How to watch the Premier League 2019/20 season
The Premier League’s 2018/19 season only finished a few months ago, but in the never-ending world of football, fans are always looking forward to what’s coming next. With Manchester City now the dominant force in English football (though with Liverpool a close second), more eyes than ever will be on the Premier League as we enter the 2019/20 season in August.
This season, there’s more ways to watch than ever before, with new options available no matter where you’re watching. Here’s our handy guide to those looking to catch all the action.
Where can I watch the Premier League?
Starting this season, there’ll be three different ways you can catch the Premier League coverage.
The main provider of Premier League coverage on TV is Sky Sports, which shows the majority of televised matches. Sky Sports has the main rights to the league until 2022, meaning that’s where you’ll need to be if you want to watch as much football as possible. Sky Sports Premier League shows early and late Saturday kick-offs as well as regular Sunday, Monday and mid-week matches. You can get Sky Sports Premier League on its own or as part of the full Sky Sports roster, where you’ll also be able to watch matches from the Championship, League 1 and League 2.
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NOW TV is Sky’s streaming platform, with the service offering three different types of Sky Sports Pass. Viewers will be able to grab a Day, Week and Month Pass, allowing you to catch a couple of games at a time or all of Sky Sports’ Premier League offerings. The pass also gives you access to Sky Sports’ other channels, such as Golf, Cricket and Action.
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BT Sport has the rights to select matches across the Premier League season. Viewers will be able to catch 42 matches exclusively on BT Sport, spanning a variety of kick-off times and teams. BT Sport also has exclusive rights to live Champions League matches, meaning you’ll need a subscription if you want to watch Liverpool defend their Champions League crown.
Amazon Prime Video
New to this season is the addition of exclusive coverage via Amazon Prime. The streaming service has snapped up the rights to 20 games for the 2019/20 season, meaning you’ll need to sign up if you want to watch these games.
Amazon Prime has the rights to 20 December fixtures, with Midweek games on the 3rd, 4th and 5th and Christmas games on Boxing Day and the 27th. This will prove to be a controversial move among some, for who the Christmas EPL fixtures are an important part of the holiday season.
Can I get Sky Sports on Virgin Media?
If you’re not a Sky TV customer, you can still get Sky Sports as an add-on alongside your existing package. Whilst Sky does block Virgin Media customers from getting services such as Sky Atlantic and Sky Box Sets, it does allow them to subscribe to Sky Sports.
However, Virgin Media customers won't be able to pick and choose channels like Sky TV customers can. When you get Sky Sports, you’ll have to subscribe to the full roster of packages, even if you’re only interested in watching Premier League coverage.
BT TV customers can also enjoy Sky Sports in a similar way. This is offered as well as BT Sports, which is cheaper for those who already have BT TV.
Can I get BT Sports on Sky TV?
If you already have Sky TV and Sky Sports but want to catch those exclusive Premier League and Champions League matches, BT Sports is currently available to you. For an extra fee per month, you’ll be able to watch the full roster of channels alongside Sky Sports, allowing you to catch the vast majority of the Premier League coverage.
Can I stream Premier League matches?
If you’ve decided to forgo traditional TV services and are only interested in streaming, you have a few options for watching the Premier League 2019/20 season. NOW TV allows you to stream all of Sky Sports’ Premier League matches, with Passes ranging from the Day Pass to the more expensive Month Pass. These are rolling, meaning you’re not locked into a contract and can cancel at any time.
With Amazon’s new deal for 20 matches, you’ll also be able to watch select games during December if you’re an Amazon Prime customer. With this, you’ll be able to stream live Premier League games like you would with any other content, such as movies and TV shows.
How can I watch the Premier League via Amazon Prime?
In order to watch Amazon Prime’s select Premier League games, you’ll have to sign up to the service. There are two ways you can do this. Firstly, you can subscribe to the full version of Prime for £7.99 per month or £79 per year. This will give you access to all Prime Video services, including a large library of films and TV shows as well as the EPL games. You’ll also qualify for free postage on any items you order.
If you’re not interested in the shopping aspect of Amazon but want access to its streaming library, you can sign up to Amazon Prime Video on its own for £5.99 per month. This allows you to stream all the same content but without the added benefits.