This is a complete guide to watching live sports in the UK in 2022.
In this in-depth guide you’ll learn:
- Where can I stream live sports
- How to watch live sports in the UK
- Can I watch live sports for free
- The best way to watch live sports
So if you’re ready to watch live sport in the UK, this guide is for you.
Let’s dive right in.
Where can I watch live sports in the UK?
If you want to watch live football and other sporting events in the UK, you can do so on the following Live Streams & TV channels.
- Sky Sports
- BT Sport
- Premier Sports
- Amazon Prime
How can I watch Live Sport in the UK?
There are several ways you can watch live sport, either via TV or via live streaming.
Sky Sports App
You can watch live sport on 11 Sky Sports channels including:
- Sky Sports Premier League: shows 146 live Premier League matches, alongside highlights and general football shows…
- Sky Sports Football: Shows 900 non-Premier League games a season from the English Football League, the Scottish Premier League, and the Spanish La Liga.
- Sky Sports Main Event: Features the biggest and most popular fixtures in sport.
- Sky Sports Action / Arena: shows Rugby Union, Rugby League, darts, and boxing.
- Sky Sports Golf
- Sky Sports F1
- Sky Sports Cricket: Includes all England home test matches, T20 matches, and one-day internationals.
- Sky Sports Mix: Which features a number of feature matches and sports events from the other Sky Sports channels.
There are also a number of free channels available. For example, Sky Sports News runs 24-hour sports news and coverage, including press conferences and interviews with top sports stars.
Other big fixtures such as headline boxing matches will usually command a pay-per-view fee of around £14.99 no matter what deal you have.
BT Sport App
Only recently emerging as a rival to Sky, BT Sport now offers widespread sports coverage and is an increasingly popular choice among consumers due to its monopoly on major sports competitions such as the UEFA Champion’s League. BT Sport offers its viewers four channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, and BT Sport ESPN.
With access to over 40 Premier League matches, exclusive coverage of all UEFA Champions League & Europa League football as well as 100’s of live football matches from the top leagues in Europe, BT Sport boasts a huge amount of live sporting action in the UK.
Another option for television viewers to get their sports to fix is Now TV. Now offers a ‘Sky Sports Pass’ providing customers with access to 10 Sky Sports channels.
Those choosing this service have a choice between a day pass, a weekly pass, or a monthly pass. Prices start at £9.99 for the day pass, whilst the weekly pass costs £14.99 and the monthly £33.99 per month. Now also offers an option for on-the-go viewers in the form of the Mobile Month Pass which provides 5 Sky Sports channels straight to your phone for £5.99 per month.
As NOW is a streaming-only service, you don’t necessarily need a TV to take advantage of its offerings. You can stream live sports with NOW via its app, either on your computer, tablet, or even your mobile phone. All you’ll need, apart from the subscription, of course, is a stable broadband or internet connection.
How to watch live sport for free
Watch the free live channel
For those on a tight budget, there is lots of sports coverage available on free-to-air terrestrial channels such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5.
Licencing laws mean that ‘listed events’ such as the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, the Grand National, Wimbledon, and the Rugby World Cup, amongst others, have to be offered to terrestrial broadcasters.
Use the shared Sky Go or BT Sport app
If you want to know how to watch sky sports without the Sky package, there’s a way. If you have a well-meaning friend or family member who subscribes to Sky or BT Sport, you can borrow their login details for free:
The Sky Go works on two devices
Sky Go Extra can be used on up to four devices
BT Sport is available on unlimited devices, but you can only stream on two devices at a time
The Sky Go and BT Sport apps are compatible with many devices, for example:
- Computers and laptops
- A smartphone
- IPad and Android tablets
Watch it on Freeview
There’s a good chance the sport you want to watch is being shown on terrestrial TV. Ofcom rules mean these sporting events have to be free to watch:
- FIFA World Cup
- FA Cup Final
- Scottish FA Cup Final
- Grand National
- Epsom Derby
- Wimbledon Finals
- UEFA Euros Finals
- Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
- Rugby World Cup Final
Other events like the Six Nations, Commonwealth Games, and World Snooker Championships often get shown on terrestrial channels too, so it’s worth checking ahead of time.
Head to a friend’s house
If you’ve got a friend with Sky or BT Sports, invite yourself round to keep them company while they watch the big game.
Remember to bring beer and popcorn.
Go to a bar and watch
If you’d rather not pay to watch live sports on TV and, for whatever reason, you’re unable to use the above tips on watching matches for free, there is one more way to do it: go to a pub or bar that’s showing the game.
It’s not completely free, because you can’t watch the entire game without drinking anything.
The best way to watch live sports
Because no single broadcaster has the right to show every game, even rights to individual games are sometimes split between channels.
While terrestrial channels like BBC and ITV show the Six Nations, The Grand National, and the World Cup, it’s safe to say there’s a whole lot going on that isn’t shown on Freeview.
For example, if you want to watch live football on TV then you’ll need Sky Sports for the majority of Premier League games, as well as BT Sport for the rest and exclusive access to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
So how do you pick a TV sports package that’s got what you’re after?
Thankfully, you can use AirTV IPTV to watch your favorite sports and leagues from the UK.
AirTV provides more than 1300 live channels that contain 160 IPTV UK channels. I believe you can find the channel you want. For more information about IPTV UK channels, see the list of IPTV UK channels. You’ll find your favorite sports channels.
If you want to try before buying, you can sign up for a 3-day free trial.
I hope you enjoy this updated guide to watching live sports in 2022, and whichever way you use it, let’s enjoy the best live sports events together.