BT Sport is a new collection of sports TV channels from broadband and phone giant BT, showing live sport such as Barclays Premier League football. Here's everything you need to know about it, and how you can get it.
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It comprises three channels - BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN - available in both standard and high-definition (HD). BT bought the UK and Ireland channels of US sports TV network ESPN earlier this year.
BT Sport is included free of charge via the BT Sport app and online with all BT broadband and phone packages. Existing customers can get BT Sport via the app and online at no extra cost if they sign a new 12-month broadband contract.
While all BT broadband customers can watch BT Sport for free online with a special Online Player or the BT Sport app, BT TV customers will need to have or take a BT Infinity connection if they want to watch BT Sport via their TVs. If you are not eligible for BT Infinity, you will not be able to watch BT Sport on BT TV.
Sky or Virgin Media customers can also get BT Sport subscriptions, but with Sky you'll still need to have BT broadband, or else you have to pay £12 per month to add BT Sport to your Sky package (£15 for HD). With Virgin Media, BT Sport is included free with the XL TV package - and you don't need to have BT broadband.
Virgin Media customers who don't have XL TV, and don't want to upgrade from their current package, can still get BT Sport in HD for £15 per month.
BT Sport is included with BT broadband, phone and TV packages at no extra cost via the Online Player and app.
However, to watch BT Sport on BT TV, you'll need to have or take a BT Infinity package. This is included with the package, although a £49 activation fee is charged, and enables BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 2 to be received in standard-definition (SD) via digital TV aerial. ESPN is only available via the Online Player and app.
If you aren't eligible for BT Infinity, you won't be able to watch BT Sport via BT TV.
BT Sport broadband deals
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Monthly cost: £5.00
(for 6 months)1st year cost: £96.95
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The only way to get BT Sport via BT TV is to get a BT Infinity, phone and TV package. This will enable you to watch BT Sport via your TV, access the BT Sport Online Player and the app at no extra cost.
New BT Infinity, phone and TV customers will be given a YouView from BT set-top box. This will enable them to watch BT Sports 1, BT Sports 2 and ESPN in standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD), which will be delivered to their television sets via fibre optic broadband.
BT Sport TV deals
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Monthly cost: £12.50
(for 6 months)1st year cost: £250.95
Monthly cost: £14.50
(for 6 months)1st year cost: £274.95
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Monthly cost: £21.00
(for 3 months)1st year cost: £370.95
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If you're with Sky (www.Sky.com) and have a Sky box and an active Sky viewing card (whether or not you have a Sky subscription) you can get BT Sports. You don't have to be a BT customer, but if you do have a BT broadband connection, it is free.
Those with Sky or Freesat from Sky who cannot, or do not, wish to sign a 12-month BT broadband contract can get all three BT Sport channels on TV for £12 per month, or £15 per month if you want them in HD, along with a one-off £15 activation fee.
To subscribe, you should contact BT rather than Sky, as only BT can activate them.
You don't need to have BT broadband, so Virgin Media is the only provider that offers BT Sport at no extra cost to households that don't get their broadband from BT.
If you don't have the Virgin Media XL TV package, and you don't want to upgrade from your current package, you can pay £15 per month to add BT Sport (in HD) to your Virgin Media bundle.
If you've got Plusnet broadband, you can get BT Sport on satellite TV as long as you've got a Sky dish and set-top box. It costs £5.99 per month to watch in standard definition, or for an extra £1.50 you can watch BT Sport in HD - but you need a Sky HD box and HD TV.
Sky Sports is available with BT Sport and BT broadband, but only to households in areas where BT Infinity is available.
To get BT Sport and Sky Sports with BT broadband, customers are required to sign a new 12-month BT Infinity contract and subscribe to a BT TV package.
A Vision+ set-top box, which is included with the package at no extra cost besides a £49 activation fee, is required to get Sky Sports from BT. Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 can be subscribed to separately for £15 per month, or together for £20 per month.