You can watch BT Sport on your TV or using the mobile application. Find out how much it will cost and the cheapest way to watch BT Sport.
In the UK, it’s possible to watch the BT Sport channels through your television or through the BT Sport app if you’re out and about.
There are multiple different ways to get access to BT Sport, with prices varying based on your television provider and your mobile network provider.
In this article, we’ll compare the different ways you can get access to BT Sport and how much you can expect to pay with each method. We’ll also compare them to BT’s new standalone Sport Monthly Pass to help you find the cheapest way to watch BT Sport.
What’s on BT Sport?
On BT Sport, it’s possible to watch a variety of live sporting action including matches from the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup. There’s also WWE wrestling, premiership rugby, MotoGP, UFC and more.
The service consists of four channels:
- BT Sport 1
- BT Sport 2
- BT Sport 3
- BT Sport ESPN
You can get access to BT Sport through your television provider (including BT TV, Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and Plusnet). Alternatively, access to the BT Sport app is available on mobile phone contracts from BT Mobile and EE. It’s also available as a standalone product when you take the BT Sport Monthly Pass.
BT Sport on TV
If you’d like to watch BT Sport on the large screen, most people will get the BT Sport channels from their television provider. At present, the BT Sport channels are available on BT TV, Sky TV, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Plusnet. Prices vary based on your television provider and whether you’d like to add HD-quality viewing.
In some cases, it may work out to be better value changing your home broadband provider at the same time as getting BT Sport. For instance, BT is currently offering a number of packages from £36.99/month with fibre broadband, home phone and BT Sport included.
The following table summarises how much you would need to pay when adding BT Sport to different television services:
|TV Provider||BT Sport Cost||High-Definition||BT Sport App|
(from £36.99/month including broadband)
(free for the first 3 months)
|Sky TV||£15/month (BT Broadband customers)
£29.99/month + activation* (non-BT Broadband customers)
(free for the first 3 months)
|Virgin Media||Included as part of Maxit TV (available from £53/month)||Included (4K UHD)||No†|
|TalkTalk TV||£29.99/month + activation fee*||Not available||Yes|
|Plusnet||£10/month for all BT Sport channels
BT Sport 1 is included free with YouView TV
Normally, the cheapest way to get access to BT Sport on your television is by taking BT Sport with BT Broadband and BT TV. This will give you access to all of the BT Sport channels through your BT TV set-top box. You’ll also get access to the BT Sport app and website where you can stream all of the BT Sport channels online.
At the time of writing, you can get BT Sport with BT fibre broadband and BT TV for £36.99/month. Given it would normally cost you £25/month to get BT Sport through the standalone Monthly Pass, this means you’re only paying a little bit extra to get fibre broadband included along with BT TV.
If you’re an existing BT TV customer without access to BT Sport, you can add it to your plan for £10/month. Simply choose the option to “Add BT Sport on TV”. It’s worth noting there’s a 24-month contract for this. This will also extend your BT broadband and BT TV contract.
With BT Sport on BT TV, you’ll get high-definition included for the first 3 months. After the first 3 months, it’ll cost you an extra £6.50/month to watch BT Sport in high-definition quality.
If you’d like to watch BT Sport through Sky TV, you’ll need to buy one of the following add-ons:
- If you’re a BT Broadband customer, you can pay £15/month to add “BT Sport on Sky TV”. There’s a 24-month contract for add-on, with your BT Broadband contract also being extended when you take it.
- If you’re not a BT Broadband customer, it costs £29.99/month to add BT Sport to Sky TV. A £20 activation fee applies if you take it on a 12-month contract, or a £35 activation fee if you take it on a one-month rolling contract.
As an alternative to the above options, consider taking BT Broadband at the same time as adding BT Sport. At the time of writing, you can get BT Broadband along with BT Sport on Sky TV for £42.99/month. This may save you money overall if BT Broadband replaces your existing home broadband service.
The standalone BT Sport Monthly Pass at £25/month is also a potential alternative to taking it on Sky TV. You’ll save £4.99/month along with the activation fee, but it won’t work through your Sky TV set-top box. Instead, you’ll need to stream it to your television through something like a Chromecast, an Apple TV or an app on your smart TV.
Customers watching BT Sport through Sky TV will get HD-quality streaming free for the first 3 months. After the first 3 months, it will cost you an extra £6.50/month.
If you’re a Virgin Media TV customer, you can access Sky Sports and BT Sport in one combined package. You’ll need to choose the “Maxit TV” package. This is available as a standalone product for £53/month at the time of writing. Alternatively, it’s also available in a bundle with fibre broadband and phone (starting from £49/month at the time of writing).
If you’re watching BT Sport through the Virgin Media service, 4K ultra-HD streaming is included in the price (this requires you to have a 4K television). There’s no need to pay an extra £6.50/month for high-definition like you would on BT TV or Sky TV.
You won’t get access to the BT Sport app with Virgin Media but you’ll be able to watch whilst you’re on the go with Virgin’s TV Go app.
If you’re a customer of TalkTalk TV, you can add the BT Sport channels for £29.99/month. There’s also a one-time activation fee of £20 when you commit for 12 months, or £35 when you take BT Sport on a 1-month rolling plan. On TalkTalk, BT Sport is only available in standard definition. However, you’ll get access to the BT Sport app included.
As a cheaper alternative to adding BT Sport to TalkTalk TV, consider the BT Sport Monthly Pass for £25/month. Unfortunately, it won’t work through your TalkTalk TV set-top box. However, it’ll allow you to watch BT Sport through a Chromecast, an Apple TV or a compatible smart TV app. The Monthly Pass is also available on a 1-month rolling contract with HD-quality streaming included.
If you’re a customer of Plusnet’s YouView TV service (available for £5/month if you’re a fibre broadband customer), you’ll get BT Sport Lite included in the price. This gives you access to BT Sport 1, but not to the other BT Sport channels or to the BT Sport app.
It’ll cost you £10/month to upgrade to the full BT Sport package on Plusnet. This gives you access to the rest of the BT Sport channels as well as the BT Sport app. Upgrading your BT Sport to high-definition quality will cost an extra £3/month on top of that.
BT Sport App
The BT Sport app for iPhone, Android and Windows 10 allows you to watch the BT Sport channels live on your mobile phone. You can also watch programmes on-demand through the catch-up TV service as well as accessing additional content such as highlights, video interviews, news and more.
At present, it’s possible to get access to the BT Sport app through price plans on BT Mobile and EE.
On BT Mobile, access to the BT Sport app is included on handset plans with more than 6GB of data and on SIM-only plans with more than 10GB of data. The inclusive access only allows you to watch BT Sport on your mobile and doesn’t include casting to a large screen through Airplay or Chromecast.
The following SIM-only plans from BT Mobile include access to the BT Sport app:
For more information, please see the BT Mobile website.
On EE, all Pay Monthly customers can get three months access to the BT Sport app for free. This includes casting to a television through Apple TV, Chromecast or a smart TV app. It also includes all of your mobile data usage through the BT Sport app. To get your three month free trial, text SPORT to 150.
After the first three months, you’ll need to pay £10/month for access to the BT Sport app. Any data used through the BT Sport app will also be counted towards your monthly download allowance. For an extra £5/month on top of this, you’ll get the ability to cast to a large screen. Data usage through the BT Sport app will also be included when you add casting to your plan.
On EE Smart plans, it’s possible to choose the BT Sport app as one of your inclusive swappable benefits. This will allow you to keep BT Sport access for the entire length of your plan. The BT Sport swappable benefit includes streaming to your mobile phone. You’ll need to pay an extra £5/month on top of this if you’d like casting to a large screen.
The following SIM-only plans from EE will give you access to the BT Sport app (3 months on all price plans and Swappable Benefits on the EE Smart plans):
BT Sport Monthly Pass
As an alternative to getting BT Sport through your television or mobile network provider, it’s also possible to take BT Sport on a standalone basis.
The BT Sport Monthly Pass costs £25/month and gives you access to BT Sport through a mobile phone, tablet, games console or smart TV. It also includes casting to a large screen through Airplay or Chromecast as well as 4K UHD and HDR streaming.
This often works out to be more expensive than getting BT Sport through your broadband or mobile network provider (particularly if you’re a BT Broadband, Plusnet Broadband, BT Mobile or EE customer). However, customers of Sky TV and TalkTalk TV may see a cost saving by getting the Monthly Pass instead. As well as having a lower monthly cost, it offers greater flexibility with a one-month rolling contract. There’s also no activation fee, saving you money upfront.
For more information on the different ways to get access to BT Sport, please see BT’s official website.