Pay-per-view games go live next week for the first time ever, with Chelsea vs Southampton and Newcastle vs Manchester United. Here’s how to watch them on BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office and what you’ll need to pay.
It’s been a strange and compelling start to the Premier League season.
Freakish, cricket-style scorelines are ten-a-penny. Big clubs are being humbled by makeweights and minnows, just like the old days.
And in a turn of events no-one saw coming, ‘dirty’ Leeds are back and seem to have become everyone’s second favourite club.
All of which means that the arrival of pay-per-view Premier League games comes at a time when the English top flight has never been more entertaining or more spicy.
But with a headline price of just shy of £15 per game, watching fixtures on a pay-per-view basis isn’t cheap. And how and where you can watch largely depends on your TV provider and set top box.
Here we take a close look at everything you need to know.
Where are pay-per-view Premier League games being shown?
Pay-per-view games are being televised on BT Sport Box Office or Sky Sports Box Office.
Not to be confused with BT Sport and Sky Sports's standard array of channels that are available with a subscription, these are channels that generally solely show crown-jewels sports events, such as boxing matches or Wrestlemania, on a pay-per-view basis.
We’ll explain where to find those channels and how to watch them below...
How much does a game cost? And what do you get for that?
Games are priced £14.95 each. Broadcasts start just ten minutes before kick-off, so don’t expect the kind of big production and build-up you’d normally get from BT Sport or Sky Sports.
Games have commentators, but there are no pundits to discuss key events after the final whistle.
Which games are airing on pay-per-view?
October 2020 marks the first month of the pay-per-view service. And the first batch of fixtures are:
Saturday October 17th
Chelsea vs Southampton at 3pm on BT Sport Box Office
Newcastle United vs Man Utd at 8pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Sunday October 18th
Sheffield United vs Fulham at 12pm on BT Sport Box Office
Leicester City vs Aston Villa at 7.15pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Monday October 19th
West Brom vs Burnley at 5pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Friday October 23rd
Aston Villa vs Leeds Utd at 8pm on BT Sport Box Office
Saturday October 24th
Fulham vs Crystal Palace at 3pm on BT Sport Box Office
Liverpool vs Sheffield United at 8pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Sunday October 25th
Arsenal vs Leicester City at 7.15pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Monday October 26th
Brighton vs West Brom at 5.30pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Friday October 30th
Wolves vs Crystal Palace at 8pm on BT Sport Box Office
Saturday October 31st
Burnley vs Chelsea at 3pm on BT Sport Box Office
Sunday November 1st
Aston Villa vs Southampton at 12pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton at 12pm on Sky Sports Box Office
Monday November 2nd
Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion at 5.30pm on Sky Sports Box Office
How do I watch Premier League games on Sky Sports Box Office?
BT TV customers can watch a match on Sky Sports Box Office by heading to channel 496 on their TV guide. Or by opening BT Player and heading to the sport section.
Sky TV customers can watch an event on Sky Sports Box Office by heading to channel 491 with their Sky TV remote. Then pressing the green button, followed by ‘Record’. Or there's an option to book online on Sky’s site.
Virgin Media TV customers can book Premier League games on Sky Sports Box Office via their remote. To do so, first head to ‘Home’, then ‘On Demand’ and ‘Live Events’.
Other viewing options:
Customers of any other provider won't be able to book via their box, but can watch Sky Sports Box Office on another device, such as an iPad, iPhone, Android phone. To do so they'll need to grab the Sky Sports Box Office app and book the game.
Alternatively you can watch Sky Sports Box Office on a PC or Mac and book it online.
At the time of writing, you cannot watch Sky Sports Box Office on:
- Smart TVs (including LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic)
- Games consoles (including PS4, Xbox One)
- Apple TV
Prefer a pay monthly subscription to Sky Sports? Head to our one-stop guide, as we talk you through the cheapest ways to get Sky Sports.
How do I watch Premier League games on BT Sport Box Office?
BT TV customers can book a live Premier League game on BT Sport Box Office by heading to channel 494/495 in their channel guide. Or by opening up BT Player and navigating to the sport section.
It’s worth noting that you’ll need fibre broadband to be able to watch on your box.
BT TV customers who don’t have fibre can still watch live games, but will need to watch the BT Sport Box Office app and view the game on a tablet, smartphone or home computer.
Sky TV customers can buy access to games via their Sky box, as long as they already subscribe to BT Sport and have bought a pay-per-view event from BT Sport Box Office in the past.
If you don’t meet those criteria, you’re required to register with BT Sport Box Office and pay for the event using a credit or debit card. After you’ve booked and paid, you can watch the game by pressing the Box Office on your Sky remote. Or you can view it on channels 490-494.
Virgin Media TV customers can book a Premier League game on BT Sport Box Office via their Tivo or V6 box. To do so, head to Home > On Demand > Live Events and select the match you want to see.
Other viewing options:
Alternatively, customers of all other providers can book games and watch via the BT Sport Box App for iOS or Android to watch on a smartphone or tablet. There’s also an option to watch on TV if you own a Chromecast or Airplay.
Think you might prefer a pay monthly subscription to BT Sport? We weigh up the cheapest ways to get BT Sport.