Watching soccer games on TV is the second best way to see a game live for most, and it’s far cheaper than a season ticket.
However, depending on the number of games you watch and where you tune in, it can determine how much money you are spending and whether it is good value for money.
So says a personal finance expert, Andy Webb, who has put together some advice for soccer fans looking to spend less money on streaming games.
A good place to start is to see if you can share the cost with friends who are sports fans as it makes any ad more affordable, but there are other ways to make sure you’re getting the best deals.
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The largest platforms for hosting games are Sky Sports, BT Sports, and Amazon Prime. There are different offers and offers for different types of fans.
Andy says you should be on the lookout for specials early in the season or call your provider and haggle for a better deal.
Alternatively, you can sign up for free trials and pay very little as long as you remember to cancel, and switching providers means you can potentially take advantage of the best deals usually reserved for new customers.
Sky Sports is available on Sky, BT TV, Virgin, NOW TV and Talk Talk.
You can buy Sky Sports day or week passes with NOW TV and Andy says this is best if you just want to watch a few games at home during the season.
The NOW TV day pass costs £ 9.99 and gives you 24-hour access to all Sky Sports.
A monthly pass is also available but costs over £ 400 at £ 33.99 a year.
They also have a monthly cell phone card for £ 5.99 which is significantly cheaper, but you can only watch through the app on your phone or tablet.
Andy suggests, “Combine a NOW TV pass with a cheaper broadband and phone plan and it will often be a lot cheaper than getting it all as part of the full Sky or Virgin packages.”
You can also get the two football channels Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football for an additional £ 18 per month on a rolling 31 day contract.
If you want more channels you should be able to get three for £ 26 or all for £ 30 (this comes with the Main Event channel too).
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BT Sport is available on BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin.
Anyone with BT Broadband can sign up for the BT Sport app for £ 10 per month or add it to an existing BT TV package for the same price.
Says Andy, “Choosing a cheaper broadband provider with BT is worth considering if you really want year-round access to BT Sports (in fact, you will likely be banned for two years).”
Alternatively, you can pay £ 25 to access the BT Sport channels through the app for a month and there is no obligation beyond that time, which makes it great for the casual fan.
Finally, there is the option of adding BT Sport to your Sky, Virgin or TalkTalk TV packages
Andy says, “For each of the following, you need to factor in the other fees you pay, such as landline, broadband, and other TV channels. You are also likely to have a new 18-24 month contract.
“But at the start of the season there are often offers to add the channels.”
Amazon Prime Video
If you’ve never had Prime, you can get a free 30-day trial that will allow you to watch all the games you want within that period for £ 79 for a one-year membership on Amazon Prime.
Andy says, “You can also sign up for just £ 5.99 a month every month.
“So if you just want to watch these games, you can do it for £ 6 – as long as you cancel.”
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