You don’t need a Sky subscription to watch Sky Sports! Here are the latest deals for pay as you go passes on NOW TV and Amazon Prime.
I’m a big fan of NOW TV (we’ve got the Entertainment Pass to watch Sky Atlantic shows) as a cheap way to watch Sky channels. If you are a fan of the Premier League, golf, cricket Formula 1 or dozens of other sports but can’t afford Sky, it can be a real money saver.
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Sky Sports and coronavirus
I’ve had confirmation from NOW TV and Sky Sports today (16th March) that there are currently no plans to refund customers with month or season-long passes (NOW TV) or longer contracts (Sky) to watch Sky Sports. This could of course change so I’ll update it here if I hear anything.
In the meantime, if you do have a prepaid pass but nothing to watch then I’d personally get in touch with the customer services to see if they’ll do anything. There’s a live chat option on the website.
Separately, NOW TV has also removed any of the special offers such as the nine-month F1 season pass.
What is NOW TV?
Think of NOW TV as a pay per view iPlayer for the Sky TV channels. The sports pass give you access to all 10 Sky Sports channels without a contract, so you can watch per day, per week or per month.
Though Sky has recently updated its channel line up to specialist channels such as Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Golf, NOW TV doesn’t let you just pick one channel. But this can still work out cheaper than subscribing monthly via Sky, Virgin, BT or TalkTalk.
NOW TV can be streamed on your computer, tablet, some smart TVs, Chromecast or via special NOW TV stick.
The passes don’t include TV or movie channels, which you need to buy separate passes for – though there are plenty of discounts to be found and I’ve summarised the best on my NOW TV deals page.
£27 Cashback on NOW TV Sky Sports passes
Both cashback sites offer up to £10 cashback on the different sports passes. It’s not always the best deal so do check the other options further down this page. The actual rates for the NOW TV cashback can change on a daily basis so it’s worth looking at both to see which has the best deal. Do read all the terms and conditions to make sure you don’t miss out.
However, what does generally make these offers unbeatable is if you are a new user of either of the cashback sites. There’s generally a £10 bonus with Quidco (min spend £5) and a £10 bonus available with Topcashback (min spend £10), and I regularly update the best offers. If you sign up for my newsletter, then there’s an increased £17 bonus from Quidco for new members (min spend £10).
NOW TV Sky Sports Day pass offers
Far better than a Sky contract is a £9.99 Day Pass and £14.99 Week Pass. Despite recent price increases, I think these passes represent decent value for money for occasional viewing.
There are often discounts to be had, such as 20% off or free passes with Pringles and I’ll share any I find on this page.
NOW TV Sky Sports Week pass offers
Again new customers can sometimes save at least 10% on the week pass though there aren’t any of these offers right now. However, if you want to go direct it’ll cost you £14.99.
£9.19 Sky Sports week pass from CD Keys
CD Keys has deals that come and go, and have been as low as £4.99 – a bargain! Currently, it’s just over £9. You can only use one per account, and if you’ve previously used a pass from the Playstation Network it might not work at all. If that happens get in touch with CDKeys and see if you can get a refund.
£10 week pass gift card from Currys
Existing customers can get a decent discount by ordering a physical gift card from Currys. It’ll cost you £10. This obviously isn’t instant, so you need to order a good few days before you want to watch, or pick it up in-store.
Month-long Sky Sports pass on NOW TV
If you are going to watch a lot of the action on Sky Sports it’s probably cheaper to get a subscription via Sky, Virgin or BT. But if you want to dip in and out month by month you can buy a month pass for £33.99.
There are often discounts on the first month or two, sometimes as long as nine or 12 months. I’ll share any here when they are live. Don’t forget to cancel the month sports pass if you don’t want it to renew at full price.
Month passes also start from the moment you pay, unlike week and day passes which you activate when you want them to start.
One month of Sky Sports and a NOW TV stick
Currys had this bundle in its Black Friday sale for £19.99 but it’s now gone up to £30, just £10 off full price.
One month NOW TV Sports pass for £23 to £25
Mobile Sky Sports passes
NOW TV has announced some new mobile passes which you can only watch via an app on your phone or tablet. This makes them a fair bit cheaper.
The mobile pass is only £5.99 for a month. It only has four sports channels – Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports News.
10 matches for free or £7.99
This season Amazon is showing all the fixtures from two weeks. The first ran from 3rd to 5th December, the second from 26th to 27th December. You could watch all the games – though some were on at the same time as others so you had to pick or watch replays after midnight.
Prime costs £79 a year, or £7.99 a month – which means you can pay just under £8 if you only want to watch the games. There’s also a free 30-day trial – just remember to cancel it if you don’t want to keep paying.
As well as being able to watch the football, you’ll get access to loads of movies and TV shows, as well as other Amazon benefits such as free delivery and early access to sales.
You can now buy month passes for BT Sport. More details on this and other deals here.