Sports and broadband

Football hitting net

Which provider offers the best broadband and sports bundles? Is Sky or BT best for live Premier League games? And what sports channels can you get on Virgin Media and Plusnet? We take a look.

The thing is, there’s no real way of getting sports and broadband on their own - with most providers, you’ll have to take out a TV package too. And when it comes to choosing a sports package, the two providers who offer the most for your buck are BT Sport and Sky Sports.

Sky Sports and broadband deals

Package Broadband Speed Contract Length Discount
NOW Broadband Brilliant Broadband + Sky Sports Pass Attachment + Free Anytime Calls - £38.00 p/m 11Mb average 12 months -
NOW Broadband Fab Fibre + Sky Sports Attachment + Free Anytime Calls - £45.00 p/m 36Mb average 12 months -
  • Brilliant Broadband + Sky Sports Pass Attachment + Free Anytime Calls
    Get 10 Sky Sports channels monthly
    • Average speed* 11Mbps
    • Anytime
    • £38.00 per month
    12 month contract
  • Fab Fibre + Sky Sports Attachment + Free Anytime Calls
    Get 10 Sky Sports channels monthly
    • Average speed* 36Mbps
    • Anytime
    • £45.00 per month
    12 month contract

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50 % of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Sky Sports boasts 128 live Premier League matches per year, and ten other sports channels that showcase everything from rugby, Formula One, golf and WWE.

It's also home to:

  • World Darts Championship
  • Test Match Cricket, including the Ashes
  • World Cup Cricket
  • Championship football
  • NFL and NBA play-offs
  • All four golf major tournaments

Sky broadband is fast, reliable and widely available. Choose from the entry-level standard broadband Essential service, which gets you an average connection speed of 11Mbps. Or Superfast Fibre, which features an average speed of 59Mbps.

To find out which of Sky’s broadband packages will be right for you, take a look at our handy guide.

BT Sport and broadband deals

  • Starter with BT Sport + Superfast Fibre
    £100 BT Gift Card - see BT's website for further details
    • Average speed* 50Mbps
    • £49.99 up-front costs
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £38.99 per month
    24 month contract
  • Entertainment + Superfast Fibre
    £100 BT Gift Card - see BT's website for further details
    • Average speed* 50Mbps
    • £19.99 up-front costs
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £48.99 per month
    24 month contract

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50 % of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

BT broadband is widely available, with average speeds of 36Mbps, 50Mbps and 67Mbps on its fibre products. Its standard broadband service will get you an average speed of 10Mbps.

Its flagship sports channel BT Sport screens 52 live Premier League football matches per season, as well as Champions League and Europa League football.

BT Sport is also home to:

  • Aviva Premiership Rugby
  • UFC
  • Moto GP
  • Carabao Cup
  • Scottish Football
  • Bundesliga
  • Serie A
  • La Liga

You can also sign up for BT Sport if you're Sky customer. To find out how, click here to read our jargon-free guide to get started.

Virgin Media sport and broadband deals

Package Broadband Speed Contract Length Discount
Virgin Media Big bundle - £33.00 p/m 54Mb average 12 months -
Virgin Media Bigger bundle - £45.00 p/m 213Mb average 12 months -
  • Big bundle
    Over 70 channels!
    • Average speed* 54Mbps
    • £35.00 up-front costs
    • Weekend calls inc.
    • £33.00 per month
    12 month contract
  • Bigger bundle
    All BT Sport channels in HD
    • Average speed* 213Mbps
    • £35.00 up-front costs
    • Weekend calls inc.
    • £45.00 per month
    12 month contract

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50 % of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Virgin Media customers can get all of the BT Sport and Sky Sports channels by taking out one of their top TV packages.

Take Virgin Media's Bigger Bundle + Sport, for example, gets you BT Sport Collection and Sky Sports Collection, alongside over 200 channels.

Virgin Media also stands out for offering the UK's fastest widely available broadband, with an entry-level product that offers 54Mbps and a top-of-the-range service that features an average speed of 362Mbps.

Plusnet sport and broadband deals

Package Broadband Speed Contract Length Discount
Plusnet Unlimited Fibre - £21.99 p/m 36Mb average 18 months £75 Cashback
Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra - £24.99 p/m 66Mb average 18 months £75 Cashback
  • Unlimited Fibre
    £75 Cashback
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 36Mbps
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £21.99 per month
    18 month contract
  • Unlimited Fibre Extra
    £75 Cashback
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 66Mbps
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £24.99 per month
    18 month contract

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50 % of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

The great thing about Plusnet broadband is that it's relatively cheap. Team with that consistently highly rated customer service and you can see why many people choose it over better known, household-name providers.

If you're an existing Plusnet broabdand customer, for an extra £10 per month you can add the BT Sport App. Which gets you BT Sport 1 HD, BT Sport 2 HD, BT Sport 3 HD, BT Sport // ESPN HD and BoxNation. Critically, you'll also be able to watch 52 live Premier League games per season.

Alternatively, you can sign up for a Plusnet TV and broadband bundle that gets you a YouView set top box. That features the same channels as the app, as well as HD.

Unfortunately, though, Plusnet doesn't currently offer any way of watching Sky Sports.

What are the best ways to watch sport?

If you have more questions on how to watch BT Sport or Sky Sports, or you simply want to know a little more on which will be best for you, check out our handy guides, below:

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