BT’s acquisition of a decent proportion of the Premier League has raised a few eyebrows over Sky’s dominance of premium sport especially when they turned round and said that their service BT Sport would be available to all current BT broadband customers without a penny changing hands. Now I’m not a sporty kind of guy apart from an unhealthy F1 obsession so the initial announcement passed me by but now it’s here I thought I’d check out what the offering was especially in terms of their mobile solutions as Sky is renowned for being pretty decent in that respect.
The best example of this is the BT Sport app for iOS and it’s actually pretty good. On launching the app you’re presented with a mini catch up service with bite size videos of the latest sporting news as well as 3-4 minute highlights from their broadcast Premiership games which is great if you’re time is limited. Also their content isn’t just limited to UK footy, there’s worldwide kicky-ball coverage as well as a large range of other sports, something for everyone, almost.
The best feature though without a doubt is the live TV coverage. BT Sport pumps out live content pretty much all day which you can watch on your device via their 3 channels, BT Sport 1 and 2 and ESPN if you fancy your action from across the pond. Access is pretty seamless and the video quality not bad at all. As well as being able to glance at what’s on right now you can also browse their channel guide to see what’s coming up later on although one feature that is missing which would be nice is the facility for the app to remind of when a future show you may be interested in is about to start but maybe that’s coming in a future release.
You can also customise the content you see as they break down their news and catch up service into the various types of sport that they cover. There is also a fixtures section as well as a full breakdown of results from past events.
As mentioned BT’s sport coverage is free if you’re a current BT Broadband customer. Sky customers can add the service for a monthly fee but you’re probably happy with what you’re getting already. As a BT customer you still have to sign up which can be done via your online account or by calling them up (but who does that anymore). You can also view their content via your web browser but the app is a great way to dip in and out of content at will.
The app is free and so is the service if you’re in the right camp so well worth checking out. Let’s hope they bid on the F1 in the future. I’ve actually found myself watching more sport as a result.