Premier League football returns this weekend after the two week international break.
The action restarts with a bang on Saturday when Liverpool make the short trip to the other side of the city’s Stanley Park to play Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Between football’s restart in June and the last round of matches before October’s internationals, every Premier League match had been shown live on TV, whether that’s on Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime or BBC.
Now, with crowds still not allowed back into stadiums, plans have been agreed to show a number of matches on pay-per-view TV, charging £14.95 for each fixture.
Despite causing outrage amongst fans and pundits alike, the plans are still going ahead with the first games being shown on Sky Sports and BT Sport’s box office channels this weekend.
Premier League matches on pay-per-view
Five Premier League games will be shown behind a paywall of £14.95 this weekend. They are:
Chelsea vs Southampton – Saturday 3pm, BT Sport Box Office
Newcastle vs Manchester United – Saturday 8pm, Sky Sports Box Office
Sheffield United vs Fulham – Sunday 12pm, BT Sport Box Office
Leicester City vs Aston Villa – Sunday 7.15pm, Sky Sports Box Office
West Brom vs Burnley – Monday 5.30pm, Sky Sports Box Office
How to get Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sport Box Office
Even fans with Sky Sports and BT Sport subscriptions will have to stump up the £14.95 required to watch the matches shown on the box office channels.
Sky Sports Box Office
Fans can pay for matches on Sky Sports’ Box Office on the broadcaster’s website or the box office app.
Fans must decide which device they want to watch the event on before paying.
Anyone wanting to watch the game on a Sky or Virgin set-top-box must purchase them through the channel numbers (Sky – 491).
A match purchased online or through or box office app cannot be watched on TV, and vice versa. Games purchased online cannot be cast to TV either.
Now TV says to watch Sky Sports Box Office on its platform, fans should order a match and then "download the Sky Sports Box Office app on your NOW TV device".
Fans do not have to be Sky Sports or Virgin subscribers to purchase a match, and everyone who wants to watch a pay-per-view game must pay.
BT Sport Box Office
When it comes to BT Sport, matches can again be bought on TV set-top-boxes or online.
Fans can find BT Sport Box Office on:
BT channel 494
Sky channel 490
Matches can also be bought online.
BT Sport says: "You can watch on mobile devices, Mac or PC with the BT Sport Box Office app for iOS and Android. Got Chromecast or Airplay? You can watch on the big screen too."
EE, O2 and Three customers can add the payment to their phone bills.
Again, matches can be bought by those who are not BT Sport or Sky Sports subscribers, while those who have subscriptions must still pay.
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