Who offers sports channels?
There are three digital TV providers that offer sports packages in Ireland:
All three let you add sports channels to their digital TV packages, but only Sky offer standalone TV deals.
Virgin Media or Vodafone don’t offer TV only sports packages so you’ll need to sign up to a broadband and TV bundle to get their sports plans.
Sky and Virgin Media also offer Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports News for free with their TV packages, while some of their premium TV packages also include Eurosport 1 and 2.
Free to air channels like RTÉ, Virgin Media One and BBC also offer decent sports coverage.
What sports can you watch with each package?
Most sports channels offer a variety of live sports, but each has the rights to broadcast different events.
If you’re a fan of a specific sport, always check what’s on offer, below is a brief overview:
|Sport||Sky Sports||Sports Extra||Virgin Media Sport|
|Rugby||European Rugby Union, Rugby League||Champions Cup, Challenge Cup||Six Nations|
|Soccer||126 Premier League games, EFL, Carabao Cup, SPFL, La Liga, & Euro qualifiers||105 Premier League games||UEFA Champions & Europa League and Euro qualifiers|
|Golf||The Majors, European, PGA Tours & Solheim Cup||-||The Masters|
|Motorsports||Every Formula 1® practice, qualifying and race live||NASCAR, Moto GP||-|
|Others||Tennis, boxing, NFL, GAA and darts||Cricket & Boxing||French Open tennis|
Can you stream any sports for free?
Streaming content that you would normally have to pay for, including live sport is usually illegal and best avoided.
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