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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


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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 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


Louis van Gaal's first match in charge of Manchester United shown live on BT Sport

14 July 2014 17:41:15 Football | Mail Online

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United will open the Premier League season after their home fixture with Swansea City was chosen for live, lunchtime coverage on BT Sport.

Vice Football Time14 July 2014 17:41:15


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


Louis van Gaal's first match in charge of Manchester United shown live on BT Sport

14 July 2014 16:13:48 Sport | Mail Online

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United will open the Premier League season after their home fixture with Swansea City was chosen for live, lunchtime coverage on BT Sport.

Vice Sport Time14 July 2014 16:13:48


Sky Sports and BT Sport Christmas fixtures announced

09 October 2013 14:46:18 Football | Mail Online

Football fans will be given a treat around the Christmas period as a host of top Premier League games will be shown live on television.

Vice Football Time09 October 2013 14:46:18


Sky Sports and BT Sport Christmas fixtures announced

09 October 2013 14:13:29 Sport | Mail Online

Football fans will be given a treat around the Christmas period as a host of top Premier League games will be shown live on television.

Vice Sport Time09 October 2013 14:13:29


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


The Fiver | www.contrabandsmut.eu/bootlegfitba | Scott Murray

11 July 2013 17:18:11 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving DISCLAIMER: OTHER ILLEGAL FEEDS ARE AVAILABLE Professional football is both written about and marketed from the perspective of those who go to the game. A match report may mention the sweet smell of the freshly watered pitch as it's warmed by a sultry late-summer sun; an advert might pan across a crowd as they bounce up and down while singing their song. It's all, needless to say, an entirely disingenuous affair. That's partly because crowds are mainly silent these days, partly because the top notes of eau de Premier League are less redolent of well-manicured turf, more stale lager, soupy urine and the overwhelming stench of existential despair. But mainly it's because most of us have been sh@fted by capitalism, and we simply can't afford to attend top-flight football these days, instead condemned to spending our weekends sitting hunched in front of the computer in a string vest and suspiciously stained jeggings squinting at a dodgy feed and straining our ears so we can cobble together the West Bromwich Albion team news from Egyptian Arabic. We're pretty sure it's not just the Fiver who spends each and every weekend doing exactly that. So for those of us who consume the game solely through television, via proxy servers also loaded up with the finest premium bongo, today was an important day, as the opening tranche of live fixtures for this year's Premier League was announced. And that announcement brought bad news for Liverpool fans, whose season will be over before anyone else has even kicked a ball. They get the 2013-14 campaign started early doors on 17 August with a disappointing lunchtime draw at Anfield against Stoke City, the first match to be transmitted on the new BT Sport service, and simulcast on www.glamourandillegalsubscriptionsoccer.com. A very super Super Saturday continues over on the more established Sky Sports, who later in the evening transmit a fixture between Swansea City and Manchester United that'll also be broadcast on www.contrabandsmut.eu/bootlegfitba. The first stellar clash of the televised season comes 10 days into the new campaign as Manchester United host Chelsea on Sky (and also at www.indecencies-u-like.co.uk/flagrantcopyrightviolation), a match which will chart the beginning of David Moyes's rapid descent into raging paranoia and jabbering madness, or the beginning of José Mourinho's rapid descent into raging paranoia and jabbering madness. Before then, all three promoted sides will have already had their fresh-faced phizogs on the telly: Crystal Palace hosting Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City travelling to Chelsea on the first Sunday, then Cardiff City and Manchester City putting on a joint production of The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus a week later. The big TV events keep coming thick and fast, though the Fiver doesn't have the time, room or inclination to go through every one up until December. A quick scout around on Google should bring up a comprehensive list , though be careful kids, the internet is a wild frontier containing some very dubious content; it's not all innocent stuff like live football, clips of cats and dogs peering out of toilet bowls, and retro grot. QUOTE OF THE DAY "I don't have any kids, so I thought 'why not'. Realistically, the alternative was going to be somewhere like Accrington" – journeyman midfielder Bas Savage comes to the conclusion that he'd rather ply his trade in Bangkok than Lancashire. FIVER LETTERS "Is it just me, or is anyone else filled with a strange foreboding when David Moyes claims he's been to Wayne Rooney's house (yesterday's Bits and Bobs)? Somehow I'm struck by the image of a shaking Wayne peering through his window curtains on a dead summer night, while a jet-black car idles threateningly across the drive. He looks out as the tinted window slowly rolls down, revealing Moyes' cold, unblinking, pitiless eyes. Then the engine roars, and before Wayne can jump back the car surges down the road, disappearing into the Stygian dark. Man. And they say the off-season isn't exciting" – Scott Connolly. "Shahid Khan in charge of Fulham ( yesterday's Fiver )? That may still provide its share of entertainment. If you had looked at sports news from over the pond (I know, but bear with me) recently you would have noticed that one of Mr Khan's ideas for improving woeful attendances at his Jacksonville Jaguars games is, and I'm not making this up, showing TV coverage of the other games in the NFL on the giant screens in the stadium during Jaguars games. The NFL of course having cracked the conundrum that apparently confounds the best minds of the Premier League, of selling TV rights and sticking to traditional kick-off times without fail. Imagine if he tried a similar scheme at Fulham. The Premier League would likely disappear up its own tailpipe trying to decide who to sue for copyright breach" – Jason Tew. "Enough endless transfer speculation and strategic leaks from players' Mr15%s: why can't Big Website liven up the off-season with the occasional minute-by-minute report from a Nigerian promotion battle (Fivers passim)? Just reading the list of goalscorers would see us nicely through most of the summer" – Justin Kavanagh. "Re: Seattle Sounders interior designer Obafemi Martins upholstering his gold-plated dining room chairs with tops from his seven previous clubs (yesterday's Bits and Bobs). Any word on the size of auditorium in LA Robbie Keane will need to install in house to do the same job?" – Padraic Cassidy. "On the basis of the final item on Theo Walcott's high hopes for Arsenal in yesterday's Bits and Bobs, can I suggest that you introduce a full-scale Sky Sports-style 'Footballers Who Say In Interviews That Their Team Will Do Well This Season' section in the Fiver in future. You could probably replace most of the usual stuff with it. Which would probably be as much of a relief to you as to us. PS: am I the only one wondering whether Yohan Cabaye might end up joining big-lunged elderly relative Montserrat in Barcelona, or are there 1,056 others?" – Nick Drew. • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver . Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Nick Drew. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS Wilfried Bony, em, has joined Swansea

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 17:18:11


The Fiver | www.contrabandsmut.eu/bootlegfitba | Scott Murray

11 July 2013 17:12:04 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving DISCLAIMER: OTHER ILLEGAL FEEDS ARE AVAILABLE Professional football is both written about and marketed from the perspective of those who go to the game. A match report may mention the sweet smell of the freshly watered pitch as it's warmed by a sultry late-summer sun; an advert might pan across a crowd as they bounce up and down while singing their song. It's all, needless to say, an entirely disingenuous affair. That's partly because crowds are mainly silent these days, partly because the top notes of eau de Premier League are less redolent of well-manicured turf, more stale lager, soupy urine and the overwhelming stench of existential despair. But mainly it's because most of us have been sh@fted by capitalism, and we simply can't afford to attend top-flight football these days, instead condemned to spending our weekends sitting hunched in front of the computer in a string vest and suspiciously stained jeggings squinting at a dodgy feed and straining our ears so we can cobble together the West Bromwich Albion team news from Egyptian Arabic. We're pretty sure it's not just the Fiver who spends each and every weekend doing exactly that. So for those of us who consume the game solely through television, via proxy servers also loaded up with the finest premium bongo, today was an important day, as the opening tranche of live fixtures for this year's Premier League was announced. And that announcement brought bad news for Liverpool fans, whose season will be over before anyone else has even kicked a ball. They get the 2013-14 campaign started early doors on 17 August with a disappointing lunchtime draw at Anfield against Stoke City, the first match to be transmitted on the new BT Sport service, and simulcast on www.glamourandillegalsubscriptionsoccer.com. A very super Super Saturday continues over on the more established Sky Sports, who later in the evening transmit a fixture between Swansea City and Manchester United that'll also be broadcast on www.contrabandsmut.eu/bootlegfitba. The first stellar clash of the televised season comes 10 days into the new campaign as Manchester United host Chelsea on Sky (and also at www.indecencies-u-like.co.uk/flagrantcopyrightviolation), a match which will chart the beginning of David Moyes's rapid descent into raging paranoia and jabbering madness, or the beginning of José Mourinho's rapid descent into raging paranoia and jabbering madness. Before then, all three promoted sides will have already had their fresh-faced phizogs on the telly: Crystal Palace hosting Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City travelling to Chelsea on the first Sunday, then Cardiff City and Manchester City putting on a joint production of The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus a week later. The big TV events keep coming thick and fast, though the Fiver doesn't have the time, room or inclination to go through every one up until December. A quick scout around on Google should bring up a comprehensive list , though be careful kids, the internet is a wild frontier containing some very dubious content; it's not all innocent stuff like live football, clips of cats and dogs peering out of toilet bowls, and retro grot. QUOTE OF THE DAY "I don't have any kids, so I thought 'why not'. Realistically, the alternative was going to be somewhere like Accrington" – journeyman midfielder Bas Savage comes to the conclusion that he'd rather ply his trade in Bangkok than Lancashire. FIVER LETTERS "Is it just me, or is anyone else filled with a strange foreboding when David Moyes claims he's been to Wayne Rooney's house (yesterday's Bits and Bobs)? Somehow I'm struck by the image of a shaking Wayne peering through his window curtains on a dead summer night, while a jet-black car idles threateningly across the drive. He looks out as the tinted window slowly rolls down, revealing Moyes' cold, unblinking, pitiless eyes. Then the engine roars, and before Wayne can jump back the car surges down the road, disappearing into the Stygian dark. Man. And they say the off-season isn't exciting" – Scott Connolly. "Shahid Khan in charge of Fulham ( yesterday's Fiver )? That may still provide its share of entertainment. If you had looked at sports news from over the pond (I know, but bear with me) recently you would have noticed that one of Mr Khan's ideas for improving woeful attendances at his Jacksonville Jaguars games is, and I'm not making this up, showing TV coverage of the other games in the NFL on the giant screens in the stadium during Jaguars games. The NFL of course having cracked the conundrum that apparently confounds the best minds of the Premier League, of selling TV rights and sticking to traditional kick-off times without fail. Imagine if he tried a similar scheme at Fulham. The Premier League would likely disappear up its own tailpipe trying to decide who to sue for copyright breach" – Jason Tew. "Enough endless transfer speculation and strategic leaks from players' Mr15%s: why can't Big Website liven up the off-season with the occasional minute-by-minute report from a Nigerian promotion battle (Fivers passim)? Just reading the list of goalscorers would see us nicely through most of the summer" – Justin Kavanagh. "Re: Seattle Sounders interior designer Obafemi Martins upholstering his gold-plated dining room chairs with tops from his seven previous clubs (yesterday's Bits and Bobs). Any word on the size of auditorium in LA Robbie Keane will need to install in house to do the same job?" – Padraic Cassidy. "On the basis of the final item on Theo Walcott's high hopes for Arsenal in yesterday's Bits and Bobs, can I suggest that you introduce a full-scale Sky Sports-style 'Footballers Who Say In Interviews That Their Team Will Do Well This Season' section in the Fiver in future. You could probably replace most of the usual stuff with it. Which would probably be as much of a relief to you as to us. PS: am I the only one wondering whether Yohan Cabaye might end up joining big-lunged elderly relative Montserrat in Barcelona, or are there 1,056 others?" – Nick Drew. • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver . Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Nick Drew. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS Wilfried Bony, em, has joined Swansea

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 17:12:04


Sky claims rights to top-four clashes as BT holds first picks in reserve

11 July 2013 16:29:16 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

• Sky has exclusive rights to every game among top four • BT Sport coverage kicks off with Liverpool v Stoke City With pointed reference to the omnipresent multimillion pound advertising campaign launched by BT Sport, Sky Sports said there was nothing "game-changing" about the initial tranche of fixtures chosen by its new rival as both unveiled their opening batch of matches. Sky has attempted to spike the guns of its new competitor by choosing the first matches of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City – all of whom have new managers – on the opening weekend of the season. BT, meanwhile, will open the campaign with Liverpool v Stoke City in its new Saturday lunchtime slot and is not able to use one of its much vaunted "first picks" until mid-September when Manchester United take onnewly promoted Crystal Palace. Sky can claim to has exclusive rights to every clash among last season's top four, plus 24 of 32 live matches involving Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal up to the beginning of December. However, BT executives insisted they were "thrilled" by the games they have secured, which include the Merseyside derby. "We have only used five of our top picks, which means that BT Sport will have another 13 throughout the remainder of the season, so our viewers have many more excellent Premier League games to come," said BT Sport director Simon Green. "In the first 13 Premier League rounds until December, we will show the biggest clubs at least twice including Tottenham taking on serious title contenders in both matches, against Manchester United and Chelsea." BT only has fourth pick of the live matches on 20 rounds of the fixture list but first pick on the other 18, making it the first broadcaster to be able to challenge Sky's claim always to show the biggest clashes. BT, which paid £738m over three years for 38 matches per season, will give its channels away free to its broadband subscribers. Sky has countered by making the opening day of its coverage available free to air for the first time, including David Moyes' first match against Swansea City at Old Trafford. In all, Sky will show 116 live matches having agreed to pay £2.3bn over three seasons for the privilege. Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis denied that its tactic of frontloading the schedule with attractive matches would give BT the advantage in the run in. Sky has 12 "first pick" weekends for the remaining 20 rounds of fixtures, while BT will be left with eight. The new entrant also has a further five "first pick" slots in midweek rounds of fixtures, but they must be used before February. Behind the complex game of chess over choosing which fixtures to broadcast, which has angered supporters' groups who claim fans have not been able to plan their travel, lies a long term battle for supremacy of the sports broadcasting landscape. "BT has made no difference to our selections, there isn't anything particularly game-changing about what we're seeing today," insisted Francis, who has hired Jamie Carragher as a pundit and revamped Sky's Saturday schedule to respond to the threat from BT, which plans a live show fronted by Jake Humphrey to run throughout the afternoon. Carragher, who will appear alongside Gary Neville on Monday Night Football, said Sky had "the best team on the best lineup of live football". Premier League Sky Sports BT Sport Owen Gibson 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 16:29:16


Sky claims rights to top-four clashes as BT holds first picks in reserve

11 July 2013 16:24:52 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• Sky has exclusive rights to every game among top four • BT Sport coverage kicks off with Liverpool v Stoke City With pointed reference to the omnipresent multimillion pound advertising campaign launched by BT Sport, Sky Sports said there was nothing "game-changing" about the initial tranche of fixtures chosen by its new rival as both unveiled their opening batch of matches. Sky has attempted to spike the guns of its new competitor by choosing the first matches of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City – all of whom have new managers – on the opening weekend of the season. BT, meanwhile, will open the campaign with Liverpool v Stoke City in its new Saturday lunchtime slot and is not able to use one of its much vaunted "first picks" until mid-September when Manchester United take onnewly promoted Crystal Palace. Sky can claim to has exclusive rights to every clash among last season's top four, plus 24 of 32 live matches involving Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal up to the beginning of December. However, BT executives insisted they were "thrilled" by the games they have secured, which include the Merseyside derby. "We have only used five of our top picks, which means that BT Sport will have another 13 throughout the remainder of the season, so our viewers have many more excellent Premier League games to come," said BT Sport director Simon Green. "In the first 13 Premier League rounds until December, we will show the biggest clubs at least twice including Tottenham taking on serious title contenders in both matches, against Manchester United and Chelsea." BT only has fourth pick of the live matches on 20 rounds of the fixture list but first pick on the other 18, making it the first broadcaster to be able to challenge Sky's claim always to show the biggest clashes. BT, which paid £738m over three years for 38 matches per season, will give its channels away free to its broadband subscribers. Sky has countered by making the opening day of its coverage available free to air for the first time, including David Moyes' first match against Swansea City at Old Trafford. In all, Sky will show 116 live matches having agreed to pay £2.3bn over three seasons for the privilege. Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis denied that its tactic of frontloading the schedule with attractive matches would give BT the advantage in the run in. Sky has 12 "first pick" weekends for the remaining 20 rounds of fixtures, while BT will be left with eight. The new entrant also has a further five "first pick" slots in midweek rounds of fixtures, but they must be used before February. Behind the complex game of chess over choosing which fixtures to broadcast, which has angered supporters' groups who claim fans have not been able to plan their travel, lies a long term battle for supremacy of the sports broadcasting landscape. "BT has made no difference to our selections, there isn't anything particularly game-changing about what we're seeing today," insisted Francis, who has hired Jamie Carragher as a pundit and revamped Sky's Saturday schedule to respond to the threat from BT, which plans a live show fronted by Jake Humphrey to run throughout the afternoon. Carragher, who will appear alongside Gary Neville on Monday Night Football, said Sky had "the best team on the best lineup of live football". Premier League Sky Sports BT Sport Owen Gibson 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 16:24:52


Premier League TV fixtures: Sky Sports block BT Sport by dominating best early season games

11 July 2013 13:23:26 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Sky Sports block BT Sport from showing any matches between top four in opening round of live matches.        

Vice Football Time11 July 2013 13:23:26


Premier League TV fixtures: Sky Sports block BT Sport by dominating best early season games

11 July 2013 12:50:45 Sport

Sky Sports block BT Sport from showing any matches between top four in opening round of live matches.        

Vice Sport Time11 July 2013 12:50:45


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


Manchester United and Chelsea on Sky Sports and Liverpool on BT Sport in opening Premier League fixtures

11 July 2013 02:39:03 Sport | Mail Online

The TV fixtures announced on Thursday will kick-start the war between Sky Sports and BT Sport for Premier League supremacy. And Sky's first picks mean a low-key start for newcomers BT.

Vice Sport Time11 July 2013 02:39:03


Manchester United and Chelsea on Sky Sports and Liverpool on BT Sport in opening Premier League fixtures

11 July 2013 00:38:23 Football | Mail Online

The TV fixtures announced on Thursday will kick-start the war between Sky Sports and BT Sport for Premier League supremacy. And Sky's first picks mean a low-key start for newcomers BT.

Vice Football Time11 July 2013 00:38:23


BT Sport to show 30 live Football Conference matches from August

03 July 2013 20:29:09 Football | Mail Online

BT Sport will show 30 live matches from the Football Conference next season as the satellite newcomers continue to increase their portfolio.

Vice Football Time03 July 2013 20:29:09


Sky and BT embark on battle for the best live Premier League fixtures

19 June 2013 21:39:40 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

• Majority of BT's 38 games to be shown on Saturday lunchtimes • Sky confident experience of picking matches gives them edge The announcement of the Premier League fixture list will also sound the starting gun on a bitter battle over which matches are to be televised live between BSkyB and BT. The new broadcaster has gambled £738m on securing the rights to 38 live matches per season, but Sky Sports will still screen the lion's share, 116 games, under a domestic TV deal worth more than £3bn in total to Premier League clubs over the next three seasons. Unlike its predecessors which have failed in challenging in Sky, such as Setanta, or have opted not to compete head-on, such as ESPN, BT has trumpeted the fact that it has 18 "first-pick matches" among its rights. So although it will only air an average of one game a week, most of them in a Saturday lunchtime slot, it will be able to lay claim to meaningful matches involving some of the most attractive clubs. However, it will have to first negotiate the complex picking process in which Sky is confident that its two decades of experience will be brought to bear. Knowledge of which matches will be affected by police advice and other factors is crucial in second-guessing the knock-on effects of making certain choices, but BT will argue that it has plenty of expertise on board from former Setanta and Sky executives. Sky will be able to choose 20 rounds of fixtures in which it will have first pick of the matches on offer, while BT will effectively be left with the other 18 rounds – subject to various other complicating factors. Executives at both companies have been deciding for months how they will structure their approach, but it is only once the fixtures have been released that they can begin to properly plan their tactics in picking their first tranche of matches. One of the key decisions for both companies will be the extent to which they "frontload" their choices in order to start with a bang. BT, having spent heavily on marketing its new sports channels that will be offered free to subscribers to its broadband service, will be keen to make a statement of intent. During Setanta's ultimately doomed attempt to take on Sky's dominance its executives became so frustrated with the opposition's blocking tactics during negotiations over picks that it complained to the Premier League. The complex game of bluff and double-bluff is likely to take two or three weeks and result in a host of the matches announced morning being moved for the benefit of the cameras. The full list of the first tranche of televised matches is unlikely to be finalised until the first or second week of July. Gavin Patterson, the BT Retail chief who was heavily involved in the decision to bid for the Premier League rights as a driver for its broadband and "triple-play services", was named chief executive of the entire company. The new channels will launch in early August, broadcasting from new studios on the Olympic Park. As well as the Premier League, BT has secured exclusive rights to Premiership rugby and through a deal to acquire ESPN's UK business, coverage of the FA Cup and Scottish Premier League. Premier League BT Sport Sky Sports BSkyB Television industry Owen Gibson 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 Time19 June 2013 21:39:40


Sky and BT embark on battle for the best live Premier League fixtures

19 June 2013 21:32:07 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• Majority of BT's 38 games to be shown on Saturday lunchtimes • Sky confident experience of picking matches gives them edge The announcement of the Premier League fixture list will also sound the starting gun on a bitter battle over which matches are to be televised live between BSkyB and BT. The new broadcaster has gambled £738m on securing the rights to 38 live matches per season, but Sky Sports will still screen the lion's share, 116 games, under a domestic TV deal worth more than £3bn in total to Premier League clubs over the next three seasons. Unlike its predecessors which have failed in challenging in Sky, such as Setanta, or have opted not to compete head-on, such as ESPN, BT has trumpeted the fact that it has 18 "first-pick matches" among its rights. So although it will only air an average of one game a week, most of them in a Saturday lunchtime slot, it will be able to lay claim to meaningful matches involving some of the most attractive clubs. However, it will have to first negotiate the complex picking process in which Sky is confident that its two decades of experience will be brought to bear. Knowledge of which matches will be affected by police advice and other factors is crucial in second-guessing the knock-on effects of making certain choices, but BT will argue that it has plenty of expertise on board from former Setanta and Sky executives. Sky will be able to choose 20 rounds of fixtures in which it will have first pick of the matches on offer, while BT will effectively be left with the other 18 rounds – subject to various other complicating factors. Executives at both companies have been deciding for months how they will structure their approach, but it is only once the fixtures have been released that they can begin to properly plan their tactics in picking their first tranche of matches. One of the key decisions for both companies will be the extent to which they "frontload" their choices in order to start with a bang. BT, having spent heavily on marketing its new sports channels that will be offered free to subscribers to its broadband service, will be keen to make a statement of intent. During Setanta's ultimately doomed attempt to take on Sky's dominance its executives became so frustrated with the opposition's blocking tactics during negotiations over picks that it complained to the Premier League. The complex game of bluff and double-bluff is likely to take two or three weeks and result in a host of the matches announced morning being moved for the benefit of the cameras. The full list of the first tranche of televised matches is unlikely to be finalised until the first or second week of July. Gavin Patterson, the BT Retail chief who was heavily involved in the decision to bid for the Premier League rights as a driver for its broadband and "triple-play services", was named chief executive of the entire company. The new channels will launch in early August, broadcasting from new studios on the Olympic Park. As well as the Premier League, BT has secured exclusive rights to Premiership rugby and through a deal to acquire ESPN's UK business, coverage of the FA Cup and Scottish Premier League. Premier League BT Sport Sky Sports BSkyB Television industry Owen Gibson 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 Time19 June 2013 21:32:07


Premier League 2013-14 fixtures: the complete list

19 June 2013 11:06:41 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• All the fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League season • Moyes to make Old Trafford bow against Chelsea • Manchester City v Liverpool the Boxing Day pick Click on a header to sort the table. Premier League 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 Time19 June 2013 11:06:41


ITV and England TV deal provides central platform for venting viewers | Owen Gibson

14 May 2013 17:52:38 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

ITV's shareholders will be pleased at channel's new four-year deal to broadcast England games. Viewers are not so sure With much of the attention in the sports broadcasting world focused on BT Sport's £1bn gamble in taking on Sky Sports , ITV executives were quietly tying up a deal that will make the broadcaster the home of all England's competitive internationals for the next four years. It means the broadcaster can market itself as the home of all England's competitive internationals, including the Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying competitions, and avoids the need to have to tie up individual deals for away matches on a match-by-match basis, as is currently the case. For ITV executives then, the £100m-plus deal is a cause for celebration. Judging by the reaction to date on Twitter and other social networks, viewers are not so sure. In ratings terms, live coverage of England's home internationals was the one part of ITV's controversial over-inflated £425m joint deal with the now defunct Setanta that unquestionably worked. When Setanta went bust , it picked up the rights to home friendlies too and later extended the deal for an extra two years to take it to 2014. Whatever the pressures on the international game, and it remains an open question just how much damage fixture overkill and the intermittent war between the biggest clubs and Fifa has done to its appeal to younger generations, live coverage of the national side remains "event" television that can be guaranteed to draw an audience even in a fragmented multichannel era. Uefa's new format for the qualifying stages – splitting matches into nine doubler headers that will be stretched across six days over a weekend – will also increase their appeal to viewers and broadcasters. While the World Cup and European Championship finals are listed events, meaning that they have to be shown on free-to-air TV, there is no such restriction on the qualifying stages. But Sky has long since decided that shelling out for live England matches does not drive subscriptions in the same way as regular European and domestic club football does, and focused instead on the other home nations to fill the gaps in its schedules when international week rolls around. Sky's deal for exclusive rights to all Scotland, Wales, Northern lreland and Republic of Ireland matches for the next four years continues the direction of travel of recent years. The deal also gives Sky an effective monopoly on the vast majority of qualifying matches involving other nations over the next four years. ITV4 can screen 20 matches involving other nations over the four-year period, while Sky will show more than 500. Being able to consolidate all England's competitive internationals, home and away, in one place for the next four years through Uefa's new centralised sales process should please ITV's shareholders and advertisers. How fans will feel is another matter entirely. The recent furore over the need to cut short Gabriel Clarke's interview with José Mourinho , just as it appeared the Portuguese was about to break every post-match convention in the book and actually reveal something interesting, reignited the debate about the quality of ITV's coverage. It has been dogged in recent years by the sort of unfortunate high-profile gaffes that tend to establish the sort of reputation that is difficult to shrug off. There was the fact that England's opening goal of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa against the USA was missed altogether by those watching in high definition and the Tic-Tac debacle of a year earlier when the broadcaster accidently switched to the ads just as Everton's Dan Gosling was breaking the deadlock deep into extra time of a Merseyside FA Cup derby . It can't very well help its business model, but for some those incidents somehow exemplified their other recurrent frustration with ITV's coverage – the constant advertising breaks that leave little time for the in-depth analysis they have become used to elsewhere. Others aim their ire at the talent on show, reserving particular vitriol for the largely inoffensive Andy Townsend (who has long since abandoned the tactics truck that proved such a lightning rod for criticism during that three-year sojourn when Premier League highlights were snatched by ITV ). Adrian Chiles as the main anchor and Clive Tyldesley as commentator also divide opinion, to put it politely. In truth, the pundit's sofa is one area where ITV has improved. The widespread agreement that Gary Neville has set a new bar for punditry on Sky has prompted others to up their game. Every time the insightful and engaging Lee Dixon appears onscreen he gives further credence to the theory that the BBC were mad to let him go (especially while continuing to employ some of the "golf club set" who appear to have immovable rights to occupy the Match of the Day banquette). And though he must be wary of becoming a caricature, the straight-talking Roy Keane has been a revelation, despite (or perhaps because) of his propensity to reduce his fellow pundits to gibbering wrecks. No matter how badly England play, and the current qualifying campaign has contained its obligatory quota of stultifying football and desperation alongside some moments of relief, viewers continue to tune in. Many appear to do so as an exercise in frustration and to give themselves something to complain about on Twitter or in the office. In that sense, maybe ITV are the perfect home for Roy Hodgson's England after all. England ITV channel Owen Gibson 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 Time14 May 2013 17:52:38


ITV and England TV deal provides central platform for venting viewers | Owen Gibson

14 May 2013 17:50:59 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

ITV's shareholders will be pleased at channel's new four-year deal to broadcast England games. Viewers are not so sure With much of the attention in the sports broadcasting world focused on BT Sport's £1bn gamble in taking on Sky Sports , ITV executives were quietly tying up a deal that will make the broadcaster the home of all England's competitive internationals for the next four years. It means the broadcaster can market itself as the home of all England's competitive internationals, including the Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying competitions, and avoids the need to have to tie up individual deals for away matches on a match-by-match basis, as is currently the case. For ITV executives then, the £100m-plus deal is a cause for celebration. Judging by the reaction to date on Twitter and other social networks, viewers are not so sure. In ratings terms, live coverage of England's home internationals was the one part of ITV's controversial over-inflated £425m joint deal with the now defunct Setanta that unquestionably worked. When Setanta went bust , it picked up the rights to home friendlies too and later extended the deal for an extra two years to take it to 2014. Whatever the pressures on the international game, and it remains an open question just how much damage fixture overkill and the intermittent war between the biggest clubs and Fifa has done to its appeal to younger generations, live coverage of the national side remains "event" television that can be guaranteed to draw an audience even in a fragmented multichannel era. Uefa's new format for the qualifying stages – splitting matches into nine doubler headers that will be stretched across six days over a weekend – will also increase their appeal to viewers and broadcasters. While the World Cup and European Championship finals are listed events, meaning that they have to be shown on free-to-air TV, there is no such restriction on the qualifying stages. But Sky has long since decided that shelling out for live England matches does not drive subscriptions in the same way as regular European and domestic club football does, and focused instead on the other home nations to fill the gaps in its schedules when international week rolls around. Sky's deal for exclusive rights to all Scotland, Wales, Northern lreland and Republic of Ireland matches for the next four years continues the direction of travel of recent years. The deal also gives Sky an effective monopoly on the vast majority of qualifying matches involving other nations over the next four years. ITV4 can screen 20 matches involving other nations over the four-year period, while Sky will show more than 500. Being able to consolidate all England's competitive internationals, home and away, in one place for the next four years through Uefa's new centralised sales process should please ITV's shareholders and advertisers. How fans will feel is another matter entirely. The recent furore over the need to cut short Gabriel Clarke's interview with José Mourinho , just as it appeared the Portuguese was about to break every post-match convention in the book and actually reveal something interesting, reignited the debate about the quality of ITV's coverage. It has been dogged in recent years by the sort of unfortunate high-profile gaffes that tend to establish the sort of reputation that is difficult to shrug off. There was the fact that England's opening goal of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa against the USA was missed altogether by those watching in high definition and the Tic-Tac debacle of a year earlier when the broadcaster accidently switched to the ads just as Everton's Dan Gosling was breaking the deadlock deep into extra time of a Merseyside FA Cup derby . It can't very well help its business model, but for some those incidents somehow exemplified their other recurrent frustration with ITV's coverage – the constant advertising breaks that leave little time for the in-depth analysis they have become used to elsewhere. Others aim their ire at the talent on show, reserving particular vitriol for the largely inoffensive Andy Townsend (who has long since abandoned the tactics truck that proved such a lightning rod for criticism during that three-year sojourn when Premier League highlights were snatched by ITV ). Adrian Chiles as the main anchor and Clive Tyldesley as commentator also divide opinion, to put it politely. In truth, the pundit's sofa is one area where ITV has improved. The widespread agreement that Gary Neville has set a new bar for punditry on Sky has prompted others to up their game. Every time the insightful and engaging Lee Dixon appears onscreen he gives further credence to the theory that the BBC were mad to let him go (especially while continuing to employ some of the "golf club set" who appear to have immovable rights to occupy the Match of the Day banquette). And though he must be wary of becoming a caricature, the straight-talking Roy Keane has been a revelation, despite (or perhaps because) of his propensity to reduce his fellow pundits to gibbering wrecks. No matter how badly England play, and the current qualifying campaign has contained its obligatory quota of stultifying football and desperation alongside some moments of relief, viewers continue to tune in. Many appear to do so as an exercise in frustration and to give themselves something to complain about on Twitter or in the office. In that sense, maybe ITV are the perfect home for Roy Hodgson's England after all. England ITV channel Owen Gibson 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 Time14 May 2013 17:50:59


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