BT Sport is increasing the price of its Monthly Pass plan – the streaming subscription that lets you watch BT Sport on streaming devices without a long-term contract.
This is the first time the price has gone up since the flexible BT Sport Monthly Pass was launched in December 2019, and existing customers were notified earlier this week.
Currently, the Monthly Pass costs £25/month, but it will go up to £29.99/month from February 17 (see BT Sport’s response below).
This means you can still grab a month for £25, but any subsequent monthly renewals after February 17 will be under the new price point.
Meanwhile, there’s also some good news for BT Sport Monthly Pass subscribers – as they will now be able to get Discovery+ at no extra cost, just like many other BT Sport subscribers.
What Is The BT Sport Monthly Pass?
BT Sport launched their contract-free, streaming-only “Monthly Pass” plan back in 2019.
The monthly pass lets you watch BT Sport on a variety of devices (but does require a broadband connection) – not just on your phone (like Sky’s NOW mobile sports pass, for example), but also on your telly, as long as you have one of the supported streaming devices.
The Monthly Pass isn’t compatible with pay-TV devices – so you can’t subscribe to it on Sky Stream, Virgin Media Stream, or even BT’s own 4K Pro TV box, as those companies want you to subscribe to the long-term-contract “version” of BT Sport.
With the Monthly Pass, there are no long-term contracts, and you can start and cancel month-to-month.
Monthly pass subscribers can also enjoy BT Sport Ultimate at no extra cost: BT Sport Ultimate broadcasts selected programming in 4K UHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) via supported devices.
Regarding the upcoming price increase, a spokesperson from BT Sport told Cord Busters:
“The price for Monthly Pass, our flexible no-contract option for customers, will be £29.99 from next month.
“We continue to focus on delivering great sport for our viewers, this month customers will be able to enjoy the return of the Premier League, including the Manchester Derby on the 14 January, the return of the UEFA European competitions in February, as well as customers now being able to enjoy Eurosport through discovery+, starting with all the action exclusively from the Australian Open.”
Discovery+ Now Free On The Monthly Pass
As we reported last month, some BT Sport subscribers can now get the Discovery+ streaming service at no extra cost, thanks to the recent merger between BT Sport and Eurosport.
Discovery+ is a streaming service that launched in 2020, replacing Discovery’s Dplay service (which was totally free), with a combined offering of both free and “premium” channels.
The free (for everyone) tier on Discovery+ includes several Freeview channels, such as Quest, Really, HGTV and others, while the paid tiers add additional live premium channels, along with their on-demand content – Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC and more.
BT Sport subscribers can now get the Discovery+ Entertainment & Sport plan, which includes both factual and lifestyle shows, as well as many exclusive sporting matches and coverage from Eurosport – without paying extra.
Discovery+ Entertainment & Sport normally costs £6.99/month or £59.99/year.
However, when this ‘bonus’ started rolling out, BT Sport Monthly Pass subscribers weren’t eligible – and only those who subscribed directly via BT Sport’s pay-TV plan were able to get it.
Now, however, Monthly Pass can also enjoy the Discovery+ subscription at no extra cost – by activating their subscription here.
How Can I Watch Discovery+?
Discovery+ is a streaming-only app, just like BT Sport Monthly Pass, therefore it relies on your broadband connection.
Discovery+ is available on most streaming devices sold in the UK, including:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Google Chromecast
- Android / iPhone
- Apple TV
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Sky Q
- Sky Glass / Sky Stream
- Major web browsers
The app is NOT currently available on the BT TV boxes, though BT is expecting to launch it on the TV 4K Box Pro and the TV Box Mini in the future.
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