BT confirms 3G switch off plans

BT has announced its plans to phase out its 3G network over the next two years. The telco said that the shift would free up airwaves for its growing 5G network, with which it plans to cover the entire country by 2028. While there are still a significant number of consumers who are yet to […]

Patrick Drahi becomes biggest BT shareholder in £2.2 billion purchase

Patrick Drahi has acquired a 12.1% stake in BT for more than £2 billion. Via the creation of a new Altice UK brand, the Altice Group boss has invested £2.2 billion in the British telco to become its largest shareholder. Altice confirmed the stake – a total of 1.2 billion shares – had been acquired […]

Ligue 1 extends BT deal in UK and Ireland

BT has renewed its rights deal with France’s Ligue 1. The deal will see the broadcaster be the exclusive home of the French top flight football league in the UK and Ireland until 2024.  BT Sport will show ‘several’ live matches each week, for a total of more than 200 matches per season. Rachel Knight, […]

BT launches new 4K HDR set-top box

BT has revealed a new set-top box capable of 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos. BT said that the TV Box Pro is its most advanced STB which is designed to support the next generation of TV viewing. In addition to the higher picture and audio quality, the new box also comes with 1TB of storage […]

English Premier League avoids rights drop by skipping auction, confirms renewed deals

The English Premier League has renewed its domestic TV rights deals with Sky, BT and Amazon for £4.8 billion. The three-year renewal was agreed directly with the broadcasters, and, as previously reported, skipped an auction which potentially would have wiped hundreds of millions off the rights value, The league cited an exclusion order under the […]

BT launches smart broadcast network Vena

BT has launched a new smart broadcast network dubbed Vena. Launching via BT Media and Broadcast, Vena promises to be “a world-first, software-defined smart broadcast network” that can simplify how media companies produce and distribute content.  BT said that Vena will support “all needs across live, streaming and data” and that it is compatible with […]

BT reportedly exploring BT Sport sale, holds talks with Amazon, Disney and DAZN

In a move which could have huge implications for the state of sports broadcasting in the UK, BT is reportedly looking to offload BT Sport. According to The Telegraph, BT has opened talks with Amazon, Disney, DAZN and others to sell a stake in the sports broadcaster. The report notes that the operator has appointed […]

BT Sport bags Extreme E rights

Off-road racing series Extreme E has announced a broadcasting partnership with BT Sport ahead of its debut season. The broadcaster will present live coverage on BT Sport 1 of the Desert X Prix from Saudi Arabia on April 4, and will air all five of this year’s X Pris live. BT will also carry Extreme […]

Openreach to ramp up full-fibre build after Ofcom ruling

BT has said that it will rapidly expand its full-fibre network in the wake of Ofcom’s decision not to impose price caps. The regulator announced that it would not put a limit on the amount that Openreach can charge wholesale buyers as an attempt to incentivise BT to invest £12 billion in the UK’s infrastructure […]