How to subscribe to BT’s new TV channels before 1 August launch
What’s on offer on BT Sports?
BT’s package involves three channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN.
BT will show 38 Premier League games (compared with Sky’s 116), plus Conference Premier football, Premiership rugby and WTA tennis. ESPN has FA Cup and Scottish Premier League games.
How to sign up as a new customer?
There are two main options for those without BT or Sky.
To watch online, sign up for BT broadband (ranging from £10 to £16 a month depending on speed and usage). The additional costs are line rental of £15.45 a month, and a one-off £6.95 fee for the hub, all on a 12-month contract.
To watch them on TV means signing up to BT TV – £199 up front with no contract, or £49 by signing up for a TV package for a year, from £5 a month. Sign up before the end of July and the HD versions of all three channels are free.
I already subscribe to Sky for broadband, phone and TV
There are three options:
1) Add the BT channels via channel 413, for £12 a month (£15 for HD).
2) Switch wholesale to BT – but that limits access to Sky, with only Sky Sports 1 and 2 viewable on a BT Vision box. There is no need to pay for a new phone line, but extra costs will be a BT set-top box, activation costs, increased line rental from £14.50 a month to £15.45 a month, and increased broadband costs from £7.50 with Sky to £16 with BT. However, BT is offering free broadband for six months.
3) Keep Sky TV but switch phone and broadband services to BT. The only additional cost here is the £6.95 for the hub. The total monthly cost, after the six months’ free broadband, and including Sky Sports subscription, will be around £73, depending on options selected.
I’m with BT for broadband but have a Sky box
Watch BT Sport through your Sky box for free. Call and request it.
I’m with BT for broadband and TV
Commit to a new 12-month broadband contract, and the channels are free.
I’m with BT for broadband but have a Freeview box
Switch to BT TV, or watch the channels on your iPad or PC for free.
I’m with Virgin Media
There’s currently no access via Virgin.
I live in Spain – how can I get BT Sports in Spain?
You will have to contact BT Sports or your Sky card supplier) and subscribe to BT Sports for £12 a month (£15 for HD).