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BT Sport returns to non-fibre broadband homes

BT TV customers can now watch every BT Sport channel, regardless of the broadband package they are signed up for. However, the channels are still being streamed rather than broadcast via a regular television aerial.

By on May 14, 2014 at 14:00 PM
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BT Sport returns to non-fibre broadband homes

All BT TV customers will now be able to catch some of the biggest sporting events from around the world via BT Sport on their TV. This is despite the decision to remove the aerial delivered version of the channel for all new customers after January 24th 2014.

While the channels, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN, were technically still available to every BT customer, those without a fibre broadband subscription could only stream the dedicated sports channels via either the app or the website. As BT Sport was no longer being delivered over the air waves, only BT Infinity customers were able to view the channel through their YouView or Vision+ set-top boxes.

However, BT has now decided to make the standard definition versions accessible to all its TV customers, as long as their broadband can reach download speeds of at least 6.5Mb. While this means more customers will have access to the channels, those in more rural areas may struggle to hit the required speeds, especially during peak times when the biggest matches are on.

Other options for BT Sport viewers

Since the channel was released back in August 2013, BT Sport has become available to more than just BT customers. Both Sky and Virgin Media TV customers can now view BT's range of sporting content through their own digital TV package.

BT Sport on Virgin Media: BT Sport comes at no extra cost for any Virgin Media TV customers with an XL package or higher. This is included in two of the cable networks most popular bundles, the Premier and VIP Collections. Both also feature a superfast broadband connection, with the VIP service reaching speeds of up to 152Mb. Even without a TV XL subscription, Virgin Media customers can still add on BT Sport to their TV package for just £15/month.

BT Sport on Sky: Sky customers can add BT Sport to their package for £12/month, or £15/month in HD. However, if you are using BT for your broadband you can still receive the channels completely free via your Sky+HD Box. Simply take note of your Sky viewing card number, which can be found under the settings option under your TV Guide button, and give BT customer services a call.

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