With so much choice in terms of live sports channels in the UK, choosing the best TV subscription has never been more important. Sky Sports has been at the top of sports TV for close to 30 years, and with its new streaming arm, Sky Go, it’s never been easier to watch your favourite sports at home or on the move. From Premier League football and Ashes Cricket to Formula 1 and the Ryder Cup, Sky Sports provides the biggest and most popular sporting events with comprehensive aplomb.
With the sports streaming revolution in full swing, all the major players are showing their hand – something that Sky have done with the Sky Go and Sky Go Extra apps, allowing subscribers to watch live sport wherever they may be on a variety of devices. In this guide, we will look at why so many consider Sky Sports the market leader in TV and streaming, how you go about getting a subscription, and what sports you can expect to see across their 10 action-packed channels.
Sports Available with Sky Sports
Sky has retained a main core of sports that they have become synonymous with over the years, even with more and more competitors entering the fray. Although everyone associates much of their coverage to football and cricket, there is so much more for sports fans to get their teeth into.
With live tournaments, events and award-winning programs being broadcast every day throughout the year, there’s no shortage of thrilling action available at any given time, making them the go-to package for true sports fans. Here’s a taster of what’s available throughout the year.
Comprehensive coverage of every Grand Prix live, along with all qualifying and practice sessions. A whole channel dedicated to F1, 24/7
Other Standout Sports
Channels available with Sky Sports
Sky Sports Main Event
Whether it’s the weekend’s biggest Premier League game or a crucial England Test match, it can be seen here on Main Event.
Sky Sports Premier League
Live games, analysis, and TV programs that include Soccer AM – this is the number one place for everything Premier League.
Sky Sports F1
Coverage of every practice, qualifying and Grand Prix throughout the season. There’s also plenty of programs and documentaries looking into F1’s rich and illustrious history.
Sky Sports Cricket
Everything from Ashes Cricket to County Championships, Sky Sports Cricket is the best place to watch the UK’s favourite summer sport.
Sky Sports Golf
Ryder Cup, Open Championship, USPGA and European Tours. Sky Sports Golf has everything for the serious golf fan.
Sky Sports News
24/7 sports news from some of the best sports journalists around. Also, the only place to watch the transfer deadline day with Jim White.
Sky Sports Action and Arena
Two channels dedicated to the best of the rest, from WWE and Boxing to NBA and PDC Darts. You can also catch plenty of EFL League One and Two football.
Eurosport 1 & Eurosport 2
Although not officially a Sky channel, you will get access to Eurosport 1 & 2 channels with a Sky Sports subscription. Here you can catch a range of sports from major cycling events (including Tour De France), World Superbikes and Snooker’s biggest tournaments.
How to subscribe to Sky Sports
If you already have Sky TV, you can get access to their sports package for an additional monthly charge by far the best and cheapest way to enjoy your weekly dose of the world’s most popular sports. But if you don’t have an existing Sky contract, fear not, there’s plenty of alternative ways to watch Sky Sports on TV or by streaming.
Sky Sports as an existing Sky TV customer
£23.00 per month, plus one-off £20.00 payment – 8 Sky Sports channels in HD, plus Eurosport 1 and 2 in Standard Definition. 18-month contract. Includes access to Sky Go streaming app.
Sky Sports as new Sky TV customer
New Sky customers must have a basic Sky TV package, the cheapest of which is £15 per month along with a one-off £20 payment. The Sky Sports package can then be added to your billing for an extra £23.00 per month. This includes 8 Sky Sports channels in HD, plus Eurosport 1 and 2 in Standard Definition on an 18-month contract.
Sky Sports with BT TV
You can access all Sky Sports channels with BT TV via the NOW TV sports package. Choose between a daily (£9.99), weekly (£14.99) or monthly (£33.99) pass to access all Sky’s amazing sports channels.
Sky Sports with NOW TV
NOW TV was developed by Sky to give sports fans streaming access to their entire roster of sports channels without Sky TV. Simply check to see if you have a compatible device (PC, Mac, Android, Smartphone) and choose between a daily (£9.99), weekly (£14.99) or monthly (£33.99) pass to access all of Sky’s sports channels.
Sky Sports on your favourite devices
Sky Go and Sky Go Extra apps are available to all Sky TV customers. All you need is your Sky ID and your registered Sky email, and a compatible device. You can then download the apps from Google or App Store, sign in, and get instant streaming access. Sky Go Extra can be used on devices such as Xbox and Play Station and costs an additional £5.00 per month.
This is a great way to catch up on everything sport whether you’re at home or on the move – making it quick and easy to check out results and outcomes of the biggest events and matches. It’s also perfect to catch up on events during your lunch break and those all-important scores when travelling around on weekends.
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How to stream Sky Sports using PC, smartphone or tablet
You can stream sports live with the Sky Go app on any PC or Mac that is running the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. It’s also available on a wide range of other compatible devices.
Anyone who has a Sky Sports subscription can also download and use the Sky Go App with smartphones or tablets, giving you instant access to sport around the clock. Simply download from the Sky TV homepage or app stores, tap in your Sky ID and reply to the confirmation email.
Note – Sky Go device registration is needed to access the live streaming and Catch Up services on the app. Mobile network and wifi charges may apply.