May 092013

BT has revealed that the three BT Sport channels it is launching shortly will be free for all BT broadband customers.
They will cost £ 12 per month for Sky customers.

The three BT channels will be BT Sports 1, BT Sports 2 and ESPN.

BT Sport has won the TV rights for MotoGP from 2014 in a five-year deal, after a decade of coverage on the BBC. BBC coverage for the remainder of this season will be unaffected, with all races and some qualifying sessions available on BBC One and BBC Two.

BT Sport has signed a five-year carriage deal with MotoGP, starting 2014, in addition to the wide range of Premier League football games, Aviva Premiership rugby, women’s tennis, European football and UFC action that has already been announced for the channels. Some women’s tennis, currently on Eurosport, will also now only be available on BT Sports channels.

MotoGP is available for free on Spanish TV.

How much does BT Sports cost?

BT aims to boost its broadband customer base by offering BT Sport free to anyone who is a broadband subscriber.

Those who are not subscribers must pay £15-a-month for HD, or £12 for standard definition. The £3 monthly fee for HD will be waived for a year if you sign up before August 1.
This is higher than the £10 the Sky Sports subscribers can currently pay for ESPN, which has the 38 match package this season. ESPN bought without Sky Sports is £13.

So those who switch broadband to BT will be paying at least £25.45 each month, but will get access to the sport channels.

What talent has BT got on board?

In terms of football, Sky wins huge praise for its intelligent and entertaining presenting team that includes Jeff Stelling, Martin Tyler, Gary Neville and Alan Smith, while it has recently signed up soon-to-retire Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

BT has made a good move in poaching former BBC Formula One presenter Jake Humphrey to front its football coverage and respected Ian Darke as the lead commentator.

But the rest of its team is less proven. It includes Rio Ferdinand, Steve McManaman, David James, Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen.

Its rugby team meanwhile has former England internationals Matt Dawson, Ben Kay, Austin Healey and Martin Bayfield

Jan 132013

There are many key sporting moments in 2013, all live and availabel to watch on TV. there is the World Athletics Championships, Rugby League World Cup, the women’s Cricket World Cup, the Ashes and ICC Champions Trophy and in football the Africa Cup of Nations and women’s European Championships all to look forward to.

14-27: Australian Open tennis
World number ones Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka will defend their titles as the tennis year gets under way in Melbourne.

19 January-10 February: Africa Cup of Nations
The 29th Africa Cup of Nations is being held in South Africa. The Final will be played at Soccer City on Sunday, 10 February 10. The other host cities are Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Rustenburg.

31 January-17 February: Women’s Cricket ICC World Cup
Hosts India will open the ICC Women’s World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

2 February-16 March: Rugby Union Six Nations
Wales are defending champions, but England will fancy their chances when the 2013 Six Nations kicks off.

3 February The Superbowl
Super Bowl XLVII – will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

6 February : England v Brazil
The first of three special England home football friendlies to mark the Football Association’s 150th anniversary, with matches against the Republic of Ireland (29 May) and Scotland (14 August) also lined up.

20-24 February : World Track Cycling Championships

24: Capital One Cup final
Wembley will host the 54th final of the League Cup.

12-15: Cheltenham Festival
The great horse racing festival

31: Boat Race
The 2013 contest between Oxford and Cambridge Universities will be the 159th running of the race.

6: Grand National
All eyes will be on Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool for the Grand National.

11-14: The Masters
In the first major of the golfing year, Augusta will again play host to this historic tournament.

20 April-6 May: Snooker World Championship
Snooker’s biggest tournament is held at the Crucible in Sheffield.

21: London Marathon
More than 30,000 runners will hit 26 miles of London’s streets in the 33rd London Marathon.

11: FA Cup Final

23 & 25: Champions League Finals
The fourth Uefa Women’s Champions League final will be played at Chelsea’s ground, Stamford Bridge, on 23 May, with the men’s at Wembley on 25 May.

26: Scottish Cup Final
The Scottish Cup Final will move from its traditional Saturday kick-off to Sunday so as not to clash with the Champions League final at Wembley.

26 May-9 June: French Open Tennis

1: Epsom Derby
The 234th Epsom Derby is the pinnacle of the Flat racing season.

1 June-6 July: British and Irish Lions tour
The British and Irish Lions will play nine matches, including three Tests, during their tour of Australia plus a game against Barbarians in Hong Kong en route.

6-23: ICC Champions Trophy
England and Wales will host the three-week 50-over tournament featuring the top eight one-day sides in world cricket.

13-16: US Open golf
Golf’s second major of the year, the US Open , takes place at Merion in Pennsylvania.

18-22: Royal Ascot
Top racing action mixes with high fashion at the five-day meeting which features some of the top equine stars from around the world.

24 June-7 July: Wimbledon
The 127th Championships.

29 June-21 July: Tour de France
The 100th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages, covering a total distance of 2,088 miles.

30 June: British Grand Prix
The 2013 race has been brought forward from its traditional July date to the last weekend of June.

10-29: Women’s 2013 European Championships
The BBC will show all of England’s European Women’s Championship games next summer.

10 July-25 August: The Ashes
England will host Australia in the Ashes series in July and August.

18-21: The Open
Ernie Els will defend his Open title at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland.

20-28: IPC Athletics World Championships

10-18: Athletics World Championships
Russian capital Moscow will host the 14th Athletics World Championships.

26 August-8 September: US Open
Andy Murray achieved the seemingly impossible at Flushing Meadows in New York in 2012, when he won his first major title.

1: British MotoGP
The 2013 British MotoGP moves from its traditional summer slot in June to September to host round 13 of the World Championship.

26 October-30 November: Rugby League World Cup
The final will be at Old Trafford on 30 November.

4: ATP World Tour Finals

28 November-January 2014: The Ashes
England will travel to Australia for the return Ashes series between November 2013 and January 2014.