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  • Author LG
  • Published August 13, 2014

Who to watch the football with: 2014-2015

Finding someone good to watch the football with is half the battle. Get a bit of companionship sorted and even the greyest mid-table, nil-nil deadlock will be manageable. Get it wrong and the most scintillating 4-3 title decider won’t be any fun.
 
Just as important as who you watch a match with is what you watch a match with: the world’s most knowledgeable, good-looking friends won’t matter if you’re stuck listening to the post-match highlights on a transistor radio. Here are the services and subscriptions you need to make the most of the upcoming season.
 
On TV
Da da da daaaaaaaa da da da da da, da daaa da da da da. That’s the irresistible start to the Match of the Day music, the post-pub football highlights show which celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Sure, there’s nothing like live football, but for those who don’t have the time to luxuriate in a dozen matches on a Saturday, watching Gary Lineker and co chew over the day’s events is a great way to stay on top of things. Match of the Day will continue to be available as a catch-up show on BBC’s iPlayer service, meaning if you fall asleep once the headline match is done, you can find out what happened elsewhere at your convenience. In terms of live games, the Premier League will continue to be all-highlights rather than live, but the FA Cup will return to Aunty’s bloomers this year, sharing the spoils with BT Sport.
 
Elsewhere, Sky will continue to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to footie; it’ll have 116 live games across the 2014-2015 season, as well as a number of Championship and League 1 games to boot. You’ll also find a vast amount of European football: up to 15 Champions League games per week during the tournament’s group stages, plus the knock-out games held on Wednesday, plus, natch, the final.
 
As well as splitting the rights to the FA Cup with the BBC, BT Sport will have a very decent amount of football. 38 live Premier League games will be the jewel in its crown; 18 of those will be exclusive to BT Sport, giving even ardent Sky subscribers a reason to stump up, although subscribers to BT Vision or BT Broadband get the service for free.
 
Finally, don’t forget about ITV. If you’re a Sky refusenik it’s a great place to catch Champions League action: it’ll have the final next May, as well as a decent smattering of group and knock-out games. You’ll also get a few Europa League games a week and, of course, the warm persona of Adrian Chiles to keep you company while you watch.
 
On Smart TVs
Smart TVs are going from strength to strength, led from the front by LG. Any Smart TV that includes compatibility with iPlayer will get access to Match of the Day, while Sky’s NowTV continues to be available on LG’s Smart TVs, giving even non-subscribers the chance to take on short-term subscriptions for those days when the big match absolutely can’t be missed. Check out LG’s promotion here…
 
Elsewhere, devices such as Google’s Chromecast can make short work of adding extra services to a TV – head here for BT Sport, for example.
 
Mobile
Apps, you say? You won’t be able to move in 2014 without hitting a football on a mobile device. Pick up an LG G Pad, for example, and you’ll find apps that will let you watch ITV Player, Sky Go, BBC iPlayer and BT Sport while you’re on the bus, making the 2014-2015 football season one you won’t possibly be able to avoid. Start practising your excuses now.
 
Our advice? Use the advent of a new football season to bag a new TV. LG’s range of smashing Smart TVs is available now; for more information simply click here.

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