TNT Sports’ Game-Changing Launch Details Unveiled

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In a pivotal moment in UK sports broadcasting, TNT Sports is poised to make its grand debut on July 18, 2023 – and we have some new details about the service.

As a product of the merger between the legendary BT Sport and Discovery/Eurosport, TNT Sports is poised to reshape the landscape of sports media in the UK.

As the countdown to the launch ticks away, we delve into the intricate details of the Discovery+ streaming app integration and the implications for sports fans.

What Is ‘TNT Sports’?

TNT Sports was born out of a merger between BT Sport and Discovery/Eurosport.

TNT Sports collage

BT Sport, a renowned name in the broadcasting of sports events in the UK and globally, originally operated as an additional feature to traditional pay-TV subscriptions like Sky or to BT’s broadband and TV customers.

Over time, BT Sport evolved and, in 2019, introduced a monthly, no-contract streaming version known as BT Sport Monthly Pass.

On the other hand, Eurosport, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, is a well-established French sports TV network operating in over 50 countries.

Eurosport holds broadcasting rights to numerous global sports events and is available on various pay-TV platforms and the Discovery+ streaming service.

Eurosport Player
Photo: Deposit Photos – David1992

In May 2022, BT Sport and Discovery/Eurosport announced a merger, resulting in the creation of a joint platform, ultimately known as TNT Sports.

The merger aimed to consolidate the TV and streaming rights of both services, offering a more extensive range of sports content.

TNT Sports is not an entirely new brand, as Warner Bros. Discovery had already been operating under the TNT Sports banner in Latin America and the US. However, for UK audiences, this will be a fresh experience.

As part of the merger, TNT Sports is now set to replace BT Sport and will operate alongside Eurosport under the umbrella of the Discovery+ streaming service, as well as on the pay-TV providers – Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV.

BT Sport streaming on TV
BT Sport (Photo: BT)

Initially, TNT Sports will continue to broadcast the live sports rights previously held by BT Sport. Eventually, Eurosport will also be integrated into the newly consolidated TNT Sports service.

In essence, TNT Sports is a transformed and rebranded version of BT Sport, enhanced by the merger with Eurosport.

By bringing together the extensive sports broadcasting rights and capabilities of both BT Sport and Eurosport, TNT Sports aims to be a one-stop destination for sports enthusiasts, with Discovery+ as its go-to streaming platform.

TNT Sports and Eurosport combined under the Discovery+ umbrella promise a compelling array of live sports events.

From the thrill of the UEFA Champions League and Premier League matches to the heart-pounding excitement of Premiership Rugby and Champions Cup, the new offering is sure to keep sports fans on their toes.

UEFA Champions League ball
Photo: Deposit Photos – Artjazz

Other global sports events like UFC, WWE, Boxing, Roland-Garros, the Tour de France, and the exclusive pay TV broadcast rights for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will also be part of the lineup.

TNT Sports Coming To Discovery+

Starting July 18, TNT Sports will become a part of the Discovery+ streaming service, providing a rich roster of global sports events to stream for fans across the UK.

This will eventually replace the current BT Sport Monthly Pass streaming offer, with Discovery+ becoming the go-to streaming app for TNT Sports.

Discovery+ is a global streaming service that launched, in the UK, in 2020, taking over from its previous service in the UK, Dplay, which was entirely free.

Discovery plus on tv remote

Discovery+ caters to a diverse audience with its extensive offering of channels and content categories.

It’s not just limited to the Discovery Channel; it also includes a wide variety of channels and platforms, such as Animal Planet, TLC, HGTV, Food Network, and more.

The service offers a mix of free and “premium” channels. The free tier offers several Freeview channels, including Quest, Really, HGTV, and others.

The paid tiers offer more live premium channels, along with their on-demand content.

In the US, Discovery+ is merging with Warner Bros. other streaming service – Max (formerly known as HBO Max) – but Max isn’t coming to the UK anytime soon.

In the UK, with the integration of TNT Sports, Discovery+ is set to become an even more significant player in the sports streaming industry, offering users an all-in-one platform for sports, entertainment, and more.

Discovery Plus next to remote
Photo: Deposit Photos / RafaPress

Discovery+ is available across an array of streaming devices and platforms, including Android mobile/tablet, Android TV, Apple/iOS, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox, Now TV and PlayStation.

Regarding the switch from the BT Sport app to TNT Sports, we’ve also heard that on launch day, the TNT Sports live channels and full match replays will become available in the Discovery+ app.

However, to ensure a smooth transition for its users, these features will continue to be accessible in the existing BT Sport app for a few months after the launch, albeit with reduced functionality.

This approach aims to give users ample time to adjust to the new platform and to iron out any potential issues within the Discovery+ app, ensuring a seamless viewing experience.

For those who enjoy quick access to clips, highlights, and sports-related articles, the BT Sport app will continue to be their go-to platform for those first few months.

But this is set to change, as TNT Sports will reportedly launch a new app for all this content later in the year (in addition to the Discovery+ app). This new app, if and when it launches, promises to bring together all the rich sports content into one platform for the convenience of its users.

Once this new app is up and running, the BT Sport app is expected to close.

TNT Sports And Discovery+ Pricing

Currently, the premium paid tier on Discovery+ in the UK has TWO separate plans: Entertainment (£3.99/month) and Entertainment + Sports (£6.99/month) – which also includes the content that used to reside on Eurosport Player (which was phased out as a standalone streaming platform some time ago).

Discovery+ Tiers February 2023
Discovery+ Tiers, July 2023

Normally, customers can subscribe to Discovery+ either directly, or via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, which also come in those two flavours (along with a 7-day free trial) –Discovery+ Entertainment and Discovery+ Entertainment + Sport.

Once BT Sport becomes TNT Sports, with its streaming version moving under the Discovery+ umbrella – we will most likely see a bundled price of Discovery+ entertainment, Eurosport and TNT Sports.

Even now, with TNT Sports’ launch date fast approaching – BT and Warner Bros. Discovery are still declining to comment regarding pricing.

What we do know, for now, is that pricing for existing BT Sport subscribers on the pay-TV platforms (Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV) will not change with the switch to TNT Sports (at least not at launch).

What happens with Discovery+ subscribers – and whether they’ll need to pay more for access to TNT Sports – remains to be seen.

TNT Sports Channels

Here are the new channel numbers, that will go live from July 18. Most have remained the same with new names – but notice the Eurosport number changes on Sky.

ChannelBT TV SD / HDSky SD / HDVirgin Media
TNT Sports 1408 / 430410 / 870527
TNT Sports 2409 / 431411 / 871528
TNT Sports 3410 / 432417 / 874529
TNT Sports 4411 / 434421 / 876530
TNT Sports Box Office494490
TNT Sports Ultimate (4K)433493531
Eurosport 1412413521
Eurosport 2413414522

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4 thoughts on “TNT Sports’ Game-Changing Launch Details Unveiled”

  1. Will TNT Sports be showing the US College Sports (i.e. Basketball and American Football) content that was provided by ESPN when it was BT Sport?

  2. That’s why I like now, pay for just what you want not some package half of which you never watch and, with time on their hands why oh why haven’t they sorted all this mess regards which channel do I watch it on very confusing.

    • 100%, this is my sentiments on it also!

      I was waiting and waiting for Discovery Plus to announce their packages before renewing my BT Sport deal however after numerous emails since earlier this year, they’ve never really had any info and with the launch being only a few weeks away I just decided to renew my BT Sport with BT and I’m sorted then for £18 a month.

      I was wanting to see what packages Discovery Plus would do as they do have good deals on now however when TNT Sports is added it’s likely to go up a lot so I don’t see the £18 a month being much different, and it’ll no doubt be the same for the monthly pass as well that BT currently have.

      It seems like a lot are in the same boat. I’ve seen so many comments from people who feel the same that they don’t want to pay more for a bunch of irrelevent stuff, specially niche fans which BT Sport has a lot of (WWE, UFC, Formula 1, Moto GP, MLB, College Basketball etc.) that aren’t interested in all the other stuff and just want to subscribe for what they love so what you say about “Pay for just what you want not some package half of which you never watch” is absolutely spot on!!

      It seems most people feel this way from what I can gather as unless you’re a general sports fan that loves everything, it’s pointless paying for a bundle that includes lots of stuff you’re never going to watch.

      Be interesting to see what Discovery Plus do with all this, if the deals turn out to be better than BT’s then I’ll do that on renewal however I got fed up of waiting and getting no answers from Discovery Plus that I just renewed with BT instead.

      I’m looking forward to TNT Sports coming in, but they’ve definitely not made it easy for people to work out what they want to do.

  3. Thank you for this article Or! Discovery Plus haven’t been the best when it comes to giving us info so this article is very much appreciated!

    I have a BT Sport subscription through BT so will continue there and watch TNT Sports on the Discovery app on the 18th, however can you find any details about the launch please? I’m guessing it will be midnight on the 18th (17th going into the 18th) it will go live but I have no idea.

    If you can find some info about this and do an article that would be awesome as I would love to see it go live!! 🙂


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