The Premier League is back. After a bumper summer of sport, which included Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the top flight is now in full swing.
Man City won the league by 12 points last season and are favourites to retain their title, and have added Jack Grealish to their ranks in a British record deal. However, many of their key rivals have also made some big-money moves, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku returning to the Premier League.
There’s plenty more to be decided throughout the season, including who can secure Champions League football and which teams will be relegated. Promoted sides Norwich, Watford and Brentford will be hoping to avoid an instant return to the Championship.
With no fans allowed in stadia, every single Premier League match was broadcast live in the UK last season. However, with supporters allowed to return at the start of this campaign, TV fixtures are returning to a pre-pandemic schedule. That means no live matches at 3pm on a Saturday, so you won’t be able to see Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Man Utd debut.
Here’s all you need to know about watching the Premier League live during the 2021/22 season, including if you’re based outside the UK.
What Premier League games are on TV this weekend?
There are some great ties to look forward to in Gameweek 4. Here are all the games live on UK TV, alongside kick-off times and the relevant channel.
Sat 11 September
- Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – KO 12.30 – BT Sport
- Chelsea vs Aston Villa – KO 17.30 – Sky Sports
Sun 12 September
- Leeds vs Liverpool – KO 16.30 – Sky Sports
Mon 13 September
- Everton vs Burnley – KO 20.00 – Sky Sports
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.
Sky has its own dedicated channel for the league and you’ll find games on the likes of Main Event and Showcase, too. Throughout the season, the broadcaster will be showing a total of 128 live games.
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 then that’s not a problem. Sky has its Now streaming service as an alternative option.
Now is available on a wide range of devices including smartphones and games consoles and now offers HD quality if you buy the Now Boost option.
A Day Pass provides 24 hours of access and starts at £9.98 – 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 is now down to £25pm for 10 months. It includes three months of Now Boost for free, and the option to stream on up to three devices at the same time.
How to watch the Premier League on BT Sport
Your secondary place for Premier League action after Sky is BT Sport. This season, there will be 52 live games available.
There are a few options when signing up to BT Sport, firstly by taking BT Broadband. Put your postcode into the website to see what deals are available.
On the TV side, prices start at £7.50 per month for six months and you’ll get all four BT Sport channels and BoxNation.
You can also just use the BT Sport app – works on mobile, tablet, smart TV and console – and buy the Monthly Pass for £25pm. Depending on your device, you’ll still be able to watch in up to 4K HDR quality.
Sky customers can get BT Sport added from £29.99pm. BT also offers a combined package with Sky Sports via Now, which is £20pm for six months on a half-price deal. The VIP package adds even more, including Sky Cinema, for £65pm.
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.
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. Otherwise, it’s a choice between £7.99 a month or £79 per year.
You can take advantage of a 30-day free trial, too.
Can I watch the Premier League for free?
Not live, provided you’re based in the UK. The BBC has had 4 and then 8 live games in the last two pandemic-affected seasons, but that’s no longer the case with fans back in stadia for 2021-22.
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 Football YouTube channel.
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.
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