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Watch Premier League kick off with free Sky Sports this weekend -- but don't Vine the goals

The Premier League is showing the red card to fans sharing goals on Vine, but at least you don't have to pay for Sky Sports this Saturday.

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Arsenal are in action in the Barclays Premier League this weekend. David Price/Arsenal FC/Getty Images/Sky

The Premier League kicks off this weekend, and you can enjoy the opening day's action for free. Sky Sports channels are free for the day, so you don't need a dish to check out such highlights as the London derby pitting Arsenal against Crystal Palace just days after the eleventh hour departure of Palace manager Tony Pulis.

Sky Sports channels are available to watch this Saturday, 16 August. If your telly is provided by Sky, Virgin Media or TalkTalk you can enjoy the day's sporting action even if you don't have a Sky Sports subscription. The channels are free for 24 hours from 6am on Saturday morning through the night to early Sunday. Aside from football, other sporting shindigs you can enjoy this weekend include the fifth test between England and India, and PGA Golf.

Other football matches this weekend include PSV Eindhoven v NAC Breda from the Netherlands on the new Sky Sports 5 channel, which shows games from European leagues and international matches. In between the live games, Jeff and the lads will also tell you what to say in the pub in Gillette Soccer Saturday.

Meanwhile over on BT Sport Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal takes on Swansea. BT has the rights to show a selection of Premier League matches live, including next month's Merseyside derby, Liverpool vs Everton. BT Sport channels are free with BT broadband.

If you are seduced by the lure of Sky Sports but don't fancy bolting a dish on the side of your house, you can also watch online with a day or week's pass to Sky's online on-demand and catch-up service Now TV.

So there's several ways to enjoy the games -- but if something exciting happens, don't be tempted to Vine it. The Premier League has revealed to the BBC it is working with Twitter to clamp down on gifs and Vine videos of goals and other highlights, which it considers to be copyright infringement.

Vine is a video app, owned by Twitter, that creates and shares six-second looping videos. Fans have taken to shooting Vine videos of goals or other highlights as they watch the game on TV, because Vine is the perfect medium for just that kind of snapshot from a game -- or any event. But goals and highlights of Premier League games are promised to newspapers and other press outlets, including The Sun, in lucrative deals for the League. To protect those deals, the plan is to stop fans sharing goals themselves.

It's not clear what action the League intends to take against fans, but it presumably means removing such videos from social media.