BT is now selling Sky Sports 1 and 2 to TV customers with superfast Infinity broadband and YouView boxes.
Following a lengthy and gruelling series of appeals, Sky’s premium sports channels can be taken alongside BT Sport on a YouView TV box for the first time.
BT TV customers can now get both Sky Sports channels for either £16.50/month each or as a bundle for £22/month on a flexible, 30-day basis, meaning you’re free to cancel during the off season months and sign up again next August.
Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “This is a pivotal moment for our ambitions in TV.
“We are delighted to now be able to offer a stronger range of premium sports programming on our YouView boxes, adding to the recent launch of Netflix.
“The ability to bundle together great content on our most advanced set top box will underpin our aim to sell BT TV to more of our broadband customers and to accelerate the number of our customers who take a triple play bundle from us.”
With BT Sport in standard definition included with all BT TV packages, you now can get every Premier League game for £37/month, plus BT line rental.
The cheapest Infinity package, BT Infinity 1 (up to 38Mbps, 20GB download cap) currently costs £15/month. BT’s standard rate of line rental is £16.99/month, which means your total monthly cost would be £53.99/month. Deep pocketed folks can pay for a year’s line rental up front; £169.90, equivalent to £14.15/month, will get you 12 month’s line rental cover.
BT’s cheapest TV package, the recently-announced Starter, costs nothing for the first year and £5/month after that. There’s a one-off £35 connection fee and no cost for the hardware.
While the BT TV Starter box is driveless – meaning you can’t record any games – there is a time buffer, which lets you pause and rewind up to 30 minutes of SD TV and 14 minutes of HD.
If you want to be able to record games, you can get BT TV Essential for £5/month which gives you a YouView box with a 500GB hard drive.
The news also sees BT retiring the old Vision boxes, which was previously the only way you could get Sky Sports 1 and 2 on BT TV.
Existing BT customers who’ve already paid for Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 should be able to swap their Vision+ box for a new YouView+ box for £35 when their contract comes to an end. They’ll also need to be able to get BT Infinity, so if FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) has not been rolled out in your area, you won’t be able to get Sky Sports from BT TV.
There’s also no word if Sky Sports 5 will be coming to BT YouView boxes. The new European football channel landed on BT Vision+ earlier this year, but with BT TV due to get all of the Champions League and Europa League games in 2015, it’s perhaps not that much of a penalty.
You can also only get Sky Sports 1 and 2 in SD from BT TV. While the BT Sport channels – BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN – can be watched in HD for an extra £3/month, you can’t currently get any of the Sky games in high definition.