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English FA ‘likely’ to suspend 3pm blackout rules in face of Coronavirus

The English FA is likely to suspend its broadcast blackout of matches kicking off between 2:45 and 5:15pm on Saturdays should Coronavirus cause games to be played behind closed doors. The legislation has historically been in place as a means of protecting attendance of football matches, but the Times reports that the FA will relax […]

Sky launches new packages with BT Sport

Sky has launched two new sports packages that combine Sky Sports and BT Sport channels for the first time. Subscribers can now sign up for a combined Sky Sports and BT Sport for £35 (€42) for existing customers on an 18-month contract, while for £47 they can combine the two sports offerings with Sky Entertainment, […]

ITV and BT Sport to simulcast Queensberry boxing

BT Sport and ITV have signed a rights sharing deal for Boxing bouts featuring fighters signed to Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.  A release from the promoter said that its boxers will see “unrivalled coverage in Britain thanks to the ground-breaking initiative.” Pay TV BT Sport and free-to-air ITV will share fight content, starting with the […]

BT revamps pay TV packages with flexible structure

BT has launched a range of new ‘flexible’ TV packages as it looks to disrupt the UK’s pay TV market and keep pace with the rising tide of streamers.  Launching on February 21, the company will offer 24-month flexible TV packages which are designed to allow customers to upgrade, downgrade and add bolt-ons on a […]

Sport and TV bright spots for underwhelming BT; Sky deal delivery “very close”

Sport and TV has proved a positive for BT in a quarter that was “slightly below” expectations, said CEO Phillip Jansen. Overall, the broadcaster reported a 3% decline in revenue and 4% fall in core earnings. For the quarter, revenue fell to £5.78bn from £5.98 billion, with EBITDA declined to £1.98 billion from £2.06 billion. […]

BBC and ITV favourites to retain Six Nations

The BBC and ITV are set to retain the rights to rugby union’s Six Nations, ensuring the pre-eminent tournament remains on free-to-air TV in the UK.  CVC Capital, which has invested £300 million for a 15% stake in the tournament, is seeking contract improved from the combined £90 million paid previously by the pubcasters. That […]

WWE returns to FTA with Channel 5 deal

Professional wrestling outfit WWE has signed a deal with ViacomCBS that will see the company’s shows broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK for the first time in almost 20 years. The news was confirmed by Channel 5 on Twitter, with the ViacomCBS-owned channel announcing that three of its weekly wrestling shows – Raw, Smackdown […]

Tyson Fury turns down £10 million Sky Box Office bid for Wilder rematch

BT Sport has seen off the challenge of Sky Sports in order to win the rights to the upcoming boxing rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. According to the Daily Mail, the Comcast-owned Sky tabled a bid of £10 million in an attempt to secure exclusive rights to the fight in the UK for […]

BT and ITV in talks over Champions League sublicensing

British pubcaster ITV is reportedly in talks with BT Sport over a sub-licencing deal for the Uefa Champions League. As reported by The Sunday Times, execs at ITV are seeking a package of games from BT, with BT successfully retaining the rights in November. It is believed that ITV and Sky launched an ultimately futile […]

BT Sport to offer no-contract monthly pass for first time

In a first for the broadcaster, the UK’s BT Sport is to offer a no-contract monthly pass for £25 (€30) that enables users to view a range of sports without the need for a long commitment. Available from today, BT Sport Monthly Pass lets any user buy and watch BT Sport on a month-by-month basis. […]

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