You can watch live Premier League games online through Sling or NBC in the US, Sky, BT or NowTV in the UK or use a number of proxy services to unlock the above official match streams for your weekly Premier League fix.
The Premier League is undoubtedly the most popular football league in the world. In 2015, the Premier League sold its latest TV rights for a record £5.136bn – an increase of 71% from the previous year – making it almost impossible not to be able to watch live Premier League matches anywhere in UK or the US (or indeed, with a bit of help, anywhere in the world).
With the enormous TV deal also comes official online broadcasting rights, with thousands tuning every week to watch live Premier League football online. And with elite clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal, and world-class players such as Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil on show; it’s no wonder that so many people around the world love to watch live English Premier League games.
Premier League: A History
The Premier League formed in February 1992 when the members of what was then the Football League’s First Division broke away to form their own association football league to boost their earning power. That decision paid off, with the Premier League becoming the world’s most lucrative football league. It is also the most watched football league in the world, being broadcast all over the world to a potential audience of almost five billion.
The Premier League plays a 38-match season, with each of the 20 member clubs playing one another home and away. The Premier League champion and the next two highest finishers gain automatic entry into the UEFA Champions League group stage, while the fourth-placed team qualifies for the Champions League playoff round.
At the other end, the bottom three clubs at the end of the season are relegated to the Championship (England‘s second division), with the Championship’s top two teams and the Championship play-off winner coming up for the next season.
A total of 47 clubs have played in the Premier League since its inception, and of those 47, only six have remained over the 24 seasons, never having been relegated. They are Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
Six different clubs have claimed the Premier League title, with Manchester United holding the record for most wins with thirteen. They are also the only club to have won three titles in a row, a feat they have achieved twice, all under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Arsenal, under current long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, have won the title three times, while London rivals Chelsea have won four, including back-to-back titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06. The unfancied Blackburn Rovers lifted the trophy in the 1994/95 season, while Leicester City won their first Premier League in the extraordinary 2015/16 season. Manchester City, who start the current season as early favourites under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, have been Premier League champions on two occasions.
Premier League: 2016/17 Contenders
United’s local rivals City finished a disappointing fourth last season under Manuel Pellegrini, a finish that ultimately cost the Chilean his job at the Etihad stadium. But after a summer of transfers and the arrival of the aforementioned Guardiola, City are the pundits’ outstanding contender this season.
They will be strongly challenged by United, who themselves have had a very busy summer, bringing in former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho as well as Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic and French midfielder Paul Pogba, the latter for a world record £89m fee.
Chelsea have installed former Italy and Juventus manager Antonio Conte as their new boss, replacing Mourinho, and he will look to spur the Blues back to the top of the table after a dismal 10th placed finish last season. Last season’s champions Leicester could mount a strong defence of their crown, having kept hold of both PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, while North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham are sure to be there fighting at the top.
With the 2016/17 season shaping up to be the most exciting season yet, there’s no excuse to miss out on catching any live Premier League action – especially as there are so many different ways to get your live Premier League fix every week online, both in the US and UK.
Watch Premier League matches online in the US – live HD streams
Sling Blue – Launched in June 2016, Sling Blue is a $25/month, 40+ channel streaming starter package from Sling TV which includes NBCSN – which shows live Premier League football. On a typical Premier League weekend during the upcoming 2016/17 season, you’ll be able to watch 7 or 8 EPL games every weekend via Sling Blue.
NBC Sports App – The offshoot app of the American television network; NBC Sports App allows soccer fans to watch every single Premier League game across computers, smart phones, tablets and other devices. A subscription to NBCSN via cable or satellite is needed, after which you will receive your unique login details. All 380 live Premier League matches will be available to you online with the TV subscription.
Watch Premier League matches online in the UK – live HD streams
Sky Go – Like it’s American counterpart, Sky Go is the online offshoot of the television broadcasting company. With a valid Sky Sports Bundle subscription (£47.50/month), customers are able to access 126 live Premier League games across computers, smart phones, tablets and other devices over the course of the season. The bundle includes all original Sky channels.
BT Sports Online – Other than Sky, BT Sports are the sole television company with official rights to live Premier League games, with the two telecommunication superpowers having paid all of the £5.136bn between them. While Sky purchased the majority of the rights (five of the seven available), BT Sports will show 42 live Premier League matches every season for the next three years – and with a valid BT Sports pack subscription, their online service is available.
BT Sport pack is free if you already have BT TV and if you have BT Broadband then the BT Sport pack is just £6/month. Without BT Broadband it is £21.99/month.
NowTV – A multi-platform TV streaming service; NowTV offers seven Sky Sports channels on day, week or month passes. For £33.99, users can tune in to live Premier League matches for a whole month, with NowTV deals cheaper than official Sky bundles as the former removes the majority of unnecessary channels, giving you the seven channels that really matter (if you’re a die-hard football fan).
Watch Premier League matches online – VPN and SmartDNS
While the above examples are meant to be exclusively accessible to those living the in the respective countries, there are a number of companies that specialise in unblocking channels and bundles, allowing anyone in the world to tune in and watch live Premier League matches.
The two types of services rely on either VPN (Virtual Private Network) or SmartDNS. Both are designed to trick the website or content you are trying to access, either by creating a virtual tunnel and routing your traffic through a server from within a valid region (hiding your IP address), or changing your DSN (Domain Server Name) so that sites deem you eligible to access the content.
Without these types of services, you cannot access the likes of NBC Sports App or Sky Sports from outside the US, for example.
WiTopia takes the VPN route, with subscriptions and packages starting at $49.99/year. Unblock-Me is a SmartDNS service costing either $4.99/month or $49.90/year.