What a save! Football is best value for money sport on satelllite TV

Footy fans who moan about the cost of having to pay extra to watch a match on satellite TV, can breath a sigh of relief they aren't followers of greyhound racing.

Saturday, 9th December 2017, 2:40 pm
Updated Saturday, 9th December 2017, 2:45 pm
Football has come in as the cheapest sport to watch on satellite TV

Because new research has revealed that, dDespite higher costs for rights, football comes in cheap for viewers, costing only 34p per broadcast, in contrast to £13 for greyhound racing

Despite the last Premier League UK TV deal costing an eye-watering £5.2 billion, new analysis has discovered that football is actually the best value sport for fans to only watch on satellite TV.

The research, from discount voucher site MyVoucherCodes who looked at 30 days of Sky Sports programming, found that the national sport costs 36% less than the next cheapest sport to watch which is golf at53p per broadcast and half the price of tennis which cost (68p per broadcast.

At the other end of the scale, it is rugby fans who pay the most to watch games on TV at £4.44 per broadcast, compared to 93p per rugby union match.

However, it’s the greyhounds that take you for a run for your money, with fans paying over £13 to enjoy a race.

Over the month-long period of analysis, it was found that tennis commands the advantage when it comes to number of hours on the box – airing for 326 hours, or the equivalent of two whole weeks.

In addition, almost 60% of Sky Sports’ live programming is either football (18%), golf (18%) or tennis (20%).

Surprising then that F1 only accounts for 6% of live output, given the network gave the sport its own dedicated channel, Sky Sports F1, back in 2012.

While each month’s broadcasting varies based on seasons and current competitions, it is telling that football has the highest number of live broadcasts over the tested period with 116.

This is followed by golf with 75 broadcasts, albeit with an average time of nearly four hours per broadcast, and tennis with 59 showings.

Chris Reilly, Managing Director of MyVoucherCodes commented: “It’s well-documented that broadcasters pay billions for football rights, so it might surprise some that it’s one of the best value sports for fans.

“The fact that a single game can come in so cheap on the box will surely encourage fans to make the most of that subscription and save costs otherwise spent at the pub.”

With over 20 million Sky subscribers worldwide and a typical Sky Sports subscription costing £40*, MyVoucherCodes analysed 30 days of broadcasting across Sky Sports with the aim of helping consumers get the most bang for their buck.

In order for sports fans to maximise their value for money when it comes to the monthly subscription, the data shows they should dip into many sports and not just the favourites.

For more information please go to https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/sky.com