It seems as if there has been no respite from football this summer – a good thing, if you happen to be a fan of the beautiful game. The last season might still be fresh in your memory, but it's already time for the new one to begin.

The big kick-off for the Premier League 2014/15 season is 16th August and the games will be coming thick and fast after that. With that in mind, the football fans among you will no doubt want to know how to keep up with all the action.

Let us, therefore, give you all the information you will need to watch the Premier League on TV, online and on mobile, as well as how to listen in on the trusty transistor radio, with just enough time to complete the fantasy team too.


If you have spent the summer avoiding newspapers, magazines, outdoor billboards... in fact, every conceivable place you'd find an advert, you may not be aware that it's BT Sport and Sky Sports that hold the domestic live broadcast rights.

The two have become entwined in a battle for the pick of the best fixtures. Sky are promising "more of the games that matter", while BT has nabbed 18 of the "top picks" no longer available to Sky in a 38-strong package of exclusive matches. 

Of course, this means you will need a subscription to both to get all of the live matches direct to your TV. 

Sky is also hoping to capture your attention - if you're a Premier League fan, at least - with newly-available club-specific sections as part of its On Demand offer. All 20 Premier League clubs have their own page in the On Demand section of the Sky+HD box, with content tailored by club and including match coverage, interviews and more.

BT Sport is free to existing BT Broadband customers, while Sky subscribers with other broadband providers can pay £12 per month. Virgin Media customers can get BT Sport free as part of the XL package, or £15 with other packages.

Sky Sports is available as an add-on package with all major pay TV providers, including BT, Virgin and TalkTalk – the latter of which has announced the Sky Sports Boost package. Virgin is offering a Season Ticket for a limited time only.

[Update - 12.08.14] It has been confirmed that all Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk customers will be able to watch Sky Sports free of charge on the opening day of the Premier League season [August 16th] as part of what's being called Sky Sports Open Day - including all Sky Sports channels.

And what's more is that the price of TalkTalk's Sky Sports Boost package is to be halved as part of a three-month deal.

Live TV fixtures

August 16th – Manchester United vs Swansea City (12:45, BT Sport)

August 16th – Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (17:30, Sky Sports)

August 17th – Liverpool vs Southampton (13:30, Sky Sports) 

August 17th – Newcastle United vs. Manchester City (16:00, Sky Sports)

August 18th – Burnley vs Chelsea (20:00, Sky Sports)

August 23rd – Aston Villa vs Newcastle United (12:45, BT Sport)

August 23rd – Everton vs Arsenal (17:30, Sky Sports)

August 24th – Hull City vs Stoke City (13:30, Sky Sports)

August 24th – Sunderland vs Manchester United (16:00, Sky Sports)

August 25th – Manchester City vs Liverpool (20:00, Sky Sports)

August 30th – Burnley vs Manchester United (12:45, BT Sport)

August 30th – Everton vs Chelsea (17:30, Sky Sports)

August 31st – Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool (13:30, Sky Sports)

August 31st – Leicester City vs Arsenal (16:00, Sky Sports)

HD coverage

If you're hoping to enjoy the drama of the new season in high definition, BT Sport and Sky Sports both have high-def coverage as a matter of course – provided you subscribe to the HD versions of the standard definition channels. 

3D coverage

Sky is currently alone in providing 3D coverage of Premier League fixtures, but hasn't yet revealed which games from the new season will be screened in 3D but based on last season it should be a fair few. Watch this space.

Ultra HD 4K coverage

It's not surprising that a lack of readily available 4K content at this point in time extends to Premier League football, but plans are very much in the pipeline. Sky has already beamed back live 4K pictures of a match to its headquarters in a test broadcast last year, and was adjudged to be a success - meaning we can perhaps expect Sky to continue on down that particular path in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, BT Sport has indicated its interest in bringing Ultra HD pictures of Premier League football to your living room. BT CEO Gavin Patterson reportedly told a media and telecoms conference earlier this year that 2014 was the year in which the group would be trialling the technology.

The BBC is another broadcaster very much in the 4K game at the moment, with live World Cup and Commonwealth Games coverage having been trialled this summer. The Beeb doesn't have live broadcast rights, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't like to see our weekly fix of Saturday night highlights delivered in ultra high definition. Will it happen this season? Only time will tell. But on the subject of the BBC and highlights...

Premier League Highlights on TV

Each weekend, a long-standing friendship will be renewed as the BBC delivers highlights from all the action with Match Of The Day and MOTD 2 among others. The Beeb has revealed it will offer a total of 12 hours of football on TV at the weekend – including Final Score and Football Focus.

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You won't be short of options if you want to watch the Premier League online. For the live action, BT Sport has a free app and online player for BT broadband users, while Sky Go will stream Sky Sports' games online.

You can get Sky Sports access for £6.99 a day or £10.99 a week through Now TV on a range of devices – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4; Xbox One and Xbox 360; the Roku streaming stick; and some LG smart TV and media devices, among others.

Those special Now TV rates are available for a limited time - until November 27th, in fact - and handy for those of you who want a bit more flexibility in your football viewing this season.

BT Sport, in comparison, is available through Google Chromecast but it doesn't yet appear to have landed on games consoles.

If you're a Virgin Media customer, it's now possible to watch Sky Sports online through your account - as well as BT Sport through the Virgin TV Anywhere service.

And there's the BBC iPlayer app for consoles, Roku, Chromecast and web browsers if you want to catch up with Match of the Day throughout the season. However, you will have to wait until midnight on Monday nights for the previous Saturday night's MOTD to go live on iPlayer.

More after the break

On Mobile

In much the same way as online, the BT Sport app, Sky Go app and BBC iPlayer app will give you access to live action and highlights via your smartphone and tablet throughout the season; the first two dependent on what services you already have with BT/Sky.

Sky Sports customers can access Match Choice, the Saturday night highlights programme, on the Sky Sports iPad app.

If you're signed up to Virgin Media and have an iOS device, you can watch Sky Sports thanks to a new agreement announced in early August. Meanwhile, BT Sport is available through Virgin TV Anywhere - an app that you can get for your iOS or selected Android device. Sky customers, however, cannot access BT Sport through Sky Go. 

If you're not necessarily fussed about watching full games on your phone, you might be interested in the Sun Goals app for Android and iOS devices - part of the newspaper's Sun+ package and an app that promises all the latest video highlights with commentary and analysis. 

You can make use of a one-month trial to see if it's a service for you, with a monthly subscription rate of £7.99 coming into effect if you decide to stick with it.

Otherwise, there are a number of apps out there that'll keep you up to date with all the latest news and scores from the Premier League.

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On radio

Not forgetting radio: with BBC Radio 5 Live providing live coverage of 128 Premier League games throughout the season. Talksport and Absolute Radio will also have a select number of fixtures for your aural pleasure as the season progresses.

Let the games begin...

With all the pre-season scouting done and dusted, it's now time for the hopes and fears to be realised. Your club might be the one that tops the pile, or it could be one of three that just can't keep their heads above the water - but one thing is certain: you needn't miss a kick between now and May. There are now yet even more ways of staying in the loop, whether you're at home or on the move. Twists and turns, screamers and howlers... it's a funny old game.