Watch LIVE Premier League In UK: TV Channel, Stream, Online
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Premier League 2021/22 TV Rights
The Premier League's TV rights are split between a number of broadcasters.
An "in principle agreement" has been arranged that basically means, subject to formal government approval, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport will continue to share rights from the 2022/23 season to the end of the 2024/25 season.
Usually, the TV rights go through a complex tender process and public auction when they're due for renewal. However, the Premier League made a case to the government for an Exclusion Order under competition law, and argued it had "exceptional and compelling reasons" to do this as a result of "the damaging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the English football pyramid".
There may however be some changes outside the UK, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that potential rights-holders in over 40 countries across Europe and central Asia have been invited to tender for rights packages of either three years or six years, starting from the 2022/23 season.
While the Premier League 2021/22 fixture list has been announced, remember that fixtures can and will move due to all sorts of factors such as broadcasting, policing and safety considerations, and clubs' other commitments to competitions like the FA Cup, EFL Cup and European tournaments. In the meantime, here's more info on the various rights-holders:
Watch Premier League Live in UK on Sky Sports
If you're subscribed to Sky, then you'll need to add Sky Sports to your existing package. It will currently cost you £25/mth for a contract running 18 months. If you already have a Sky subscription, then you’re also automatically the owner of a Sky Go account, giving you access to Sky Sports, Sky Movies and other top channels such as Sky One and Sky Atlantic, along with Sky's excellent catch-up and on-demand service.
There is a catch, however. Sky Go limits you to three devices, and you can only watch one of these at any one time. If you subscribe to Sky Go Extra, however, you can register up to four devices. This costs £5 extra on top of your Sky Go subscription. You can add and remove one device each calendar month, so if you’re likely to be following the action on multiple devices, make sure you’ve planned in advance which ones you’re likely to be using at any given time.
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Watching Sky Go on your Windows PC or laptop will require an app download. To run the app, your computer needs an Intel Core i3 or equivalent AMD processor along with Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. For Mac users, the Sky Go app requires at least OS X 10.9. or mobile and tablet users, Sky Go is supported on iOS 8.1 and above, Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich 4.1 and above, and all Amazon Fire tablets running Fire OS 3.3 and above. The service also currently supports Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
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Sky Sports is your best bet if you want to catch as much live action as possible. However, if you don't have Sky and want to avoid set up fees and a long-term contract, the best way to watch live streams of the Premier League, EFL Cup and EFL Championship is to get a Now Sports Membership (formerly Now TV Sky Sports Pass).
You have two options when subscribing to the Now Sports Membership:
Now Sports Day Membership for £9.99
Now Sports Month Membership for £33.99
Both these memberships give you access to all 11 Sky Sports channels, which means that you can watch Formula One, golf, and even American sports like the NBA and NFL in addition to the Premier League. You can log in to Now on up to six devices at the same time. It works on all devices including PCs, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and even games consoles. You can stream content on any two devices simultaneously.
Watch Premier League Live on BT Sport
BT Sport will broadcast numerous games over the course of the season and there are different ways to access its various channels. Prices differ based on whether you have BT TV, Sky TV or TalkTalk TV.
If you have BT TV, you can add its Sports package for £15/month (24-month contract) plus a £20 upfront activation fee. A Big Sports package, which includes access to all of BT's Sports channels plus all 11 Sky Sports channels will set you back £40/month (also a 24-month contract).
If you don't have BT broadband, you can pay £25/month for the BT Sport Monthly Pass, which grants you the ability to watch all of BT Sport's channels through the BT Sport app for thirty days. This pass lets you stream the game on any two devices at the same time in HD, and you can cancel your contract at any time.
If you're with Sky and want to add BT Sport to your existing subscription, you'll pay £29.99/month, which includes access to the BT Sport app. There are also deals available if you want to add BT Sport to your Sky package and join BT Broadband. If you want to watch all of BT's Premier League games in 4K HDR for the first time, you'll need to sign up to add the BT Sport Ultimate channel to your lineup.
Watch Premier League online on Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video will show 20 games across two matchweeks during the 2021/22 season. It's shown one midweek round of fixtures in December along with Boxing Day games over the past two seasons and we expect that to remain the case this year.
If you're already an Amazon Prime subscriber you get access to Prime Video at no extra cost and will be able to watch the games live for free. Those that don't subscribe to Prime can do so for £7.99 a month and gain access to free delivery on millions of products, exclusive offers, original TV series, Amazon Prime Reading, Amazon Music and more.
If you've never been a Prime member, Amazon offers a 30-day trial of the service. So, if you don't intend on using any of the other benefits that come with a Prime account, starting a trial shortly before the two rounds of matches will enable you to watch the televised.
Watch Premier League on BBC
The BBC showed a handful of live Premier League games during lockdown in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons (including its first ever live Premier League Boxing Day game, that most hallowed of fixtures).
However, the corporation is best known as the free-to-air TV home of the league in the UK, with comprehensive digests and analysis of all the key games. BBC Sport has already confirmed this will continue as part of the new "in principle" rights agreement.
So, if you're content to mute the TV and not look at it when they show the scores on the evening news, then there's always late-night highlights on Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2. Here's a little tune familiar to anyone who watched Goal of the Month in a very particular time period.
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