Is BT about to stop doing Sky Sports?

If you’ve got BT TV and have a BT Vision+ box, BT is going to exchange it for a YouView box at some point over the next three months, but what will this mean if you get Sky Sports through BT, which you need a BT Vision+ box to get?

BT published its latest financial results yesterday, and buried in the 32 pages of riveting stuff about underlying revenue, operating costs and normalised free cash flow was this:

"We will exchange legacy set-top boxes for new YouView boxes and anticipate some impact on TV customer churn during this period."

What this means is that if you have a BT Vision+ box, the set-top box you used to get with BT TV, it'll be swapped for a YouView box, which largely replaced the BT Vision+ box in 2012, at some point over the next three months.

This is what BT Vision+ box looks like, in case you were wondering...

That might not sound like anything to write home about, but you can only get Sky Sports with BT TV if you've got BT Vision+ box due to a barney between BT and Sky that's too boring to go into here.

When you take this into consideration, it's not exactly a flight of fancy to suggest that BT doing this and expecting people to ditch BT TV because of it indicates that it's going to stop doing Sky Sports.

This is all speculation at the moment though - we've hit up BT about it, but have yet to hear back from them. We'll let you know here as soon as we do.

In theory though, it wouldn't be a problem for BT to stop doing Sky Sports, as it offers Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 as bolt-ons to BT TV on a one-month contract, which obviously means BT only has to wait a month tops to flick the switch.

If this comes to pass, and you have BT TV with Sky Sports, what're your options? Well, if you want to stay with BT, who you'll get BT Sport free with for at least another year, you can…

  • Get all six Sky Sports channels for 24 hours on NOW TV through YouView with a £9.99 Sky Sports Day Pass
  • Wait until your minimum contract term is up, then stick with BT for broadband and phone but switch to Sky for TV and add Sky Sports to it, which is the only way to get all six Sky sports channels in HD

If you're not fussed who you're with as long as you can get Sky Sports, you can…

  • Switch everything to Sky and add Sky Sports to your bundle
  • Get TalkTalk TV Essentials or TalkTalk TV Plus and add the Sky Sports Boost, which gets you Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports F1
  • Switch to Virgin Media and add Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to your bundle individually, both of those plus Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports F1 together or get all those and all three BT Sport channels with the Essential Family Sport Collection or VIP Collection

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