BT can now show Sky Sports on YouView

Great news for football fans with BT TV - you’ll soon be able to watch even more of the Barclay's Premier League after a legal ruling that Sky must make its flagship sports channels available on other services.

This latest twist in what's been a four-year long dispute means both Sky Sports 1 and 2 can now appear on BT's YouView platform.

Way back in 2010, the telecoms regulator Ofcom ruled that Sky must sell Sky Sports 1 and 2 to other broadcasters, for a fixed and fair price. Sky complained to the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT), and was successful in getting Ofcom's decision overturned. BT and Ofcom appealed, and now, four years later, they've got what they want.

Previously, Sky Sports channels have only been available on BT's older Vision+ box. However, following BT's encroachment into sports broadcasting, Sky refused to allow the provider access to its sports channels on YouView.

Now though, with the legal shenanigan more or less resolved, BT customers should be offered Sky 1 and 2 fairly soon.

Ofcom's Chief Executive, Ed Richards added: "After more than four years of litigation and legal challenges, Ofcom's 2010 pay TV decision continues to serve the interests of UK consumers and this ruling is consistent with our original decision."

"Today's ruling paves the way for more top sports to be available on another TV service and supports competition and innovation in the communications sector as we originally intended."

Source: The Telegraph

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