Now TV - Sky Sports Pass
If you’re not a fan of signing away the next year to Sky or BT, but still want to watch the occasional Super Sunday or Monday Night Football, then Now TV has an option for you. Costing £9.99 a day, the Sports Pass gives you access to all six Sky Sports channels for a 24 hour period. While it would be quite pricey as a long term and multiple use solution, it would be great if you have people over and don’t want to miss a headline match. Many devices support Now TV, including the PS3 and Sky’s own Now TV box.
Price: £9.99 for 24 hours | NOW TV
The Sun has decided to hide itself behind an oh so popular pay-wall, meaning users’ will have to cough up some cash to stay updated with exploits of z-list celebrities. One perk News Corp is hoping will get your money is their new Sun+ goals app, which will be the first place to see the days action in highlight form. Taking over from last season’s thoroughly decent ESPN goals app, Sun+ goals will show snippets of matches, on Saturdays, from about 5.15pm, hours before Lineker and co dissect the action on Match of the Day.
Price: £2 per week | Sun+
BBC iPlayer – Football League Show/ MOTD2
While the Barclay's Premier League has the glamour and the big-name stars, the Football League has the grit, passion and unpredictability we have all grown to love, and the best way to experience said passion is on The Football League Show. Shame it’s plonked right in the middle of a Saturday night. Thankfully you can now catch-up with both The Football League Show and Sunday’s Match of the Day 2 on iPlayer – perfect if your Saturday nights don’t normally revolve around the TV.
ITV Digital failed, ESPN failed and Setanta failed so the omens don’t look good for BT Sport making a play for football coverage stardom. However, they are putting plenty of money behind the project, bringing in big-names like Jake Humphrey and Clare Balding and going all out with an app and online player - this could be the year Sky has a clear rival. Free to BT broadband customers, the app and web player will provide coverage for all of BT’s 38 exclusively live games. Other users can subscribe to the service for a monthly charge.
Price: Requires subscription | BT Sport
Sky’s mobile TV app has just been given a UI refresh, resulting in a more fluid and fast experience. Packing all the Sky Sports channels, even Sky Sports News – the app and online player make it easy to stay-up-to-date with the greatest football league in the world. Sky subscriber? You’re in luck – as Sky Go in included in your package, so if you have sports on your TV, they’ll be on the app.
Price: Requires subscription | Sky Go
101 Great Goals
This site, perfect for fans of football not centred on the Premier League, has teamed up with Bet365 to offer over 40,000 live streams of events every year – ranging from friendly matches to French Ligue 1 action. There’s also news, blog posts and goal highlights on their site, making bookmarking essential.
BBC iPlayer – Match of the Day
The pinnacle of football highlight shows has to be Match of the Day. What’s better than settling down on a Saturday night, tuning to BBC One and seeing Gary Lineker and the team analyse the day’s action. As soon as Lawrensen and Hansen start criticising a team and their poor defending you know the season has begun. BBC live-stream Match of the Day on their website every week, so no need to panic if you’re not by a TV.