Cheapest ways to watch Sky Sports without a subscription (May 2021)

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 (or NOW TV as it was called). It’s a cheap way to watch Sky channels, and 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.

Now TV and Sky Sports pass deals

Sky vs NOW

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 instead.

It’s slightly more complicated for Sky Sports channels. The Day passes are perfect for occasional users at under £10 a go (or less if you use a deal). Sadly it looks like the week pass is no longer offered.

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 £25 a month and sometimes as low as £20. 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 month by month.

What is NOW TV?

Think of NOW (or NOW TV as it was called until spring 2021) as a pay-per-view iPlayer for the Sky TV channels. The sports passes give you access to all 11 Sky Sports channels without a contract, so you can watch per day or per month.

NOW TV can be streamed on your computer, tablet, some smart TVs, and devices such as the Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire Sticks 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.

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NOW TV Sky Sports free trials

Unlike the other NOW membership passes, there’s no free trial for any of the Sports options.

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 bundles passes with a NOW TV smart stick. I’ll share any I find on this page.

Sports Day pass with 5 months free mobile membership

Both new and existing NOW members can get five months free Sky Sport to watch on their mobile phone when they buy a Day pass for £9.98. The mobile pass doesn’t automatically renew so there’s no worry about getting charged in the future.

Day pass, movie pass, entertainment pass and smart stick for £24.99

This offer at Game will get you the following for for £24.99.

  • a smart stick (worth £15)
  • a Sky Sports day pass (worth £9.99)
  • a Sky Cinema pass (worth £11.99)
  • an Entertainment pass (worth £9.99)

So you’re basically paying £15 more for the extra passes and stick which is a decent saving if you need them. You can currently sell the stick at CEX for £4, meaning you’re essentially paying £10.99 for those extra passes.

This offer can also be combined with the new member cashback offers from Quidco and TopCashback listed below, potentially saving you an extra £17.

You can also get the same bundle for £29.99 at Currys and Argos.

If you don’t need it right now then you can pick this bundle up at around £20 every other month or so. When this happens I tend to buy a couple.

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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. These offers are also sometimes emailed with unique codes to previous customers so it’s worth turning on the option for emails.

Don’t forget to cancel the month sports pass (which you can do any time) 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.

Three months of Sky Sports at £25 a month

This offer is a rolling contract for Sky Sports via NOW TV. You’ll save just over 25% on the standard monthly price. Importantly you aren’t tied into the full three months. You can cancel at any point. But you’ll pay full price if you restart at a later date.

The offer ends 10th May 2021 and is open to new NOW TV customers and existing customers who either don’t have a pass or are in the last 30 days of a previous offer.

One month NOW TV Sports pass for £24 (Expired)

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 pass which you can only watch via an app on your phone. This makes them a fair bit cheaper.

The mobile pass costs £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 (Expired)

A mobile pass was selling for £4.99 at CDKeys, though you could only use it once per account. It’s currently showing as unavailable.

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. Occasionally you can still get the offers which I’ll share below, but chances are slim.

Extra savings on NOW TV passes

Make sure you also check out these extra savings as they can usually be combined with some of the other deals on the page. Most involve cashback from cashback sites or your bank.

The best are usually via cashback sites TopCashback or Quidco, which offer money back on purchases at thousands of retailers, including NOW TV and sites that sell NOW TV passes.

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 Quidcobut here are the best right now.

Quidco: £17 bonus cashback

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 to Quidco.

Though there are currently no offers on Sports passes direct from NOW TV right now (do check in case it’s changed), you can also use this new member bonus if you buy a pass stick bundle from Currys for £30.

TopCashback: £10 bonus cashback

New users of TopCashback can get an extra £10 bonus when they spend £10.

At the moment there are no offers at TCB for Now TV, but you can use it at other retailers selling NOW TV stick and pass bundles.

Extra cashback via bank rewards (Expired)

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.

This season I’ve got 15% back on a purchase via Natwest and £5 back for spending £5 twice with American Express. However I’ve not spotted these offers in 2021.

You need to spend directly with NOW TV, so do check that the other offers listed here aren’t better.


Sky Sports on Sky

If you don’t want to ditch Sky for NOW, then you can still get Sky Sports channels direct. The best prices for the full package will usually require a new 18-month contract, which obviously ties you in. And don’t forget you’ll still need to pay for the standard Sky channels too – probably around £20 a month.

However if you don’t want all the Sky Sports channels you can pick one channel for £18 a month without a long contract.

Existing Sky customer: £18 for two football channels on Sky

You can sign up on a rolling 31-day contract for both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football at £18 a month (down from £22 a month).

Existing Sky customer: £18 for Sky Sports F1 channels on Sky

Or if you are a dedicated Formula 1 fan, you can also sign up on a rolling 31-day contract for the Sky Sports F1 channel. This will cost you £18 a month.

Other sports broadcasters

Amazon Prime Video

As with last season Amazon is showing all the fixtures from two weeks in December.

Prime costs £79 a year, or £7.99 a month and includes other Amazon features. However if you just want the video channel for streaming sport, film and TV shows you can get this for £5.99 a month – which means you can pay just under £6 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.

BT Sport

You can now buy month passes for BT Sport. More details on this and other deals here.

Eurosport

There are passes available to watch Eurosport online. Here are the best offers.

86 thoughts on “Cheapest ways to watch Sky Sports without a subscription (May 2021)

  1. How can I watch sky F1 in Belgium (as a Belgian citizen)cause it seems you need a UK adress to buy Now tv.

    1. Hi Tierry, sorry I’m not across Belgian streaming services. You could look into a VPN service but the ethics of using that to stream foreign TV are sketchy

  2. Jonathan Quigley March 31, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Can I watch Freesat tv on my tele and pay for Sky Sports to watch on my iPad.

  3. Hi,can I buy sky sports just to watch on iPad and if so how much per month,I actually would really want golf channel can you sign up to 1 channel only

  4. I signed upto your newsletter and joined Quidco via your link to get a discount on a Nowtv sports 1 month pass.
    Unfortunately they currently only off 24hr or 3months (albeit discounted to £25 for those 3 months). I only want 1 month!
    I assume that if I cancel this 3 month deal after 1 month I’ll be billed the full £34 And lose all cashback??

    1. You should be able to cancel before the first month ends as you’ll have made a payment but I’d check with Quidco on this. Let me know what they say

    2. NO, SIGN UP FOR THE DEAL AND CANCEL INSIDE THE FIRST 30 DAYS AND YOU WILL ONLY PAY FOR THE FIRST MONTH. YOU ARE USUALLY CHARGED ON A 30 DAY ROLLING BASIS AT £25 A MONTH.

  5. I cancelled my £20/month deal I had with NowTV as there was no live sport during lockdown and NowTV wouldn’t freeze my account until everything restarted. I’m looking for similar deals ready for footy and golf restart but can’t find any. Your link to Curry’s (3rd June 2020) gets to checkout then says there are no stores with the discount vouchers.

    1. That’s frustrating. Try CD Keys, which has them at £23.99 for a month. You could get on Webchat with NOW TV and see if they’ll honour the previous price. Or it might be worth waiting a week and seeing if any offers run when the season starts.

      1. Hi Andy, i like cricket, golf tennis and f1 plus triathlons not football:) what would you suggest i go for?

        1. Hi Lesley. When they’re allowed to happen Sky Sports does have a lot of cricket, F1 and golf. Not sure about tennis, but Amazon has a lot of it.

      2. Hi I just want to watch F1 what’s the cheapest way to do it? Don’t want any other sports

        1. Probably NOW TV. Depending on when the races are on you could mix between day passes at £9.99 and month passes at £33.99 (though often available at £25).

  6. I had a ‘cheap’ sky sports month pass @ £20 which I cancelled before falling into £33.99 regular fee … as you predicted, the system offered me a cheap deal of £16.99 for 3-months. Thanks for the advice 🙂

    1. That’s a great saving

  7. I am hearing the football is a good 2 minutes behind the normal sky sports and BT sports, is this correct?

    1. Hmm, I don’t know. It’s not something I’ve spotted…

      1. With football coming back soon, I wanted to get sky sports for a clue of months, which I was planning to do by adding the 2 football channels to my package for an extra £18 pounds as I could end this contract anytime. However, this option is now gone and the only way I can see to get sky sports without a 18 month contract is through the monthly pass. Do you know if it is still possible to only add 2 sky sports channels or is this option now permanently gone? Thanks in advance

    2. I can vouch for this. When i watch my football team on NOW TV my neighbours have SKY and when a goal is scored i hear a loud cheer then 2 minutes later i see the goal being scored on NOW TV.

      I wear ear phones now with noise cancellation to stop it happening.

  8. Hi I want to buy a sky sports mobile tv pass which is 5.99 but I do not have a now tv account does that matter or will I be able to create one for free if I buy this sky sports pass?

    1. Hey Cameron. Yes you’ll be able to set up a free account when you make your first purchase.

  9. I’ve just paid for a skysports pass that says it’s unavailable how do I get a refund?

    1. Where did you buy it? First it’s worth trying NOW TV (there’s a webchat feature I’ve used before), as they might be able to activate it. If not, go back to the retailer to request the money back

    2. My monthly sports pass bought on offer at 16.99 today ( 28th Dec)but I cannot watch cricket on my smart TV or my PC via the app . Have I been ripped off?

      1. Did you get it to work? Their Sports Pass does give access to all the sky sports channels

        1. Hi Andy,

          I currently subscribe to Sky TV as I want to watch all sports but with broadband and the general tv package (including HD for sports but no movies) it costs me £99 a month. It used to cost £63 per month. I am therefore trying to find the cheapest way of paying for all sports channels. Can you help?

          1. Hi Alex, NOW TV is great for casual sports viewers, but the downside is you can only watch live (there’s no catch up or record option). Plus monthly can be quite expensive (though there are often deals that make it more reasonable). Still, even a full price it’s only £33.99 a month, the basic Sky Tv channels are £8.99 a month (though you can always get it cheaper) and it’s possible to get broadband for under £20 would still be cheaper that what you’re paying. If you’re still not sure about only having live sport, then I’d actually call Sky and haggle. Tell them you’re going to leave unless they can bring the price down to something similar. Don’t settle for free extras you don’t want.

      2. hi I have bought a nowtv 1 day sports pass for Celtic match on Saturday can i watch it on my tv and how do i activate it.is am a senior citizen so not great with technology.thanks

        1. Hi James. You’ll need access to the NOW TV app to watch on your TV. Newer smart TVs might have one built in, or you might need to buy a smart stick (make sure your TV has an HDMI input). Or failing that you can watch it on your computer, tablet or phone.

          To activate it you’ll need to register for NOW TV on its website. When want to watch you go into my passes and either add the pass in there, or if it’s already there (it depends where you bought it), click start watching when you want to watch. The 24 hours starts them. Hope that helps

    3. Do I get a refund there is no live sport on if I don’t I’m can selling my sky

  10. our sky bill has just gone up to £90 a month!!! we only wants sky sports can we do the month sports pass on now tv?
    can you confirm what channels you get with month pass please ? is premier league channel included?

    thanks

    1. Hi Stacy, I’ve listed the channels you get above in the article, and yes Premier League is included! So you can do the month pass. It’s £30-odd a month, though you only have to commit to one month at a time. This means you can cancel when there are no matches you want to watch. And look out for special offers – I’ll list them here on this page when I spot them

      1. I’d like to get the Now TV sky sports monthly mobile pass for £5.99 a month but I can’t see this anywhere on the Now TV website on the link provided. How do I get this?

  11. Is their any possible way using the mobile month pass of getting it too work on my TV

    1. No. I tried this thinking I was smart. There’s detection software that blocks casting and even recognises any MHL to HDMI cables. I tried both, neither worked!

      Still a good deal though to watch on the iPad.

  12. Hi Andy,

    I’ve got a Natwest MyRewards account linked to my current account (I dont think it is actually a rewards/cashback current account). There are a list of participating retailers when I login, but I can’t see NowTV in the list. Is this deal exclusively for rewards accounts (e.g. https://personal.natwest.com/personal/current-accounts/reward_account.html) or any account linked to MyRewards? Thanks

    1. Hmm, It could be account specific, or linked just to the Reward Account. Anyone else got it/ not got it?

      1. I don’t seem to have it on my Natwest MyRewards account? and I am a rewards customer.

        1. Hi I purchased a day pass last month to watch one game but there was an email saying I was given 5 month Now tv including sky sports but have no way of using it

  13. you said “CD Keys has deals that come and go, but right now a week pass is just £5.99 – a bargain! You can buy multiple, but you can only keep one on your NOW TV account at any time.”
    If not a physical voucher from CD keys where would I keep the codes? Do you mean keep them in my email and only load one at a time. How long are they valid for? Looking to stash a few ahead of premiership starting again

    1. Exactly as you say, keep it in your email. I don’t know how long they last so that’s why I’d be cautious and not buy too many. If they did expire you could talk to NOW TV on chat and see if they’d help – they often do replace expired codes if you can prove purchase.

  14. Sky sports mobile on offer for £1 per month. Use your digital camera on manual focus to point at your phone screen. Use an hdmi cable from your camera to your TV and a bluetooth speaker for audio from your mobile. Wow cheapskates ultimate way to get sky premiere league matches on TV for £1 per month.

    1. Ha, love this. Super thrifty. Would anyone actually do this??

      1. Or…
        Buy a USB-c to hdmi converter cable (£7.99 on Amazon). Plug one end into your phone, the other into the TV’s hdmi slot. Bingo!

    2. Or just press screen mirror and your phone links straight to your screen no wires)

  15. “If you are a fan of the Premier League, golf, cricket Formula 1 or dozens of other sports but can’t afford Sky….” Hold on let me just stop you there. I find that quite a presumptuous and slightly offensive remark. For most people including myself it has nothing to do with being able to afford Sky or not, but rather the choice to pay as little as possible for the same thing. It’s called being thrifty. I could easily afford Sky sports, even if it was a grand a month, but I choose to shop around for the best deal.

    “Be Clever with your cash” – indeed, couldn’t agree more. But please also be clever with you choice of phrase.

    1. Offensive ? Come on Martin, really ? Even slightly ?
      “For most people including myself” ..since when did you do a survey ? You don’t speak for us, especially if….”I could easily afford Sky sports, even if it was a grand a month”. It’s ok for Andy to say, “if you cannot afford Sky”, because I can’t and there are many people who earn less than me so please try not to be so presumptuous, offended or clever.

    2. What are you talking about?
      I can’t afford it.
      Aren’t YOU being very presumptuous and offensive?

    3. Wow.

      Well done on being able to afford Sky Sports, Martin, even if it was a grand a month. Maybe you could buy us all a Sky Sports subscription? Or is that offensive?

      How dare any-one assume that you, Martin, might not be able to afford something. May we all grovel at your feet and beg for forgiveness. How dare we all. All hail Lord Martin McMoneybags.

      I bet you never buy a round at the pub.

      “I could…..I could…..guys, even if they were £500 a pint…..I just…..I just…..I just don’t w-w-w-w-want to!!!”

    4. Good for you Martin.Lots of people can’t afford it.Maybe you could pay it for them,as you admit if it was one thousand a month you could easily afford it.

      What an obnoxious person you are,glad I don’t know you in real life

  16. Please help, sky hot our bill without notifying us to £91!! We were paying£66. Due to illnesses I no longer work, we love sport but only darts in December is of interest at the moment til March 19. We have Freeview, but would it be lots cheaper to get sky sports on that? And how do we do it? Sky not helping, even insulted my disability by saying “we have people here in the office who are disabled and they can still work!” Unbelievable!!

    1. Hi, if you’re not in contract you can leave at any time, or cut down what you pay for. So yes, def cancel Sky Sports for now at least. You can always start up again on March. Now TV can be cheaper, though it depends on how much you watch. Look for a deal which costs around £20 a month to make it comparable to direct from Sky. The easiest way to watch on your TV is with a Now TV stick or Pass. These can be as low as £15, which includes a couple of months of tv channels. Black Friday is a good time to get this – but make sure you’ve stopped Sky first so you aren’t paying twice

  17. Hi there. I’d like to buy a sky sports monthly pass but I’m struggling to find any deals, could you please point me in the right direction? If I can avoid paying full price then that would be super!

    Thanks

    1. Hi Ash, I list the best deals I can find on this page, and right now the only deal is a 10 month season pass which finishes mid August. I’d definitely think about how much you are going to watch to see if you can save by getting the weekly or day passes instead of the month. If you are watching most months then consider going via your TV provider.

  18. new to this, I have a smart tv (Samsung) and want to get one day passes to watch Sky sports 1 to watch the Premiership team I support. HOW do I go
    about it?

    1. Hi Bev, first you need to sign up to NOW TV. It’s worth taking advantage of a new member offers. Once you’ve done that, and as long as you have the Now TV app on your TV, you can log in and watch it. Each time you want to get a new Sky Sports pass you can either check back here for any offers, or just buy it full price through your NOW TV account.

  19. I want to end my contract with BT (phone, broadband, tv) as getting too expensive, we do have BT sports and my husband wants to keep Sports for the football, I only need Freeview.

    Can you suggest what you think may be the cheapest option ?

    1. Hi Christine, If you’re definitely going to keep BT Sports you might be better off staying with BT for phone and broadband but cutting the rest of the TV as BT Sport can be pricey if you aren’t with BT. It’s worth calling up and seeing if there are any ways they will cut your bill. Say you’re planning on leaving (you don’t actually have to go through with it). If you don’t mind losing your landline number you can get you or your husband (whichever one of you isn’t named on the bill at the moment) to join as a new customer. They’d take over your service and you’d get the new customer offers.

  20. Elizabeth McLeod July 28, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Looking for advice please?
    We currently buy Now sports passes and now want to buy either the Now stick or box with Entertainment passes.
    Have Bt you view box and am out of contract.
    I have a Samsung tv which is 4 yrs old and can’t view Now vi app on tv. What’s better stick or box?

    1. Hi Elizabeth, the stick has the potential to stream in full HD (though not yet – apparently it’ll be later this year) and let’s you pause live TV. So it’s a lot better than the box. You will pay a little more, but only a few quid. I think it’s worth it in the long run.

  21. I want to buy my husband a Sports Pass for his 80 th birthday. Can you tell me the cheapest way to do this? Thank you. Are the American androids on offer ok?

    1. Hi Sheila,

      Are you after a one-off pass for a day or week, or something he can watch all year? The cheapest are listed in this article, but do bear in mind you need to have a NOW TV box, app on your TV or a cable from your computer to watch NOW TV on a TV.

  22. We have a Panasonic smart tv with the Now TV movie app. When you go into it there is no mention of The option of passes for sport.
    If we set up an account will we be able to use a Sky sport pass on this app or will we need a Now box.
    If we need a box is it easy to install and use.

    1. Hi Jacky, it could be it only allows Movies (Some YouView boxes have this restriction). If that’s the case the box is really easy to plug in. You just need a spare HDMI port on the TV and a plug socket to power the box. THere’s a new NOW TV Stick which is a bit faster, though the best deals are with the normal box – https://becleverwithyourcash.com/now-tv-deal/

  23. Andy a couple of android apps and a chromecast and you have all the sport for free.

  24. Was hunting for a deal to get sky sports in over Xmas for the darts on nowtv. Almost paid £34 yesterday til I came across ur link for the half price month. Thank you!! ?

    1. Great!! Glad I could help

  25. patrick mc guinness November 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    can you the sky footbal channel with now?

    1. You get all the Sky Sports channels, so yeah, you get the footy!

  26. I have a free view box can I watch now sports on my hitachi tv

    1. Hi Norman, you’ve a few options. First you can connect a computer or laptop via a cable to your TV and stream it on your computer. Much better is to buy a NOW TV box or Chromecast. A NOW TV box is around £10, though there are deals to get one free with other NOW TV passes. You plug it into an HDMI port on your TV. Or a Chromecast is between £20 and £30 and it allows you to stream from your computer, phone or tablet wirelessly.

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  28. Thanks for the article Andy. For those who live outside UK and want to access NowTV, you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

  29. The Now tv box has the potential, for Sky, to snare people like me, that just want Sports. We live in a completely different media world than the one Sky started. Contracts are outdated. I won’t pay for a Sky+ when the only thing I record (what little there is) is available on Freeview. Why would I pay for it, the clue’s in its name? Movies hold no interest for me either. I am, however, a sports fan. But I’m also not stupid. Charge a reasonable amount a month, (£50 direct debit?) as a standard price not a special offer, for Sky Sports streaming and you’ll get far more customers. Fact. I don’t miss a great deal of my sport, I watch some in the pub, or a mates house yet here is my money Sky, I’m still prepared to give you it. Just stop trying to rob me.

    1. Yes, so many people pay for everything but just don’t watch enough. I’ve cut my TV bill by a huge chunk by using Now TV for Sky Atlantic and Fox

      1. CAN U GET BT SPORTS ON OW TV BOX

        1. Hi, Sadly not. It’s just the Sky channels

      2. I am in the process of cancelling Sky Sports, as they have lost La Liga, plus CL last year, gone over to Eleven Sportts for La Liga my pass worked out at £1 per week. Will purchase a Now TV stick for the UEFA Nations League for October and November. Two months as opposed to be charged 12 months. They really are going to lose out and won’t do a thing for supposed long standing customers.

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