Sky Sports is to make itself available free of charge for the first day of the new Premier League season – the same day as it will face a new competitor for football audiences.
BT has signed a three-year exclusive deal with Channel 4 to be its partner for TV ad sales on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN.
In a repeat of the UK rights deal, Sky and BT are to share the seven packages of live rights to the Premier League in the Republic of Ireland between 2013/14 and 2015/16.
BT Group is to acquire ESPN’s UK and Ireland channel businesses for the BT Sport portfolio.
BT Sport has increased the pressure on sports TV rights costs with a deal to screen 800 hours of women’s tennis.
Discovery Networks UK has become the latest channel provider to sign a distribution agreement with BT for the carriage of some of its most popular channels.
BT has announced a further acceleration of its commercial fibre rollout with plans to pass two-thirds of UK premises by Spring 2014.