8 awesome alternative ways to watch the Premier League

16th Aug 2013 | 15:00

8 awesome alternative ways to watch the Premier League

And we're not talking pub, ground or your Sky box

Alternative ways to watch Premier League

Back in the dim mists of time, if you were both a football fan and really lucky you might possibly be able to catch a live match on the television.

Often it would involve Elton Welsby or Jim Beglin and the only touching of screens was accompanied by a tutting cameraman wiping the fingerprints off the monitor.

And then the Premier League arrived and football went stellar.

This coming season - even ignoring foreign satellite channels and dodgy streams - fans can watch a staggering 154 live top-flight matches. There's also matches from across Europe and the Football League, FA Cup, League Cup, Scottish and European matches, not to mention international matches and a World Cup next summer.

Sky will screen 116 of those matches, showing off the trademark gloss and production values on brand-news sets and with brand-new formats (and even Jamie Carragher jousting with last year's best pundit Gary Neville).

BT are the new noisy neighbours - boasting 38 live matches and trying to prove that it IS possible to compete meaningfully with Sky on the UK's favourite sport.

And if you want highlights then you can throw The Sun, BBC and The Times into the pot as well.

Ultimately, you probably already know that you can watch football on your television with the right subscription, generally in glorious HD and possibly even in 3D should you care. You might, we hasten to mention, also actually go to a match.

But we've put together a list of alternative ways you can get your fill of Premier League footy this year; and they all involve using your shiny gadgets.

Watching on a Now TV box

Now TV Box - a low-cost streaming device that will give you access to Now TV

We really loved the £10 Now TV box, and, if you are only looking to watch the odd game then you might well be okay with paying the nominal fee for a Roku-like box and forking out another tenner for a day pass on Now TV to watch that day's Sky Sports output.

Alternatives to the alternative:

Now TV runs across many devices including the Xbox 360, PS4, iPad, iPhone, Roku and some Android devices. You can also run Now TV through a Roku box.

Watching The Goals on The Sun or Times' app on your PC

The Times - putting its paywall to use

Now they are hidden behind a News International paywall, The Sun and The Times are keen to give people a further reason to pay for their news, and bundling in goal clips is the latest venture.

The papers have created 'The Goals' hub where you can watch...well the goals, as well as post-match highlights and 'near-live' clips.

Alternatives to the alternative:

The Goals will work on computers, iOS 5.1 to iOS 6 devices and Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices via an app.

From BT YouView to streaming Lineker

Watching BT Sport on a BT TV YouView box

BT Sport on a BT TV YouView Box

BT's big investment in football means that it has 38 matches this year, and it will be hoping that it gives plenty of people a reason to buy into its YouView service.

The BT Sport channel is available on BT TV - so not all YouView boxes. If you have BT Infinity broadband and a BT TV package then you won't have to pay any extra, unless you want HD in which case it's another £3 a month.

Alternatives to the alternative:

You can access the online player or app if you have a BT broadband or Infinity package, if you have a Sky box but BT Infinity you can add it for nothing (but sign up for another 12 months of broadband) or you can add it for £12 to your Sky plus a £15 one-off fee and a minimum one month contract. Got that? Phew.

Watching through the Sky Sports iPad app

Sky Sports on iPad - a second-screen option too

If you subscribe to Sky's sport package and fancy an alternative way to watch the football, you could try out the hugely improved Sky Sports app.

It lets you watch a stream of the football (powered by Sky Go) which is great, but the real trick is the huge amount of other information it will allow you to access. If you're ensconced on your sofa in front of the TV it's worth checking out the app as a second screen information source.

Alternatives to the alternative:

Sky Sports subscribers can access the football through their TVs (duh), the Sky Go app on iOS, some Android devices and computers. The Sky Sports TV app is available on iPhone or iPod touch for a fiver a month.

Streaming MOTD live through iPlayer on your laptop

BBC iPlayer for Match of the Day

Rights restrictions mean that you won't be able to watch Match of the Day on catchup, but if you happen to have a laptop and a decent connection you could always stream the famous old highlights programme and catch up with Alan, Gary and, not very often, Mark Lawrenson.

Alternatives to the alternative:

iPlayer is available on many Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices and through the website. Another highlight option is Football First on Sky.

Airplay options to 3D drinking

Watching through the BT Sport app on your TV through Apple TV and Airplay

Apple TV - giving you another BT-fuelled option

So in a veritable daisy chain of gadgets, if you have the BT Sport App and a subscription then you can actually stream from your Airplay device to your television via the Apple TV.

That means that you can take your device (say an iPad) round to your mates house and stream to his television via Airplay and an Apple TV. Interesting, but don't necessarily expect the quality to be wonderful because there's no HD app option.

Alternatives to the alternative:

You could use the diminutive Now TV box to port your day sports subscription to your friend's house, but Sky Go is not airplay enabled.

Watching Sky Go on your iPhone

Sky Go - streaming your subscription

Another fine out and about option is the streaming Sky Go service, which allows you to watch the football live on your device over WiFi, 4G or 3G.

You can't airplay it to your Apple device or have an HD option, but it does give you access to the live play on your iPhone without any unnecessary bells and whistles.

Alternatives to the alternative

The Sky Go app is on iOS, some Android devices and computers, you can also check out the BT Sport app or the Sky Sports App on iPad for an enhanced service.

Watching in 3D in a pub

Of course you'll have to track down a pub that still shows Sky 3D first...

Yeah, we're with you - 3D isn't top of our list when it comes to how we'll watch football - but it's still a fun alternative experience that you should check out.

And what better place than a pub showing Sky 3D? That way you can measure your drunkenness by periodically taking off your 3D specs and seeing if the screen looks blurry. If it doesn't, you're in trouble.

Alternatives to the alternative:

You can watch 3D at home if you have Sky 3D, specs and a 3D TV, or you could choose to watch it in two dimensions in HD which, we reckon, is still the best experience outside of being at the ground

Bonus: Streaming Five Live through iPlayer Radio

For when TV is not an option

It's not watching, but for times when actually viewing the game is not appropriate (funerals, christenings, your own wedding) there are radio options.

You could use the iPlayer Radio app to listen to Five Live and make sure you don't miss a moment. Just don't forget to say, "I do".

Alternatives to the alternative:

Absolute Radio also offer football commentary, whilst you can also check out the Soccer Saturday Audio through the Sky Sports Football Scorecentre if you need a burst of Jeff Stelling.

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