BT Sport – The Gamechanging Sports Service
The new BT Sport service launched on the 1st of August 2013. Here’s a summary of what you need to know about BT’s new sports service:
What does BT Sport offer?
Three channels, all available in standard or high definition:
- BT Sport 1
- BT Sport 2
What’s on BT Sport?
The lineup is much stronger than previous Sky rivals such as Setanta and ESPN. Here’s a summary:
- Barclays Premier League football – 38 games, of which 18 are "first pick" games
- Scottish Premier League and Scottish League
- UEFA Europa cup
- FA Cup – 25 games, including the final
- Aviva Premiership Rugby (all 69 matches exclusive to BT Sport)
- Women’s Tennis Association Tour
- Moto GP (exclusive rights from 2014 season)
- UFA Ultimate Fighting Championship (BT holds exclusive rights)
How you can watch BT Sport?
|Via Sky Satellite TV||If you’re a Sky subscriber and get your broadband from BT, then you’ll get BT Sport on Sky for no extra cost. Get BT Sport on Sky|
If you’re a Sky subscriber, but don’t get your broadband from BT, then BT Sport will cost £12 a month (or £15 a month for HD)
For Sky customers, it may pay to switch your broadband to BT
|If you’re not a Sky subscriber, but have a Sky dish and subscription card, then you can get BT Sport via satellite. Free to BT Broadband / BT Infinity, otherwise £12 a month (or £15 for HD) – Get BT Sport|
|Via BT TV (BT Vision or YouView)|
BT Sport is available at no extra charge for customers who get their broadband from BT. Get BT Sport
BT Sport HD is only be available to BT Infinity customers.
|On Virgin Media|
BT Sport is free to Virgin Media cable TV customers on the XL package, otherwise it’s £15 a month.
|Via your computer / tablet / smartphone|
A BT Sport App is available for iOS devices, Android, PC and Mac.
BT Sport via the app is available free to BT Broadband and BT Infinity customers (no need to recontract)
How much does BT Sport cost?
|With BT for Broadband?|
BT Sport is free if you’re on BT Broadband or BT Infinity. You will be asked to re-contract for 12 months to get the service free. More on BT Sport
|Not with BT for Broadband?|
If you’re with Sky TV, you can add BT Sport to your Sky package for £12 a month. – Add BT Sport to Sky
Otherwise, switch your broadband to BT and get the three BT Sport channels for free. Typical saving is from £134 a year (May 2013 prices)
Note that BT Sport is only free to customers of BT’s residential broadband – the offer doesn’t include BT Business Broadband customers.
Your BT Sport questions answered
We put some of your questions to the team at BT in May 2013. Here are a few of your questions:
I’m with Virgin – Can I get BT Sport?
Yes. BT Sport is now available on the Virgin Media cable platform.
Virgin customer? BT has pointed out that switching to BT from Virgin can save customers money. Rugby fans could save £373 a year by switching to BT Sport – See the following example (May 2013 prices):
I’m not able to get BT Infinity. Can I get BT Sport?
Yes. It free to Sky TV customers who get their broadband from BT, otherwise £12 a month via Sky.
You can also get BT Sport on one of BT’s two TV boxes (BT Vision or YouView). Note that if you’re not in a BT Infinity area, then BT Sport will only be available in standard definition (via a TV aerial, not over broadband)
I can’t get fast broadband… can I get BT Sport via a TV aerial?
BT broadband customers can watch BT Sport online at home with a minimum line speed of 400kbps.
The good news is that if you can get BT Broadband and one of BT’s set-top boxes, you’ll be able to get BT Sport’s channels via your TV aerial. It will only be in standard definition (you’ll need BT Infinity to get HD). Take a look on BT’s site for details of BT Vision and Youview from BT
BT Sport and MotoGP
In May 2013, BT announced that it had acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast MotoGP races starting with the 2014 season. The five-year deal includes free practices and full coverage of Moto2 and Moto3. What does thi smean for the sport?
BT’s plans for MotoGP include extra content from the new BT Sport studios at the Olympic Park, plus a second screen experience that shows the race from the perspective of the rider. Additional MotoGP programming will appear in the BT Sport schedules, and on-demand content will also be available. MotoGP and the extra content will be free to BT Broadband customers.
I’m already on a deal with BT. Will this end if I re-contract?
According to BT’s terms: "If you’ve got a broadband special offer, you’ll keep it on the same terms you originally agreed to – including when it ends. The basic price of BT broadband stays the same: and that’s what you’ll pay when any special offer stops"
What are the requirements for the BT Sport app?
This became available in August 2013, as follows:
- Desktop / Laptop: Requires Microsoft Silverlight.
- iPhone (3GS and above)
- iPad (iOS 5.1.1 and above)
- Selected Android devices with OS 4.0
Got a question about BT Sport? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.