Big news, sports fans: TNT Sports is making its grand debut today, stepping into the shoes previously filled by BT Sport as one of the leading hubs for live sports across the UK.
And yes, you guessed right, it does come with a new (yet familiar) price tag for some subscribers – which we can finally reveal today.
Emerging from the merger of BT Sport and Discovery+/Eurosport, TNT Sports is set to cause a seismic shift in the UK’s sports broadcasting world, bringing with it a stellar line-up of presenters, both fresh and familiar.
With the likes of Laura Woods, a two-time winner of the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards Sports Presenter of the Year, and Reshmin Chowdhury joining the squad, get ready to dive deep into a new era of sports broadcasting, covering everything from UEFA Champions League to MotoGP, Cricket, and WWE.
Here’s everything you need to know about TNT Sports.
Goodbye BT Sport, Hello TNT Sports
BT Sport, a familiar name in the sports broadcasting landscape in the UK, has been a significant player in delivering sports coverage since its launch in 2013.
Boasting an impressive portfolio of sports rights, BT Sport served fans with a rich mix of Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and Europa League matches, alongside exclusive coverage of the Rugby Union’s Premiership and Heineken Cup, among other sporting events.
However, with the advent of TNT Sports, the baton is being passed, marking the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
TNT Sports was born out of a merger between BT Sport and Eurosport, a well-established French sports TV network operating in over 50 countries.
The merger aims to consolidate the TV and streaming rights of both services, offering a more extensive range of sports content, under the umbrella of Discovery+.
For now, TNT Sports and Eurosport will keep their separate brands (both under Discvoery+), but in the future, Eurosport will be folded into the TNT Sports umbrella as well.
TNT Sports: New Faces And Returning Fan Favourites
TNT Sports is making a substantial mark in the sports broadcasting landscape with its blend of fresh faces, revised roles for existing favourites, and the return of beloved presenters, pundits, and commentators.
TNT Sports has welcomed several high-profile new additions to its presenting team. Among these new faces, the standout is Laura Woods, a two-time winner of the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards Sports Presenter of the Year, who is moving over from talkSPORT.
Laura will host TNT Sports’ exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League and will be the main face for major live boxing fight nights.
Joining Laura is Reshmin Chowdhury, who will anchor the UEFA Champions League matches, building upon her role in presenting the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League.
Orla Chennaoui is another stellar addition, joining TNT Sports’ rugby coverage as a presenter for select live Gallagher Premiership matches.
Several members of the presenting team will be taking on expanded roles, bringing their depth of knowledge to new coverage areas.
Jules Breach, for instance, will be presenting the UEFA Europa League, reporting on key matches across the Premier League and UEFA Champions League, and fronting a new-look show to start Saturday’s Premier League coverage on TNT Sports.
On the rugby front, Ugo Monye will add presenting roles alongside his punditry work, offering a fresh perspective to viewers.
Radzi Chinyanganya, known for his work in Eurosport’s Cube studio for Olympic Games coverage, will also have a broader presence across a variety of TNT Sports programming.
Returning Familiar Faces
Fans will see many of their favourite faces return to the screen with TNT Sports. Lynsey Hipgrave continues her role as the host of the Premier League coverage, a role she began in the 2022/23 season.
Carl Frampton, the lead boxing analyst, continues to deliver expert commentary alongside new host Laura Woods. The seasoned presenter Suzi Perry will remain at the helm of the MotoGP coverage on TNT Sports.
An impressive array of football experts such as Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, and Joe Cole, among others, will share their insights and opinions with TNT Sports viewers.
On the rugby side, TNT Sports retains the services of rugby gurus including Martin Bayfield, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian O’Driscoll, Austin Healey, Ben Kay, and Sam Warburton, providing viewers with thorough and expert analysis of games.
TNT Sports Pricing Details
The pricing model for the TNT Sports service has been a subject of keen interest among sports enthusiasts.
With TNT Sports launching today, we can finally reveal the exact price point… and it will sound quite familiar to many of you.
Standalone subscribers to TNT Sports (that is – if you sign up directly and not via a pay-TV provider like Sky, BT or Virgin Media) will have to pay £29.99/month.
That’s the same price as the BT Sport Monthly Pass, BT Sport’s direct streaming offer, which was available until yesterday.
So, those that were hoping for prices to go down, may feel disappointed.
However, at the £29.99/month price point, you’re also getting access to the Discovery+ Entertainment and Sports plan, which gives you Discovery’s lifestyle, factual and reality shows, along with Eurosport’s content.
Until now, the premium paid tier on Discovery+ in the UK had TWO separate plans: Entertainment (£3.99/month or £39.99/year) and Entertainment + Sports (£6.99/month or £59.99/year) – which also includes the content that used to reside on Eurosport Player (which was phased out as a standalone streaming platform some time ago).
Starting today, a third “Premium” tier has been added, at £29.99/month, that includes Entertainment, Eurosport and TNT Sports. There’s no annual version of this tier, for now.
Existing Discovery+ subscribers will be able to switch to this new Premium plan – which will add TNT Sports to their package.
Existing annual subscribers will be able to add the TNT Sports tier as a paid add-on to their existing subscription, while new subscribers will have the option to subscribe to the “full” bundle – which will include Discovery+ Entertainment, Eurosport and TNT Sports.
If you’re already subscribed to BT Sport via pay-TV platforms like Sky, BT or Virgin Media, there’s good news – your current deal will continue as is, often translating to a lower price (than £29.99/month) depending on your specific package.
TNT Sports Price Comparison
The pricing game becomes even more intriguing when comparing TNT Sports offers across various providers and their standalone streaming version (via Discovery+).
Pay-TV providers often leverage BT Sport as a loss leader – a significantly discounted offer that pulls consumers in with sports and keeps them hooked with other TV and broadband plans.
Therefore, while these prices often change, it’s interesting to compare TNT Sports’ offers across the various providers, and how they compare to the streaming version of TNT Sports.
As of this writing, TNT Sports – as an add-on – costs:
BT TV (Check Offers): £18/month (But often discounted to around £10/month)
Direct via Discovery+ : £29.99/month
Therefore, with the exception of Sky, the Discovery+ version of TNT Sports is considerably more expansive than if you get it via BT or Virgin Media.
However, these lower-cost alternatives come with long-term broadband contracts, while Discovery+ offers more flexibility, a factor to keep in mind when considering your options.
How To Watch TNT Sports
Accessing TNT Sports’ lineup of premium live sports has been made straightforward and flexible, catering to a variety of viewing preferences, across a wide range of platforms (although some Roku and Sky users are still facing issues).
TNT Sports On Pay-TV
Access to TNT Sports for existing BT Sport customers via BT TV, Sky, and Virgin Media will automatically commence from today, offering a lineup of up to four TV channels: TNT Sports 1, TNT Sports 2, TNT Sports 3, and TNT Sports 4.
Customers who have access to the BT Sport App can continue enjoying TNT Sports via that app – until it shuts down later this year (as it’s being replaced by the TNT Sports app).
For a deeper dive into the action, up to six digital or red-button channels are available alongside the main channels, namely TNT Sports 5 to 10.
Moreover, the platform features TNT Sports Ultimate (with Ultra HD/4K content) and TNT Sports Box Office (for pay-per-view events).
Existing BT Sport customers don’t need to worry about taking any further action as access to TNT Sports is automatically provided.
TNT Sports TV Channels
|Channel||BT TV SD / HD||Sky SD / HD||Virgin Media|
|TNT Sports 1||408 / 430||410 / 870||527|
|TNT Sports 2||409 / 431||411 / 871||528|
|TNT Sports 3||410 / 432||417 / 874||529|
|TNT Sports 4||411 / 434||421 / 876||530|
|TNT Sports Box Office||494||490||–|
|TNT Sports Ultimate (4K)||433||493||531|
TNT Sports On Discovery+
Starting today, Discovery+ has become the new streaming home for TNT Sports in the UK.
With the new Premium subscription plan priced at £29.99 per month, subscribers gain access to an unrivalled collection of TNT Sports’ and Eurosport’s live rights plus discovery+ entertainment content.
Discovery+ has an interactive timeline feature available on compatible devices, allowing fans to easily replay live video or skip through key points in the action, granting a highly personalised viewing experience.
BT and EE customers who subscribe to TNT Sports, will get access to the Premium plan on Discovery+ via mobiles, tablets, and connected devices, once they activate the Discovery+ add-on, at no extra cost.
Somewhat ironically, the Discovery+ app is NOT available on BT TV’s own BT TV Pro 4K Box – but is expected to be added to it soon.
Sky TV customers subscribing to TNT Sports will also soon enjoy access to the Premium plan on Discovery+, through the Discovery+ app on Sky Glass, Sky Stream, and Sky Q.
There’s no word yet on if – and when – the Discovery+ app will be added to Virgin Media’s TV devices (but TNT Sports is available on VM’s devices as a standalone platform).
On The TNTSports Website
The launch of TNT Sports is complemented by the introduction of TNTSports.co.uk.
This online portal will offer the latest news, live updates, expert analysis, and free-to-view video clips from the sports that TNT Sports presents live.
TNT Sports Debut Week: What Can I Watch?
In its debut week, starting today (July 18), TNT Sports is set to captivate the hearts of sports fans with an impressive roster of global events.
Football fans can relish the UEFA Champions League 1st Qualifying Round where home teams Shamrock Rovers, The New Saints, and Larne seek their spot in Europe’s premier competition, exclusively live on TNT Sports.
Cricket enthusiasts can tune into the second Test Match between West Indies and India, marking India’s first test since their loss to Australia in the World Test Championship Final.
For thrill-seekers, Wednesday 19th July’s MLB match-up between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Phillies promises an exciting contest.
Simultaneously, badminton fans can enjoy the BWF World Tour Super 500 series’ Korea Open quarter-final rounds on Friday 21st July.
TNT Sports’ debut week also features an exhilarating rally action from WRC: Estonia – Special Stage 1, a thrilling wrestling showcase with WWE: Friday Night Smackdown, and a preview of the highly anticipated UFC London event.
Fans can even get a backstage glimpse into the world of Major League Baseball with MLB: Off the Bat – Episode 15, or relive the iconic moments of UFC legend Michael Bisping’s career in What Went Down.
See here for more highlights from TNT Sports’ launch week.
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