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BT Sport 1 and 2: free TV, for some... Sky Sports 1 free, for all, for day

Changes to the pay TV services provided over the digital terrestrial network will provide the two new BT Sports channels in place of Sky Sports 1 and 2. But you can also get the channels for free if you have a Sky box - as long as you have a card.

Changes to the pay TV services provided over the digital terres
published on UK Free TV

You can get the two channels for free if you are a BT Broadband customer.

If you rescan your Freeview channel list, there are now three new allocations on the COM6 multiplex.

57: BT Sport
58: BT Sport 1
59: BT Sport 2

To provide these channels, BT will be moving the Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 channels to online services.

BT Sports 1 and 2 - including HD - for Free for a year

You don't have to pay to get BT Sports 1 and 2 - but you DO need to be a BT Broadband customer.

If you are a BT Broadband customer, you can opt to watch the channels from DTT, or you can watch using a Sky box, as long as you have a viewing card (click on - Personal - Start your order ). You don't need to be a current subscriber. See Digital TV Packages with BT Vision - MyBT Broadband.

Sky Sports 1 for free. For one day only. Saturday 17th August.

Not to be outdone - well, for a day anyway, Pick TV (on Freeview and You View) on Saturday 17th August will show Sky Sports 1 for free.

The means everything from Soccer AM via Soccer Saturday to Saturday Night Football for free for the day. See Sky Sports kick off biggest Premier League season with free first day - Football Features, Music, Team of the Week, Twitter, Fantasy - Sky Sports.

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Thursday, 4 July 2013
mike fisher

7:18 PM

I notice that on the free day on the worst day of the year, when the blasted football season starts.

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mike fisher's 35 posts GB
Friday, 5 July 2013

8:57 AM

You have to hand it to Sky as they think they're the bees knees for giving 1 day free to all and we all should be thanking them lol and then a few weeks later they increase their prices.

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Paul's 21 posts GB

1:29 PM

Paul: It's not a new thing for Sky ... I remember when they launched "Sky Movies Gold" just when UK Gold was launched as a spoiler...

They just didn't reckon on UKTV's rather cooler branding...

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

1:37 PM

mike fisher: But, as that's what it's all about, I can't help thinking that BT will make their channels free for the day too...

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Saturday, 6 July 2013

8:14 AM

Very true but all the fuss they are making over this 1 free day is pathetic but they really think it's something wonderful and we should all be grateful lol

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Paul's 21 posts GB

11:11 AM

Quarts into pint-pots

We have

57 BT Sport
58 BT Sport 1
59 BT Sport 2

using the capacity vacated by

41 Sky Sports 1
42 Sky Sports 2

The video streams belonging to "BT Sport 1" and "BT Sport 2" are of type 27 :

"AVC video stream as defined in ITU-T Rec. H.264 | ISO/IEC 14496-10 Video"

which might explain how three can fit in the space of two.

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js's 793 posts GB
Sunday, 7 July 2013

11:09 AM

The two BT streams are the first to use MPEG-4 compression for SD on UK DTT.

On a DVB-T rather than T2 multiplex too!

A pity a Picnic box only does NDS CA.

"Sky is currently using the MPEG-2 compression format which is currently used by its free-to-air services. They indicated to Ofcom in the consultation document that they would like to move over to the more efficient MPEG-4 format in the future, allowing for further broadcast capacity. It has been proposed that set-top boxes compatible with the Sky Picnic service must support MPEG-4 (which is not currently used on the platform) in addition to MPEG-2. This would allow Sky to implement MPEG-4 without customers needing to upgrade their set-top box. Ofcom is yet to decide on whether MPEG-4 can be used on the DTT platform, and as part of this and other consultation processes, it is determining whether this is a viable option in the future."

Sky Picnic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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js's 793 posts GB
Monday, 8 July 2013

8:48 PM

Oh dear I am confused
I had to do a retune today on Freeview to get the new Drama channel and noticed the BTSport channels being installed.
I have been watching the channel that is broadcasting and noted that ways to get it did not include Freeview.
They said anyone who is not a BT customer can get the Sports channels for £12 a month
So will Freeview watchers be able to get them

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JOhn's 34 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 July 2013

11:20 AM

I noticed that sky sports 1 and 2 has ceased transmission via aerial looks like people have to be forced to buy sky tv or youview or internet tv to watch sky.....

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Rob's 171 posts GB

11:23 AM

Rob: only people with tutv will have to change as BT vision customers can watch over IP now.

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