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BT TV added 97,000 new customers in the last three months, boosting its subscriber number to 1.4 million.

This huge growth was largely down to its sports offering. During the period, average viewing figures for BT Sport increased by 46 per cent, with "encouraging audience figures" (according to BT) for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

BT Sport launched two and a half years ago, and it came out swinging. It promptly signed up big-name pundits and waged war on Sky's dominance of the Premier League rights. Sky still shows the lion's share of live matches, but BT has made significant inroads in only a short amount of time.

Its free-to-air sampler channel BT Sport Showcase has proved a success, according to BT. In the few months it's been available, it's shown 20 live events, with peak viewing figures of over a million.

BT's broadband division also showed strong performance, capturing 71 per cent of new broadband customers. That's probably due to the fact that having BT Broadband gives customers significant discounts on BT Sport and BT TV.

Expect big gains in BT's mobile business next quarter – on January 29th, it completed its takeover of EE, making it the largest UK mobile phone provider.

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