Sky Sports and BT Sport viewers who only pay for the channels to watch Premier League football should consider cancelling or downgrading over the summer to save some cash.
The Premier League ended this week, with Manchester United v Bournemouth the last game of the season on 17 May.
But as it doesn’t start again until 13 August, you can cancel now or downgrade and get it again then. Reconnecting to Sky Sports and BT Sport is much quicker than disconnecting – it should be almost instant for most but depending on your provider it’s best to give it up to 24 hours.
As the majority of providers have a 30-day notice period, you’ll save at least a month’s worth of fees. However, TalkTalk customers who’ve had Sky Sports for more than 30 days will save even more as the company only requires two day’s notice to cancel.
Of course, the savviest viewers will have requested to cancel already saving them more cash, so make sure you diarise to do this next year.
If you’re on a discounted service or on an introductory offer, do check before cancelling, as you may lose the discount on your other services.
What sport will I miss out on by cancelling over the summer?
Over the summer, some of the key sporting events Sky Sports will show includes the golf Open and the Ryder Cup, England’s Test cricket, Formula 1 races, England, Wales and Ireland’s summer rugby tours, and the rugby First Utility Super League.
BT Sport meanwhile will show MotoGP, the FA Cup finals, the Champions League final and the Toulon Tournament.
However, major sporting events such as Wimbledon and the 2016 Olympics will be broadcast on the BBC. The European football cup will also be shown on terrestrial TV, split between the BBC and ITV.
So if you watch sports other than the Premier League, you may want to weigh up cancelling against what you’ll miss out on – although if you’ve got a 30- or 31-day cancellation period you’ll still get to watch some sports – including the end of the Football League season, which finishes on 30 May.
Here’s what you need to know.
Sky Sports customers
|Provider||Cancellation / downgrade period||Early exit fees||Saving by cancelling (price per month)||How to cancel|
|BT||30 days||£0||£22 SD or £27 HD||Call 0800 783 1401|
|Sky||31 days||£0||£27.50 (£29.50 from 1 Jun)||Call 0344 241 0266|
|TalkTalk||If within first 30 days must keep until first 30 days over. If after 30 days, 2 day cancellation period||£0, but you will have to pay for the remaining days if you cancel within the first 30 days||£30||Via 'MyAccount' on your set top box, or call 0345 172 0088.|
|Virgin Media||30 days||£0||£29.25 (£31.75 from 1 June) bolt-on or £19 on top of Big Kahuna for first year, £30.50 after||Call 0.45 454 1111|
BT Sport customers
|Provider||Cancellation / downgrade period||Early exit fees||Saving cancelling (price per month)||How to cancel|
|BT||30 days||£0||Sky Sports and BT Sport viewers who only pay for the channels to watch Premier League football should consider cancelling or downgrading over the summer to save some cash.||Call 0800 783 1401|
|Sky||30 days||£0||£19.99 (£21.99 from Jul)||Call 0800 783 1401|
|Virgin Media||30 days||£0||£18 bolt-on or included in TV XL (£27) & Big Kahuna (£42 for first year, £55 after) bundles||Call 0345 454 1111|
TalkTalk doesn’t offer BT Sport, although it has plans to do so in time for the 2016/17 Premier League.