Sports fans could find themselves paying out in excess of £150 per month on TV subscriptions alone during our great summer of sport.
The big events are now split across 16 different broadcast platforms in the UK for the first time, with 13 of those requiring separate regular payment packages, including the TV licence.
The arrival of Discovery+ and its new Netflix-style platform which will screen the Olympics and potentially next winter’s Ashes adds to the most diverse – and potentially most costly – choice for the armchair spectator.
For the football enthusiast this spring, viewers would need an iFollow account to watch the crescendo of the EFL season, Sky, BT and Amazon for the Premier League, BT for the Champions League and a separate Premier Sports account for La Liga.
And it gets even more complicated for our great sporting summer. While Wimbledon and Euro 2020 will be on free-to-air, Discovery+ is aiming to draw viewers away from the BBC by promising to show every minute of the Olympics.
All 11 channels with BT Sport, £52 a month (18-month contract)
All channels, £25 a month (monthly pass, no upfront costs)
All channels plus BoxNation, £15 a month (24-month contract)
All channels plus BoxNation and all Sky Sports channels from the NOW TV Sky Sports Pass, £40 a month (24-month contract)
BBC TV licence – average of £13.12 a month
ITV, Channel 4 and 5 – free to air
Amazon Prime – £7.99 a month
ESPN – £4.15 a month
Premier Sports – £8.25 a month
Eurosport – £4.99 a month (minimum)
Racing TV – £24.98 a month
Sky Sports Box Office – £24.95 (price for Joshua vs Pulev)
BT Sport Box Office – £24.95 (price for Wilder vs Fury 2)
DAZN – £1.99 (initial price)
Discovery+ – unconfirmed but average price elsewhere is in the region of £5 a month
EFL iFollow – (available during pandemic, with most Championship clubs charging £10 a match) average of £20 a month
Long gone are the days where you could get your live sporting fix in one place by settling down to an afternoon of Grandstand. Instead, the explosion in popularity of streaming services and subscription-only brands have led to a whole new level of channel hopping.
Here is a sport-by-sport breakdown of where you can find sport on TV as it stands:
BT Sport (Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, National League, WSL, FA Cup, FA Women’s Cup, Women’s Champions League, FA Trophy, FA Vase, FA Youth Cup, Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Coppa Italia, Ligue 1)
Sky Sports (Premier League, 2022 World Cup qualifiers, UEFA Nations League, international friendlies, EFL, EFL Cup, EFL Trophy, SPFL, MLS)
Amazon Prime (Premier League)
BBC (Euro 2020, WSL, FA Cup, FA Women’s Cup, FA Community Shield, SPFL, Scottish Cup, Scottish Women’s Premier League)
Premier Sports (Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup, Serie A, Eredivisie, Primeira Liga, La Liga)
BT Sport (Gallagher Premiership, Champions Cup, Challenge Cup, Premiership Rugby Cup)
BBC (Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations, Autumn internationals)