We show you how to get BT Sport 1, home of BT’s Premier League coverage – for no extra cost.
BT Sport on Sky Digital Satellite Platform. BT Sport is also available on the Sky Digital Satellite Platform for all new and existing BT broadband customers who sign up for 12 months or have 12 months remaining on their contract; ongoing renewal needed to get discounted BT Sport. Sky box and active viewing card required. As part of the BT Sport app from Plusnet package (and as part of taking the BT Sport channel pack) you get access to BT Sport via the BT Sport App and the BT online player. This is available to use both in the UK and in over 25 European destinations. The BT Sport App works on most phones and tablets.
Sky TV customers with BT Broadband can make use of a neat menu hack that sees them essentially getting BT Sport 1 for free. It’s called BT Sport Lite.
When we say that BT Sport Lite is ‘essentially free’, you’ll still need to be a Sky TV subscriber; packages start at £20/month if you want a Sky+ box and £44/month for Sky Q packages.
Sky price rises June 2016: How are Sky+ and Sky Q customers affected?, BT Sport to stream Champions League finals live on YouTubeAs well as this, you’ll also need to cough up for BT Broadband.
BT Broadband starts at £5/month plus line rental. View markdown file online. For this, you’ll get a basic ADSL service giving you speeds of up to 17Mbps and 12GB of data.
The cheapest BT Broadband package that comes with unlimited downloads will set you back £13/month plus line rental.
BT line rental is currently charged at either £17.99/month for the standard rate or £194.28 up front for 12 months’ worth of line rental.
Note that from July 3 onwards, BT’s putting up the cost of line rental to £18.99/month or £205.08/year.
So at the very least, you’re going to be looking at paying £42.99/month for Sky TV and BT Broadband and £43.99/month from July onwards. You probably want to know how to get a free pay TV channel right?
How to get BT Sport 1 for free
1) Choose your BT Broadband package
The option to get BT Sport Lite doesn’t immediately present itself when you sign up for BT Broadband, but it’s just a couple of clicks away. Once you’ve found the BT Broadband package you want, click ‘Select & Personalise’.
You’ll then be taken through to this page:
2) Scroll down and check ‘No thanks’
Scroll down to the middle of the page. You’ll notice that BT doesn’t explicitly tell you that by checking the box marked ‘No thanks’ and clicking ‘Continue’ you’ll be able to get BT Sport 1 for free. Convenient!
3) Check the right box
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On the next page, you’ll see that there’s two boxes. One will give you access to live streams on BT’s desktop player and the mobile apps.
The second, the one you’re probably more interested in, means you’ll get BT Sport 1 in standard definition for no extra cost.
As you can see in the screengrab, you’ll also have the option of getting that same channel in HD for £5/month extra – with the first three months free.
Going for this option will see you getting all of the BT Sport’s premier league games and save £72 a year.
It used to be easy. If you wanted to watch sporting events on your TV, you usually had to pay for a Sky Sports subscription. But that changed in 2013 with the arrival of BT Sport.
For the first time, Sky had a genuine competitor. But how do BT Sport and Sky Sports compare? Which is cheaper, which is the best, and can you get away with a single subscription, or should you shell out for both? Read on as we weigh up the pros and cons of the two contenders.
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What sports can you watch on BT and Sky?
Currently, BT Sport customers who sign up to the full range of BT channels (BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport ESPN) can watch 42 exclusive live Premier League games per season, though this will increase to 52 from the 2019/20 season.
They also get live matches from other competitions, including the Champions League, plus at least 69 live games from the Gallagher Premiership rugby championship. Fans of other sports can enjoy cricket (including the Ashes), NBA Basketball, Major League Baseball, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Moto GP and Nascar.
Sky Sports offer ten channels, including a dedicated Sky Sports News channel and the Sky Sports F1 channel. Sky customers can watch an array of events including 126 live Premier League games, live rugby (including England internationals), Formula 1 and England cricket matches.
Both BT and Sky offer HD and Ultra-HD content, although to access the latter you need to sign up directly with the relevant provider (i.e. with BT to get BT Sport Ultra HD, or Sky to get Sky's Ultra HD).
How do BT and Sky's costs for sports compare?
You don't have to be a BT pay-TV customer to watch BT Sport, or be a Sky pay-TV customer to watch Sky Sport. Almost all TV providers let you add the channels to your pay-TV package although you'll usually get a better deal if you subscribe to them directly. If you're considering signing up, make sure you find out how the two providers did in our latest satisfaction survey first - we have full reviews of both BT TV and broadband and Sky TV and broadband.
BT broadband and TV packages include the BT Sport channels, while BT broadband customers can pay £9/month to watch online or through the app (the first three months are free). If you get your pay TV service from another provider, prices are typically higher (eg: £20.00/month for SD channels on Sky TV). Plusnet TV customers get free access to BT Sport Lite - BT Sport 1 and its Premier League coverage.
Sky Sports is more expensive. Sky customers can add it to their service for £22/month (18 month contract) or £30/month (no contract). You can pay less if you're happy to add just a single channel - Sky Sports HD for example, or a dedicated football, golf or cricket channel. Additional channels can be added for an additional fee, but you'll likely find that you get better value to subscribe to the full array of channels than just two or three of them.
Customers using other pay-TV services will pay a different amount depending on the Sky Sports channels that are available. For example, Virgin Media offers Sky Sports HD in its VIP Bundle, but if you choose to add the Sky Sports collection to its cheapest budget it will cost £39.25/month in HD. Meanwhile, BT only offers two of Sky's channels - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Extra, for £36 per month in HD.
Sky Sports is also available without a pay-TV subscription through Now TV. The Sky-owned streaming service offers one-off passes to watch all the Sky Sports channels on your TV or an internet-enabled device, with no need for a contract. To do this, you simply need to open a Now TV account online and then choose between the day, week or month passes (£7.99, £12.99 and £33.99 respectively).
Which provider should you pick for the best sports coverage?
The best option depends on your own personal preferences. If you want the widest choice of sporting events, Sky Sports is your best bet. But if you're looking to cut costs, BT Sport is better value – especially if you sign up for it as part of a package with BT TV and broadband.
But it's also crucial to consider the specific sports you want to watch – after all, there's little point signing up for BT Sport if you're mad about F1, or choosing Sky Sports if you're a Champions League fanatic.
If budget isn't a consideration, you can always sign up to both Sky Sports and BT Sport for the ultimate TV sports line-up. And alternatively, if you're only interested in a specific sporting event, such as the Super Bowl, then Sky's short-term Now TV pass offers a handy option.