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Sports TV coverage is now broader and more extensive than ever. Whether it’s Premier League football, Formula 1, Rugby Union or something with less mass market appeal that you’re into, you’ll be able to find a huge range of channels providing in-depth coverage.
Better still, the explosion of digital channels means there’s also more live sport from around the world for you to enjoy.
Traditional terrestrial broadcasters — such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 — still hold the rights to some of the UK’s crown jewels sports events. The BBC’s line-up, for instance, typically takes in Premier League highlights via Match of the Day, major European international football tournaments and friendlies, Six Nations rugby, the Olympics and the Grand National, as well as a host of minority sports.
However, dedicated sports channels offer much more coverage of a wider variety of sports. Here we outline the main subscription sports broadcasters with channels aimed at committed sports fans and intended to get you even closer to the action.
Sky Sports is perhaps the leading subscription sports broadcaster with eight dedicated channels. If you want to see live Premier League matches, the latest Rugby League action and extensive Formula 1 racing, Sky is the place to be.
Sky Sports 1-5: Broadcasting sports from across the globe, Sky Sports 1-5's programming includes Premier League games, international cricket, US Open tennis, the US Masters and much, much more.
Sky Sports F1: Sky Sports F1 covers the entire Formula One season, including qualifying and practice races, as well as informed analysis from the likes of David Croft and Ted Kravitz.
Sky Sport News: As its name suggests, this is Sky's dedicated sports news channel providing 24-hour coverage of the latest sporting developments around the globe.
In case that isn’t enough sport for you, Sky customers can also add channels dedicated to single teams such as MUTV for Manchester United or Chelsea TV for Chelsea football club.
Learn more about Sky Sports in our Sky Sports guide.
Although a relative latecomer to the scene, BT Sport has an impressive number of exclusives, including live Premier League matches, UEFA Champions League games, Serie A and the Aviva Premiership. BT Sport encompasses four channels: BT Sports 1, 2 and 3, and BT Sport ESPN.
Depending upon your package, you can watch these channels in HD and even UHD, or 4K, if your TV is compatible.
Read more about BT Sport in our BT Sport guide.
Both Sky and BT let subscribers from other providers get access to their content — for a cost. Almost all providers offer a Sky Sports or BT Sports bundle of some sort that you should be able to add on for a monthly fee.
Not sure which is right for you? Check out our guide on BT Sport vs Sky Sports.
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