Champions League football will be free for BT TV customers
All of next season’s UEFA Champions League and Europa League football matches will be free for BT TV customers, it has been announced today.
BT has the rights to broadcast all 351 matches from both competitions for the next three seasons.
And today, the company announced that customers with BT TV will get all four BT Sport channels for free – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, ESPN on BT Sport and the new BT Sport Europe, which launches on 1 August.
BT broadband customers will be able to watch through Sky TV, the BT Sport app, or on BT Mobile, for £5 a month.
Some matches will be made available for everyone to watch, whether a subscriber or not, via a new, free-to-air channel on digital TV.
The new channel, BT Sport Showcase, will show a minimum of 12 UEFA Champions League matches and 14 UEFA Europa League matches. Each participating British team will be shown at least once.
Live Champions League coverage will be fronted by former England captain Gary Lineker, recently retired defender Rio Ferdinand and Jake Humphrey, who has led BT Sport's football coverage since its launch.
They will join BT Sport regulars Paul Scholes, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Owen Hargreaves, and new signings Steven Gerrard, Harry Redknapp, Glenn Hoddle and Howard Webb.
A new ‘Goals’ show, presented by European football expert James Richardson, will also be shown on Champions League nights, keeping viewers up to date with all the action across all eight games.
'Undisputed home of European football'
BT broadband customers will have the option to receive BT Sport 1 for free for a third season.The channel will show 38 live Barclays Premier League matches next season as well as Aviva Premiership rugby and games from the Scottish football league.
John Petter, CEO of BT Consumer, said: “When we launched BT Sport we promised to make televised football far more accessible and affordable than it has been to date.
“We have opened the market to millions of new customers and we want to build on that as BT Sport becomes the undisputed home of European football.
“We are of course giving our best offer to existing customers – broadband customers will get the new BT Sport Pack for the heavily discounted price of £5 whilst customers who take broadband and TV from us will get it absolutely free."
Mr Petter said the channel launch is the start of a new chapter for European football on TV.
“BT Sport will show hundreds of live matches throughout the tournament using the very latest technology,” he said. “Our presenters and experts will also provide the smartest insight and analysis.”
A new ‘Connected Red Button service’ will allow BT TV viewers to switch between matches and track the action with a new goal alert function, which will let the viewer know when a goal is scored in any of the games.
Customers will also be able to watch every game live online and through the BT Sport app.
BT also announced that in August it will launch the first Ultra HD (4K) channel in Europe, BT Sport Ultra HD, and will also introduce a new BT TV Ultra HD set top box.
The Community Shield will be the first game to be broadcast, with other live events shown throughout the season, including selected games from the UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and Aviva Premiership Rugby.
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