BT TV takes Sky Sports to YouView, ends Vision+ STB sales

DetailsEditor | 17 December 2014

After its successful application for interim relief at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, BT TV will now offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on its YouView boxes.

skysports on demandThe development means that the leading UK pay-TV channels will join BT Sport, ESPN and the Eurosport channels in BT TV's sports portfolio.

In addition, and in blessed relief to the corporate body, the judgement also means BT will be able to stop selling its Vision+ set-top boxes which have to date been required for customers wanting to watch the Sky Sports packages. Existing BT customers who already pay for Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 will usually be able to swap their Vision+ box for a YouView+ box at the end of their current contract, if they also take BT Infinity broadband.

"This is a pivotal moment for our ambitions in TV," proclaimed BT TV and BT Sport managing director Delia Bushell. "We are delighted to now be able to offer a stronger range of premium sports programming on our YouView boxes, adding to the recent launch of Netflix. The ability to bundle together great content on our most advanced set-top box will underpin our aim to sell BT TV to more of our broadband customers and to accelerate the number of our customers who take a triple play bundle from us."