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BT Sport vs Sky Sports

By Hannah Ricci
Tuesday, December 19th 2017

There’s some rivalry going on in sports TV and it’s not between footballers. BT Sport pitched itself head-to-head with Sky Sports when it launched in 2013, providing exclusive content for fans of football and other sports.

As these two media giants compete for pole position, sports fans are the winners, with more choice than ever over their fixtures. We review each package to see what you get for your money.

At a glance

Sky Sports has been the dominant player in digital TV for many years, and with its ten new dedicated channels, is putting BT SPort under pressure again. However, BT Sport has taken over as the exclusive provider of Champions League football and secured the rights to 42 Premier League games.

Sports Channels BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, ESPN, BT Sport Europe Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Mix
Extras (for a monthly fee) Sky Sports 1 & 2 MUTV, Chelsea TV, BT Sport Pack, ESPN
HD Channels 4 10
Premier League games 42 126
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Sports Channels
BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, ESPN
Extras (for a monthly fee)
  • Sky Sports 1
  • Sky Sports 2
HD Channels
  • BT Sport 1 HD
  • BT Sport 2 HD
Premier League Games
Mobile Apps
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Sports Channels
Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Mix
Extras (for a monthly fee)
  • MUTV
  • Chelsea TV
  • BT Sport 1 & 2 and ESPN (order from BT)
Premier League Games
Mobile Apps

What you get

BT Sport

BT Sport has the exclusive rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League on its new channel, BT Europe. Also on offer are rugby union, UFC, moto GP, NBA, Australian Football League, NASCAR, Indy Car and the X Games.

You can check out the current programme listings for BT Sports and Sky Sport to see which one piques your interest the most. Also, whether you are a BT subscriber or not, you can get access to BT Sport Showcase – a free-to-air channel.

Sky Sports

There’s no doubt that Sky Sports offers more variety and choice, but it all depends how serious you are about your favourite sports and which events you like to watch. Weighing in with 126 Premier League games, compared to BT’s 42, Sky Sports certainly appeals to committed football fans who don’t want to miss a UK game.

Sky also brings F1, cricket, golf, rugby union, rugby league, tennis, boxing, NFL, darts, snooker, basketball, WWE and speedway, plus more niche sports like greyhound racing across its ten new dedicated channels.

Availability and price

BT Sport

The BT Sport Pack is currently free for BT TV customers for the first year however this offer is for a limited time only. The BT Sport Pack can be added to Sky TV from £22.99.

You can also get access to BT Sport if you are a Virgin TV customer. The full pack comes free with TV XL, but can be added to other TV packages for £18 per month. Plusnet broadband customers can also watch BT Sport if they have Sky TV for £9.99 per month or £12.49 in HD.

Sky Sports

Sky Sports is available as an add-on for all pay TV subscribers, except for those with Plusnet. There is a wide range options with each of the different providers, from adding single Sky Sports channels to taking the entire pack of ten channels. Some also allow you to add HD options, but this is not available for BT and TalkTalk customers.

Sky Sports is also available without a pay TV subscription through Now TV. The Sky-owned streaming service offers one-off Sky Sports Passes to watch all the Sky Sports channels on your TV or an internet-enabled device with no need for a contract.

You’ll just need to open a Now TV account online and choose between the day, week or month passes (£7.99, £12.99 and £33.99 each respectively).

Get BT Sport now → Get Sky Sports now →

Extra features

BT Sport

The BT Sport app and online player are included in any subscription, allowing you to stream the action to smartphones, laptops and computers wherever you have an internet connection.

Sky Sports

Sky gives the same option with the Sky Go app, which is included free with any Sky TV package. For an extra £5 per month you can take Sky Go Extra, which allows you to download content to enjoy later without an internet connection.


BT Sport

The inclusion of free BT Sport for all BT TV customers is a big draw to Britain’s biggest broadband provider, and BT broadband customers get to watch the action online for £0 per month. If you don’t have any BT products you can still add the BT Sport Pack to Sky TV from £22.99 per month.

At the other end of the scale, if budget isn’t a consideration, you can always take both for the ultimate TV sports line-up.

Sky Sports

Sky Sports is the more comprehensive option for sports fans. Sky Sports currently costs £18 for one channel (on a rolling monthly basis), or you can take the whole lot for £27.50 per month (again on a monthly basis). If you are prepared to commit for 18 months, you can save by paying just £20 per month for the full channel set. Note that you need to bolt Sky Sports onto Sky Entertainment in order to watch it on TV.

The only alternative to this is Now TV’s sports passes, whereby you can pick and choose what you want to watch and when.

Get BT Sport now → Get Sky Sports now →

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