account if you’re based outside the UK. It’s not available in the US or elsewhere.
Can I watch the Premier League for free?
Not live, provided you’re based in the UK. The BBC has had a few live games during pandemic-affected seasons, but that’s not the case anymore.
It means you’ll have to be content with highlights, but there are plenty of places to catch up on the games. The obvious one is Match of the Day, the BBC’s highlights programme. It’s usually broadcast on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, as well as mid-week when there’s a full round of fixtures. It’s available live on BBC One or via BBC iPlayer, although you’ll need a TV licence.
However, if you’d rather not tune in for punditry or manager interviews, Sky Sports uploads highlights of every match (including the ones they’re not showing) to its YouTube channel.
Clips are also regularly posted on Twitter, especially to @btsportfootball and @SkySportsPL.
How to watch the Premier League outside the UK
Before trying to watch UK TV from abroad, it’s worth checking which broadcaster has the rights to the Premier League where you’re based. For example, it’s 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 pretty easy for British viewers to watch TV while outside the UK when travelling to another EEA member state. The providers had to allow customers to view content by law but Brexit means that’s no longer the case.
Now you’ll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) to set your location to the UK to unlock the content. The same applies to US viewers wanting to watch the Premier League beyond what is shown on American networks.
Our pick is NordVPN, which also tops our overall best VPN round-up due to its ease-of-use, security features and excellent value for money.
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