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BT Sport signs Chelsea boss Mourinho

UK telco BT has inked a deal with Jose Mourinho, the manager of English Premier League club Chelsea. Mourinho will make football programmes as well as acting as a pundit on the BT Sport service, which has set up in direct opposition to BSkyB’s Sky Sports in the UK and recruiting the Chelsea boss will […]

Sky veteran exec to head BT’s TV unit

Delia Bushell has been appointed managing director of BT TV, the UK telco’s growing pay television division. BT and BSkyB have been battling for sports rights in the UK and Bushell served a five-year stint at Sky as director of broadband and telephony, ending in 2011. Prior to that she was director of commercial affairs […]

Sky suffers blow in sports channels challenge

BSkyB has suffered a reversal in its legal battle over the terms under which it must make premium sports content available to rival operators. The UK Court of Appeal has said that the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) must re-examine a 2012 ruling that removed an obligation on the pay TV operator to sell its premium […]

BT up for the fight with UFC deal

UK telco BT has secured pay TV rights to show European and Asian fights from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. BT will show the fights on its BT Sport channel. The deal with the UFC gives it live bouts from the Emea Fight Nights and delayed broadcasts of the Asia Fight Nights. The telco and mixed […]

BT Sport channels pass 2.5 million subs

The customer base for BT’s sports channels passed 2.5 million by the end of the group’s third quarter, helping drive revenue growth in its consumer division, according to CEO Gavin Patterson. BT said that revenue from broadband and TV grew by 22% during the quarter, contributing to the consumer division’s revenue growth of 6%, its […]

BT Sport gets UK cable deal

BT and Virgin Media have agreed a deal for the carriage of the BT Sport channels on the UK cable platform. The deal means that BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN will be available to Virgin Media XL TV subscribers at no extra cost, in HD. Customers on other packages will have the […]

BT Sport receives half a million sign-ups

BT reported a “strong start” for its new sports channel line-up with more than half a million households now having ordered BT Sport ahead of its August 1 launch. However, net additions for BT’s TV service in the quarter ending June 30 came in at just 23,000, taking the customer base to 833,000, as the […]

BT Sports paves way for Sky price battle and rights inflation

BSkyB will hit back at BT with new pricing promotions as double-digit percentage increases in the cost of key sports rights kick in, following BT launching its own sports channels in the UK, according to analysts. Morgan Stanley issued a report following UK telco BT launching BT Sports yesterday and said that increased competition for […]