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How to watch the Premier League this season

Want to know how to watch the Premier League this season? Total Football investigates what’s available...

For the full season of games, you’ll need a Sky Sports subscription and a bolt-on ESPN subscription.

Sky Sports 1 or 2 cost £13/month each on top of a £21.50/month Entertainment pack (total £34.50/month), or £21.50/month for both sports channels (£43/month).

The six-channel Sky Sports pack costs £21/month plus the Entertainment pack (£42.50/month), and includes the dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel as well as five general Sky Sports channels.

The complete Sky World package, with Sports, Movies, HD and 3D, costs £65.75/month.

ESPN costs £10/month with the Sky Sports pack, but the first three months are free. It costs £13/month on its own.

Virgin Media buys the Sky channels wholesale and sets its own prices, but you’ll need to start with the Virgin TV M+ package from £7/month. ESPN is only available with the top-tier Virgin TV XL package at £26.50/month, but it’s in HD.

The Sky Sports channels add £15.50/month each for Sky Sports 1 or 2, £25.75/month for Sky Sports 1 to 4 and F1, or £32.75/month with Sky Movies. It’s an extra £7/month to upgrade all your Sky premium channels to HD.

So if you want Sky Sports with Virgin Media, it’ll cost £59.75/month, or £66.25 with Sky Movies.

Broadband provider TalkTalk now offers its own TV service, based on YouView, with a free Huawei YouView box for subscribers.

There’s no need for a basic subscription, but you need to have TalkTalk broadband and line rental. The cheapest deal for this is TalkTalk Plus with advance line rental, at £24/month.

A Sky Sports package of Sky Sports 1 to 4, plus F1, costs £30/month, and ESPN costs £10/month, but it’s the full version, not the limited Freeview version carried on Top-Up TV and BT Vision.

There’s also a full bundle of Sky Movies, Sky Sports and ESPN for £45/month.

Top-Up TV carries both Sky Sports 1 and 2, and a special version of ESPN, which you can receive using the TUTV T215 set-top box for £49.99, plus a monthly subscription which gives you a viewing card.

All Freeview digital TVs have a CI slot (usually on the left hand side), and you can buy a Top-Up TV CI+ CAM adapter for £49.99 - or it’s free with any two-channel combination of sports channels. There’s also a £20 connection fee for any new subscriber.

Subscriptions are on a rolling monthly contract, with no long-term commitment, and start at £10.99/month for ESPN. Sky Sports 1 costs £24.99/month, or £32.99 with ESPN. Both Sky Sports channels cost £33.99/month, but you’ll have to add ESPN separately.

The ESPN channel on Top-Up TV is only available from 2pm-4am from Monday to Friday, 11am-6am on Saturdays, and 11am-4am on Sundays.

BT Vision boxes are fitted with a slot for a viewing card for Sky Sports 1 and 2, or ESPN. The viewing card costs £10 and the BT Vision box is free to subscribers, but you also need BT Broadband and line rental. The cheapest deal for this is BT Vision Essential, at £30.08/month.

Sky Sports 1 and 2 add £12.90/month each, or £18.20/month together. ESPN is included in £12.50/month BT Vision Unlimited packaged, which also includes a range of services over your BT Broadband connection.

The ESPN channel on BT Vision is only available from 2pm-4am from Monday to Friday, 11am-6am on Saturdays, and 11am-4am on Sundays.

Neither Sky Sports nor ESPN are available on Freesat.

How can I watch the Barclays Premier League online?

Sky subscribers can watch all of their Sky Sports channels, including ESPN, on Sky Go via broadband, WiFi or 3G, on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, selected Android phones and Xbox 360.

If you’re not a Sky subscriber, you can get Sky Go for £35/month with Sky Sports and entertainment, and £40 a month for entertainment, Sky Movies and Sky Sports. ESPN costs from £9/month-£12/month extra.

Some Barclays Premier League matches are expected to be added to Sky’s new Now TV pay-as-you-go service later this year.

How can I watch the Barclays Premier League for less than Sky or ESPN cost?

Shhh. It’s the worst-kept secret in the world that you can get European satellite TV subscriptions in the UK, including Premier League matches. The EU is a single market, so even if the broadcaster isn’t supposed to let people watch outside its own borders, they can’t refuse your business. There are also increasing numbers of streaming services online. For our own safety, we can't tell you any more.

This ‘grey market’ also lets you watch 3pm kick-off games, because foreign broadcasters aren’t affected by the restriction.

By Alex Lane

Alex Lane is the editor of leading digital technology site www.recombu.com/digital. Lane leads the website’s editorial direction with news, reviews and features on digital technology including broadband, digital TV and home phones.

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