BT TV launches Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 on YouView
BT TV will offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on its YouView boxes from today, following its successful application for interim relief at the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
The news means that BT TV will be able to enhance its sports channel line-up on YouView boxes, adding Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to its existing offering of BT Sport, ESPN and the Eurosport channels, and giving viewers the option to add an extended range of Barclays Premier League football games.
BT announced that it is now able to stop selling its Vision+ set top boxes altogether – previously BT customers who wanted Sky Sports had to take the Vision+ box.
BT will offer Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 for £22 a month or £16.50 a month for one or the other of the channels, allowing customers the flexibility to opt in and out of the Sky Sports channels with 30 days’ notice.
Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “This is a pivotal moment for our ambitions in TV.
“We are delighted to now be able to offer a stronger range of premium sports programming on our YouView boxes, adding to the recent launch of Netflix.
“The ability to bundle together great content on our most advanced set top box will underpin our aim to sell BT TV to more of our broadband customers and to accelerate the number of our customers who take a triple play bundle from us.
“At the moment we’ve got our best-ever offer available – BT Infinity, BT TV with YouView, BT Sport and Netflix for £5.99 for the first six months. Customers who want to add Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 can now add that option, whereas previously they would have had to take the Vision+ box and a different deal.”
Existing BT customers who already pay for Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 will usually be able to swap their Vision+ box for a YouView+ box for just £35 at the end of their current contract, if they also take BT Infinity.
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BT Infinity: £0 a month for 6 months, then £15 a month for 12 months. £17.50/month from month 19. No calls are included in this package. This may affect your BT calling plan. For new BT Broadband customers that sign up for 18 months and pay £16.99/month BT line rental. 20GB usage limit. A BT Home Hub is included. You’ll need to pay by Direct Debit. Subject to availability, Minimum line speed and computer specification. Terms apply.
Netflix is available from £5.99 a month for the 1 stream/SD plan and can be ordered with any BT TV package. £35 activation fee applies.
BT TV: Existing BT Broadband customers must have 12 months remaining on their contract or recontract. Direct Debit payment. £35 for broadband extenders if needed. Fast-enough line needed. Availability of digital channels and quality of content depends on local transmitter and suitable rooftop aerial (www.freeview.co.uk/availability). Subject to availability. Terms apply.
BT TV Starter: £0 a month for 12 months then £5 a month. 12-month minimum term. If you stop your service in the first year we’ll charge you up to £99. HDMI connection required. Pause and rewind up to 30 minutes of live TV.
BT Sport: UK residential broadband customers only. BT Infinity customers can watch BT Sport online at home. To watch BT Sport online elsewhere you need 3G/4G/wi-fi (charges may apply). To watch BT Sport at btsport.com you need Microsoft Silverlight. The BT Sport app works on iPhone (3GS and above), iPad (iOS 6 and above) and selected Android devices with OS 4.1. A maximum of two devices may be used simultaneously. BT Sport is also available on the Sky Digital Satellite Platform or BT TV with BT Infinity for new and existing broadband customers who sign up for 12 months or have 12 months remaining on their contract; ongoing renewal needed to get discounted BT Sport. BT Sport on BT TV requires a compatible box from BT and a fee of £35-£199 may apply. Otherwise, Sky box and active viewing card required. Excludes Multiscreen. E-billing required. BT Sport is free for new and existing customers. Terms apply. Please check bt.com/sport for details.
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