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BT takes on Sky with 'free' sport

BT Sport has sought to compete with BSkyB by announcing that its new channels will be available at no extra cost to BT broadband customers. From the summer it will own the rights to 38 live Premier League fixtures as well as the FA Cup and UFC.

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How much does it cost to watch football on TV?

Sky Sports

For the 2012/2013 football season, Sky charged customers a minimum of £57.75 per month for its Sky Sports HD channels as part of a TV package, or a minimum of £79.75 per month for a deal that included a phone line and broadband.

ESPN was charged at an additional £10 per month.

Sky included:

  • 115 live Premier League fixtures
  • 129 live Champions League fixtures
  • Sky F1 channel
  • Range of other sports

BT Sport

For the 2013/2014 season, two BT Sport channels and ESPN will be offered free to customers who pay for BT broadband.

BT Infinity fibre broadband will cost £30.45 per month (including a £15.45 monthly line rental fee) or £25.45 per month for copper broadband.

Customers not subscribing to BT internet deals can buy the sport channels through satellite services for £15 per month in HD or £12 per month in SD.

  • 38 live Premier League matches
  • FA Cup, Europa League matches on ESPN
  • 69 live rugby Premiership matches
  • Range of other sports

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