The streaming sports market is heating up, with BT launching their first-ever plan for TV cord cutters: A monthly BT Sport pass, that offers sports fans a flexible way of watching BT Sport on a month-by-month basis, on a variety of devices, for one monthly fee: £25/month.
Launched in 2013, BT Sport broadcasts in the UK and Republic of Ireland with around five million subscribers. Up until now, it was only available to either BT Broadband customers or as an addon on the “traditional” pay-TV subscriptions like Sky and Virgin Media.
The new monthly BT Sport pass, which is available starting today, will be available to anyone who wants it, without a long-term contract, so you can start and stop it every month.
The monthly pass will offer every UEFA Champions League match exclusively live, weekly live Premier League matches, Saturday night boxing and more.
In addition, subscribers will be able to 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 (BT Sport is the first broadcaster in Europe to offer live programming all year round in 4K UHD and HDR).
The channels which are available as part of the BT Sport monthly pass are:
- BT Sport 1
- BT Sport 2
- BT Sport 3
- BT Sport ESPN
- BT Sport Ultimate
- BT Sport Extra channels
- BT Sport Ultimate (on supported 4K devices).
For the moment, the new BT Sport monthly pass is available on the following devices:
- Smartphones (Android and iPhones)
- Online via your browser
- Apple TV
- Samsung Smart TVs (2018 and onwards)
- XBOX One
- Playstation 4
Pete Oliver, managing director of marketing at BT, said:
“Monthly Pass forms part of BT’s ambition to offer BT Sport customers’ unrivalled choice and the highest quality broadcasts on even more devices and platforms.”
Some of the content that’s going to be included as part of the BT Sport pass this month, includes:
- Premier League: 14 live matches including all nine matches from the New Year’s Day fixture list, a date which includes Arsenal v Manchester United plus Manchester City v Everton. BT Sport will show Premier League clashes throughout January 1, at 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm.
- UEFA Europa League: live and exclusive coverage of the final group stage games involving Manchester United, Arsenal, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic.
- Emirates FA Cup: four live clashes from the third round of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition
- Rugby: BT Sport is the home of domestic and European club rugby, with exclusively live coverage of Gallagher Premiership Rugby and every match live from two further rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup before mid-January.
- Boxing: BT Sport is the home of fights from the world-class stable of Frank Warren fighters.
You can learn more and join BT Sport Monthly via this link.
Alternative Streaming Options For Sports Fans
Traditionally, UK sports fans who wanted to cut the cord and ditch the likes of Sky TV didn’t have a lot of options – but things are improving.
NOW TV Sky Sports Pass
NOW TV, Sky’s streaming TV service, is offering the Sky Sports pass, which offers 10 live sports channels (such as Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Golf, Cricket and more – see our full NOW TV review here.)
NOW TV’s Sky Sports pass isn’t cheap, though, and normally costs £33.99/month. (They’re currently running a limited-time deal – your first two months for £20/month).
Furthermore, NOW TV’s Sky Sports normally streams at a meagre quality of 720p – and if you want to “upgrade” to 1080p, you need to add yet another NOW TV pass – the NOW TV Boost, at an extra £3 per month – so £36.99/month for the complete Sky Sports experience.
Compared to BT’s £25 Monthly Pass, which also includes some 4K content – NOW TV is finally facing some real competition.
However, NOW TV also offers the Sky Sports Mobile Pass, which costs £5.99/month, but only works on your mobile phone and can’t be viewed on a telly.
Eurosport Player, which normally costs £6.99/Month, offers 18 LIVE channels of sporting events, from tennis and cycling to football and motorsports.
Eurosport is available as an Amazon Prime Channel – which means you also need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. You can get a free 30-days Prime trial, as well as a 7-days free Eurosport trial.
Premier League Games on Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime Video has recently started putting more emphasis on live sports as well, with the highlight being 20 Premier League games (including all Boxing Day matches), which are broadcast live and exclusive for Prime Video subscribers, at no extra cost.
You can learn more and see the full schedule here.
Normally, Amazon Prime costs 7.99/month or 79/year, but you can get a 30-days free trial to test things out (AND watch all the Premier League games which are available this month).