BT Sport: The Cheapest Ways Of Watching On Your TV, Laptop & Mobile
October 7th, 2016
There are multiple ways to watch BT Sport on your TV, laptop or smartphone. We compare the available viewing methods and find the cheapest way of watching BT Sport.
In the UK, BT Sport allows you to watch 42 live matches from the Premier League along with every game live from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. The BT Sport channels also show a number of other events including the Aviva Premiership, European Rugby Champions Cup, SPL, Bundesliga, Serie A, WTA tennis, MotoGP and UFC.
In this article, we’ll discuss the different ways of watching BT Sport on your TV, laptop and smartphone. We’ll also compare each of the methods to find the best value way of watching BT Sport.
In the UK, the BT Sport service consists of BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport ESPN.
The following table shows multiple ways of getting the BT Sport service to watch on your TV or computer. In general, the cheapest way of getting BT Sport will be to also get BT Broadband at the same time. However, this doesn’t account for the cost of your home phone, home broadband or TV service (i.e. you might need to pay a little bit more for your broadband to get cheaper BT Sport):
|Provider||Total First Year Cost for BT Sport|
|Standard Definition||High Definition|
|BT Broadband & BT TV||Free||£60|
|BT Broadband & Sky TV||–||£54|
|BT Broadband only||–||£45|
|Virgin Media TV||Requires Full House TV bundle|
|TalkTalk TV||£278.88||Not available|
If you’d only like to watch BT Sport whilst you’re on-the-go, it’s also possible to get a cheaper mobile-only subscription. This will allow you to watch BT Sport when you’re out and about using an application on your smartphone. At present, BT Sport packages are available from BT Mobile and EE:
|Provider||Total First Year Cost for BT Sport|
|BT Sport App (Mobile Only)|
|BT Mobile||Free with 15GB plan|
|EE||£45 (or free with 4GEE Max)|
BT Sport on TV
There are multiple ways to access BT Sport on your TV or computer. In general, the cheapest way is by getting a BT Broadband subscription. However, if you don’t want to switch your broadband provider, it’s also possible to get it on Sky TV, Virgin Media and TalkTalk.
For most people, the cheapest way to get BT Sport is to also get a BT Broadband subscription at the same time. This will obviously depend on your current broadband contract (i.e. whether you’re able to leave it penalty-free).
If you’re a BT Broadband customer, there are three ways to add BT Sport to your plan:
- BT Sport with BT TV (free in SD, £5/month in HD). If you take a BT TV package, you’ll get BT Sport for free in standard definition. There’s an extra fee of £5/month to upgrade to high-definition. You can get the BT TV Starter Pack for £0/month with £49 for activation.
- BT Sport on Sky TV (£6/month in HD). As a BT Broadband customer, you’ll be able to add BT Sport in high-definition to your Sky TV service. This will cost you just £6/month in high-definition.
- BT Sport without BT or Sky TV (£5/month in HD). If you’re a BT Broadband customer with neither BT TV or Sky TV, you can subscribe to the BT Sport service for just £5/month in high-definition. This will allow you to watch BT Sport on your laptop and mobile.
With all three of the above packages, you’ll get the first 3 months for free on a 12-month contract. There’s also no activation fee so this means the total cost over the first 12 months will be £0 with BT TV (standard definition), £54 with Sky TV (high definition) and £45 with neither (high definition).
If you’re not currently a BT Broadband customer, you can see a list of currently available deals here. You’ll need to pay your line rental to BT: this will cost £18.99/month or there’s a 10% discount when you pay in advance for a full year with Line Rental Saver. You’ll also need to take out a BT Broadband subscription with the cheapest deals currently available from £5/month.
- Standard definition: from £0 for the first 12 months (requires BT Broadband & BT TV).
- High definition: from £45 for the first 12 months (or £54 with Sky TV).
If you have Sky TV, it’s possible to add BT Sport to your existing plan. This will cost £21.99/month for the standard-definition service and £26.99/month for the high-definition service. This comes with free activation on a 12-month contract and you’ll also get the first 3 months for free.
If you’d like a shorter commitment, the HD package is also available on a one-month rolling contract. This will cost £26.99/month (discounted to £21.99/month for the first 3 months) with a £30 activation fee for setting up the service.
- Standard definition: from £197.91 for the first 12 months.
- High definition: from £242.91 for the first 12 months.
If you’re willing to switch your home broadband provider over to BT Broadband, you can get a discounted rate with the BT Sport on Sky with BT Broadband package. This will cost only £6/month with the first 3 months for free (so you’ll pay just £81 for the first 12 months). Of course, this means you’ll need to pay line rental and broadband charges to BT but the overall cost could still be lower.
- High definition: from £81 for the first 12 months when you switch to BT Broadband.
- High definition: Available as part of Virgin’s Full House TV bundle.
If you have the TalkTalk TV service, you can add BT Sport to your plan for £21.99/month (standard definition only). This comes with an activation fee that depends on the length of your contract (there’s a £30 activation fee on a 30-day contract or a £15 activation fee on a 12-month contract).
Unfortunately, BT Sport is not currently available in high-definition on TalkTalk TV. For more information on how to subscribe, please see the TalkTalk website.
- Standard definition: From £278.88 for the first 12 months.
- High definition: Not available.
BT Sport on Mobile
If you’d like to watch BT Sport whilst you’re on-the-go, you can do this through the BT Sport app. The app is available on iPhone, Android and Windows 10 devices and gives you access to BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport ESPN. You’ll get live streaming and on-demand playback, as well as news and other content.
If you have a BT Sport subscription for your TV, you’ll automatically get access to the BT Sport app. If you don’t, it’s possible to get a discounted mobile-only subscription by signing up to either BT Mobile or EE.
On BT Mobile, you’ll get inclusive access to the BT Sport app when you choose the 15GB per month tariff. You can either get a brand new smartphone from £32/month on a 24-month contract or you can choose a SIM-only deal from £20/month on a 12-month contract:
inc. £5 discount
* BT Broadband customers get a £5/month discount on BT Mobile. The prices shown in the table above already include a BT Broadband discount.
If you’re not currently a BT Broadband customer, you’ll need to pay an additional £5/month. This means the 15GB SIM-only tariff is available for £25/month.
- BT Sport on mobile only: Free when you take the BT Mobile 15GB plan.
On EE, you’ll get six months of free access to the BT Sport app with any of their Pay Monthly or SIM-only deals. Their cheapest SIM-only deals start from just £9.99/month, making this a highly-affordable way of accessing BT Sport. On the more expensive 4GEE Max tariffs, there is 24 months of free BT Sport included.
The following table shows SIM-only deals from EE with inclusive BT Sport:
During the checkout process, you can choose to add BT Sport to your plan by selecting the BT Sport option under the “choose your extras” heading.
Once your initial free subscription to BT Sport expires, you’ll be charged £5/month if you want to continue using it. This will appear as an add-on on your bill.
If you’re already an existing Pay Monthly customer on EE, you can add the BT Sport app to your plan by texting SPORT to 150. The BT Sport app isn’t currently available to customers on EE Pay As You Go.
- BT Sport on mobile only: £30 for the first 12 months (free on 4GEE Max tariffs).
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