How can I watch BT Sport on Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, BT Vision, TalkTalk TV and YouView? 

Read Recombu Digital's guide to BT SportBT Sport kicks off on August 1. You'll be able to access up to three channels - BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN in SD and HD - as well as stream live content through the BT Sport app, available to subscribers. 

BT Sport will provide live coverage of 38 Barclays English Premier League football games, all of the Clydesdale Scottish Premier League matches, Aviva Premiership rugby, WTA Women's tennis, MotoGP and UFC. 

That's all fine and good. But how can we get it on BT YouView, BT Vision+, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, FreesatTalkTalk TV, online and retail YouView? Click on the links to jump to your platform of choice.

How can I watch BT Sport on Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, BT Vision, TalkTalk TV and YouView?
Daniel Sturridge can't believe BT Sport's prices

BT Broadband 

BT Sport is free with BT Broadband subscriptions. Customers who can get copper-based ADSL BT Broadband will be able to get BT Sport as well as those on faster BT Infinity fibre-based lines.

BT has re-priced its broadband packages ahead of the launch of BT Sport. Traditional non-fibre BT Broadband with BT Sport included costs just £10/month, and BT Infinity 1 with BT Sport costs £15/month.

Including the standard cost of BT line rental - £15.45/month - this means that you can get the BT Sport channels for £25.45/month or £30.45/month depending on which type of broadband you take. 

Of course, if you've paid up front for your BT line rental, then you're paying the equivalent of £10.75/month instead of the usual rate.

BT Sport through BT Vision: Infinity not required

If you're not connected to the fibre-based portion of BT's broadband network then you'll be able to get the BT Sport channels through a BT Vision+ box. These will be linear broadcast channels appearing in the BT Vision programme guide. This will also enable you to order Sky Sports 1 and 2, meaning you can build up the complete Barclays Premier League package.

The BT Sport channels will be available at the following BT Vision channels:

  • BT Sport 1: Channel 507
  • BT Sport 2: Channel 508
  • ESPN: Channel 509
  • BT Sport 1 HD: Channel 510
  • BT Sport 2 HD: Channel 511 
  • ESPN HD: Channel 512

BT Sport through BT YouView: Infinity and BT TV subscription required

If you can get BT Infinity fibre broadband, you'll be able to get a free BT YouView box, through which you'll be able to access the BT Sport channels in the BT Player section of the YouView on-demand menu.

There's a £49 activation fee for the YouView box, which will be a Humax DTR-1000, and you'll need to sign up to both a 12-month BT TV contract and an 18-month BT Infinity contract. BT TV services start from £5/month for TV Essential.

Currently, you can't get the Sky Sports channels through BT YouView. If you want BT Infinity fibre and Sky Sports all through one package, there is a third option.

  • BT Sport 1: Channel 507
  • BT Sport 2: Channel 508
  • ESPN: Channel 509
  • BT Sport 1 HD: Channel 510
  • BT Sport 2 HD: Channel 511 
  • ESPN HD: Channel 512

BT Sport through a retail YouView box: Infinity and BT TV subscription required

If you've bought a Humax YouView box in the shops, you'll be able to watch BT Sport and ESPN if you sign up to both a 12-month BT TV contract and an 18-month BT Infinity contract.

BT TV services start from £5/month for TV Essential, with a £49 activation fee. You can register at btsport.com from August 1 to get BT Sport activated.

BT Sport with Sky Sports: BT Vision+ box required

If you sign up for BT Infinity, normally you'll be offered a BT YouView box. BT can't show Sky Sports 1 and 2 through YouView, because the YouView box doesn't have a card reader to decrypt the Sky Sports channels, which are delivered through your TV aerial alongside Freeview.

For this reason, if you want both BT Infinity and Sky Sports from BT, you'll have to ask for a BT Vision+ box instead of YouView, and then sign up for the Sky Sports channels. 

Sky Sports 1 and 2 on BT Vision cost £15/month each or can be taken together in a £20 monthly bundle.

BT Sport HD: Infinity required

On top of all of these packages, the BT Sport HD channels can be added for an extra £3/month, but only if you have BT Infinity.

BT Sport online: Infinity not required

BT Broadband customers who don't have or can't get Infinity can still watch BT Sports on the web or via the BT Sports app. On the web, there will be Match Centres for BT Sport’s live Barclay’s Premier League games with live text commentary, match statistics, and social media.

To make use of both the online BT Sport online player and the BT Sports app, you'll need to register for a BT ID and password.

The BT Sport online player needs at least 400kbps and Microsoft Silverlight, while the app requires 3G, 4G or WiFi. The BT Sport App works on a maximum of two devices simultaneously, on iPhone (3GS and above), iPad (iOS 5.1.1 and above) and selected Android devices at 4.1 (Jelly Bean) only.

How to get Sky Sports and BT Sport on Sky and BT

Sky

Sky TV customers can get the BT Sport channels on their Sky+HD boxes for free if they have a BT Broadband subscription.

Sky customers who don't want to switch to BT for broadband can get all three BT Sport channels for £12/month, or £15/month in HD. 

In either case, to get BT Sport on Sky, you'll need to call BT directly on 0800 169 169 as there won't be an option to bundle the BT Sport channels with the Sky package. 

Channel numbers for BT Sport on Sky are:

  • BT Sport 1: Channel 445
  • BT Sport 2: Channel 446
  • BT Sport 1 HD: Channel 413
  • BT Sport 2 HD: Channel 414
  • ESPN: Channel 433
  • ESPN HD: Channel 417

Virgin Media

The BT Sport package is free in HD to Virgin customers with the XL TV package, and costs £15/month in HD for customers on other Virgin TV packages.

TalkTalk TV

TalkTalk TV will not be featuring the BT Sport channels from launch. Though the two companies are still talking, TalkTalk has confirmed that BT Sport channels won't be ready for TalkTalk TV by August 1. TalkTalk hopes to offer BT Sport on the same basis that it offers the Sky Sports channels, on a rolling, monthly basis. 

Freeview 

There are currently no long-term plans to launch BT Sport channels on Freeview, but for one night only, the launch of BT Sport will be broadcast on Freeview channel 57

Freesat 

Likewise, there's no indication that Freesat or the smart Free Time from Freesat service will be able to access BT Sport. Those who've got Freesat from Sky will however be able to get BT Sport in the same way that Sky customers can, for free by signing up for BT Broadband or from £12/month.