BT has paid a sultan’s ransom - £960 million - for broadcast rights for Premier League games over the next three seasons. How much will it cost you to watch them? 

BT Sport is available on a number of TV platforms and thanks to the arrival of BT Mobile, this means you’ll also be able to watch BT content on your phone as well. 

In this guide we’ll tell you what’s hot on BT Sport, how you can get it and how much you’ll need to pay for the privilege. 

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

We’ve updated this guide telling you where you can get BT Sport and how much it’ll cost you every month on Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, Freesat, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, YouView, online and on your phone or tablet. 

We give you the standard monthly price for each service (where available) from each provider and tell you how to get BT Sport for the absolute minimum price. 

BT Sport: What’s on?

Following the latest Premier League auction, BT Sport has nabbed rights to 42 games per season between 2016-19. 

As well as this, BT also has live broadcast rights to UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches, 25 FA Cup games (until 2018) as well as 30 SPFL games (until 2017) plus live coverage of Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Brasiliero fixtures. 

If football’s not your bag, then there’s up to 80 Aviva Premiership rugby union matches and Premiership Sevens Series, MotoGP, IndyCar, NASCAR coverage, UFC mixed martial arts fixtures and WTA tennis. 

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How much is BT Sport on Sky TV?

Related: What Sky's early price increase means for customersSky TV customers have two options when it comes to getting BT Sport. Either pay for BT Sport directly or get it free or discounted if you take a BT Broadband subscription. 

The direct cost of BT Sport on Sky TV is £12/month. This gives you BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN in standard definition. 

If you want these channels in HD as well, then you’ll need to shell out £15/month. 

On top of that, you’re required to sign up for one of Sky’s basic TV channel packs as standard. These are the Original Bundle (£20/month), Variety Bundle (£30/month) and the Family Bundle (£36/month). 

With BT Sport in SD stacked on top of the cheapest option here - £20/month - the total monthly cost rises to £32/month. 

With BT Sport HD and Sky’s Original Bundle, you’ll pay £35/month. 

The Sky+HD box, which lets you record roughly185 hours of standard TV or 60 hours of HD TV, is included free of charge. 

Paying for BT Sport directly with Sky TV

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Original Bundle (£20) + BT Sport (£12) £32/month
Original Bundle (£20) + BT Sport HD (£15) £35/month

Paying for BT Broadband with Sky TV and BT Sport

Another way to get BT Sport on Sky TV is to take BT Broadband. This sees you getting the standard definition BT Sport channels for no extra cost. If you want BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN in HD you’ll need to pay an extra £3/month on top of however much you’re paying for Sky TV and BT Broadband. 

The cheapest BT Broadband package out there costs £4.50/month plus £16.99/month for line rental - a total of £21.49/month. 

BT’s cheapest broadband deal however only comes with a small 10GB usage limit. If you want a broadband service with unlimited downloads then go for the Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls bundle. This costs £18/month plus line rental, which adds up to £34.99/month. 

Here’s how everything adds up.

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Original Bundle (£20) + BT Broadband (£21.49) + BT Sport (free) £41.49/month
Original Bundle (£20) + BT Broadband (£21.49) + BT Sport HD (£3) £44.49/month
Original Bundle (£20) + Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls (£34.99) + BT Sport (free) £54.99/month
Original Bundle (£20) + Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls (£34.99) + BT Sport HD (£3) £57.99/month

How much is BT Sport on Virgin TV? 

BT Sport on Virgin TV costs £15/month. You currently don’t have the option of paying £12 for the SD channels on their own here.  

Paying £15/month gets you BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN in SD and HD. 

As of August 1, when BT Sport Europe launches, new customers will need to pay £18/month for BT Sport. Exisiting customers won't feel the price rise until September. 

The cheapest Virgin TV deal you can take on its own is More TV. This costs £13/month. This is a standalone Virgin Media service - there’s no broadband or home phone services included so there’s no cost for line rental.

The supplied V HD box doesn’t come with a drive, so you can’t record any matches. 

If you want to be able to set recordings for games you can get More TV with a TiVo box that’ll let you do just that. 

You’ve got the option of taking either a 500GB or 1TB TiVo box. In terms of recording space, the 500GB

box lets you record up to 250 hours of standard definition TV or 50 hours of HD TV. The 1TB box has room for double that - 500 hours of SD or 100 hours of HD TV. 

More TV with either TiVo box costs £18/month. If you opt for the 1TB TiVo box, there’s a one-off £49.95 charge for activation. 

BT Sport prices on Virgin Media TV

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin More TV with V HD (£13) + BT Sport (£15) £28/month
Virgin More TV with TiVo (£18) + BT Sport (£15) £33/month

BT Sport prices on Virgin Media TV (from August 1 onwards)

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin More TV with V HD (£13) + BT Sport (£18) £31/month
Virgin More TV with TiVo (£18) + BT Sport (£18) £36/month

How much is BT Sport on Virgin Media? - Virgin Media TV XL

Virgin Media also offers all the BT Sport channels for free with its top-tier Virgin TV XL package. Right now, Virgin TV XL costs £28/month with the driveless V HD box or £33/month with a TiVo box. 

As with the More TV offer, you can either opt for a 500GB TiVo box for nothing or pay a £49.95 activation fee for a 1TB TiVo box. 

However you slice it, after August 1, the monthly price will go up by £3/month for new customers. Existing customers won't have to pay the new price until September. 

Virgin TV XL has over 230 digital TV channels while More TV, which works out the same with the cost of BT Sport added on, has over 70 channels. 

Channels that you get with Virgin TV XL that you don’t get with More TV include British Eurosport HD and Extreme Sports along with non-sport channels like ITV2 HD, Dave HD and Sky 1 HD. 

While this has no bearing on the cost of BT Sport at all, it’s something you might want to consider. Here’s how everything adds up. 

Virgin TV XL prices 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin TV XL with V HD (£28) + BT Sport (free) £28/month
Virgin TV XL with TiVo (£33) + BT Sport (free) £33/month

Virgin TV XL prices (from August 1 onwards)

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
Virgin TV XL with V HD (£31) + BT Sport (free) £31/month
Virgin TV XL with TiVo (£36) + BT Sport (free) £36/month


How much is BT Sport on BT TV?

Related: BT line rental saver price changes as of May 18, 2015 BT Sport in standard definition is included free of charge with all BT TV packages. You need to take a broadband service from BT in order to get BT TV.  

The cheapest BT broadband service right now costs £4.50/month plus line rental (£16.99/month for the standard rate). This gives you an up to 17Mbps service with a 10GB usage cap. 

If you want a broadband service with unlimited downloads, then your cheapest option is to get the Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls bundle which costs £18/month plus line rental. 

The cheapest BT TV package available now is the Starter service - so cheap, in fact, that it’s free for the first year. 

The set-top box you get with BT TV Starter is driveless, so you can’t record any matches, but it does have a 15-minute time buffer so you can pause and rewind live TV. 

If you want to get BT Sport in HD, that’ll cost you an extra £3/month. You’ll also have to take a BT Infinity broadband service as well. BT Infinity 1 and 2 is BT’s FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) packages that provide the necessary bandwidth to deliver BT Sport in HD. 

The cheapest BT Infinity 1 package costs £7.50/month plus line rental for a service that gives you a 38Mbps top speed and a 20GB data cap. 

The cheapest BT Infinity 1 package with unlimited downloads costs £23/month plus line rental for the same top speeds and weekend landline calls included. 

A £35 activation fee applies to all BT TV services. 

Here’s how the prices for everything work out.

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
BT TV Starter (£0*), BT Broadband (£21.49), BT Sport (free) £21.49/month
BT TV Starter (£0*), BT Broadband Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls (£34.99), BT Sport (free) £34.99/month
BT TV Starter (£0*), BT Infinity 1 (£24.49), BT Sport (free) £24.49/month
BT TV Starter (£0*), BT Infinity 1 (£24.49), BT Sport (free), HD (£3) £27.49/month
BT TV Starter (£0*), Unlimited BT Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls (£39.99), BT Sport (free) £39.99/month
BT TV Starter (£0*), Unlimited BT Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls (£39.99), BT Sport (free), HD (£3) £42.99/month

*For the first 12 months, then £5/month. 

If you want to be able to record games, you’ll need to get the BT TV Essential service which is the next run up and gives you a box with a 500GB hard drive. This equates to roughly 300 hours of SD recordings and 125 hours of HD recording.  

It’s worth pointing out that that while the Starter service is initially free, you’ll have to start paying after that first year. The post-introductory price for Starter is £5/month - the same as the Essentials deal. You’ll need to decide whether or not you’d rather save £60 or have a set-top box that can record TV from day one. 

Here's how all of the packages above work out when the cost of BT TV Essential is added on top. 

Sports Packages Total Monthly Cost
BT TV Essential (£5), BT Broadband (£21.49), BT Sport (free) £26.49/month
BT TV Essential (£5), BT Broadband Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls (£34.99), BT Sport (free) £39.99/month
BT TV Essential (£5), BT Infinity 1 (£24.49), BT Sport (free) £29.49/month
BT TV Essential (£5), BT Infinity 1 (£24.49), BT Sport (free), HD (£3) £32.49/month
BT TV Essential (£5), Unlimited BT Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls (£39.99), BT Sport (free) £44.99/month
BT TV Essential (£5), Unlimited BT Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls (£39.99), BT Sport (free), HD (£3) £47.99/month

How much is BT Sport on TalkTalk TV?

You can’t currently get BT Sport in SD or HD on TalkTalk TV. 

How much is BT Sport on Freeview, YouView or Freesat? 

You can’t currently get BT Sport on any of the free to air TV platforms in the UK. While BT does own a spot on the Freeview programme guide, it doesn’t regularly broadcast BT Sport on Freeview. 

BT does on occasion broadcast teasers on digital terrestrial TV, meaning if you’ve got a Freeview box or a YouView box that you bought independently of any BT TV deal, you will be able to get some BT Sport content for free. 

How can I watch BT Sport online?

Related: BT Mobile’s SIM-only deal is the cheapest way to get BT Sport yetIf you’ve got BT Broadband but you don’t want a BT TV service you can stream BT Sport games live online, or watch them on your phone or tablet through the iOS and Android BT Sport apps. 

If you’ve got a Chromecast, you can effectively watch games on your TV set for less - BT Sport’s mobile apps are fully Chromecast-supported

Quality of streams will depend on how good your broadband connection is - you’ll need at least 2Mbps to stream any content at all and 4-5Mbps to stream games in higher quality. 

How can I watch BT Sport on my phone or tablet?

If you’ve got a BT Mobile SIM, you’ll be able to stream BT Sport content on your iOS or Android device.

You cannot, however, cast BT Sport content to your TV via Chromecast, unless you’re a BT broadband customer as well. 

While anyone can sign up for BT Mobile, BT broadband customers get a £5 discount off of all BT Mobile prices.