Sky Sports 5 arrives on Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and BT TV

It doesn’t matter which of the providers you’re with, from today, you’ll be able to get Sky Sports 5 added onto your existing sports TV package at no additional monthly cost. Here’s what’s what…

A new sports TV channel, Sky Sports 5, is officially joining the line-up available from all the major UK providers, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV, BT TV and, of course, satellite giant Sky.

Dubbed the new "home of European football" by Sky, the channel promises to take Sky's unrivalled live football coverage to the next level, offering more European football than ever before.

Sky Sports 5 will screen over 600 live matches next season, featuring UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers, UEFA Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey, plus European football programming including Revista de la Liga and Champions League Weekly.

It'll come packaged at no extra cost alongside all other Sky Sports TV channels.

Sky ambassador, David Beckham, said: "Some of my greatest playing moments were on the European stage with Manchester United, playing in El Clasico for Real Madrid and captaining England in Euro qualifiers.

"Sky Sports 5 will offer all the drama and excitement that European football has to offer, and I'll certainly be gripped."

Getting Sky Sports 5 is pretty straightforward. If you're with Sky, Virgin Media or TalkTalk for TV and already pay for the sports package, it'll automatically be added to the other channels.

If you're a BT TV customer, it's more complicated. You'll only be able to watch Sky Sports 5 on a BT Vision+ box, as Sky Sports isn't currently available on YouView from BT.

You'll also need to be paying for both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to receive Sky Sports 5 at no extra cost. At present, you need to have BT Infinity fibre broadband, but those on standard BT broadband will be able to get Sky Sports 5 from early September.

If you want Sky Sports on a YouView box, your only option at the moment is TalkTalk TV, which offers a Sky Sports 'boost' costing an extra £30 a month on top of your package. This is a flexible add-on with no contract, so you can cancel at any time.

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