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Virgin Media 'in talks over BT Sport deal'

Tuesday, May 28th 2013 by Cable.co.uk
Virgin Media in talks over launch of BT Sport

BT Sport could soon be available on the Virgin Media platform.

Virgin Media has hinted to its cable TV customers that they will be able to sign up for BT's soon-to-launch sports broadcasting service.

BT announced earlier this month that the channels - BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN - will be available free of charge to its broadband subscribers with BT Vision, Sky+ or YouView set-top boxes. They will also be streamed online via a special app.

Sky users without a BT broadband connection will be able to subscribe to the standard-definition service for £12 per month, or the high-definition version for £15.

However, no mention was made of Virgin Media, leading to complaints from customers - particularly those currently signed up to Virgin's XL TV package, which will offer free access to ESPN until the introduction of BT Sport.

With the launch set to take place on August 1st 2013, Virgin Media has issued an update in which it promises to keep customers up to date with any new developments on the matter.

"We're always striving to bring you the best sporting events and competitions from around the world and we're talking to BT about how we can make the forthcoming BT Sport package available to you," the cable company insisted.

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