BT Sport: Best deals and everything else you need to know
BT Sport made a big splash when it launched back in 2013, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength, winning the rights to stadiums-worth of high-profile sports championships and events.
You can watch Premier League games (it shares coverage with Sky Sports), UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Aviva Premiership Rugby, boxing, MotoGP, World Rally Championship, UFC, the Ashes and more.
How much does BT Sport cost?
There are quite a few ways to get BT Sport (see below), and how much you’ll have to pay depends on what you want, and when you get it.
There are regularly special offers available that affect how much you’ll have to spend on it each month, so the easiest way to get a sense of the cost right now is to compare packages. If only there was a website that let you do that, eh?
Which providers offer BT Sport?
BT Sport on BT
Obviously, BT Sport is available through the UK’s biggest provider. BT Sport is included as standard on the Max TV package, and can be added to any other BT TV package for an additional fee. Fortunately, it isn’t very much - just £3.50 a month.
If you don’t want a full TV version, you can also add BT Sport to any BT Broadband package, which lets you watch all channels online via computer, mobile phone or tablet. Again, you’ll have to pay a little extra each month.
BT Sport on Sky
BT Sport is available if you have Sky - you just have to buy it directly through BT once your service is up and running. Fortunately, that’s a really easy process - just use the form on BT’s website (you’ll need your viewing card number handy). You can see full instructions in our guide.
BT Sport on Virgin Media
BT Sport is included with the Virgin Media Full House TV package, and Full House and VIP bundles - in HD as well. Also included in the VIP bundle is Sky Sports - so if you’re a real sports nut, you can get it all in one place.
If you have or want a different Virgin Media TV package, you can add BT Sport to it in both standard definition and HD for £18 a month. However you get BT Sport though Virgin Media, you’ll be able to watch it online and on your phone and tablet using Virgin TV Anywhere.
BT Sport on TalkTalk
You can watch BT Sport if you have a TalkTalk TV package, but you can’t get it when you first sign up. As with Sky, you have to order it from BT directly once your TV service is up and running. Simply get in touch with BT, and you’ll soon have access to all BT Sport channels through your YouView box.
BT Sport on Plusnet
Alternatively, if you’ve got Sky TV - or used to have it, and still own a satellite dish and the Sky set top box - you can get BT Sport on your TV. Simply head over to Plusnet’s website to sign up - but be aware you’ll have to pay more for the channels in HD.
What’s the cheapest BT Sport package?
The cheapest way to get BT Sport is typically to get a BT Broadband package, and add BT Sport as an extra. The downside is that you can’t watch on a telly - only computer and smartphone app.
That means that it might not be the best choice for you. If you’d prefer to watch sport the right way - sprawled lazily in a chair in front of the telly - you’ll need a pay TV package. BT itself and TalkTalk typically work out cheapest, but special offers can change things. Compare deals and you’ll be able to easily sport any big bargains.
Can I get BT Sport and broadband?
Every provider above offers BT Sport and broadband together. In fact, on BT and TalkTalk, you can only get access to BT Sport if you also take an internet package. There are plenty of BT Sport and broadband offers out there. Use a comparison service to see all the options, and find the best possible deal.
What can I watch on BT Sport?
- UEFA Champions League - As mentioned previously, from the 2016-2016 season, BT Sport began showing every match from the Big Cup exclusively live.
- UEFA Europa League - As with the Champions League, the Europa League is BT Sport’s alone.
- Premier League - BT Sport shows 42 matches exclusively live each season - they’re usually shown on Saturday lunchtimes, but sometimes they’re on weekday evenings too.
- FA Cup - BT Sport shares coverage of The Oldest Domestic Cup Competition In The World™ with the BBC, showing 25 matches live exclusively each season.
- FA Women’s Super League - Part of BT’s stretch into the exciting world of women’s football.
- Scottish Professional Football League - You get 30 live Scottish Premiership matches a season, plus the entire Scottish League Cup.
- European and world football - If you’re something of a football scholar/hipster, BT Sport is the promised land, showing as it does live matches from Australian A-League, Brazilian Brasileirão, French Ligue 1, German Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and Portugal’s Primeira Liga.
- Aviva Premiership - BT Sport shows up to 80 matches from the top-flight of English rugby union exclusively live each season on Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
- Anglo-Welsh Cup - It’s got exclusive rights to this one too.
- European Rugby Champions Cup
- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- MotoGP - BT Sport has the exclusive live rights to every race, warm up and practice from the world’s premier motorcycling championship.
- World Rally Championship - You get live coverage of every stage of what the FIA describes as “what’s widely regarded as one of the most challenging and diverse motor sport disciplines” on BT Sport.
- IndyCar series - With BT Sport you get stock car racing in the shape of NASCAR, and Indy Car racing in the shape of the, er, IndyCar series.
- Speedway Grand Prix and World Cup
- World, European, British and Commonwealth Championship - some of the biggest bouts will be broadcast on BT Sport
- MLB - You get up to 10 Major League Baseball games a week and live coverage of the post-season and World Series.
- NBA - Watch up to seven games from the regular National Basketball Association season live each week, as well as the all-star game and the playoffs up to the finals.
- NCAA - BT Sport offers live coverage of National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball and football, including March Madness and bowl games.
- UFC - BT Sport has the exclusive rights to show more than 30 live events a year, including all Ultimate Fighting Championship numbered pay-per-view events.
- WTA Tour - You can wrap your eyes around 52 Women’s Tennis Association tournaments in the company of Martina Navratilova - who probably knows a bit about tennis, to be fair - on BT Sport.
Can I watch BT Sport online?
If you get BT Sport with BT, Sky or TalkTalk, you’ll be able to watch live and on-demand content on smartphone, tablet and PC. If you’re a Virgin Media user, you can use Virgin TV Anywhere. Unfortunately, you don’t get access to the BT Sport app or online service with Plusnet.
Can I get a BT Sport day pass?
Sadly, there are no day passes available for BT Sport. You can get day passes for Sky Sports from Now TV.
What’s good about BT Sport?
- You can get it for free with BT TV Max
- Only way to watch live Premier League football without getting Sky Sports
- Exclusive live Champions League and Europa League matches
- Loads of other sports, including rugby and boxing
- Smartphone app lets you follow your favourite leagues and sports easily
- Red Button services gives you even more live content
- Has an Ultra HD sports channel, so you can watch games in incredible 4K definition
- Broad range of British, European and world football coverage
- Good coverage of American sports and motor sports
What’s bad about BT Sport?
- You have to get BT TV with BT Infinity if you want it for free
- No non-contract option à la Sky Sports on NOW TV
- Shows three times fewer live Premier League matches than Sky Sports
- Premier League matches are mostly the ones on at Saturday lunchtimes - not convenient for everyone
- Ultra HD requires Ultra HD-ready TV, a more expensive set top box, and BT Infinity
- Production and presenting generally isn’t quite as slick as that of Sky Sports
- American sports coverage doesn’t include NFL, and motor sports coverage doesn’t include Formula One