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How to watch football this season

As Setanta and BT join the Premier League party this season, fans of British football now have more ways than ever to watch football if they cannot travel to a game.

And it is not only on television, with action also available on websites and mobile phones.

But where and when you can you watch 'the beautiful game'? And how much does it all cost?


The BBC will continue to show Premier League highlights on Match of the Day on Saturday evenings (repeated on Sunday mornings) and MOTD2 on Sunday evenings.

In a new development this season, Match of the Day (on Saturday and Sunday) and MOTD2 will be broadcast simultaneously on the BBC Sport website (UK only).

The BBC also has first, third and fourth choice of live FA Cup ties from rounds three to six, first choice of the semi-finals and live coverage of the final.

With the new campaign comes a new look for Match of the Day and MOTD2

England's home games will be shown live, including Euro 2008 qualifiers and the friendly against Germany on 22 August, and there will be highlights of all England's other games next season.

BBC Scotland will carry midweek highlights of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, which will also be available on the BBC Sport website for up to seven days afterwards.

Viewers in Scotland can also catch the CIS Cup live, along with coverage of Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifiers, the Scottish Cup and selected European games.


Via terrestrial or any freeview, cable or satellite package.


BT Vision customers who sign up for the sport package will be able to watch 242 Premier League games on demand from 2200 on the evening of the game.

The package also includes 125 Football League and Carling Cup matches, available at midnight the day after the game.


You must be a BT broadband customer to receive a BT Vision box, which combines Freeview and a digital recording facility. Then you need to sign up for the sport package (£4 a month) or you can buy games on a one-off basis (£1.99).


Chelsea TV, MUTV, Liverpool TV (which launches in September), Celtic TV and Rangers TV have coverage of a host of their league and cup matches in delay.

Most official club websites offer either full games in delay or highlights for a subscription fee.


Chelsea TV and MUTV are available for a separate subscription to Sky Digital and Virgin Media customers. Liverpool TV, Celtic TV and Rangers TV are included in the Setanta sports package.


Five plans to show live Uefa Cup matches involving British teams as well as Major League Soccer live coverage and highlights in David Beckham's first season in Los Angeles.


Via terrestrial or any freeview, cable or satellite package.


ITV is set to continue its Champions League coverage and will show two live matches on Tuesdays, as well as highlights, and will also cover the Uefa Cup live from the quarter-finals onwards.

All that is also available online, with a fee payable for the Champions League live action.

Domestically, ITV will show highlights of the Championship and the Carling Cup.


Via terrestrial or any freeview, cable or satellite package.


This season's newcomers will screen 46 Premier League games, including all 1715 kick-offs on a Saturday and many of those on a Monday night.

The channel, which has signed up Des Lynam as part of its team, has just revealed its first 19 live games, which include Manchester United v Sunderland and Newcastle v Tottenham.

It also offers 60 Scottish Premier League games, including every Old Firm derby, and 79 matches from the Blue Square Premier.


Setanta is available to customers of Sky Digital, BT Vision, Virgin Media and Top Up TV as well as some viewers with Freeview. It costs from £8 a month. It comes free with Virgin Media's biggest package. You can also subscribe via broadband for £7.99 a month.


Sky Sports' live coverage of the Premier League will include kick-offs on Sundays at 1600 and Saturdays at 1245.

It will also broadcast the majority of 1330 kick-offs on Sundays and some midweek evening and Bank Holiday games.

Its domestic coverage also includes highlights of a further 242 Premier Leagues games in delay via the red button, 70 live matches from the Football League and others from the FA Cup, Carling Cup, Scottish Cup, Johnstone's Paint Trophy and the end of season play-offs.

Sky Sports is also the place for all Champions League matches on Wednesday night and up to six on Tuesday.

It has all England's competitive away games and some away friendlies, along with coverage of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in Euro 2008 qualifying.

From this season, Sky's live Premier League matches will also be broadcast on mobile phones via Sky Mobile TV.

The broadcaster has also launched the 24-7 Football service, which offers, among other things, Premier League goal clips as games are ongoing (except between 1445 and 1715 on Saturdays) and post-match highlights of Premier League and Champions League matches.


Sky Sports television is available through Sky Digital, Virgin Media and Tiscali TV, costing from £26 a month.

Sky Mobile TV is available to Vodafone and Orange customers for £5 a month. And 24-7 Football is available on the T-Mobile, 3 and O2 networks at £5 a month or on a clip-by-clip basis.


In another new development for this season, Virgin Media's website will offer free highlights from the Premier League and Football League.

They will be available in five-minute packages, usually from midnight on the day after the games.

The Football League highlights will also be available on Virgin mobile.
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