BT Sports

BT launches 360º sports highlights

BT is making 360º highlights and instant replays available from a range of sporting events via the BT Sports App. Starting this week, viewers will be able to watch immersive highlights from the UEFA Champions League football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. BT said it aims to show 360º footage from a minimum […]

Sky secures English Football League rights with expanded offering

Sky has secured the rights to show live coverage of English Football League (EFL) games until 2024, beating off competition from rival BT Sport. Sky has struck a deal that will see it show up to 183 matches exclusively live each year in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One, Sky Bet League Two, […]

BT sees TV growth, commits to G.Fast investment

BT’s TV base grew by 66,000 in the first three months of the year, and by 28% year-on-year, to reach 1.5 million at the end of the company’s fourth financial quarter. BT Sport’s average daily audience figures increased 45% year on year, from the start of the football season in August to the end of […]

Premier League adds Friday nights to upcoming bidding round

The English Premier League opened bidding for TV rights to the three seasons from 2016 by sending out its tender to broadcasters at the end of last week. The new tender adds 14 games per season to the number that can be televised, taking the total to 168 per season.  One package will include up […]

BT hits 19 million fibre homes target

BT has now passed more than 19 million homes and businesses with fibre broadband, reaching two thirds of UK premises some 21 months ahead of schedule. BT had originally set a 19 million premises target for the end of 2015, but said it reached it in March, helping the UK achieve “one of the fastest […]

BT Sport signs exclusive NBA deal

UK telco and pay TV operator BT has signed a deal with the NBA to air exclusive live TV coverage of top basketball games and programmes on BT Sports in the UK and Ireland. The deal begins on December 1, with BT Sports’ TV coverage to include weekly games that will air on Sundays in […]

BT plans multiscreen and OTT developments

Following the rollout of its BT Sports app this autumn, the UK telco and pay TV operator has plans to add a similar “multiscreen proposition” for its other channels and VoD services, according to BT exec Jerome Tassel.  Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit this week, Tassel, BT’s TV architecture and security director, said that […]

BT taps PayWizard for BT Sports

BT is looking to access new subscribers for its BT Sports channel line-up, in partnership with digital TV industry pay solutions firm PayWizard. PayWizard’s software was chosen by BT prior to August-launch of BT Sport to provide platform authentication for the channels – though the deal was only announced publicly this week. BT is also […]

BT Sport App nears 1 million downloads

BT TV CEO Marc Watson hailed the success of BT’s new sports app yesterday, claiming that it is expected to reach the 1 million download milestone next month. Making a keynote speech at the Royal Television Society, Watson said that though UK ratings body Barb does not currently measure the number of app viewers, the […]