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BT Sport is not just about football
Thursday 25 July 2013 19:40:28 by Andrew Ferguson

While most coverage of BT Sport focuses on the football elements and the occasional mention of rugby there is the small matter of 21 Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments that will be featured on the service. This week BT announced that Anne Keothavong who is retiring from professional tennis is to join the coverage team later in the year. There will also be Moto GP, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Red Bull Extreme Sports.

"We are particularly pleased to have signed up Anne for our tennis team. She’s straight off the court and I am sure that will give her fantastic insight into the mentality and performance of her fellow professionals on the tour. Anne has been at the forefront of women’s tennis in the UK for years and can give the viewers the benefit of her experience and knowledge of both her fellow British stars, like Heather Watson and Laura Robson, as well as the current top-ranking players."

Simon Green, director of BT Sport

There is a gentle reminder that for those thinking of signing up to BT Sport and using their Sky satellite TV set-top box or via BT TV on BT Infinity, that the free HD option for a year (saving £36) only applies to orders made before the 1st August 2013. The current range of offers on BT Broadband products include £40 and £60 Sainsbury vouchers which end on the 31st July. For those BT customers not using BT TV or the Sky viewing option there will be online streaming via


Posted by gobbybobby over 4 years ago
Online streaming is a nice feature I will give them that!
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
Wouldn't it be better if BT actually was more focused on providing proper telecom services instead of wasting money on a sports channel or Sainsbury vouchers?
Posted by chrysalis over 4 years ago
sadly now days consumers only see value in tv, people routinely pay the likes of sky and VM £100+ for triple pay (with bulk on tv), broadband is now often seen as just value addon.
Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
JNeuhoff , Its all about added services now. Pure telecoms only services are on the decline/dying out.

You need to adapt to stay in business
Posted by tommy45 over 4 years ago
@JNeuhoff: +1 and then they would not need to hike up prices on line rental and call plans,so that everybody ends up subsidising this so called FREE sports channel,even if they don't have or want BT broadband,or infact even have broadband they are still paying for it,and that is wrong
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
@tommy45 Plenty of other providers are hiking their line rental prices even in the face of the wholesale cost going down...
Posted by Chrismb over 4 years ago
Waiting to order BT Infinity with BT Sport HD on Sky STB... AS SOON AS THEY TURN ON THE NEW FTTC CABINET THEY STUCK UP MONTHS AGO. </rant>
Anyways, it's rugby union that matters not soccer!
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@tommy45: This again illustrates the need for a complete separation between a network company and service providers. No cross-subsidising wanted.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
JNeuhoff That will be fun to impose on Virgin Media and many other operators that exist in the UK
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@andrew: The difference is that neither Virgin Media nor many of the other operators get public money, unlike BT who received hundreds of Million Pounds from the BDUK.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
So if a firm takes on a chuck of state aid all its investment including commercial areas need to be split totally apart? A good way to ensure vey few or none bid for the work.

Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@andrew: So you are OK with your expensive BT line subsidising sports channels and other BT adventures?
Posted by undecidedadrian over 4 years ago
I'd rather have the Supermarkets stop the subsidy of cheap Alcohol than the BT sports channel.

Also it isn't the BT line rental that is the subsidy. BT will claim that it is making the Broadband packages more attractive.
Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
Jneuhoff are you ok with expensive sky tv packages subsidising their broadband adventures ? Shouldn't they just stick to tv ?
Posted by ronshepherd over 4 years ago
I am very happy to be getting BT Sports channels for no extra money. I was happy before it was announced! Looking forward to watching live premiership football matches on my tv without having to pay SKY £10 per month extra for the privelege, thank you!
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@GMAN99: You can't compare Sky with BT, 2 different companies. Sky doesn't get taxpayer's money in the form of BDUK. BT charges Sky for its access to the local loops, including the VDSL copper lines. BT gets all the BDUK money, yet it then diverts bug chunks of its profits on non-telecom adventures such as subsidised sports channels or Sainsbury vouchers and other stuff, while large parts of the UK don't have proper fibre telecom services.

Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
You certainly can compare the two and I just have. Both communications companies, voice, tv and broadband all being forms of communication.

BDUK has nothing to do with BT Sports , or Vision or Youview etc.

Sky used profits from its TV arm to finance its broadband arm. BT uses profits from various streams including broadband to fund its TV venture.

Nothing unusual here, companies do this all of the time. You may have an axe to grind but I'm afraid your axe is made from rubber
Posted by oliver341 over 4 years ago
@JNeuhoff, BT's line rental is hardly extortionate relative to other providers. BT: £15.45, Talktalk: £14.95, Sky: £14.50. Also bear in mind a lot of those BT customers are "single play" offering no additional revenue from broadband, tv, etc.
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@oliver341: I think BTs line rental is well overpriced, after all its only old copper. Naked DSL (if not using a fibre line) would make more sense for many who don't want or need fixed landline based voice telephony services.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
So talktalk line rental is not overpriced?
Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
"I think BTs line rental is well overpriced, after all its only old copper."

And you say that as what? Head of a company responsible for maintenance of mass copper plant? how do you know it is overpriced, what are you basing it on?
Posted by New_Londoner over 4 years ago
I thought the line rental, or at least the underlying costs, are regulated by Ofcom. What evidence do you have that it is "well overpriced"?

Anyway the annual payment gives much better value (it worked out at just over £10 a month the last time I checked).

Posted by michaels_perry over 4 years ago
Football, Rugby, selected Tennis, Wrestling, extreme sports and the like are not for most people. What's lest seems to get minority coverage. Our BB is far too slow, you need at least 5.4 Mbps say BT and we are lucky to see 2.5. And it will not be free after 1 year or you order after 1st August! No thanks.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
@michaels_perry who says you need at least 5.4 Mbps?

This may be the case for the full BT TV experience in HD using Infinity, but the web/tablet app should manage down to a slow 400 Kilo bits per second.

It is also only the HD element that becomes chargeable after 1st August.
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