Premier League second screened as fans keep tabs on City and Liverpool

Last weekend saw more than three time as many people as usual watching TV online using Virgin TV Anywhere as the Premier League title race reached its climax, but where’s the best place to watch football online?

The number of people using online TV service Virgin TV Anywhere increased by over a third last weekend as the final day of the Barclays Premier League season took place.

Virgin Media believes the increase was due to 'second screening' - people watching one of the two matches involving the title contenders on telly and the other on their laptop, tablet or phone.

Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 made up around half of online viewing, with Manchester City taking on West Ham United on the former and Liverpool battling it out with Newcastle United on the latter.

The number of people watching peaked at 3.30pm, just before halftime across the league, when Samir Nasri scored the first of Manchester City's goals, which effectively crowned the Citizens champions for the second time in three years.

The Barclays Premier League title race on Virgin TV Anywhere
7 May, 2014 - Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa
  • Sky Sports 1 accounts for 44% of online viewing and 20% of everything viewed
11 May, 2014 - Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United, Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United
  • 38% increase in use
  • Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 account for around 50% of online viewing and over 25% of everything viewed

If you want to be able to watch live Barclays Premier League football, as well as coverage of the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and much more either simultaneously or when you're out and about, from next season Virgin Media will be the most complete option.

That's because you'll soon be able to watch all six Sky Sports channels on Virgin TV Anywhere, and get them in HD on TV, making it the only place where you can watch both BT Sport and Sky Sports online and get all nine channels in high-definition on your telly.

There are other options when it comes to online, but they're convoluted. With BT, you get BT Sport free on the BT Sport app and online player, but to get Sky Sports online you have to pay extra to do it with NOW TV, while with Sky you have to use both the BT Sport app or online player and Sky Go.

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