Less than three months after Man City secured their sixth title in dramatic fashion, the Premier League is back. However, the winter World Cup means the 2022/23 season will be like no other.
After the 16th round of fixtures is completed on 13 November, the league will be paused to allow players to compete in Qatar. It won’t resume until 26 December, meaning a later than usual final day on 28 May 2023.
Having a break mid-season is unheard of for the Premier League, but it’s already commonplace in many European league. The big difference this time is that many players will be competing in high-stakes matches rather than having time off.
But with several high-profile signings and hundreds of millions spent, the start of the Premier League is always an exciting time. Here’s how to watch the top live games from the opening weekend, including if you’re based outside the UK.
What Premier League games are on TV this weekend?
The opening weekend of the Premier League is one of the highlights of the footballing calendar. Here are the games available to watch live in the UK, alongside kick-off times and the relevant channel:
Fri 5 August
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal – KO 8pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HD/Showcase
Sat 6 August
Fulham vs Liverpool – KO 12.30pm – BT Sport 1/Ultimate
Everton vs Chelsea – KO 5.30pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HD
Sun 7 August
Man Utd vs Brighton – KO 2pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HD
West Ham vs Man City – KO 4.30pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/Ultra HD
How to watch the Premier League on Sky Sports
You probably already know, but Sky Sports is the main place to watch the Premier League in the UK.
Sky has its own dedicated channel for the league and you’ll find many games on the likes of Main Event and Showcase, too. Throughout the season, the broadcaster is showing a total of 128 live games.
Packages start at £44 per month for 18 months, or from £18 extra per month if you already have a Sky TV subscription. The latter only gets you access to Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football – for all eight channels, it’s £25 extra per month.
You can also get Sky Sports half price (£12.50 per month), when bundled with a Sky Glass 4K TV (from £13 per month) and Sky TV & Netflix (£26 per month). The TV is available in 43in, 55in and 65in sizes.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll also get access on your phone, tablet and/or laptop via Sky Go. See all four options on the Sky website.
If you don’t want to commit to a Sky contract and satellite dish on your house, that’s not a problem. Sky has its Now streaming service as an alternative option, and there are no restrictions on the content you can access.
Now is available on a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, Chromecast and even games consoles.
A Day Pass provides 24 hours of access and costs £11.99 – this is great for one-off occasions. However, it’s going to make much more sense to get the Month Pass if you plan to watch every weekend. Between now and 228 August, it’s available for £25 per month for 12 months, before returning to the usual £33.99 per month after that – unless you cancel.
This offer also includes a month of free Now Boost, which adds 1080p video and Dolby 5.1 surround sound, removes ads and lets you stream on three devices at the same time (instead of the usual 2). After that, it’ll cost you an extra £5 per month.
How to watch the Premier League on Amazon Prime Video
Over the last couple of years, Amazon has gradually increased the amount of sport shown on its Prime Video streaming service. While tennis remains the main sport, there are 20 Premier League games available this season.
When they are (check the schedule above) you can watch via a web browser or use the Prime Video app on a wide range of devices to tune in.
If you’re already an Amazon Prime member then you have access to Prime Video included in your subscription. It currently costs £7.99 per month or £79 per year, and you also get free next-day delivery on many items, music, cloud storage and more. However, it will be increasing to £8.99 or £95 per year from 15 September.
New customers can take advantage of a 30-day free trial. Sign up via the Amazon website, although you’ll need a VPN to access the football if your account if you’re based outside the UK.
Can I watch the Premier League for free?
Not live, provided you’re based in the UK. The BBC has had a few live games since the pandemic began, but that’s not the case anymore.
It means you’ll have to be content with highlights, but there are plenty of places to catch up on the games. The obvious one is Match of the Day, the BBC’s highlights programme. It’s usually broadcast on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, as well as mid-week when there’s a full round of fixtures. It’s available live on BBC One or via BBC iPlayer, although you’ll need a TV licence.
However, if you’d rather not tune in for punditry or manager interviews, Sky Sports uploads highlights of every match (including the ones they’re not showing) to its YouTube channel.
Before trying to watch UK TV from abroad, it’s worth checking which broadcaster has the rights to the Premier League where you’re based. For example, it’s NBC in the US, Optus Sport in Australia and Canal+ in France.
However, if you’re just visiting another country, accessing your UK-based subscription makes sense.
Until the end of 2020, it was pretty easy for British viewers to watch TV while outside the UK when travelling to another EEA member state. The providers had to allow customers to view content by law but Brexit means that’s no longer the case.
Now you’ll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) to set your location to the UK to unlock the content. The same applies to US viewers wanting to watch the Premier League beyond what is shown on American networks.
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