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BT Sport – Live Premier League Matches Broadcast for Free for First Time in 20 Years

Sean O'Meara 11/07/2013 15:07:17

BT Sport – Live Premier League Matches Broadcast for Free for First Time in 20 Years

BT has announced that its sports channels, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN, will be free to any BT broadband customer. This is the first time in over 20 years that live coverage of the English top flight will be free to view.

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BT Line Rental Update - June 3 2013

BT are raising the cost of its Line Rental Saver plan by 9 percent. The price will increase from £129 per year to £141 per year, as of Saturday June 7th. BT has denied that the move is linked to their offering Sky Sports for free, but criticis have accused the telecoms provider of using the increase to subsidise the expense of their sports offering.

BT Sport Price

To benefit from this offer, you need to be a BT broadband customer. As of May 2013, the cheapest BT broadband costs £25.45 (including line rental). Compared to the cheapest Sky Sports package, which is £21 per month on top of the cheapest package, which, as of May 2013 costs £21.50, this is a great deal.

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BT Sport Live Premier League Games

BT Sport will broadcast 38 exclusively live Barclays Premier League watches, as opposed to the 23 currently delivered by ESPN. This includes 18 so-called "top pick" matches, namely games between the top sides, such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. Of course, fans of Fulham, Swansea, Hull City and Newcastle United can rest easy as the BT package also includes games between the smaller teams too.

BT Sport will be free to any consumer BT broadband customer - the first time in more than 20 years that weekly live matches from the Barclays Premier League will be free to watch.

BT Sport will also broadcast matches from the gernam Bundesliga, The FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League, Serie A, Ligue 1, and MLS.

Ian Livingston, BT chief executive said:

"UK Sports fans have had a rough deal for too long. Many have been priced out of the market but we will change this by giving away BT Sport for free with our broadband. Sports fans are the winners today.

"You'll be able to get BT Sport direct from us via our own TV service, on Sky's digital satellite platform and also online or via a new App letting you enjoy the channels on the move or at home on your PC, smartphone, or tablet."

What Does this Mean for Sky Customers?

ITV has done a handy breakdown of how the BT package compares to Sky. The BT news doesn't mean Sky will broadcast fewer games, but some Sky customers may be disgruntled that they're paying a premium for Premier League football on Sky, while Sky now have to share the rights and won't instantly have pick of the top games.

Sky Sports

For the 2012/2013 football season, Sky charged customers a minimum of £57.75 per month for its Sky Sports HD channels as part of a TV package, or a minimum of £79.75 per month for a deal that included a phone line and broadband.

ESPN was charged at an additional £10 per month.

Sky included:

  • 115 live Premier League fixtures
  • 129 live Champions League fixtures
  • Sky F1 channel
  • Range of other sports

BT Sport

For the 2013/2014 season, two BT Sport channels and ESPN will be offered free to customers who pay for BT broadband.

BT Infinity fibre broadband will cost £30.45 per month (including a £15.45 monthly line rental fee) or £25.45 per month for copper broadband.

Customers not subscribing to BT internet deals can buy the sport channels through satellite services for £15 per month in HD or £12 per month in SD.

  • 38 live Premier League matches
  • FA Cup, Europa League matches on ESPN
  • 69 live rugby Premiership matches
  • Range of other sports

 

Sean O'Meara is editor of Watchmywallet.co.uk

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