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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 vs NOW TV
If you get your TV via Sky, or even Virgin or BT, then you will likely have to commit to a long contract with your TV provider, probably 18 months. And it can be really expensive.
In terms of TV programmes and film channels, it’s almost always going to be cheaper to get those exact same channels via NOW TV instead.
It’s slightly more complicated for Sky Sports channels. The Day and Week passes are perfect for occassional users at under £15 a go (or less if you use a deal).
The monthly passes however can be expensive. At £33.99 a month, you’ll probably pay more via NOW TV for this channel than with Sky if you have it every single month of the year.
But there are regular deals which bring the price down, often to £20 a month. This makes the price much more comparable and you have the added advantage that you aren’t committed to a contract. You can stop it or pause it at any time.
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 11 Sky Sports channels without a contract, so you can watch per day, per week or per month.
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.
The best offer right now
The best value price right now combines the following offers:
- Day Sports pass with a month of cinema and entertainment plus a NOW TV stick for £19.99
- If you’re a new Quidco user there’s also a £17 bonus on top
So if you can combine all of these, you could potentially end up getting the pass for free and even making a £1.75 on top. All the details on these offers are below. But let’s start with that cashback offer.
Extra savings on NOW TV passes
I’ll start with these extra savings as they can usually be combined with some of the other deals further down the page. Most involve cashback from cashback sites or your bank.
And what does generally make this way of buying a pass unbeatable is the sign-up bonus if you are a new user of either of the cashback sites. This could be worth at least £17 off the price you pay.
I regularly update the best offers for both TopCashback and Quidco, but here are the best right now.
£23 bonus cashback from Quidco
At Quidco there’s currently £6 cashback if you are new to Sky Sports and buy a month pass. There’s no offer on day passes right now.
Plus, if you sign up for my newsletter, then you can get an increased £17 bonus for new Quidco members (min spend £10), or you can get a smaller £10 bonus by going direct.
You can also use this new member bonus (so just the £17 or £10) if you buy a pass stick bundle from Currys for £20 (if available).
Up to £19 cashback from TopCashback
Similarly at TopCashback, there’s currently £4 back on a Sky Sports Month Pass if you’re new to NOW TV, bringing the cost down to £29.99 for the first month.
Plus, new users of TopCashback can get an extra £15 bonus when they spend £15 – which will work on the month pass.
Extra savings via bank rewards
A number of current accounts and credit cards have extra cashback features when you spend using your card – and NOW TV often appears on these lists.
Recently I’ve got 15% back on a purchase via Natwest and £5 back for spending £5 twice with American Express.
You need to spend directly with NOW TV, so do check that the other offers below aren’t better. You can also combine with cashback from Quidco and TopCashback.
NOW TV Sky Sports Day pass offers
Far better than a Sky contract is a £9.99 Day Pass. Despite recent price increases, I think this pass represents 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.
Day pass, movie pass, entertainment pass and smart stick for £20
This offer at Currys will get you a smart stick (worth £15), movie pass (worth £11.99) and entertainment pass (worth £9.99) for £10 more than the cost of a standard day pass.
NOW TV Sky Sports Week pass offers
It looks like NOW TV no longer offers the week pass. Whether this is permanent or temporary remains to be seen. You can still get reduced gift vouchers though, so it’s worth having a look.
£10 Sky Sports gift card at Currys
After a long absence, you could briefly once again get a £10 gift card from Currys for a week pass – but it’s now gone again! If it’s in stock the delivery is free if you order online, or you can pick it up in shops.
£9.79 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! More commonly it’s just under £10. Sadly it’s not been on offer for a long time.
If it does show check the conditions as 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.
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 has had this bundle for £19.99 but it’s since been £29.99 or full price of £39.99. Still if you need a smart stick that’s not bad.
One month NOW TV Sports pass for £24
You used to be able to pick up a gift card that covers a full month. It did cost £23.99 at CDKeys, or £25 from the likes of Curry’s, Amazon and Argos – though the stock has been non-existent for the last few months.
If you do find one for sale see if can use the cashback new member bonus offer with these passes, potentially bringing the cost down to less than £7.
Mobile Sky Sports passes
NOW TV has a 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 five sports channels – Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports News.
£1 off a mobile pass from CD Keys
A mobile pass was selling for £4.99 at CDKeys, though you can only use it once per account.
Sky Box Office on NOW TV
You can get Sky Box Office on NOW TV but you’ll need to download the app and register. There are currently no deals to reduce the prices.
Sky Sports on Sky
You don’t have to get all the Sky Sports channels direct with Sky as you can pick one channel for £18 a month. You do however need to also have a Sky TV subscription, which is probably around £20 a month with a 18-month commitment.
£18 for football channels on Sky
You can sign up on a rolling 31-day contract for Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football at £18 a month (down from £22 a month).
Other sports broadcasters
As with last season Amazon is showing all the fixtures from two weeks.
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.
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