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Premier League fixture changes make it impossible for fans to travel by train for 11 games on Sky and BT Sport

15 July 2014 16:02:42 Football | Mail Online

Football fans are once again feeling the brunt of changes to the Premier League fixture schedule by Sky and BT Sport. The TV duo released changes to kick-off times on Monday.

Vice Football Time15 July 2014 16:02:42


Premier League fixture changes make it impossible for fans to travel by train for 11 games on Sky and BT Sport

15 July 2014 15:24:04 Sport | Mail Online

Football fans are once again feeling the brunt of changes to the Premier League fixture schedule by Sky and BT Sport. The TV duo released changes to kick-off times on Monday.

Vice Sport Time15 July 2014 15:24:04


Premier League TV schedule: Sky Sports and BT Sport announce early season live fixtures

14 July 2014 17:25:47 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Broadcasting rivals announce live games with BT Sport showing Louis van Gaal's first Manchester United match and Sky Sports free to air on opening day

Vice Sport Time14 July 2014 17:25:47


Premier League TV schedule: Sky Sports and BT Sport announce early season live fixtures

14 July 2014 16:50:56 Sport

Broadcasting rivals announce live games with BT Sport showing Louis van Gaal's first Manchester United match and Sky Sports free to air on opening day

Vice Sport Time14 July 2014 16:50:56


Sky and BT announce April TV schedule for Premier League

27 February 2014 16:10:11 Sport | Mail Online

Sky Sports and BT Sport have announced their live Premier League coverage for April as the four-horse title race hots up.

Vice Sport Time27 February 2014 16:10:11


Sky and BT announce April TV schedule for Premier League

27 February 2014 15:35:51 Football | Mail Online

Sky Sports and BT Sport have announced their live Premier League coverage for April as the four-horse title race hots up.

Vice Football Time27 February 2014 15:35:51


When are Manchester United on TV: Fixtures, schedules, channels and times for Sky, ITV, BT Sport and BBC

05 December 2013 17:14:58 mirror - Sport

Manchester United fan? Then you'll want to know when you can catch Moyes' boys on TV over the festive period and we've got all the televised fixtures

Vice Sport Time05 December 2013 17:14:58


When are Chelsea on TV: Fixtures, schedules, channels and times for Sky, ITV, BT Sport and BBC

05 December 2013 17:04:46 mirror - Sport

Chelsea fan? Then you'll want to know when you can catch Mourinho's men on TV over the festive period and we've got all the televised fixtures

Vice Sport Time05 December 2013 17:04:46


When are Manchester City on TV: Fixtures, schedules, channels and times for Sky, ITV, BT Sport and BBC

05 December 2013 17:04:46 mirror - Sport

Manchester City fan? Then you'll want to know when you can catch Aguero and company on TV over the festive period and we've got all the televised fixtures

Vice Sport Time05 December 2013 17:04:46


When are Everton on TV: Fixtures, schedules, channels and times for Sky, ITV, BT Sport and BBC

05 December 2013 17:04:46 mirror - Sport

Everton fan? Then you'll want to know when you can catch Roberto Martinez side in action over the festive period and we've got all the televised fixtures

Vice Sport Time05 December 2013 17:04:46


When are Liverpool on TV: Fixtures, schedules, channels and times for Sky, ITV, BT Sport and BBC

05 December 2013 16:03:19 mirror - Sport

Want to know where to find Luis Suarez? Then here's where you can see Liverpool on TV over the festive period as we've got all the televised fixtures

Vice Sport Time05 December 2013 16:03:19


When are Newcastle United on TV? Fixtures, schedules, channels and times for Sky, ITV, BT Sport and BBC

05 December 2013 14:00:51 mirror - Sport

Are you a Magpie? Then you'll want to know when you can catch the lads on TV over the festive period and we've got all the televised fixtures

Vice Sport Time05 December 2013 14:00:51


When are Arsenal on TV: Fixtures, schedules, channels and times for Sky, ITV, BT Sport and BBC

25 November 2013 19:15:02 mirror - Sport

Arsenal fan? Then you'll want to know when you can catch the Gunners in action on TV this season, we've got all the televised fixtures

Vice Sport Time25 November 2013 19:15:02


Fans have never had it so good as BT Sport's coverage of Aviva Premiership brings them closer to the action

09 September 2013 00:53:48 Sport

Alan Tyers: cameras in the dressing room. Cameras on the kicking tee. Cameras on the line-out. We've never had it so good.        

Vice Sport Time09 September 2013 00:53:48


Fans have never had it so good as BT Sport's coverage of Aviva Premiership brings them closer to the action

09 September 2013 00:33:01 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Alan Tyers: cameras in the dressing room. Cameras on the kicking tee. Cameras on the line-out. We've never had it so good.        

Vice Football Time09 September 2013 00:33:01


BT Sport reach for the Sky

18 August 2013 02:45:13 Sport | Mail Online

It's 11am at the BT Sport (BTS) studios in Olympic Park, east London, and there's a nervous excitement around the place only partly related to the new kids on the football broadcasting block kicking off the Premier League season by showing their first live Premier League game - Liverpool versus Stoke.

Vice Sport Time18 August 2013 02:45:13


BT Sport reach for the Sky

18 August 2013 01:48:59 Football | Mail Online

It's 11am at the BT Sport (BTS) studios in Olympic Park, east London, and there's a nervous excitement around the place only partly related to the new kids on the football broadcasting block kicking off the Premier League season by showing their first live Premier League game - Liverpool versus Stoke.

Vice Football Time18 August 2013 01:48:59


BT Sport finds a way past Sky Sports' advertising restriction

29 July 2013 16:54:34 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh sign shirt deal with BT Sport • Scottish Rugby Union hints at more money for both clubs BT Sport has found a way past Sky Sports' ban on screening its rival broadcaster's adverts by signing a four-year shirt sponsorship deal with two of the teams Sky has signed up to televise. Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby have agreed a "substantial multi-million pound" contract that will mean both clubs will sport BT's logo on their shirts. The Scottish sides compete in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup competitions. Sky will screen Heineken Cup games from October this year and matches from the RaboDirect Pro12 from 2014. The announcement of the deal follows an Ofcom ruling in June that rejected BT's complaints over Sky's refusal to promote its new rivals on its own channels. BT will launch three channels this week, broadcasting live football from the Barclays Premier League in England and Scotland's newly formed Scottish Premiership. Its rugby content includes Aviva Premiership matches and France's Top 14 – but it will not screen games involving the two sides it has just signed up to sponsor. However, Marc Watson, chief executive of TV for BT Retail, claims that could change in the future. When asked if the deal with Edinburgh and Glasgow was a ploy to get around Sky's ban, he said: "When you are looking at a sponsorship arrangement, one of the things you look at is who is going to see your logo, your brand. The audience that follows Scottish rugby is an important audience for us to reach. "The RaboDirect [Pro 12] will be covered by Sky and other broadcasters too in the next few years and that broadcaster exposure is one of the elements – but not the only one – in what is quite a broad deal with Scottish Rugby. "We launch three channels later this week and it's a major strategic objective of the company to establish those channels and to make them a success. As we are launching those channels into the marketplace it seems an obvious thing to use this deal to help promote those channels. "This is a sponsorship deal, not a broadcasting deal. We will look in the future at all opportunities to broadcast sports as they come up and if an opportunity comes up to broadcast [the Scottish] rugby teams then of course we will look at it. "For the rugby fan, we believe we [already] have a lot that is attractive and that is appealing." Mark Dodson, chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union – which owns both Edinburgh and Glasgow – hinted the deal would result in extra money being made available to strengthen both squads. He said: "This is the most lucrative shirt sponsorship deal we have ever signed – by some margin. It dwarfs any deal we have signed in the past. "We will always be looking for the best players possible. If that means the player budget rises as a consequence, that is what will happen. "I've given both coaches [Gregor Townsend and Stevie Scott] the reassurance that if there is a top-class player out there that they want, who wants to come to Scotland, we will fund it." Rugby union Glasgow Rugby Edinburgh Rugby BT Sport Sky Sports BSkyB Television industry © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions        

Vice All News Time29 July 2013 16:54:34


BT Sport's Premier League plans fail to lift subscriber growth rate

25 July 2013 10:09:12 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Telecoms giant signs up just 23,000 TV subscribers in second quarter compared with 160,000 for budget pay-TV rival TalkTalk BT has so far failed to get the public to switch on to its promise of Premier League football, adding just 23,000 TV subscribers in the three months to 30 June. The company will be concerned that the rate of growth of new subscribers has slumped by almost 43% – it signed up 40,000 subscribers in the previous quarter – despite running a star-studded multimillion-pound ad campaign to entice new customers to its TV service. It spent about £1bn on the rights to 38 Premier League matches each season. BT will be concerned that the budget pay-TV service of arch-rival TalkTalk managed to sign up 160,000 customers in the three months to the end of June. TalkTalk, which maintains that its model proves there is no need to pay hundreds of millions of pounds for expensive sports rights to win customers, is already close to half the size of BT, with 390,000 TV customers despite launching just nine months. BT has a total TV base of 833,000 subscribers. The company attempted pointed out that more than 500,000 households have now ordered BT Sport, the channels which will air content including Premier League football. However, BT admitted that this is "mostly" existing customers who have taken the channels for free as part of re-contracting their BT broadband service. "BT Sport has proved popular with our customers," the company said. "We expect the proportion of new customers to increase after we launch the channels on 1 August," the company said. The channels aren't live yet and the Premiership season doesn't begin until 17 August, so this is a strong start." Andrew Hogley, a telecoms analyst at Espirito Santo Investment Bank, said that there was no expectation in the market that BT would add a huge number of new TV customers at this stage. "On TV we weren't expecting any pick up in adds this quarter, should start to ramp from [BT's] second quarter," said Hogley. "The 550,000 pre-orders for sports [channels] looks OK – we will see what happens next week when ESPN goes off air." BT said that it has spent £40m on BT Sport's "pre-launch costs" in the quarter, which will include setting up its top-end studio facility in the former broadcasting centre in the Olympic Park in east London. The telecoms giant added 95,000 broadband customers in the quarter; TalkTalk reported on Wednesday that it managed to sign up 22,000. Overall, BT reported a 1% fall in revenues to £4.44bn in the quarter, with profit before tax falling 16% to £449m. • To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email media@guardian.co.uk or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. If you are writing a comment for publication, please mark clearly "for publication". • To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook BT Sport Sports rights Television industry BT Telecommunications industry Premier League Mark Sweney guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time25 July 2013 10:09:12


BT looking for a Premier League buzz in broadcasting battle with Sky

13 July 2013 23:14:50 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The new Premier League football broadcaster has unveiled its new studio, talent and intent as it prepares to go to air We're not quite in Rafa Benítez territory, but the battle between Sky Sports and BT Sport is turning as acrimonious as some of the storylines both hope will emerge during the new Premier League season. The high-profile entrance into the market of a deep-pocketed rival to Sky Sports, which has driven the growth of the Premier League and revolutionised sports broadcasting over the past two decades, has raised the stakes for both. On one side of London, towards the M4, Sky is preparing for the season in new studios with an overhauled schedule and new signings, including Jamie Carragher . In the east, at the Olympic Park, BT is putting the finishing touches to vast studios from where its three sports channels will go live on 1 August. The phoney war, which has spanned an escalating PR battle and an advertising blitz from both sides, is almost over. Now BT must match its ambitious rhetoric with reality. Its new studios are housed in the cavernous former Olympic broadcasting centre and include a replica of a football pitch on which pundits including Steve McManaman and Owen Hargreaves will illuminate the action. They threw open their doors on Monday when Jake Humphrey and his new colleagues began rehearsals. Inside the huge 14,000 sq ft studio, which has been built in record time and to which the Observer was granted exclusive access, a central hub covered in dot matrix screens is the defining feature. The largest plate-glass windows in Europe offer a view into the gallery, while graphics for Clare Balding's show and for Danny Baker and Danny Kelly's weekly programme are displayed on the screens. But the eye is drawn to the full-size goal and hi-tech floor that can display a range of lighting configurations. "It's a blank canvas. The football and the rugby guys are already very excited about what they could do with this space," says BT Sport director Simon Green . Green got the idea for the large, open-plan studio, which will allow viewers to catch glimpses of what is going out on the other BT Sport channels as cameras swoop around, from a broadcaster in Kiev. It will, he says, make the channel feel very different from previous pretenders to Sky's throne. "We're more personality led. We feel we've got a core of presenters who viewers will really enjoy," says Green. "Without getting personal, the presentation of football hasn't come on a huge amount in the last 15 years. We think we'll bring something different." Des Kelly, a journalist who will present a nightly live show that mixes sports news with opinion, entertainment and celebrity guests, said the studios were "like something out of Blade Runner ". Besides the Premier League, BT will air football from around Europe, Premiership rubgy, the FA Cup, WTA tennis, MotoGP, Ultimate Fighting and a range of other sports. It is available free to BT broadband subscribers, but costs £10 a month for non-subscribers. Sky, for its part, has affected nonchalance and has been keen to emphasise the breadth and depth of its offering – it will still show 116 live top-flight matches to BT's 38. Yet Humphrey and the executives who hired him to open up a new flank in BT's broader battle with BSkyB for broadband and television subscibers have been bullish about their prospects. "BT Sport are different to what's gone before, they present a serious challenge. We're the new noisy neighbours, the Man City, so it's natural Sky want to protect their dominant position," says Kelly. BT has argued that Sky's coverage is "cold", promising to bring a new vitality and accessibility. Balding will host a weekly interview show and BT has vowed to bring the inclusiveness of the BBC's Olympics coverage to its channels. "We don't want to be Sky Sports. It is great at what it does. We're much more personality led. We want to be wider and more accessible," said Green. Sky, fiercely proud of its comprehensive coverage and reputation for innovation, has been withering in public and scathing in private about its new rival. The simmering enmity exploded on Thursday when the two broadcasters unveiled their first tranche of live matches for the opening weeks of the season. Sky Sports has bagged the managerial debuts of David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini, plus the second coming of José Mourinho, on the opening weekend. Their managing director, Barney Francis, said that contrary to BT's advertising strapline, its lineup of matches showed it was no "game changer" – the implication being that for all its big talk, BT offered little different to other former rivals such as Setanta and ESPN. BT Vision's chief executive Marc Watson hit back, saying the criticism, and a strategy he claimed was designed to "block" BT in the early part of the season, showed that Sky was deeply worried. "They've spent most of their time talking about us. I think they're pretty rattled. I know they're obsessed by us but we're not obsessed by them. We're obsessed by creating some great channels," he said. Asked what he thought of Sky's new Saturday schedule, which will segue from its Football League lunchtime match, to Soccer Saturday, to its new regular teatime live Premier League game and then Football First in front of a studio audience, Watson said: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Sky might say the same about some of the BT Sport schedule, particularly the decision to hire Tim Lovejoy to front a light-hearted Saturday morning show. BT had already announced plans for the former BBC F1 frontman Humphrey to anchor a programme in front of an audience to try to retain viewers throughout the day. Now Green says BT may not use a Top Gear -style audience after all. But whether it has enough high-quality content to convince avid fans they need it in addition to Sky, or casual fans to switch to BT Broadband, is the billion-pound question. BT has already invested well over that figure in getting the channels up and running, including acquiring the UK assets of ESPN . It is understood to be hopeful of adding a four-year contract for the FA Cup, perhaps in conjunction with the BBC, to its portfolio from 2014. BT has also spent a small fortune signing up ambassadors such as Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie, who will play as yet undefin

Vice All News Time13 July 2013 23:14:50


BT looking for a Premier League buzz in broadcasting battle with Sky

13 July 2013 23:09:05 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

The new Premier League football broadcaster has unveiled its new studio, talent and intent as it prepares to go to air We're not quite in Rafa Benítez territory, but the battle between Sky Sports and BT Sport is turning as acrimonious as some of the storylines both hope will emerge during the new Premier League season. The high-profile entrance into the market of a deep-pocketed rival to Sky Sports, which has driven the growth of the Premier League and revolutionised sports broadcasting over the past two decades, has raised the stakes for both. On one side of London, towards the M4, Sky is preparing for the season in new studios with an overhauled schedule and new signings, including Jamie Carragher . In the east, at the Olympic Park, BT is putting the finishing touches to vast studios from where its three sports channels will go live on 1 August. The phoney war, which has spanned an escalating PR battle and an advertising blitz from both sides, is almost over. Now BT must match its ambitious rhetoric with reality. Its new studios are housed in the cavernous former Olympic broadcasting centre and include a replica of a football pitch on which pundits including Steve McManaman and Owen Hargreaves will illuminate the action. They threw open their doors on Monday when Jake Humphrey and his new colleagues began rehearsals. Inside the huge 14,000 sq ft studio, which has been built in record time and to which the Observer was granted exclusive access, a central hub covered in dot matrix screens is the defining feature. The largest plate-glass windows in Europe offer a view into the gallery, while graphics for Clare Balding's show and for Danny Baker and Danny Kelly's weekly programme are displayed on the screens. But the eye is drawn to the full-size goal and hi-tech floor that can display a range of lighting configurations. "It's a blank canvas. The football and the rugby guys are already very excited about what they could do with this space," says BT Sport director Simon Green . Green got the idea for the large, open-plan studio, which will allow viewers to catch glimpses of what is going out on the other BT Sport channels as cameras swoop around, from a broadcaster in Kiev. It will, he says, make the channel feel very different from previous pretenders to Sky's throne. "We're more personality led. We feel we've got a core of presenters who viewers will really enjoy," says Green. "Without getting personal, the presentation of football hasn't come on a huge amount in the last 15 years. We think we'll bring something different." Des Kelly, a journalist who will present a nightly live show that mixes sports news with opinion, entertainment and celebrity guests, said the studios were "like something out of Blade Runner ". Besides the Premier League, BT will air football from around Europe, Premiership rubgy, the FA Cup, WTA tennis, MotoGP, Ultimate Fighting and a range of other sports. It is available free to BT broadband subscribers, but costs £10 a month for non-subscribers. Sky, for its part, has affected nonchalance and has been keen to emphasise the breadth and depth of its offering – it will still show 116 live top-flight matches to BT's 38. Yet Humphrey and the executives who hired him to open up a new flank in BT's broader battle with BSkyB for broadband and television subscibers have been bullish about their prospects. "BT Sport are different to what's gone before, they present a serious challenge. We're the new noisy neighbours, the Man City, so it's natural Sky want to protect their dominant position," says Kelly. BT has argued that Sky's coverage is "cold", promising to bring a new vitality and accessibility. Balding will host a weekly interview show and BT has vowed to bring the inclusiveness of the BBC's Olympics coverage to its channels. "We don't want to be Sky Sports. It is great at what it does. We're much more personality led. We want to be wider and more accessible," said Green. Sky, fiercely proud of its comprehensive coverage and reputation for innovation, has been withering in public and scathing in private about its new rival. The simmering enmity exploded on Thursday when the two broadcasters unveiled their first tranche of live matches for the opening weeks of the season. Sky Sports has bagged the managerial debuts of David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini, plus the second coming of José Mourinho, on the opening weekend. Their managing director, Barney Francis, said that contrary to BT's advertising strapline, its lineup of matches showed it was no "game changer" – the implication being that for all its big talk, BT offered little different to other former rivals such as Setanta and ESPN. BT Vision's chief executive Marc Watson hit back, saying the criticism, and a strategy he claimed was designed to "block" BT in the early part of the season, showed that Sky was deeply worried. "They've spent most of their time talking about us. I think they're pretty rattled. I know they're obsessed by us but we're not obsessed by them. We're obsessed by creating some great channels," he said. Asked what he thought of Sky's new Saturday schedule, which will segue from its Football League lunchtime match, to Soccer Saturday, to its new regular teatime live Premier League game and then Football First in front of a studio audience, Watson said: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Sky might say the same about some of the BT Sport schedule, particularly the decision to hire Tim Lovejoy to front a light-hearted Saturday morning show. BT had already announced plans for the former BBC F1 frontman Humphrey to anchor a programme in front of an audience to try to retain viewers throughout the day. Now Green says BT may not use a Top Gear -style audience after all. But whether it has enough high-quality content to convince avid fans they need it in addition to Sky, or casual fans to switch to BT Broadband, is the billion-pound question. BT has already invested well over that figure in getting the channels up and running, including acquiring the UK assets of ESPN . It is understood to be hopeful of adding a four-year contract for the FA Cup, perhaps in conjunction with the BBC, to its portfolio from 2014. BT has also spent a small fortune signing up ambassadors such as Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie, who will play as yet undefin

Vice All News Time13 July 2013 23:09:05


Premier League: Sky Sports scores against BT with Manchester derby

11 July 2013 12:34:14 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

Broadcaster secures José Mourinho's Chelsea return and Manuel Pellegrini's first game at Manchester City BSkyB has muscled out challenger BT to secure key matches at the start of the Premier League season, including Manchester United's clashes with other top teams, José Mourinho's first fixture back at Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of Manchester City. The first round of televised Premier League fixtures published on Thursday reveal that Sky Sports has focused its efforts on keeping out BT from Manchester United's top matches, which attract the biggest football audiences, including the Manchester derby. BT's top matches in the opening weeks of the 2013/14 season are the London derby clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and Everton versus Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "This is our biggest ever season of Premier League football. When you look at the opening fixtures in black and white, you can see that no other broadcaster comes close to the quality that we offer. Sky Sports will show every match between last season's top four as well as every club at least twice by December. "We'll have more than three times as many matches as BT, and our schedule is even stronger than it was last season. With the best team of analysts, a fantastic new weekend schedule and coverage from the Football League, UEFA Champions League, La Liga and the SPL, this is the best ever football season for Sky Sports viewers." Simon Green, director of BT Sport, said: "We are thrilled that BT Sport viewers will be able to enjoy these top-of-the-table matches free with BT broadband. This is the first time in Premier League history that top pick matches have been shown anywhere other than on Sky, but Sky TV customers can easily add BT Sport by calling us and if they have BT broadband they can get it for free." More details soon... • To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email media@guardian.co.uk or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. If you are writing a comment for publication, please mark clearly "for publication". • To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook Sky Sports Sports rights Premier League Television industry BSkyB Media business BT Sport Manchester United Manchester City John Reynolds guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 12:34:14


Premier League 2013/14 season: fixtures on Sky Sports and BT Sport

11 July 2013 12:18:27 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

See which of the channels will be airing key fixtures this autumn Sky Sports August Swansea City v Manchester United - Saturday 17 5:30pm Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 18 1:30pm Chelsea v Hull City - Sunday 18 4pm Manchester City v Newcastle United - Monday 19 8pm Aston Villa v Liverpool - Saturday 24 5:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester City - Sunday 25 4pm Manchester United v Chelsea- Monday 26 8pm Crystal Palace v Sunderland - Saturday 31 5:30pm September Liverpool v Manchester United - Sunday 1 1:30pm Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 1 4pm Everton v Chelsea - Saturday 14 5:30pm Southampton v West Ham - Sunday 15 4pm Swansea City v Liverpool - Monday 16 8pm Chelsea v Fulham - Saturday 21 5:30pm Arsenal v Stoke City - Sunday 22 1:30pm Manchester City v Manchester United - Sunday 22 4pm Swansea City v Arsenal - Saturday 28 5:30pm Stoke City v Norwich City - Sunday 29 1:30pm Sunderland v Liverpool - Sunday 29 4pm Everton v Newcastle United- Monday 30 8pm October Sunderland v Manchester United - Saturday 5 5:30pm Norwich City v Chelsea - Sunday 6 1:30pm West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Sunday 6 4pm West Ham United v Manchester City - Saturday 19 5:30pm Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 20 4pm Crystal Palace v Fulham - Monday 21 8pm Southampton v Fulham - Saturday 26 5:30pm Chelsea v Manchester City - Sunday 27 1:30pm Sunderland v Newcastle United - Sunday 27 4pm November Arsenal v Liverpool - Saturday 2 5:30pm Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 3 1:30pm Cardiff City v Swansea City - Sunday 3 4pm Norwich City v West Ham United - Saturday 9 5:30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - Sunday 10 12pm Sunderland v Manchester City - Sunday 10 2:05pm Manchester United v Arsenal - Sunday 10 4:10pm Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Saturday 23 5:30pm West Ham United v Chelsea - Sunday 24 1:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester United - Sunday 24 4pm West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa - Monday 25 8pm Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion - Saturday 30 5:30pm December Hull City v Liverpool - Sunday 1 1:30pm Chelsea v Southampton - Sunday 1 4pm Fixtures correct at: 11/07/13 Details correct at time of print. Schedules will change according to fixtures. BT Sport August Liverpool v Stoke - Saturday 17 12:45pm Fulham v Arsenal - Saturday 24 12:45pm Man City v Hull City - Saturday 31 12:45pm September Man Utd v Crystal Palace - Saturday 14 12:45pm Norwich v Aston Villa - Saturday 21 12:45pm Tottenham v Chelsea - Saturday 28/09/13 12:45pm October Man City v Everton - Saturday 5 12:45pm Newcastle v Liverpool - Saturday 19 12:45pm Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Saturday 26 12:45pm November Newcastle v Chelsea - Saturday 2 12:45pm Everton v Liverpool - Saturday 23 12:45pm Tottenham v Man Utd - Saturday 30 12:45pm Sports rights Sky Sports BSkyB BT Sport Television industry Premier League Sport TV Television guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 12:18:27


Premier League 2013/14 season: fixtures on Sky Sports and BT Sport

11 July 2013 12:13:09 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

See which of the channels will be airing key fixtures this autumn Sky Sports August Swansea City v Manchester United - Saturday 17 5:30pm Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 18 1:30pm Chelsea v Hull City - Sunday 18 4pm Manchester City v Newcastle United - Monday 19 8pm Aston Villa v Liverpool - Saturday 24 5:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester City - Sunday 25 4pm Manchester United v Chelsea- Monday 26 8pm Crystal Palace v Sunderland - Saturday 31 5:30pm September Liverpool v Manchester United - Sunday 1 1:30pm Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 1 4pm Everton v Chelsea - Saturday 14 5:30pm Southampton v West Ham - Sunday 15 4pm Swansea City v Liverpool - Monday 16 8pm Chelsea v Fulham - Saturday 21 5:30pm Arsenal v Stoke City - Sunday 22 1:30pm Manchester City v Manchester United - Sunday 22 4pm Swansea City v Arsenal - Saturday 28 5:30pm Stoke City v Norwich City - Sunday 29 1:30pm Sunderland v Liverpool - Sunday 29 4pm Everton v Newcastle United- Monday 30 8pm October Sunderland v Manchester United - Saturday 5 5:30pm Norwich City v Chelsea - Sunday 6 1:30pm West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Sunday 6 4pm West Ham United v Manchester City - Saturday 19 5:30pm Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 20 4pm Crystal Palace v Fulham - Monday 21 8pm Southampton v Fulham - Saturday 26 5:30pm Chelsea v Manchester City - Sunday 27 1:30pm Sunderland v Newcastle United - Sunday 27 4pm November Arsenal v Liverpool - Saturday 2 5:30pm Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 3 1:30pm Cardiff City v Swansea City - Sunday 3 4pm Norwich City v West Ham United - Saturday 9 5:30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - Sunday 10 12pm Sunderland v Manchester City - Sunday 10 2:05pm Manchester United v Arsenal - Sunday 10 4:10pm Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Saturday 23 5:30pm West Ham United v Chelsea - Sunday 24 1:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester United - Sunday 24 4pm West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa - Monday 25 8pm Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion - Saturday 30 5:30pm December Hull City v Liverpool - Sunday 1 1:30pm Chelsea v Southampton - Sunday 1 4pm Fixtures correct at: 11/07/13 Details correct at time of print. Schedules will change according to fixtures. BT Sport August Liverpool v Stoke - Saturday 17 12:45pm Fulham v Arsenal - Saturday 24 12:45pm Man City v Hull City - Saturday 31 12:45pm September Man Utd v Crystal Palace - Saturday 14 12:45pm Norwich v Aston Villa - Saturday 21 12:45pm Tottenham v Chelsea - Saturday 28/09/13 12:45pm October Man City v Everton - Saturday 5 12:45pm Newcastle v Liverpool - Saturday 19 12:45pm Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Saturday 26 12:45pm November Newcastle v Chelsea - Saturday 2 12:45pm Everton v Liverpool - Saturday 23 12:45pm Tottenham v Man Utd - Saturday 30 12:45pm Sports rights Sky Sports BSkyB BT Sport Television industry Premier League Sport TV Television guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 12:13:09


Heineken Cup meeting makes progress but future hinges on TV deal

20 May 2013 19:26:15 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• ERC's deal with Sky is sticking point for Premiership clubs • Agreement made in principle to reduce competition to 20 teams An emergency meeting called before Saturday's Heineken Cup final in Dublin produced a breakthrough in the bid to save the tournament, but the signing of any new accord still hinges on the destination of the television contract. The meeting, which included representatives from the unions involved as well as the English and French clubs, saw agreement in principle that after next season the Heineken Cup should be reduced from 24 teams to 20 with the spare four taking part in an enhanced Amlin Challenge Cup. There would also be a third tournament for teams from tier two nations such as Russia, Romania, Spain and Georgia. The 20 teams in the Heineken Cup would be made up of the leading six teams in that previous season's Aviva Premiership, Top 14 and RaboDirect Pro 12 with the profits shared equally by the three leagues. The other two places would not go to the holders and the winner of the Amlin, but would be decided by a play-off involving the sides who finished seventh and eighth in their respective divisions. The French Rugby Federation arranged the meeting which did not include the tournament oragnisers, European Rugby Cup Ltd. The FFR acted as a catalyst in frustration at the lack of progress made in meetings of ERC's stakeholders at the end of last year. The last official meeting convened was back in December, and while there has been shuttle diplomacy since then, the French feared that clubs would go into next season not knowing if there were places in the Heineken Cup to play for. The French and English clubs served notice they were pulling out of the tournament last June. They said they would not sign a new accord unless there was a radical change in the way the European tournaments were organised: they wanted qualification for the Heineken Cup to become meritocratic and a shake-up in how proceeds were split. Other innovations proposed were clubs having the greatest say on the ERC board and the tournament headquarters being moved from Dublin, but the television contract could prevent the new deal being agreed. The tournament organisers European Rugby Cup Ltd's response to the English and French serving notice was to agree a contract extension with the tournament broadcasters, Sky. A few months later, Premiership Rugby announced a £150m deal with BT Vision that included provision for a European tournament. Premiership Rugby's position is that if Sky remain the broadcasters, the involvement of the English clubs in the Heineken Cup next season will end. Its contention is that the extension with Sky has no legal validity because ERC, given the notice served by clubs in England and France, did not have a tournament to sell. "There is no Heineken Cup after next season," said an English club official. "What we are talking about is building a new tournament structured in a different way. We are not going to be forced into anything that the clubs are unhappy with and the French feel the same way. Progress was made at the meeting in Dublin, but it will all come down to the television contract. "The deal we have with BT Vision will generate so much extra revenue that even though the money would be split equally between the three leagues, the Celtic countries and Italy will receive more than they do now. They may be getting smaller slices but the cake will be far bigger." The next step will be on 5 June when the tournament organisers. European Rugby Cup Ltd, who were not involved in Saturday's talks, has a scheduled meeting of its board of directors in Dublin. The future of the Heineken Cup will be high on the agenda. Heineken Cup 2012-13 Heineken Cup Rugby union Paul Rees guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time20 May 2013 19:26:15


BT Sport: what you will pay

10 May 2013 16:53:25 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

BT broadband customers get its three sports channels for free, so is it worth switching and what will you pay? BT has announced that its broadband customers will get free access to its three sports channels from 1 August. What sport will be available? BT is offering three channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN – which will show a range of sport from football to women's tennis. The broadcaster has the rights to show 38 Premier League football matches and exclusive rights to show live games from rugby's Aviva Premiership. There will also be some FA Cup games and Scottish Premier League games. If you're a football fan you will probably want to run BT Sports alongside your existing Sky Sports package, if you have one. If you are a rugby fan you might just want BT Sports. How much will I have to pay? If you are a new customer the monthly cost of taking broadband from BT is £10 on copper broadband or £15 on superfast fibre broadband with capped usage, or £16 a month for unlimited usage. On top of that you will also face a line rental charge of £15.45. To get the sports offer you have to commit to a 12-month contract. Anyone who signs up before 1 August when the channels go live will get free HD channels for a year; those who sign up afterwards will need to pay £3 a month. When you join you will need to pay £6.95 P&P for the hub. That will be enough to let you watch the channels online. If you want to watch via your TV you will need to get BT TV. This costs £199 upfront with no contract, or £49 if you sign up for a TV package. The cheapest package is £5 a month and you need to sign up for a year. Signing up for BT Infinity, the package delivered through the fibre optic network, means an additional upfront "activation cost" of £30, while the alternative – watching through the TV aerial – will require you to buy a card for £10. Upfront costs can add up to more than £80. I'm already with BT for broadband and TV, will I get the channels automatically? No. You will need to commit to a 12-month broadband contract to get it, so you have to actively opt in to receive them. If, for example, you have two months left on an existing contract it can just be extended to 12 months; if you are two months into an 18-month contract you don't need to make any extra commitments. I'm with BT for broadband but have a Freeview box. What will I pay? You can watch the sports channels on your iPad or PC for free through an app. If you want to watch on your TV you will need a set-top box. This costs £199 upfront with no contract, or £49 if you sign up for a TV package. The cheapest is £5 a month and you need to sign up for a year. There are also upfront activation costs (see above). I'm with BT for broadband but have a Sky box. What will I pay? You can watch BT Sports through your Sky box for free. You just need to call and request it, giving the details of your set-top box. I'm with Sky for broadband, phone and TV. What would I pay to get the BT channels? It depends what you want to do. BT and Sky have done a deal to show each others channels, so you could stay with Sky and add the BT Sports package to your existing deal. This will cost £12 a month, or £15 if you want HD channels. If you decide to switch entirely you won't need to pay for a phone line, but you will need to pay for a new BT set-top box and pay all the activation costs detailed earlier. The cost of your line rental will also increase from £14.50 a month with Sky to £15.45 a month with BT, as will the cost of broadband, from £7.50 with Sky to £16 with BT. However, BT is offering free broadband for six months, and as such over the first year it claims that the full phone, broadband and TV package will cost £134.65 a year less. After that you will pay £76.50 a month to get a full package including Sky and BT's sports channels from Sky, and £73.95 a month to get it from BT. I'm with Virgin Media for everything. What would I pay to get BT Sports? Unfortunately at the moment you can't add BT Sports to your Virgin Media TV package, so you need to switch provider entirely if you want the deal. You will need a new phone line, which means an upfront charge of £30, and your line rental will go up from £14.99 a month to £15.45 (although you can reduce that to £10.75 if you pay for a whole year in advance). BT claims its total monthly cost of a TV, phone and broadband package including Sky Sports is £55.45, while with Virgin Media it is £66.74. If you wanted a package with TV, broadband and phone and just BT's sports channels, not Sky's, it would cost £35.45 a month at BT. Is this just a one-year deal or will I have to pay next season? BT says it has no plans to charge for sports next season, but the free HD offer will end after a year. After that, customers who want to continue with HD will pay £3 a month. The company has Premier League football rights for three years and the rugby rights for four years. Should I be worried about switching provider? We have had lots of complaints from readers who have tried to get BT phone lines fixed or installed in recent months , so you would be right to have reservations. However, BT says it has taken on new call centre staff and engineers to cope with the demand it expects, but if you want to make sure you get the channels in time for the start of the football season you would be wise not to leave it until the last minute. Household bills Internet, phones & broadband Consumer affairs BT Sport BT Telecommunications industry Sky Sports Television industry Premier League Rugby union Hilary Osborne guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time10 May 2013 16:53:25


BT Sport: what you will pay

10 May 2013 16:49:50 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

BT broadband customers get its three sports channels for free, so is it worth switching and what will you pay? BT has announced that its broadband customers will get free access to its three sports channels from 1 August. What sport will be available? BT is offering three channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN – which will show a range of sport from football to women's tennis. The broadcaster has the rights to show 38 Premier League football matches and exclusive rights to show live games from rugby's Aviva Premiership. There will also be some FA Cup games and Scottish Premier League games. If you're a football fan you will probably want to run BT Sports alongside your existing Sky Sports package, if you have one. If you are a rugby fan you might just want BT Sports. How much will I have to pay? If you are a new customer the monthly cost of taking broadband from BT is £10 on copper broadband or £15 on superfast fibre broadband with capped usage, or £16 a month for unlimited usage. On top of that you will also face a line rental charge of £15.45. To get the sports offer you have to commit to a 12-month contract. Anyone who signs up before 1 August when the channels go live will get free HD channels for a year; those who sign up afterwards will need to pay £3 a month. When you join you will need to pay £6.95 P&P for the hub. That will be enough to let you watch the channels online. If you want to watch via your TV you will need to get BT TV. This costs £199 upfront with no contract, or £49 if you sign up for a TV package. The cheapest package is £5 a month and you need to sign up for a year. Signing up for BT Infinity, the package delivered through the fibre optic network, means an additional upfront "activation cost" of £30, while the alternative – watching through the TV aerial – will require you to buy a card for £10. Upfront costs can add up to more than £80. I'm already with BT for broadband and TV, will I get the channels automatically? No. You will need to commit to a 12-month broadband contract to get it, so you have to actively opt in to receive them. If, for example, you have two months left on an existing contract it can just be extended to 12 months; if you are two months into an 18-month contract you don't need to make any extra commitments. I'm with BT for broadband but have a Freeview box. What will I pay? You can watch the sports channels on your iPad or PC for free through an app. If you want to watch on your TV you will need a set-top box. This costs £199 upfront with no contract, or £49 if you sign up for a TV package. The cheapest is £5 a month and you need to sign up for a year. There are also upfront activation costs (see above). I'm with BT for broadband but have a Sky box. What will I pay? You can watch BT Sports through your Sky box for free. You just need to call and request it, giving the details of your set-top box. I'm with Sky for broadband, phone and TV. What would I pay to get the BT channels? It depends what you want to do. BT and Sky have done a deal to show each others channels, so you could stay with Sky and add the BT Sports package to your existing deal. This will cost £12 a month, or £15 if you want HD channels. If you decide to switch entirely you won't need to pay for a phone line, but you will need to pay for a new BT set-top box and pay all the activation costs detailed earlier. The cost of your line rental will also increase from £14.50 a month with Sky to £15.45 a month with BT, as will the cost of broadband, from £7.50 with Sky to £16 with BT. However, BT is offering free broadband for six months, and as such over the first year it claims that the full phone, broadband and TV package will cost £134.65 a year less. After that you will pay £76.50 a month to get a full package including Sky and BT's sports channels from Sky, and £73.95 a month to get it from BT. I'm with Virgin Media for everything. What would I pay to get BT Sports? Unfortunately at the moment you can't add BT Sports to your Virgin Media TV package, so you need to switch provider entirely if you want the deal. You will need a new phone line, which means an upfront charge of £30, and your line rental will go up from £14.99 a month to £15.45 (although you can reduce that to £10.75 if you pay for a whole year in advance). BT claims its total monthly cost of a TV, phone and broadband package including Sky Sports is £55.45, while with Virgin Media it is £66.74. If you wanted a package with TV, broadband and phone and just BT's sports channels, not Sky's, it would cost £35.45 a month at BT. Is this just a one-year deal or will I have to pay next season? BT says it has no plans to charge for sports next season, but the free HD offer will end after a year. After that, customers who want to continue with HD will pay £3 a month. The company has Premier League football rights for three years and the rugby rights for four years. Should I be worried about switching provider? We have had lots of complaints from readers who have tried to get BT phone lines fixed or installed in recent months , so you would be right to have reservations. However, BT says it has taken on new call centre staff and engineers to cope with the demand it expects, but if you want to make sure you get the channels in time for the start of the football season you would be wise not to leave it until the last minute. Household bills Internet, phones & broadband Consumer affairs BT Sport BT Telecommunications industry Sky Sports Television industry Premier League Rugby union Hilary Osborne guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time10 May 2013 16:49:50


Clubs hold firm as future of Heineken Cup heads for point of no return

21 April 2013 00:13:26 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• English and French want wholesale changes to competition • Behind-the-scenes talks give hope of reaching agreement Secret talks are being held to try to save the Heineken Cup as English and French clubs, who served notice last June that they would be pulling out of the tournament when the current accord ends in May 2014, draw up their alternatives. European Rugby Cup Ltd (ERC), the organisers of the Heineken and Amlin Challenge cups, organised three stakeholder meetings this season, but little progress was made, with the English and French clubs arguing for wholesale change to the way the competitions are run. The clubs want the number of teams in the Heineken Cup to be cut from 24 to 20, with another 20 competing in the Amlin; qualification from all three leagues involved – the Premiership, Top 14 and Pro 12 – to be based on finishing positions; the tournaments to be run through an equal partnership of unions and participating teams; and, something the English clubs say is non-negotiable, a new television partner. ERC has not scheduled a meeting to discuss a new accord, but officials from the unions involved have had meetings with each other and the clubs, in what one called shuttle diplomacy, Henry Kissinger-style. "Time is running out," he said, "and there is an increasing acknowledgement that this is about not tinkering with one or two regulations, but a shakeup that will effectively mean a new competition. If we do not sort it out, there will be no Heineken Cup after next season." English and French clubs have agreed to a compromise involving qualification, accepting that a core principle of the Heineken Cup is that it is a six-country tournament: the top four in the Pro 12 would qualify automatically and the other two would be determined by nationality if necessary, to ensure the four countries involved all provided at least one team. While the English and French clubs say they – and their unions, which do not take any money from ERC – would be able to absorb the financial loss that would follow the end of the Heineken Cup, the same would not be true of the Celts or Italy. Premiership Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby have arranged meetings next month to discuss the prospects of a resolution and will consider their options should an agreement not be reached. In the case of the English clubs, that means looking at increasing the size of the Premiership from 12 to 14 clubs, reviving the idea of a world club championship with the southern hemisphere or a cross-border tournament involving the French clubs and Welsh regions. "Some French clubs are calling for the Top 14 to be increased by two and, if that happens, there will be no going back," said one club official. "They are particularly keen for the Amlin Challenge Cup to become more meaningful because the group stage is little more than a series of mismatches, very much the poor relation. We have met recently and there is optimism that another accord will be agreed and that the new model will be far stronger commercially and run more democratically." Television will be the biggest obstacle, with ERC having negotiated a contract extension with Sky – a deal the English and French clubs maintain has no legal basis because they had already served notice to pull out when it was agreed – and the Premiership clubs committed to providing a cross-border element for BT Vision next season. The key may lie in the desire of the English and French for the board that runs the tournaments to be made up equally of directors from the six unions and the participating teams. "We need decisions to be made on a commercial basis," said the club official, "so the cake grows and there is more for everyone. The talks behind the scenes have given us hope that there may be an outline agreement before the Heineken Cup final. Not long after that, when the fixture lists for the new season are drawn up, we will be approaching the point of no return. There is a recognition now that we are not bluffing." Heineken Cup Premiership Rugby union Paul Rees guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time21 April 2013 00:13:26