BT Sport Monthly Passes: what you need to know

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What’s the cost? What sports are covered? And how do BT Sport Passes compare to Now TV Sport passes? We take a look.

The launch of Monthly Passes means that BT Sport is now available without a contract, so you’ll finally be able to see its coverage of live Premier League games, boxing, rugby and other sport without committing to a 12-month term.

Here’s a whistle-stop guide to what's good about it. And what's not so good.

What is a BT Sport Monthly Pass?

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In a nutshell, it’s a new, more flexible way of watching BT Sport that does away with long-term contracts. Think of it as the BT equivalent of Now TV Sky Sports Passes.

When you sign up for a BT Sport Monthly Pass, you’ll get 30 days’ access to BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, ESPN, BT Sport Ultimate and BT Sport Extra.

Sports coverage on those channels includes The Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, WWE, Gallagher Premiership Rugby Union, MotoGP and UFC.

You can cancel at any time, so there’s no commitment. And you can, for instance, get a pass for a month when your team is in action on BT Sport, then cancel in time for the next month.

But if you don’t cancel, the pass will renew from month to month on a rolling-contract basis.

BT is charging £25 for a month’s pass. That compares to £33 per month for a Now TV Sky Sports Month Pass. So it’s quite a lot cheaper.

Having said that, a Now TV Sky Sports Pass gets you 11 channels compared to the five you can watch with a BT Sport Pass.

These are:

Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Racing, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports News.

Can I get a BT Sport pass for a day?

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Not right now. So unlike Now TV, which offers one-week and one-day Sky Sports passes, you can’t just sign up at the weekend when your team’s game is being televised and get 24-hour access to BT Sport.

That may come in time, though.

Which devices are compatible with BT Sport Monthly Passes?

BT Sport Monthly Passes let you watch on iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Samsung Smart TVs, Chromecast or Airplay.

Naturally, you can watch on your laptop or desktop too, using the BT Sport web player.

The caveat to be aware of is that you’re unable to use your BT Sport Monthly Pass with an Amazon Fire TV stick.

What about set top boxes?

The bad news is that BT Sport Monthly Passes won’t work with TV set top boxes from Sky, Virgin Media and even BT.

You can still get BT Sport on Virgin Media and Sky. But it’ll cost you £29.99 per month to subscribe. So that’s £5 per month more expensive than a BT Sport Monthly Pass.

Is there a cheaper way to get BT Sport?

You might well be able to. If you’re a BT or mobile customer, or you take broadband or a mobile phone from BT subsidiaries EE or Plusnet, you might be able to save some cash by signing up to the BT Sport App, which starts from £10 per month.

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