BT Sport comes to Virgin Media

BT Sport

BT Sport is coming to Virgin Media. The deal means subscribers to Virgin's XL TV package will get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN at no extra cost and in high definition.

Customers on other Virgin TV packages will be able to upgrade to the XL deal, or have to pay an extra £15 a month for the BT Sport/ESPN package.

BT Sport will also be available on Virgin TV Anywhere, the company's cloud-based service for mobiles, tablets and online.

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Dana Strong, Virgin's chief operating officer, says: "Virgin Media homes are kicking off the new season wth the most complete sporting line-up around in one subscription, from Barclays Premier League football and Aviva Premiership rugby to F1, live golf and the culmination of a great Ashes series."

BT Sport adds 38 Premier League matches and Aviva Premiership rugby coverage to Virgin TV as well as:

• Hundreds of football matches from Italy, France and Brazil

• Women's Tennis Association matches from 21 tournaments

• Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League

• UEFA Europa League

• German Bundesliga

Virgin Media already offers all the Sky Sports channels, with Sky Sports 1 and 2 in high definition.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.