(Pocket-lint) – The Premier League is back, but so are fans, so TV coverage will be a bit different to last season – not all matches will be shown live.
It kicks off with Sky Sports’ presentation of Brentford vs Arsenal tonight, Friday 13 August. It’ll be the first live match broadcast in 4K HDR on Sky Q.
Here is how to follow it, plus information for live matches at the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
TV broadcast plans for 2021/22 Premier League season
After a crazy season last year, with most matches played behind closed doors for obvious reasons, the 2021/22 Premier League season will be almost back to normal.
That not only means the end of simulated crowd noise, but not all matches will be broadcast live.
Live matches in the UK will be spread betweem Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video again, but reverting to the original allocations.
That means over 140 matches will be screened by Sky, over 50 by BT, and 20 by Amazon. The BBC will again show highlights on Match of the Day.
There will be no free-to-air matches on TV this season.
It is worth noting that Sky Sports will join BT Sport in broadcasting matches in 4K HDR this season. Sky Q customers with compatible boxes will be able to view Sky’s live games in both Ultra HD and HLG HDR.
Premier League 2021/22 live TV schedule
Here is the current list of matches scheduled for live broadcast in August 2021 (before the first international break), and where you can watch them.
Friday 13 August 2021
20:00 – Brentford vs Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Saturday 14 August 2021
12:30 – Man Utd vs Leeds (BT Sport)
17:30 – Norwich vs Liverpool (Sky Sports)
Sunday 15 August 2021
14:00 – Newcastle vs West Ham (Sky Sports)
16:30 – Tottenham vs Man City (Sky Sports)
Saturday 21 August 2021
12:30 – Liverpool vs Burnley (BT Sport)
17:30 – Brighton vs Watford (Sky Sports)
Sunday 22 August 2021
14:00 – Southampton vs Man Utd (Sky Sports)
16:30 – Arsenal vs Chelsea
Monday 23 August 2021
20:00 – West Ham vs Leicester (Sky Sports)
Saturday 28 August 2021
12:30 – Man City vs Arsenal (BT Sport)
17:30 – Liverpool vs Chelsea (Sky Sports)
Sunday 29 August 2021
14:00 – Burnley vs Leeds (Sky Sports)
16:30 – Wolves vs Man Utd (Sky Sports)
Premier League on Sky and Now
Sky will show the vast majority of the upcoming games on its Sky Sports channels, available through Sky Q (and older + boxes) plus the Now streaming service.
Matches will be available in UHD HDR and with Dolby Atmos on compatible Sky Q boxes. Now will show them in up to 1080p with 5.1 sound (with a Now Boost add-on).
Sky Sports is also available through Virgin Media and BT TV.
Now is available through apps on various devices and there is currently a special offer (until 29 August 2021) to get 10-months of Sky Sports membership for just £25 per month,
Premier League on BT Sport
BT will also broadcast numerous games this season, primarily in the Saturday lunchtime slot.
The broadcasts are available in HDR on compatible mobile devices – you can get the app on phones and tablets as well as Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox and PlayStation. They’ll also be available in 4K with Dolby Atmos if you have the BT YouView Ultra HD TV box, and in 360 degrees through the BT Sport App for those who want it.
Premier League on Amazon Prime
Amazon will show 20 games this season over two match windows – 30 November to 1 December 2021, and on 28 December. As in the last couple of seasons, you’ll be able to watch games on replay after.
Some will likely be in 4K.
Premier League on Virgin Media
Virgin Media introduced a Bigger+Sports bundle last year, costing £65 per month for new customers. For that, you’ll get broadband, TV and all the Sky Sports channels in HD as well as BT Sport in HD and 4K Ultra HD.
Premier League highlights
As with last season, each broadcaster can show in-game goals and clips from its live games as they’re happening. Sky also shows extended highlights On Demand through its Saturday night Game of the Day and Match Choice.
Once more, the BBC will show Football Focus on Saturday lunchtimes, Match of the Day on Saturday nights – usually at 10.30pm – and Match of the Day 2 around the same time on a Sunday.
Writing by Rik Henderson and Dan Grabham. Originally published on .