How to watch Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day Premier League games for €15
Live coverage of most of the festive fixtures is split between BT Sport and Premier Sports
Liverpool travel to face Leicester on Stephen’s Day in a top of the table clash. Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images
What channel is the Premier League on on St Stephen’s Day?
This year was the first season where a non-traditional TV company came into the Premier League market. When Premier League rights went on sale for 2019/20 Amazon Prime purchased the package to show the midweek matches at the beginning of December as well as the matches on Stephen’s Day and December 27th.
However, Amazon Prime’s coverage is not available in the Republic of Ireland and instead those matches are broadcast on Premier Sports over here. On Stephen’s Day Premier will show nine live matches between Premier Sports 1 and 2 and their red button option. The single match on December 27th – between Wolves and Manchester City – will also be on Premier.
And what about New Year's Day?
On the first day of 2020 BT Sport will be broadcasting all nine games live with the 10th match also being shown on BT Sport on January 2nd.
What other games do Premier Sports show?
Premier also shows a 3pm Saturday kick-off from the Premier League each week. These are shown exclusively in Ireland and not in the UK due to the Premier League’s blackout laws. A full list of all of Premier Sports’ live matches can be found on their website.
How much is it to sign up to Premier Sports and BT Sport?
Premier Sports and BT Sport are cheapest for Sky Sports customers as they are included in the Sports Extra package. That package includes Premier Sports 1 and 2 as well as BT Sport 1, 2, 3 and ESPN. If you are a Sky Sports customer you can currently add Sports Extra for a special rate of €10 extra on top of your current bill for six months, rising to €20 after. If you are a Sky TV customer who doesn’t have Sky Sports you can add Sports Extra on its own for €34 per month.
However, Eir and Virgin customers cannot get Sports Extra as there is currently no wholesale agreement in place between the providers.
So is there any way non-Sky customers can watch BT Sport or Premier Sport?
Yes, and there are cheaper options as well. This is where Now TV comes in. Now TV is essentially ready-to-go Sky available to anyone at any time. With no contract needed you simply set up an account with Now TV and then choose which pass you wish to buy. Passes range from 24 hours to two months and can be purchased for Sky Sports, Sports Extra or both.
If you want to just watch the action from the Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day rounds of fixtures you can do so for just €15 by purchasing a Sports Extra one-week pass to start on Stephen’s Day which will then finish on New Year’s Day.
Alternatively, Now TV are currently running a special offer of a two-month Sports Extra pass for €34, half the usual price of €68.
On Stephen’s Day you will get access to Tottenham v Brighton (12.30pm), Chelsea v Southampton (3pm), Manchester United v Newcastle United (5.30pm) and Leicester City v Liverpool (8pm). The five other fixtures on Stephen’s Day are all on the Premier Sports red button which unfortunately cannot be accessed via Now TV.
On New Years’ Day it will be possible to watch every single game on BT Sport with a Now TV pass because none are on the red button. Brighton v Chelsea (BT Sport 1) and Burnley v Aston Villa (BT Sport 2) kicks off the action at 12.30pm before Newcastle take on Leicester (BT Sport 2), Southampton meet Spurs (BT Sport 1) and Watford face Wolves (BT Sport ESPN) at 3pm. At 5.30pm Manchester City face Everton (BT Sport 1), Norwich welcome Crystal Palace (BT Sport ESPN) and West Ham take on Bournemouth (BT Sport 2) before the first day of the year is rounded off by Manchester United’s visit to Arsenal (BT Sport 1) at 8pm.
The following day there is just one match as Liverpool meet Sheffield United at 8pm (BT Sport 1).
In between Stephen’s Day and New Year’s you’d also get to see Manchester United visit Burnley on Saturday, December 28th which is on BT Sport.
All of the available sports passes can be found on nowtv.com/ie/sports-overview.
Can I get NowTV on my television?
As NowTV is a streaming service it’s available via an app on your phone or on a computer. However, if you have a chromecast you will be able to cast it from your phone onto the TV while the app is also available on LG Smart TVs, Apples TVs and some Samsung Smart TVs. The app can also be downloaded on an Xbox One or PS4 console as a means of getting it on your TV. Another option is to purchase a NowTV stick which goes into the HDMI port in your TV and will update with whatever passes you buy.
How many devices can I watch on?
NowTV can be registered on up to six devices and watched simultaneously on two. Be aware, however, that if using a chromecast it counts as two devices.
Finally, do I have to remember to cancel my pass or does it do so automatically?
Day passes and week passes will cancel automatically meaning you don’t have to do anything. However, monthly passes or anything longer auto renew at the end of term so if you don’t want to pay again you must remember to cancel.
Premier League Christmas fixtures (TV channels in brackets)
St Stephen’s Day, December 26th
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton – 12.30pm (Premier Sport 1)
Bournemouth v Arsenal – 3pm (Premier Sport red button)
Aston Villa v Norwich – 3pm (Premier Sport red button)
Chelsea v Southampton – 3pm (Premier Sport 1)
Crystal Palace v West Ham United – 3pm (Premier Sport red button)
Everton v Burnley – 3pm (Premier Sport red button)
Sheffield United v Watford – 3pm (Premier Sport red button)
Manchester United v Newcastle United – 5.30pm (Premier Sport 1)
Leicester City v Liverpool – 8pm (Premier Sport 1)
Wolves v Manchester City – 7.45pm (Premier Sport 1)
Brighton v Bournemouth – 12.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
Newcastle United v Everton – 3pm (Premier Sport 1)
Southampton v Crystal Palace – 3pm
Watford v Aston Villa – 3pm
Norwich v Tottenham Hotspur – 5.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
West Ham United v Leicester City – 5.30pm
Burnley v Manchester United – 7.45pm (BT Sport 1)
Arsenal v Chelsea – 2pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
Liverpool v Wolves – 4.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
Manchester City v Sheffield United – 6pm
New Year’s Day, January 1st 2020
Brighton v Chelsea – 12.30pm (BT Sport 1)
Burnley v Aston Villa – 12.30pm (BT Sport 2)
Newcastle United v Leicester City – 3pm (BT Sport 2)
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur – 3pm (BT Sport 1)
Watford v Wolves – 3pm (BT Sport ESPN)
Manchester City v Everton – 5.30pm (BT Sport 1)
Norwich City v Crystal Palace – 5.30pm (BT Sport ESPN)
West Ham United v Bournemouth – 5.30pm (BT Sport 2)
Arsenal v Manchester United – 8pm (BT Sport 1)
Liverpool v Sheffield United – 8pm (BT Sport 1)