BT Sport launches on Sky and DTT

BT SportBT Sport launched this week, on Thursday 1st August.

On Sky the two new channels BT Sport 1 & BT Sport 2 can be found on channels 413 and 414 respectively. These channels are in HD on those channel numbers if you are an HD customer with standard definition simulcasts on 426 and 427. If you don’t have HD then the standard definition channels appear on 413 and 414 with placeholders for the HD simulcasts on 426 and 427.

BT Sport 1 and 2 are also available on digital terrestrial via BT Vision on channels 58 and 59, and also on BT Vision’s IPTV service.

Due to the launch of BT Sport, Sky Sports 1 & 2 are no longer available on digital terrestrial service Top Up TV, and ESPN America & ESPN Classic have closed down on all platforms.

Sky Sports 1 available free on 17th August

Sky Sports 1 will be broadcast on Pick TV this August for one day only it has been announced. This will be the first time Sky Sports has been on Freeview.

Pick TV will transform into Sky Sports 1 on Saturday 17th August and will show a Premier League match for free.

It’s likely this will only be the case for Freeview and not Sky or Virgin Media viewers. However Sky and Virgin Media customers who don’t subscribe to Sky Sports will instead have the option of seeing the Sky Sports 1 content on Sky 2.

In related news, Sky Sports will no longer be available on BT Vision from August as that space will be used for the new BT Sport channels.

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Sky Sports coming to terrestrial

Sky Sports is coming to digital terrestrial via IPTV service BT Vision and Top Up TV.

The Guardian report BT and Top Up TV “have confirmed they will launch cut-price subscriptions to Sky Sports channels in time for the new football season, making them available on digital terrestrial television for the first time since ITV Digital went bust in 2002… the telecoms company is understood to be planning to offer Sky Sports 1 to its existing broadband/DTT customers for about £15 a month, while Top Up TV is expected to offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 for about £20 a month.”.

It’s now possible to launch Sky Sports on the terrestrial platform after a ruling from Ofcom said they must make their channels more widely available and offer them at a more reasonable price.

Read more about this on the Guardian’s website.

ESPN America launches on Top Up TV and BT Vision

ESPN America has launched on Top Up TV to take the place of recently-closed Setanta Sports 1. It’s also taken the place of Setanta Sports on IPTV service BT Vision.

Setanta went in to administration yesterday and its channels on DTT, BT Vision, Virgin and Sky were all closed down. ESPN America is available on Top Up TV (digital terrestrial) channel 34, and anyone with a valid Setanta card can watch it. It’s available on BT Vision channel 34 at no additional cost to all existing Setanta Sports customers.

ESPN will air Premier League football matches next season.