The Premier League is finally back on our screens from Wednesday 17 June – and whether you like football or not, it also means the return of your Sky Sports and BT Sport invoices.
But how will it work and how much will you have to pay? The two broadcasting giants have now announced their different approaches to restart subscriber payments, so we have explained below how it will work for Sky Sports and BT Sport.
We're still clarifying what that means for those who subscribe via Virgin Media and TalkTalk, and we'll update this page when we get a response – but for now, here's what Sky Sports and BT Sport have said on the how billing will change to reflect the return of the Premier League.
Sky Sports Subscribers
The good news is that Sky will not be billing for the entire month. Although billing will resume in June for Premier League and Sky Sports Golf subscribers (whether you're on Complete Sky Sports, single-channel packs, or two- and three-channel packs), Sky says “you won't billed for Sports for days before June 19, 2020 “.
Although the Premier League will restart on June 17 with two games postponed, the first full round of matches will not begin until the weekend of June 19. Sky Sports will broadcast 64 of the remaining 92 Premier League games, and 39 of them will be exclusive, and 25 more will be available on its free channel “Pick”.
While football and golf fans will start paying for their Sky Sports subscriptions from mid-June, those who have signed up for the unique Sky Sports F1 package will not. If that's you, Sky says “you won't be billed until the first live 2020 Grand Prix”.
BT Sport Subscribers
Rather than allowing subscribers to suspend payments during the early stages of the global pandemic, BT Sport has instead used a bill credit system. This allowed you to claim a two month bill credit or donate the equivalent of the NHS.
Because the Premier League resumes in the middle of the month on June 17, BT Sport announced that it “will offer customers new bill credit up to 50% of their monthly subscription to BT Sport”.
How will it work? If you have already requested an invoice credit in the past, BT Sport says “you have nothing to do – we will automatically apply another credit at the value of 50% of their monthly subscription to BT Sport”.
And the same goes for those who have chosen to donate their credit to the NHS – BT Sport says it “will automatically donate this additional credit to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal on behalf of clients who have chose to donate their credit. “
If you have not yet requested an invoice credit but wish to take advantage of the 50% credit in June, you can apply from June 1 on the BT Sport support page.
Subscribe to BT Sport via Sky? Sky says that billing for BT Sport via Sky will resume in June and, like Sky Sports subscribers, “you will not be billed for any day before June 19, 2020”.