Mar 062017

BT Sports retains Champions League and Europa League UK TV rights

It was announced today that BT Sport will remain the exclusive UK home of all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football.

BT will pay around £394m each year for the rights until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The UEFA Champions League is set to be even stronger from 2018/19, with a minimum of four participating teams now guaranteed from each of England, Spain, Germany and Italy, resulting in more games between the top European teams. Fans will also be able to enjoy UEFA Champions League ‘double header’ nights, as live matches will kick off at both 6pm and 8pm during the Group Stage.
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Feb 012017

Sutton United’s historic FA Cup fifth-round tie against Arsenal will be played on a Monday night after the BBC finally picked the non-league giant killers for TV coverage.

The lowest-ranked team left in the competition will sign off the Cup weekend on February 20 in a 7.55pm kick-off, after the quarter-final draw the night before.

BT Sport will televise the other National League side, Lincoln City, in their trip to Burnley in the Saturday 12.30 kick-off.

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Jan 202017

BT Sports has announced its price increases for 2017.

From 1st August BT TV customers will be charged £3.50 a month for BT Sport.

Previously BT Sport was originally offered for free to BT customers. But they have realised that with increasing costs, like rights to Premier League football and UEFA Champions and Europa League football., that they have to start to charge for this service even for their BT customers.

Non-BT customers who access BT Sport via Sky will pay £7.50 a month, up from £6.00 a month. An additional charge applies to HD viewers.

Dec 082016

Six Emirates FA Cup third round ties have been selected for live TV coverage.

Manchester City’s trip to West Ham’s London Stadium on Friday 6 January 2017 will kick-off a bumper weekend of action, and the tie will be broadcast on BBC One.

BT Sport have picked two ties for live broadcast on Saturday 7 January – Manchester United v Reading and Preston North End v Arsenal.

They will then show Liverpool’s match against either Plymouth Argyle or Newport County before BBC pick up the reins again by showing Tottenham v Aston Villa.

Cambridge United v Leeds United will bring the weekend’s live coverage to a close on Monday 9 January, on BT Sport.

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Oct 142016

Sky Sports and BT Sport Christmas and New Year Premier League schedule

Sky Sports and BT Sports have released their live Premier League football matches for the December and January period.

However, Jürgen Klopp has expressed bewilderment at Liverpool’s new-year fixture schedule and claimed the demands of two Premier League games in less than 46 hours explains why England routinely fail at international tournaments.  Continue reading »

Jun 032016

This week has seen BT SPort 2 and BT Sport ESPN change frequencies, and moved to the UK beam on the Astra 2 satellites.

This may mean loss of BT Sport channels for some areas of southern Spain and Portugal, as people satellite dishes are now too small to receive these UK beam signals for where they are located.

In my service area, viewers should not notice much change in reception – and BT channels should still be available on our popular 110x120cm satellite dish installations.

Sky digiboxes will automatically update to the new frequencies.

Users with other satellite receivers will have to per form a channels scan to continue to watch these channels on their new frequencies.

For a full BT Sport frequency list click here.

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Apr 122016

The BBC and BT Sport will continue to share coverage of the The FA Cup until 2021, after the broadcasters reached an agreement with the FA to extend their broadcast rights of the competition for another three years.

The Football Association has today confirmed the extension in a joint announcement which will see the most famous cup club competition in world football continue its coverage across the BBC and BT Sport.

The three-year extension to the existing £200m-plus deal, which was struck in 2013 and brought the world’s oldest knockout cup competition back to the BBC after seven years, is crucial for the increasingly cash-strapped corporation.

The BBC’s sports right budget has been a major target of the corporation’s cutbacks but it has targeted key events that it feels it needs to retain the broadcasting rights.

On the BBC, Gary Lineker will continue to lead presentation duties with the corporation’s traditional free-to-air coverage of each round of the competition. In addition, a personalised digital offering promises to bring audiences “closer to the action than ever before”.

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Mar 222016

It hailed its surprise capture of the Champions League as “the real game-changer” but as BT Sport prepares to broadcast the last 16 of the competition,Inside Sport can expose the shocking viewing figures from the first season of its £897 million deal.

UK television ratings for the Champions League have, with the play-off round and group stages attracting a fraction of the audience – including those games made available free-to-air. While a significant drop-off was inevitable, the scale of it has provoked a Uefa rethink about how the competition rights will be sold at the next auction this year.

A key element of BT’s triumphant bid for the Champions League and Europa League 2½ years ago was its pledge to show some matches – at least 12 in the former competition – free-to-air to reach the widest possible audience. But its BT Showcase channel has proven a complete flop, attracting an average peak audience of less than 200,000 for its Champions League coverage, compared to the average peak of 4.4 million who watched the play‑off round and group stages on ITV last year.

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Feb 232016

Two BT Sport channels, BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Europe, change frequencies this week, which may mean loss of BT Sport Europe signals for some areas of southern Spain and Portugal.

BT Sport Europe standard definition has followed the HD version and has moved from the European beam to the UK beam. It may also mean the start of BT moving all of its channels from the European beam to the UK beam. This may mean that viewers in fringe reception areas, like the south of Spain, and Portugal, may now have lost this channel.

In my service area, viewers should not notice much change in reception – and BT channels should still be available on our popular 110x120cm satellite dish installations.

The new frequencies for BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Europe is:

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Aug 242015

BT Sport have seized the rights to the 2017-18 series Down Under from arch-rivals Sky in a major coup.

BT Sport have secured the UK contract for Aussie home matches from Cricket Australia for the next five years.

It is believed to be costing them around £16million a year.

The deal’s centrepiece is the next Ashes clash in 2017-18, when the home side will be hellbent on regaining the urn.

Losing that showcase series is a massive blow to Sky, whose cricket coverage has set new standards. Only football is more important to the broadcaster than cricket.

But Sky, following their £11m-a-match Premier League deal, were not able to compete with BT’s £80m offer for cricket rights,which starts with the Australian 2016-17 season.

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