BT or Sky Sports? It's a question facing fans everywhere. Here we take a close look to help you choose.
For years, Sky Sports was the premier destination for live televised sport. But the arrival of BT Sport channels and BT's huge investment in sports programming has muddied the waters, leaving fans with a big decision to make.
Here we outline exactly what BT and Sky offer to help you get the sports package with the domestic and international fixtures you really want to see.
BT Sport and Sky Sports: what's the difference?
Both BT Sport and Sky Sports show a wide variety of programming, but they each have different exclusive rights.
What's on BT Sport?
Currently, BT Sport customers who are signed up to the full range of BT channels (BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, BT Sport ESPN and Box Nation) can watch 42 live Premier League games per season. BT Sport also has exclusive rights to air the UEFA Champions league and UEFA Europa League.
BT Sport also shows live games from the FA Cup, National League, SPFL, Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Ligue 1, Liga NOS and A-League.
Rugby fans also luck out with BT Sport: The Aviva Premiership Cup, Anglo-Welsh Cup and up to 80 live Premiership games per season are shown exclusively on BT Sport. BT Sport also has live coverage of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
Niche sports shown on BT Sport include NBA Basketball, Major League Baseball, American college sports, UFC matches and MotoGP.
What's on Sky Sports?
Sky Sport has 10 dedicated sports channels:
- Sky Sports Main Event
- Sky Sports Premier League
- Sky Sports Football
- Sky Sports Cricket
- Sky Sports Golf
- Sky Sports F1
- Sky Sports Action
- Sky Sports Arena
- Sky Sports News
- Sky Sports Mix
Football is king on Sky Sports. Sky Sports airs 126 live Premier League games per season. On top of that, you can also watch EFL matches (including the EFL Cup), the SPFL, La Liga, Major League Soccer, Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and every other football match that includes Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland.
Other sports covered include the Ashes (for tests held in England), Formula One races, NASCAR, the ATP World Tour, the US Masters, Ryder Cup, WWE and more.
Can you get Sky Sports on BT?
BT subscribers can get Sky Sports packages for an additional monthly fee — but only if you're signed up for BT Infinity. Also, you can only get a limited number of channels; the full Sky Sports package isn't available.
Signing up for Sky Sports
Getting Sky Sports is easy no matter who your provider is. Although the number of channels you can get varies by provider, you should be able to get some Sky Sports options as a monthly add-on.
Watching Sky Sports on NOW TV
If you don't have a TV provider, don't want to commit to a monthly add-on or are limited in the Sky Sports channels you can get through your provider, you can sign up for Sky Sports on NOW TV — contract-free.
NOW TV has access to all 10 Sky Sports channels on a daily, weekly or monthly TV pass.
Signing up for BT Sport
The price and ease of watching BT channels depends largely on which broadband and TV provider you currently take services from.
I'm a BT customer and want BT Sport
BT Sport is free for all BT TV customers — for now. BT Sport will continue to be free for subscribers to the Total Entertainment package, but starting 31 July, BT Sport will cost £3.50 per month for all other TV subscribers.
I'm a Sky TV customer and want BT Sport
Sky TV customers can sign up for BT Sport. But how much they pay depends on if they take their broadband from Sky or BT. Contact Sky for more information.
I'm a Virgin Media TV customer and want BT Sport
BT Sport is automatically included in the Full House and VIP bundles. Otherwise, Virgin Media TV subscribers can add the full range of BT Sport channels to their package as a monthly add-on.
I'm a TalkTalk TV customer and want BT Sport
BT Sport is available for all TalkTalk TV customers as a monthly add-on.