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Padawan
g1-chris
Posts: 60
Registered: ‎21-09-2011
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BT sports channel

BT have today won a part of the rights for the Premiership starting in the 2013/2014 season. BT have said they hope it will be across plenty of providers. I'm assuming VM will be doing all they can to secure the new channel and I know it's early to start panicking about it but will they? VM will be shooting themselves in the foot if they don't get it.

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dozer167
Posts: 1,375
Registered: ‎07-06-2010

Re: BT sports channel

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g1-chris wrote:

BT have today won a part of the rights for the Premiership starting in the 2013/2014 season. BT have said they hope it will be across plenty of providers. I'm assuming VM will be doing all they can to secure the new channel and I know it's early to start panicking about it but will they? VM will be shooting themselves in the foot if they don't get it.


g1-chris,

              I haven't heard, or read any thing related about this new channel coming to Virgin, but you never know, we'll just have to wait, and see what pops up.    Regards dozer167      

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Padawan
g1-chris
Posts: 60
Registered: ‎21-09-2011

Re: BT sports channel

Well it was only announced at around about 5pm this evening.

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nodrogd
Posts: 4,860
Registered: ‎21-04-2010

Re: BT sports channel

Yes, I think we will get it, but looking at the price of the deal, I don't think we're likely to see the new channel replacing ESPN on the XL pack. I think wherever you get the footie from you'll be needing deeper pockets. I can see foreign satellite equipment being a more tempting option for some.

Cable customer since 1993. Services: XL TV, Sky Sports & Movies (2xV+), XL Telco, 100Mb BB, Virgin PAYG Mobile
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pwsnov
Posts: 58
Registered: ‎14-12-2011

Re: BT sports channel

Agree we will get it, as to whether it will be included with XL as ever wait and see.  Supply and demand usually sorts the price out and as a result yes we will have to pay for it.  Not so long ago we had the same issue with F1 although Sky knew they had Virgin by the goolies on that one.

Nothing is for free, I guess Virgin will still let you have ESPN with XL (albeit without Footie - what's left err Poker, Extreme Sports, Gardening, Monkey Tennis zzzz) Therefore BT will be an extra channel and so the facility to pay more.

Guess wait until nearer the time, if the price is reasonable then make an informed choice.

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Paul_Smith
Posts: 187
Registered: ‎20-05-2011

Re: BT sports channel

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What advantage VM had over Sky on the sports package for me anyway was you got ESPN free as Sky charged you for it, one reason I remained with VM. 

 

 

BT will launch a new ‘football-based’ channel to carry its 38 Premier League games from the 2013-14 season and could distribute it to ‘other platforms’ like Sky or Virgin.

The company will release full details and pricing in ‘due course’, but non-BT customers could expect to pay around £10 per month. 

Sky’s ‘Monday Night Football’, an 8pm match, and ‘Super Sunday’, featuring 1.30pm and 4pm kick-offs, are unaffected. 

But ESPN’s absence means Sky also take over the Saturday 5.30pm kick-offs.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2158825/Premier-League-sell-TV-rights-3-billion-BT...

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Padawan
g1-chris
Posts: 60
Registered: ‎21-09-2011

Re: BT sports channel

ESPN still own the rights too the Europa League (starting from the upcoming season), some FA Cup games, SPL games, MLS games and ofcourse some England games as well. So ESPN will still be an essential provider for the football fan.

 

Theirs no doubt Sky customers will get the new channel, BT only have 38 games compared to Sky 100+ games, if your trying to gain customers via the football route then it would be pointless trying to temp them away with less games than their competitor, as a result I think Sky will defiantly have the new channel and BT could see them provide Sky sports as a premium channel on their BT Vision system.

 

Am I the only one who is dissapointed VM didn't try and get some of the matches?, surely then it would have allowed them to have more leway with Sky over HD channels and even Sky Atlantic which would have been benefitial to all VM custoemrs not just the football fans.

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