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What is BT Sport? How to get BT Sport channels

BT Sport Premier League games confirmed and Virgin TV gains access

BT Sport channels

BT Sport is now live with six channels, including ESPN, so here's everything you need to know about getting BT Sport. Updated on 15/07/13.

See also: BT to launch Home Hub 5 router with ac Wi-Fi.

In a bid to take on Sky and persuade customers of rival internet service providers (ISPs) to move to BT, the firm has said BT Sport will be available for free for its broadband customers. It said it would 'return sport to grassroots fans'.

It marks the first time in 20 years that live matches from the Barclays Premier League will be free to watch. See also: BT Broadband review.

Ian Livingston, BT chief executive, said: "UK Sports fans have had a rough deal for too long. Many have been priced out of the market but we will change this by giving away BT Sport for free with our broadband. Sports fans are the winners today."

With a new service like this, you've probably got a heap of questions you want answering so that's what we've put this together for. If you have any further questions or comments, let us know at the bottom of the page.

BT Sport: When will it launch?

The official launch date for BT Sport is 1 August.

BT Sport: What channels does it have?

BT Sport has three channels, each with an HD version:  BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN.

BT Sport: What sport can I watch?

BT has announced that it will show sports including 38 Premiere League matches including 18 'top pick' games, 69 Aviva Premiership rugby games, 30 Scottish Premiere League matches, FA Cup, Europa League, WTA women’s tennis, Ultimate Fighting Championships, Red Bull Sport and MotoGP.

BT Sport

Premier League games

BT has now revealed a list of games which will be exclusive to the BT Sport channels. These include five of BT's 18 'top pick' matches. More will be announced in due course.

Simon Green, director of BT Sport, said: "This is the first time in Premier League history that top pick matches have been shown anywhere other than on Sky,"

Date

KO

Home

Away

17 Aug 13

12:45

Liverpool

Stoke

24 Aug 13

12:45

Fulham

Arsenal

31 Aug 13

12:45

Man City

Hull City

14 Sep 13

12:45

Man Utd

Crystal Palace

21 Sep 13

12:45

Norwich

Aston Villa

28 Sep 13

12:45

Tottenham

Chelsea

05 Oct 13

12:45

Man City

Everton

19 Oct 13

12:45

Newcastle

Liverpool

26 Oct 13

12:45

Crystal Palace

Arsenal

02 Nov 13

12:45

Newcastle

Chelsea

23 Nov 13

12:45

Everton

Liverpool

30 Nov 13

12:45

Tottenham

Man Utd

How can I watch BT Sport?

There are a number of ways of watching BT Sport whether you get your TV from BT or not. We'll explain the options.

BT Broadband customers

In the simplest case, BT Broadband customers can watch BT Sport on the free app for smartphones and tablets plus via a web browser on PC or Mac. The app will be available for iPhone, iPad and selected Android devices.

See also: BT Sport review.

BT TV with BT Infinity customers

Customers who already get TV from BT with BT Infinity broadband, either BT Vision+ or YouView, will also get BT Sport for free. You still have to order and if done before 1 August, the HD channels will be free for the first year.

See also: BT YouView Humax DTR-T1000 review.

BT TV with BT Broadband customers

Those who have BT TV already but with a regular BT Broadband package will need to upgrade to Infinity to get BT Sport via TV. However, if Infinity isn't available in your area then you can still get BT Sport via the web player or app.

Sky customers with BT Broadband

If you are a Sky TV customer and get your broadband from BT you will be able to receive BT Sport for free. Those who order before 1 August will also get HD for free for the first year.

Sky customers without BT Broadband

If you subscribe to Sky TV and also get your broadband from Sky, or any other provider, you can still get BT Sport. It's not free though so you'll have to pay £12 per month for standard definition and £15 per month for HD.

Virgin Media customers

As of 15 August, Virgin TV customers can get access to BT Sport. Subscribers to the XL package get it for free while others can sign up for £15 per month, including the HD channels. The channels can be found at 529 – 530 and 547 – 500.

See also: BT Sport now available for Virgin Media customers.

BT Sport: Will I need to sign a new contract?

Yes, existing BT broadband customers will need to sign a new 12 month contract.

BT Sport: How do I order?

If you're interested in ordering BT Sport you can call 0800 400 440 or visit www.btsport.com

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