How to watch the UEFA Champions League when it returns in February
Fans of English football have all the more reason to follow the knockout stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League, as an unprecedented five Premier League sides head into the round-of-16. They’ll be joined there by the likes of Barcelona, Paris St Germain and, of course, Shakhtar Donetsk.
For viewers in the UK, UEFA Champions League games are available exclusively via BT Sport. Here’s how you can watch on your TV, mobile or computer:
BT Sport on BT TV
BT TV is a TV-box-based service that’s available exclusively with a BT broadband or BT Infinity subscription.
The cheapest BT TV subscription that includes BT Sport is the 'Starter + BT Sport' package. Touted as “the perfect introduction to BT TV”, it gets you all the standard Freeview channels, a YouView box, and three ways to watch BT Sport: on BT TV, online or via the BT Sport app.
The Standard + Sport package with Unlimited Infinity broadband costs £33.49 a month for a minimum of 18 months, with an upfront payment of £59.99.
You can add BT Sport to the Entertainment TV package – a more expansive package including a recordable YouView+ HD box and a wider selection of channels – for an additional fee of £3.50 a month, or to the BT TV Max package for no extra cost. Entertainment costs £10 a month on top of whatever you pay for broadband and Max is an extra fiver on top of that.
BT Infinity broadband customers can pay £6.50 a month – after a free introductory period lasting three months – to add BT Sport HD’s high definition Champions League coverage to their BT TV package. But it’s not just about the Champions League – BT Sport also shows action from the Premier League, the Ashes, UFC and more.
Watch online and on the BT Sport app
BT broadband customers can use their PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet to watch Champions League games using the BT Sport app and online player.
If you’re a customer, simply log in using your BT ID to gain access. BT broadband subscriptions currently start from £23.99 a month.
Thankfully for those of us locked in to another broadband deal, access to the BT Sport app isn’t only available to BT broadband customers. It also comes with BT Business and BT Mobile deals (with 6GB data or more), and can be added on to packages from various other providers. Let’s go through them now.
BT Sport on other networks
EE offers access via the BT Sport app, which can be used either on your EE mobile or a connected tablet. This costs £5 a month after a free, introductory period of three months. The subscription can be cancelled at any time, which must make this one of the most flexible ways available to watch the Champions League on BT Sport.
Similarly, if you have a subscription to YouView TV from Plusnet, you can pay £5 a month extra to gain access to BT Sport.
TalkTalk TV customers can add BT Sport for a monthly fee of £25.99, following an activation fee of £35 for a monthly contract or £20 for a yearly contract. You can start the process by selecting the channel in the TalkTalk TV Guide.
If you use a Sky TV box, you can add the BT Sport Pack to your subscription for an additional fee. The price will depend on which, if any, BT products you have. If you're already a BT broadband customer you can add BT Sport to your Sky TV package for £10 a month. If you don't, BT Sport will cost you £25.99 a month with an upfront fee that depends on whether you opt for a 12-month contract or a one-month rolling deal.
Last but not least, BT Sport is included in a handful of TV, broadband and phone deals from Virgin Media, including the Full House TV bundle and the VIP TV bundle.
When are the English sides in Champions League action on BT Sport?
If you want to follow all five English clubs in the Champions League knockout stages, you’ve got plenty of viewing on your hands.
First up, Tottenham take on Juventus and Man City play Basel on 13 February and 7 March. Next, Liverpool tackle Porto on 14 February and 6 March.
Chelsea have the unenviable task of attempting to overcome Barcelona on 20 February and 14 March, and Manchester United will close out the English interest in the round-of-16 as they face Sevilla on 21 February and 13 March.
All the matches will kick off at 19.45pm and are available to watch on BT Sport.
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