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Sports channel price wars as Premier League returns

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Written by: Emma Lunn
09/06/2020
The Premier League kicks off again on 17 June and sports fans are spoilt for choice about how to watch games.

Pay TV providers have become embroiled in a price war as live sport comes back to our TV screens.

BT Sport has halved the monthly cost of its Big Sport and Sport packages for the remaining three months of the Premier League season.

The Big Sport package – which includes 12 Sky Sports channels and five BT sports channels – now costs £20 a month, down from £40. The slimmed-down Sport package, which only includes the BT Sport channels, has been reduced from £15 a month to £7.50.

Nick Baker, TV expert at Uswitch.com, says: “Be aware that you are signing up for a 24-month contract, and the prices revert to the normal level after the initial three-month offer period. For those who only want to watch the end of the Premier League season, BT Sport’s £25 monthly pass may be a better option, since it can be cancelled at any time.”

Sky has also discounted its Sky TV and Sky Sports package from £48 a month to £39 a month, which includes all the Premier League action and many other channels. It’s an 18-month contract and also charges an additional £20 set-up fee.

NOW TV previously reduced the price of its Sky Sports Month Pass from £33.99 to just £20 a month for three months. The offer has finished now but NOW TV is worth considering as you only need to commit to NOW TV passes for a month at a time.

“If you’re considering getting a sports subscription, make sure you compare all the deals available to you. Consider the whole cost of the package and don’t just look at the lowest initial monthly cost,” says Baker, “BT Sport’s deals appear to be cheapest, but they tie you to a long contract, whereas NOW TV and BT Sport’s monthly passes have the benefit of flexibility and let you cancel at any time.”

Sports fans already subscribed to sports channels could pause them during the pandemic due to the lack of live sport. Sky plans to start charging customers again from 19 June.

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