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BT Sport – What it is, how much it costs and how to get it

Wednesday, May 31st 2017

BT Sport’s rapidly increasing portfolio of top sports events, including the UEFA Champions League, makes it an attractive option for many sports fans.

The BT Sport Pack includes BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, ESPN and BT Sport Europe. Plus a free-to-air channel BT Sport Showcase is available to everyone – even if you haven't subscribed to BT Sport.

Can I get BT Sport?

Yes. Almost everyone can get BT Sport, even if they are not a BT customer. BT TV, which carries BT Sport, is available to all BT broadband and phone customers. Or, if you’re with Sky, Plusnet or Virgin Media, you can add BT Sport to your existing package.

How to get BT Sport from BT (through BT TV)

BT Sport is available to all BT customers. Broadband-only customers can access the BT Sport mobile app and online player, while those that have BT TV have the option to watch the channels on TV too.

The full BT Sport pack is free to all customers who have BT TV with BT broadband (standard or Infinity). The HD versions of the channels can be added for an extra £5 per month.

BT broadband customers meanwhile, can watch BT Sport via the app and online player. BT Sport Lite (BT Sport 1) is included free with all BT broadband plans.

For an additional £0 per month, broadband-only customers can get the full pack featuring BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN, plus BT Sport Europe. Otherwise, you can upgrade your package to include TV and then access the BT Sport channel pack for free.

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Can I get BT Sport from Sky?

Yes. The BT Sport pack is available to Sky TV customers with BT broadband (standard or Infinity) for an additional fee. To sign up, you’ll just need to enter your Sky viewing card number, BT phone number and postcode on the BT website to activate the channels.

Regardless of how far along you are on your BT broadband contract, adding BT Sport triggers the start of a new 12-month contract period – although any discounted deal will continue on the original terms.

If you have Sky TV without BT broadband, you can add BT Sport to your package on a one-month rolling contract by signing up on the BT website.

Sky TV customers with BT broadband can watch BT Sport Lite via the app and online player for free. If you want all the channels to watch on TV and the app, it’s an additional £0 per month.

Those with Sky TV face an activation fee of £20 (12-month contract) or £35 (one-month contract), plus £22.99 per month charge for the full BT Sport pack. An optional £5 for the HD versions also applies, however the one-month contract is only available with HD.

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Can I get BT Sport from Virgin?

Yes, you can. Currently, new and existing Virgin Media customers with the TV XL package (either on its own, or as part of a Big Kahuna or VIP bundle) will find that the standard definition and HD BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Europe and ESPN channels are now part of your channel line-up.

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Virgin Media customers with any other TV bundle can add BT Sport on a 30-day rolling contract, or upgrade to TV XL, which will trigger the start of a new 18-month contract.

Your subscription will include TV access on your TiVo box, as well as the online player and mobile/tablet app at no extra charge to get your sporting fix while out and about.

BT Sport is free to Virgin Media TV XL customers, while those on other packages can add it for an extra £18 per month with free activation. This fee includes both the standard and HD versions.

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Can I get BT Sport from TalkTalk?

No, you can't. BT Sport is not available on TalkTalk. BT has said it is open to negotiations with TalkTalk, but nothing has thus far materialised. If an agreement is reached we will update this guide to let you know.

What is BT Sport?

BT Sport is the collective name for a group of sports channels that are available to customers who use BT, Sky, or Virgin Media for their TV packages. The channels were launched in competition to Sky Sports and, although the two companies offer different content, it’s football that makes up the bulk.

BT Sport comprises three channels: BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN, all of which have HD counterparts. BT Sport is included with BT Infinity or standard broadband packages and can be watched through BT’s online player if a TV bundle isn’t taken out.

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What can I watch on BT Sport?

BT Sport shows football matches from Bundesliga (the German football league), the FA Cup, the Women’s Super League and more. BT Sport channels are also showing matches from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League from 2015 through 2016.

Champions League football

BT Sport has (had) the lions share of Champions League matches in the season just ending (2015-2016), including screening the finals, which are yet to happen at the time of writing. If you love Champions League – and, come on, who doesn’t? – Then you need BT Sport in your life.

Premier League football

BT Sport will show 38 Premier League matches per season, starting with the 2013/14 season, which seems like a reasonable amount, but pales in comparison when compared to Sky’s 116 matches over the same period. Bear in mind that these 38 matches are exclusive to BT. If you only have Sky Sports, you won’t be able to watch them.

Some American sports

If football isn’t your thing, BT Sport has you covered. Alongside football, BT Sport offers rugby – in the shape of the Aviva Premiership – WTA Tennis, Moto GP and UFC. ESPN also hosts a number of American sports including MLB, NASCAR, IndyCar and NCAA football and basketball, so there’s bound to be something that ticks your sport box.

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What are the best ways to watch BT Sport?

You can watch BT Sport via any of BT’s set-top boxes. BT Sport can also be watched on Sky, Plusnet and Virgin Media at varying prices, on a mobile device via the BT Sport app and soon, though not yet, on TalkTalk TV.

Sports app and online player

If you have BT Broadband or BT Infinity or a BT Mobile plan, then BT’s Sport channels can be viewed with the BT Sport app and online player. The best thing about the app and online player (and the best feature in anything that shares this attribute) is that it’s free; all you have to do is select the app and online player when ordering broadband from BT.

If you ordered BT broadband before the first of August 2013, and you’re still with BT, you can activate the app by going to BT’s website. To receive a sharper picture when you watch content via the online player, BT advise streaming through an Infinity broadband connection.

On your television through BT TV

BT Sport is available free on BT TV. If BT Infinity is available in your area, you’ll need to take Infinity to access BT Sport on TV. If it isn’t, you may still be able to access the channels with standard BT broadband, so long as your speed is fast enough (a minimum of 5.25Mbps for existing customers and 6.5Mbps for new customers).

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On your television through your Sky+ HD or Sky Q box

You can get BT Sport if you’re on Sky. If you’re not already a BT customer you can switch to BT broadband and receive BT Sport free through your Sky TV package. Alternatively, you can add BT Sport to your Sky TV package without having to swap broadband provider by paying £22.99 a month plus an additional one-off £20 activation fee.

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On your TV through your Virgin Media TiVo box

You can reap the benefits of BT Sport without switching your broadband provider by opting for the Virgin Media XL TV package, which comes with over 230 channels including 46 HD channels. Interestingly, if you’re a bit of a sportoholic, the XL TV package can also include Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News – making it a paradise for those who crave sport in all its forms.

If you don’t have the XL TV package, and don’t wish to upgrade to it, you can add the BT Sport HD channels to your Virgin bundle for an additional £18 a month. The Big Kahuna Sports and Big Daddy bundle include BT Sport 1 & 2 and ESPN as standard.

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On Plusnet through its set-top box

If you have Plusnet broadband and Sky TV, you can get to watch all the sporting highlights on BT Sport. For £5.99 you can get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. If you want the channels in HD, you will have to pay an extra £1.50.

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Through Google Chromecast

BT Sport is available on Chromecast – a streaming device developed by Google. To watch BT Sport through Chromecast, you’ll need to be a BT broadband or BT TV customer. If you’re already a BT customer, you can plug a Chromecast device into your TV’s HDMI slot and watch BT Sport on the big screen through the BT Sport App.

How much is BT Sport?

BT Sport is currently £0 per month when taken out with a BT broadband or BT Mobile contract. You will pay an additional £5 to watch in HD. Sky will charge you through the nose, however, demanding £22.99 per month (all HD) as well as a £35 activation fee. BT Sport through Virgin Media (also all HD) will cost you a flat £18 per month, while watching it on your Plusnet YouView box will set you back £5, or £8 if you want to watch it in HD.

How much is BT Sport on BT?

New BT broadband customers can add the BT Sports Pack to their broadband order. This gives you all four BT Sport channels (BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Europe (4K) and BT Sport ESPN) as well as their HD counterparts.

The BT Sport Pack costs £0 a month and comes on a 12 month contract. You’ll be able to watch BT Sport on your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile, but not on your TV. If you don’t fancy paying the additional fee, you can choose the BT Sport Lite pack for free. This is the “amuse-bouche” of the BT Sport world, and only gives you BT Sport 1.

If you want to watch BT Sport on your TV, it's included for free with all BT TV packages, the cheapest being the BT TV Starter, which is free, although it does come with a £50 set-up fee.

You can add the BT Sports pack to your current package for £0 by getting in touch with BT and having it added.

If you’re a BT TV customer you should already have BT Sport available on your TV platform. If you’re a BT Infinity customer you can upgrade to BT Sport HD for an additional £5.

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How much is BT Sport on Sky?

Sky already has a huge number of channels, and has been the king of televised sport in the UK for years. Now that it shares the rights to show big matches from the Premier League, it’s no great surprise that Sky customers want a piece of the action.

There currently isn’t a Sky TV package that includes any of the BT Sport channels as standard. Instead, you'll need to purchase a BT Sport Pack from BT and tick the option to watch it through Sky. This will provide you all of the available BT Sports channels to watch on your TV, as well as on your mobile, tablet or laptop.

The BT Sport pack charges an activation fee of £20 if you sign up for a 12-month contract, or £35 if you only want it for a month. The monthly cost of watching BT Sport on Sky is £22.99.

Of course, this all comes on top of the price of a Sky TV bundle, the cheapest of which is The Original Bundle, which will set you back £20 per month.

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It’s a similar story if you’re an existing Sky customer. You’ll need to pay an activation fee which is either £20 if you sign up for 12 months, or £35 if you want it for one month. From then on you'll pay the £22.99 monthly subscription fee. Just sign up, then contact BT with your Sky ID number.

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How much is BT Sport on Virgin?

Virgin Media hasn’t got its own sport channels, so it's a very compatible platform for adding BT Sport. You can get BT Sport as part of the TV XL package which comes with the Big Kahuna Bundle, which will set you back £46 per month and the VIP bundle which costs £91 per month.

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You can also get the TV XL package outside of a broadband bundle for £44. This comes with a line rental charge as well.

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You can add BT Sport to your current package for a £18 monthly fee. This will add all the BT Sport channels and their HD counterparts. The Big Kahuna Sports and VIP bundle includes BT Sport as standard.

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How much is BT Sport on Plusnet?

Buried in the depths of Plusnet’s terms and conditions is a way to get BT Sport through Sky TV. It’s all rather convoluted and only works if you have both Plusnet broadband and Sky TV.

Firstly you need to be a Sky TV customer. If you’re not, the cheapest bundle is the Original Bundle, which will set you back £20 a month.

Then you need to join Plusnet. The cheapest package is Plusnet Essential Broadband, which is currently £19.99 per month, but there’s also line rental on top of that.

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Then you need to pay a monthly fee for BT Sport. This is £9.99 per month, or £12.49 per month if you want it in HD. This gives you access to all the BT Sport channels, but it’s only really worth getting it this way if you’re already a Sky TV customer.

If you’re already a Plusnet broadband and Sky TV customer you can enter your Sky ID on Plusnet’s website to get access to the channels through your Sky box. This will cost you £9.99 per month or £12.49 per month if you want it in HD.

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Can I record BT Sport?

Yes, you can. Whether as a BT customer or on Sky, Virgin Media or Plusnet, you are able to record all BT Sport content to the hard drive of whichever set-top box you are using, providing you have a BT Sport subscription. Subscription prices between different providers vary.

How to record BT Sport on BT TV

BT TV packages come with a YouView or YouView+ box. You can only record with the YouView+ box, and you can record all the content on the BT Sport channels. Just press the ‘TV Guide’ button on your remote to open up your TV listings, use the arrow buttons to find what you want to record and press the ‘R’ button to record it.

All BT broadband and TV customers receive access to the BT Sport App and online player, which lets you watch BT Sport on selected tablets, phones or computers. Not all BT Sport’s content is available to view on the app and online player because BT does not have the rights to show all programmes that way.

You can’t record BT Sport on the BT Sport App, but it does have an on-demand section, which has a selection of matches, footage and highlights to watch within a set period of time.

How to record BT Sport on Sky TV

If you have a Sky+ or Sky Q box and access to BT Sport, you can record events so you don’t miss anything. Just scroll to the programme you want to record on the listings page and press the red ‘R’ button on the remote. If you want to record while you’re watching, just press the record button on your remote. This will record to the end of the programme.

If you have access to BT Sport on your Sky account, you’ll also have the BT Sport App. You can’t record with the app, but it does have an on-demand section, so you can catch up on anything you’ve missed. BT Sport is not available on the Sky Go app or using Now TV.

How to record BT Sport on Virgin Media

If you have BT Sport on Virgin Media TV you can record matches using the TiVo Box’s record feature. Just scroll along to the match you want on the TV listings and press the red ‘R’ button on your remote to record it.

As a Virgin Media TV customer, you’ll receive access to the Virgin Media TV Anywhere app. This lets you watch your Virgin TV content on your computer or tablet. While you can watch BT Sport using the app, you can’t use it to record, and you can't use it to stream pre-recorded matches from the ‘My Shows’ section on the TiVo box.

How to record BT Sport on Plusnet TV

Plusnet's TV platform lets you sign up to one of two BT Sport packages: BT Sport or BT Sport HD. Like BT, Plusnet TV comes with either a YouView or YouView+ box, but you can only record on a YouView+ box.

To record BT Sport, go to 'TV Guide' and scroll through your TV listings to find BT Sport, once you've found what you want to record simply press the 'R' button.

You can also record BT Sport if you are a Plusnet broadband customer with Sky TV - you'll need a Sky+ HD box paired with a Sky viewing card. If your Sky box supports Sky+, you’ll be able to record any of the BT Sport channels the same way as with Sky TV. Press the ‘TV Guide’ button on your remote, scroll through to whatever you want to record using the arrow buttons and press the ‘R’ record button.

Plusnet customers cannot get access to the BT Sport app or online player.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a subscription to watch BT Sport?

Yes. You will need a TV subscription with BT, Sky, Virgin Media or Plusnet in order to get BT Sport. If you are a BT broadband customer you can also get access to BT Sport for a monthly fee. Plusnet broadband customers with Sky TV can also purchase BT Sport.

Is BT Sport free if I get BT broadband?

No, BT broadband customers will have to pay a monthly charge of £0 to get access to the full BT Sport pack.

Where do I sign up for BT Sport?

You can sign up to BT Sport via your TV provider or BT’s website.

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What devices can I download and use the BT Sport app onto?

The BT Sport app is available on Apple devices operating on iOS 8 or above – including laptops, smartphones and iPads. The app is also compatible with Android devices running on OS 4.3 or above and Windows smartphones and tablets that operate on Windows 10.

Where do I find the BT Sport TV guide so I can see what's on?

You should be able to find the BT Sport TV guide on your TV planner menu. It is also available to view online on the BT Sport website.

Can I watch BT Sport on my Xbox, PlayStation or PC?

BT Sport is currently unavailable on game consoles. However you can get access to BT Sport on a PC operating on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Can I watch BT Sport on my smart TV without a box?

Unfortunately you’ll need a Youview, TiVo or Sky TV box to watch BT Sport on your smart TV. There isn’t a specific BT Sport app for smart TV.

Can I watch BT Sport on Freeview?

You can get access to BT Sport Showcase channel on Freeview. It’s a free-to-air channel that broadcasts a selection of BT Sport content. Unfortunately you can’t get access to the full BT Sport pack on Freeview.

Your only options include a TV subscription from BT, Sky, Virgin Media or Plusnet. If you purchase BT broadband you can stream BT Sport via the BT Sport app.

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Can I watch BT Sport on the Sky Go app?

Unfortunately, you can’t access BT Sport on Sky Go – even if you have subscribed to BT Sport on Sky TV. However, BT Sport customers can watch content on the go via the BT Sport app and online player.

Can I watch BT Sport on Apple TV?

Yes – via the BT Sport app. The app allows you to stream live content to your Apple TV. To get the best quality a download speed of 2Mbps or above is recommended.

You’ll also need to make sure that the Apple device you’re streaming BT Sport on (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) is using the same wi-fi network as your Apple TV.

Can I watch BT Sport on my laptop?

Yes, you can watch BT Sport on your laptop via the BT Sport app and online player. However, to get access to the app you’ll need to have BT broadband or TV. Sky TV and Virgin TV customers that subscribe to BT Sport can also watch BT Sport on their laptop through the app.

Can I watch BT Sport on Freesat?

If you already have Freesat from Sky you can add BT Sport for a monthly fee. If you've bought Freesat directly (not from Sky), you can't. Weird, but them's the rules!

Can I stream BT Sport online for free?

You can watch a selection of BT Sport content for free via the official BT Sport YouTube channel. The YouTube channel also broadcasts ‘How To’ tutorials and highlights from the Premier League, UFC, MotoGP, Premiership Rugby and European football.

Can I watch BT Sport on Sky Multiscreen?

Yes, you can. However, it isn't cheap. You will need an additional BT Sport subscription for each additional box you want to watch it on.

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Can I watch MotoGP on BT Sport?

Yes. BT Sport has exclusive rights to broadcast MotoGP in the UK – so it’s the only place you can watch live races from start to finish.

Can I watch UFC on BT Sport?

Yes you can. You can watch live UFC matches including female tournaments on BT Sport. BT Sport subscribers can also watch matches on demand online.

Can I watch rugby on BT Sport?

Yes. BT Sport broadcasts a range of rugby tournaments including the Aviva Premiership.

Where do I find the football fixtures for BT Sport?

You can find information on the latest football fixtures on the BT Sport website. It will give you a list of dates and kick-off times of future football matches.

What channel numbers are BT Sport on on my YouView box?

You can watch BT Sport on your Youview box on the following channels:

  • BT Sport 1/BT Sport 1 HD – 408/430
  • BT Sport 2/BT Sport 2 HD – 410/432
  • BT Sport Europe/BT Sport Europe HD – 409/431
  • BT Sport ESPN/BT Sport ESPN HD – 411/433
  • BT Sport Ultra HD – 434

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