BT Sport

BT adds TV customers, impacted by increased sports costs

BT added TV customers in its latest quarter but its adjusted earnings fell due to higher sports rights, pension costs, and a decline in its Global Services unit. Announcing its second quarter results for the three months ending September 30, BT said it added 7,000 TV customers, taking its television base to 1.8 million. Despite starting […]

BT searches for ‘innovative sports media ideas’

BT is appealing to entrepreneurs and start-ups in a bid to find new ideas that will help BT Sport “continue to be at the heart of digital innovation”. BT Infinity Lab has launched a competition with a view to working with startups on ideas and original technology to improve the TV viewing experience for the […]

BT Sport and Snapchat partner for Champions League final

BT Sport is partnering with Snapchat in the UK on social coverage of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final. Snapchat’s ‘Our Story’ coverage of the Juventus vs. Real Madrid match will include clips and match footage from BT Sport to complement the Snaps submitted from fans in the stadium, the teams, and people watching at home. […]

BT Sport boss defends football ratings, calls for more access

The head of BT Sport, Simon Green, has dismissed fears about declining sports ratings, but called on the Premier League to allow broadcasters more off-the-pitch access. Speaking at the KPMG and Microsoft’s Football Benchmark Forum event in London yesterday, Green said that millennial viewers are still interested in live sport and insisted that any dip […]

BT adds to TV base in disappointing quarter

BT added 11,000 TV customers to its TV base in the first three months of this year, taking its overall TV base to 1.7 million in a quarter that was generally disappointing for the UK telco. The company highlighted the continued strength of its sports offering in a quarter that saw it secure Champions League […]

BT Sport and TV boss departs after three years

The managing director of BT Sport and BT TV, Delia Bushell, has announced plans to step down following a three-year stint at the UK telecoms operator. Bushell will stay at BT until the start of June to oversee a handover of responsibilities and is due to announce her future plans “in the coming weeks”. “This […]

BT Sport retains exclusive grip on Champions League and Europa League

BT Sport has retained exclusive rights to air Champions League and Europa League football in the UK, consolidating its place as a serious competitor to Sky in the premium sports arena. BT secured the rights to the two leagues until the end of the 2020-21 season, gaining exclusive rights across all live games, highlights and […]

Five arrested in UK clampdown on illegal TV set-top boxes

Five people have been arrested in North West of England as part of a crackdown on the sale and distribution of illegal TV set-top devices. UK’s intellectual property protection organisation, FACT, instigated the action on behalf the Premier League, Sky, BT Sport and Virgin Media. The raids on the homes of the suspects turned up […]

BT sees UK TV growth as Italian scandal hits earnings

While its Q3 results were dominated by a dramatic plunge in profit in the wake of the Italian accounting scandal reported earlier this week, BT made solid progress in TV, with broadband and TV revenue up 8%, compared with 4% for consumer revenue as a whole, and the TV base growing by 52,000 customers to […]

BT to charge for BT Sport as part of sweeping price increases

BT is due to start charging its customers to access BT Sport for the first time, as part of wide-ranging set of price increases by the UK telco. From August 1, BT TV customers will have to pay £3.50 per month to access BT Sport. Previously all BT TV customers – who have to take […]