BT Sport TV Guide
p class="intro">You’ve most likely heard of BT Sport but what exactly is it? BT Sport can be thought of as a group of sports channels that you can enjoy through BT, one of the biggest pay-TV providers in the UK. BT Sport is considered one of the most popular go-to options for sports lovers. Here at Selectra, we’ve done some investigating into why this is the case. Why is BT Sport such an attractive option? Is it the channels? What’s so good about the BT Sport TV guide? Read on to find out.
BT Sport Channels
BT likes to call BT Sport ‘the heart of sport’ but does it really live up to this high standard? Although BT Sport channels can change depending on the season, BT Sport is currently offering something very attractive; access to every match of the UEFA Champions League (exclusive to BT Sport) plus 42 Premier League Games. And that’s just the current deal! Apart from this, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of other sports channels.
What channels do I get with BT Sport?
When BT TV and other providers who also include BT Sport in their TV Packages talk about BT Sport, they are normally referring to the standard BT Sport channels (BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport ESPN) however, there are a lot more channels, matches and events included with BT Sport. Here they are:
- 46 Premier League matches per season
- Australia's home cricket matches
- UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
- National League, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and the Primeira Liga
- FA Community Shield, FA Trophy and the European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Premiership Rugby Cup, MotoGP, and the FIH Hockey World League
- European Rugby Champions Cup and Premiership Rugby
- BDO World Darts Championship and the FA Cup
- BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, BT Sport ESPN and BoxNation
Does BT Sport Showcase still exist?
It’s been a bit of a journey for BT Showcase but not necessarily a smooth one. Many people are unsure if the channel still exists or not and some people hadn’t even heard of it.
BT Showcase was the Freeview channel that allowed sports fans who didn’t want to pay for BT TV, or maybe didn’t want to pay yet, a glimpse into the world of sport. It was launched in 2015 with the purpose of showcasing the Champions and Europa Leagues and a few others. BT Showcase started on channel 115 before moving to channel 5.
The deal between BT and UEFA stated that a minimum number of games would have to be shown on the Freeview channel. This minimum requirement was later removed so that BT could start showing their free content on social media networks and YouTube.
In 2017, BT Showcase suffered criticism when they changed their content from SD to HD causing a loss in viewers. The change to HD caused a loss in viewers because there was less coverage for HD channels, especially for Freeview.
The final broadcast of scheduled BT Showcase programmes was on Saturday the 31st of March in 2018 and viewers when directed online to watch the popular Champions and Europa League finals. This is where you can now watch these events, online and of course, through a paid BT Sport subscription.
Using the BT TV Sport Guide
To make sure you know when your favourite sports matches are being shown, you can consult the TV Guide from BT Sport. It gives you absolutely all the information you need for a weekend of sports. You’ll see the dates across the top and you’ll be able to see what’s on and when.
Got some friends coming over this weekend? No problem, change the date at the top by clicking on the different dates.
Just note that the TV Guide is only about a week ahead, so you won’t be able to plan for a sports day a month ahead. Underneath the dates, you’ll see the streaming times and you can also change these by using the arrows on each side of the times.
You can also see the channels on the left-hand side and of course, the actual programmes, games or matches to the right of the channels list. As you can see you have everything you need to know about what’s coming up in sport in the BT Sport TV guide.
If you keep scrolling down, you’ll see an option to view trending videos, which could be interviews with sports stars, their coaches and anything scandalous happening in the world of sport. You’ll also be able to see how long each video goes for on the video icon.
If you thought that’s all the TV guide had to offer, think again. Scroll down some more and you’ll see a never-ending choice of the latest videos divided into the individual sports. For example, the latest videos in the world of football, MotoGP and so on and so forth.
Watch BT Sport online
You can watch BT Sport online on your computer using BT’s online player. You’ll have to be a BT Sport Pack customer to be able to watch all channels online and if you are, you’ll need to login to your BT Sport account using your BT ID and password. Don’t forget that if you watch BT Sport online, you must have a TV licence.
Remember, you must have a TV licence if you’re planning to stream any live events and this includes live sports events on any device, whether it’s a mobile phone, a TV or a desktop computer.
Watching BT Sport on YouTube
In an attempt to make sports channels more accessible to more people and to get more younger viewers involved, BT had announced back in 2016 that it was making some sports events available on their YouTube channel. This was mainly the BT Sport Showcase channel which showed the Champions League and Europa League finals.
Since these are live streamed events, fans and viewers can really get involved while watching as it’s possible to leave comments on live streamed YouTube videos. On BT Sport’s YouTube channel you’ll also find plenty of interviews, highlights and conferences, all for free and available to watch from any device you can watch YouTube on.
Can I watch BT Sport for free?
Here’s an important question that’s probably crossed your mind before, “how can I watch BT Sport for free?” The sad news is that you can’t, well not really. If you want ALL the sports channels that BT Sport offers, there is no way to get them for free.
You used to be able to watch some BT Sports channels even if you didn’t have a pay-TV package. This was possible through Freeview’s channel ‘BT Sports Showcase’. Unfortunately, BT Showcase has been slowly winding down since 2015 and getting a TV package and adding BT Sport seems to be the only way to get access to all the biggest sports channels now.
You can also get access to BT Sport on your mobile as a BT Mobile customer but this isn’t a free option as you’re still paying for your BT mobile package. So the final answer is no, you cannot watch BT Sport for free.
Live Streaming BT Sport Channels
BT Sport customers also have access to live streamed BT Sport channels online. To know what’s coming up live, you can access the ‘Live on BT Sport’ TV guide. Although you’ll see a full list of what’s coming up including the sports category, the event, the channel and the time, you can also filter these results by sports category yourself.
When you’re on the TV guide, click on the ‘Filter’ option just below where it says ‘Live on BT Sport’ and you’ll be able to choose. Choose from football, cricket, baseball and more. You can even look ahead at what’s coming up in the following months by choosing the month on the right-hand side.
BT Sport 1 Live Stream
You can choose between watching live content on BT Sport 1, 2 or 3 online. Anyone can see what’s coming up on these channels but only BT Sport customers will be able to login to their BT Sport account and watch the live content. To see what’s coming up on BT Sport 1, head to BT’s website and choose the option at the top that says ‘BT Sport’.
Then choose the ‘Plan your viewing’ option from the menu that drops down and then click on ‘BT Sport 1’. You’ll be taken to the guide which tells you what’s going to be live streamed.
If you actually want to login as a customer and watch, choose the ‘BT Sport 1’ option but this time, the option that’s under the ‘Watch live’ heading. This will take you to a login page where you will have to enter your BT ID and password. If you don’t know these details, consult our BT login page.
BT Sport 1 is mainly known for showcasing events such as the European Games which involves about 4,000 athletes from 50 different countries competing in over 200 events. This year the games are held in Minsk in Belorussia and BT has made sure it’s covering everything with BT Sport.
BT Sport 2 Live Stream
You can access the TV guide for BT Sport 2 in the same way as BT Sport 1, you just have to choose ‘BT Sport 2’ at every step. BT Sport 2 is the go-to channel for watching Australian Rules Football.
For any AFL fans or any Australians missing home, this is the channel you’ll want to stay updated with. BT hadn’t forgotten fans of European football either, making BT Sport 2 also the go-to channel for the European Champions League (UEFA Champions League).
BT Sport 3 Live Stream
BT Sport 3 is also focusing on the European Games 2019 at the moment and sharing the coverage with BT Sport 1. For example, BT Sport 3 is covering ‘European Games - Day 8 - Live Best Bits #2’ whereas BT Sport 1 will cover Best Bits #1. You’ll also be able to catch the Canadian Football League, rowing events, motorsports and baseball.
How to get BT Sport
Whether you’re an existing BT customer or completely new to BT TV, getting BT Sport is simple. Not only is it simple, but there are also a few different ways to do it, through BT TV itself or through another provider. Read on to find out how you can make BT Sport a part of your pay-TV experience.
BT Sport for new customers
If you’re completely new to BT TV and you’re interested in getting BT Sport through them, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find all the information you need about feeding your love for sport via a subscription through BT TV directly.
BT TV doesn’t just let anyone access BT Sport, first you must meet some requirements; you must have BT broadband and a BT TV package OR a BT Mobile SIM only plan above 6gb which comes with BT sports online access.
There are some fantastic broadband and TV packages to choose from with BT, which will then allow you to get BT Sport. Here at Selectra, we’ve also put together a guide to help you choose a BT TV package as we know this can be overwhelming.
In summary, if you’re a completely new BT TV customer, you’ll have to first sign up for BT broadband and choose a BT TV Package. This package may or may not come with the sports channels you want. If it does, you’ll be all set to enjoy your sports experience and if it doesn’t, you’ll be able to add BT Sport as an extra with the help of a customer service agent.
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BT Sport for existing BT TV customers
If you’re already with BT because you have their broadband, you can add a BT TV package that comes with sports channels already. Alternatively, if you’re a dedicated customer with BT broadband and a BT TV package already, all you have to do is add on BT Sport as an extra for £10 per month.
How do you get BT Sport on Sky?
As we said earlier, you don’t necessarily have to get BT Sport from BT TV directly, you can also get it through a provider who has a collaboration with BT TV. One of these providers is Sky and you can access BT Sport through Sky without needing to get BT broadband nor a BT TV package.
You can get BT Sport through Sky through one of the options that BT offers in collaboration with Sky, a 12-month contract or a 1-month rolling contract. Both of these options come with all four BT Sport channels in standard definition and you’ll get the option to add HD to the channels for £6.50 per month after Sky lets you have it for free for 3 months.
BT Sport through Sky will cost you £29.99 per month with a £20 upfront fee for the 12-month contract and the same for the 1-month rolling contract, although the upfront fee will be £35. To order BT Sport through Sky, you can order online or call BT on 0800 876 6954. If you need some more help comparing the different packages, why not give Selectra a call?
How do you get BT Sport on Virgin?
Virgin is the only provider that offers both BT Sport and Sky Sport together through their Maxit TV package, so if you’re really a dedicated sports nut, starting with a Virgin TV package and then adding sport options is an alternative that’s worth considering. Another is to directly get a Virgin bundle that includes BT Sport. Two out of three of Virgins bundles come with BT Sport already, the Bigger Bundle and the Ultimate Oomph Bundle
There is also a dedicated sports bundle, the Bigger Bundle + Sports. Virgin bundles that include BT Sport range from £29 per month to £99 per month but since these are bundles, you are not only paying for BT Sport. To find the best deals or see exactly what’s in a Virgin TV package or bundles, consult our guides.
How do you get BT Sport on TalkTalk?
TalkTalk is another provider which has collaborated with BT TV to bring you BT Sport. You can get BT Sport through TalkTalk in exactly the same way you can get it through Sky, on either with a 12-month contract or a 1-month rolling contract. The prices are also exactly the same; £29.99 per month with a £20 upfront fee for the 12-month contract and the same for the 1-month rolling contract which has an upfront fee of £35.
Since there aren’t any differences between BT Sport through TalkTalk and Sky, the only reason you would get BT Sport through TalkTalk is if you already have broadband and a TV package with them. This is because you can only get a TV package or BT Sport through TalkTalk if you also have broadband with them.
To get BT Sport through TalkTalk, you need to order it through BT directly by going to the dedicated BT Sport page. You’ll see the two options and once you’ve decided which option you want, click the pink ‘Add and continue’ button to begin your order. It’s that simple!
Can I get a BT Sport Day Pass?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. You cannot get access to BT Sport for just one day unless of course, you go to a pub where they’re showcasing sports events. The minimum period you can get BT Sport for is a month and that would be on a 1-month rolling contract with Sky. If you’re thinking that you’ve seen day passes somewhere before, you’re not wrong to think that they exist. You can get a sports day pass through Now TV for Sky Sports, but not BT nor BT Sport.
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How to cancel BT Sport
If you have BT Sport through BT, Sky or TalkTalk, you can cancel it directly through BT TV. The easiest and quickest way to cancel is to contact BT by phone. Before calling them, have your account number ready, you’ll find this on any of your bills from BT TV.
When you have that ready, you can get in touch with BT TV using the contact information below.
Please check with your provider if you don't know how much a call will cost.
From the UK: 0800 783 1401, From outside the UK: +44 179 359 6931
Monday to Friday 8 am - 9 pm, Saturday 8am - 8pm, Sunday 9am - 6pm
BT Sport Reviews
Judging by the number of subscribers that BT Sport has, we think it’s safe to say that it’s a popular service for sports lovers. In 2018, BT Sport had 1.8 million subscribers and although this is an impressive number, it’s also true that in the same year BT lost 16,000 TV subscribers due to competitor tactics.
BT Sport is undoubtedly a fantastic option for sports fans giving them access to 46 Premier League matches per season, channels such as BT Sport 1, 2, 3 and more plus the opportunity to watch the finals of popular events such as the Champions League and the Europa League. If you’re a sports lover and want to add sports to your TV experience, we believe that BT Sport is hard to beat in terms of coverage and prices aren’t as expensive as some other providers on the market.
If you’re already a BT TV customer, then you're in even more luck because you’ll get everything BT Sport has to offer for just £10 per month. If you’re not a BT TV customer, you’re also lucky enough to be able to get BT Sport through a different provider. Of course, this is more expensive but we still think that £29.99 per month for BT Sport through Sky is a reasonable price.
BT Sport through Virgin TV is where it starts getting a little more expensive but if you’re still tossing up between TV packages or bundles, we recommend you take a look to see if a Virgin TV package could be the best option for you.
While competitor tactics could definitely have something to do with it, after looking at what customers are saying about BT sport on Twitter, we think that sneaky price hikes might be the actual culprit.
Lately, customers have been furious that the wrestling channel UFC239 has been made a pay-per-view channel. Customers are frustrated they can’t even watch these matches live due to the time difference between the UK and the US, where the matches are usually filmed. Some customers have been up in arms on Twitter threatening BT Sport with a subscription cancellation. Instead of giving BT Sport some constructive feedback, these customers are furiously telling Twitter what they really think of BT Sport.
Until now there has been no response from BT. Only time will tell how BT Sport will respond to these comments. Will they listen to their customers’ harsh but warranted reviews? Or will they keep charging the prices they charge, knowing that, despite the complaints, sports fans are normally willing to shell out?
Our final verdict
So, is it true? Is BT Sport really the ‘heart of sport’? We say that, with everything BT Sport has to offer; 46 premier league matches a season, exclusive access to every match of the UEFA Champions League Customers, a comprehensive TV guide and availability of sports matches online, it really is.
Something that really stands out for us is the fact that other providers also offer BT Sport. If there’s offer, it means there’s demand and if other providers are offering a service that’s not even theirs, it can only mean that they’re trying to meet the customer demands. For now, they seem to have everything covered for lovers of sport and we’re looking forward to seeing the evolution of BT Sport.