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How to get BT Sport with broadband & TV

BT Sport is the home of exclusive live sports coverage this summer, including unmissable Barclays Premier League games, MotoGP and all 69 live Aviva Premiership Rugby matches. BT Sport is free with BT Broadband, BT Infinity and combined BT Broadband and TV bundles. We talk you through the available options and how to get BT Sport.

By on June 10, 2014 at 16:00 PM
How to get BT Sport with broadband & TV

If you want to enjoy exclusive live sports this summer, including MotoGP, key Premier League matches and Aviva Premiership Rugby, you can sign up for BT Sport. The three channels are available for subscribers to enjoy online, via the BT Sport app or on the telly via a set top box.

What is BT Sport?

BT Sport is a collection of exclusive sports TV channels owned by BT. The three channels, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN, show live sporting event coverage including the FA Cup, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Red Bull X-Fighters.

According to BT, five million UK households now have access to BT Sport, either as part of a BT broadband or broadband and TV package, or as a bolt on to their existing Virgin Media or Sky pay TV package. During its first Premier League season, around 774,000 viewers enjoyed the live games and there are 38 Premier League matches only showing on BT Sport during the 2014/15 season.

How to get BT Sport

BT Sport in standard defintion is free with BT Infinity broadband, or for £3/month extra you can add HD versions of the channels. As an existing BT broadband customer you can place an order for BT Sport via the BT website then set up a BT ID, which will allow you to watch online at or on the BT Sport App. You can then download the BT Sport app to your smartphone on Google Play or the Apple App store.


Get BT Sport with BT Infinity broadband


If you sign up for BT Infinity broadband and BT TV with a YouView box, you will gain automatic access to BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN via the channel planner.


Get BT Sport with BT TV and broadband


Other ways to get BT Sport

  • BT standard or Infinity broadband customers with Sky TV can get BT Sport by activating the channels on the BT website and agreeing to an additional 12 month BT Broadband contract period.
  • Sky TV customers that don't have BT broadband can add BT Sport on a one-month rolling contract via the BT website and also get access to the online player & app. There is an activation fee and monthly charge.
  • Virgin Media TV XL customers have access to BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN as part of their package. Virgin Media customers with Essential Family, Premiere or VIP collections can add BT Sport for a monthly charge, with free activation.
  • Plusnet broadband customers with a Sky set top box can sign up for BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN on a monthly rolling contract, by logging into their account on the Plusnet website and paying a free.
  • Existing BT broadband subscribers should read this handy guide from BT on ordering BT Sport.
  • To find your nearest pub showing BT sport, use BT's handy BT Sport pub finder.

What's on BT Sport?

 BT Sport holds exclusive live UK TV rights to 38 Premier League football matches, as well as rights to the FA Cup, UEFA Europa League and the exclusive UK TV rights to Moto GP as well as Aviva Premiership Rugby. From 2015, BT Sport will also hold exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

Football on BT Sport

As well as exclusive coverage rights for over 35 Premier League football matches, BT Sport also has coverage rights for the FA Cup, the Italian Serie A and Germany's Bundesliga, as well as the UEFA Champions League from 2015.

BT Sport has its own well respected football coverage from Jake Humphrey, Paul Dempsey and Darrell Currie, among others. Danny Baker and Danny Kelly also present a weekly fotoball magazine show, and regular on-air BT Sport football personalities include David James, Owen Hargreaves and Peter Drury.

Rugby on BT Sport

Aviva Premiership Rugby is shown exclusively on BT Sport, as well as France's Top 14 and selected Sevens Rugby tournaments. BT Sport will broadcast up to 69 Aviva Premiership Rugby games per season, with coverage presented by Craig Doyle and Jill Douglas.

MotoGP on BT Sport

Since May 2013, BT Sport has held the exclusive UK TV rights for MotoGP, with coverage from Melanie Sykes and support from former World Superbike champions James Toseland and Neil Hodgson. Highlights of the 2014/15 season will include a weekly magazine show, and full qualifying session coverage with analysis from Melanie Sykes and supporting experts.

Other sports on BT Sport

Since January 2013, BT Sport has held the rights to show 21 live tournaments from the women's tennis tour. It also holds the rights to IndyCar coverage, notably during the Indianapolis 500, when BT had a studio set up to cover the race. Selected baseball, Lacrosse, mixed martial arts, boxing and cricket matches are also covered.

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