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We know that BT are looking into alternatives to BT Sport via DTT for ADSL customers.
With that in mind my question is has this legal stuff for BT Sport changed recently?
BT Sport on BT TV with BT Broadband – BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN available in standard definition on BT TV for new and existing BT broadband customers who can't get Infinity. Existing customers must re–contract or have 12 months remaining on their contract. Sufficient line quality and speed (min 5.25 Mbps for existing customers and 6.5 Mbps for new customers) required. You can only watch/record one sport channel at any given time. Compatible box from BT required, fee of £35 – £199 may apply. Terms apply.
It mentions BT Sport 1&2 and ESPN in SD over normal broadband for new and existing customers. I know a small number of existing customers on BT Vision+ boxes already get this service along with Sky Sports 1&2 in SD but does this legal stuff imply something new? Is the compatible box just the old BT Vision+ box or is this something new for the BT Youview+ boxes as well? Why would new customers need a slightly faster connection (it has been previously stated that multicast decryption is slightly different on Youview)?
Am I reading too much into all this?
... and see this help page which definitely talks about BT Sport on BT Youview+ over standard BT Broadband.
"As a BT Broadband customer you will only be able to access BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN channels in standard definition on your YouView+ box or Vision+ box.
You won't be able to subscribe to the other Extra TV channels including GOLD, FOX, Comedy Central, Sky Movies, Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2. However, you may see them listed in the TV guide. To get Extra TV channels you need BT Infinity."
It looks to me like they are gearing up to roll-out the alternative to BT Sport over DTT. Trials successfully completed?
The wording is probably slightly worrying for those currently also receiving Sky Sports 1 & 2 over ADSL on BT Vision+ boxes though. Would that existing service continue or be killed off?
There is still the question of whether any such new service would be based on the BT Wholesale TV Connect ADSL Multicast service or the Youview Unicast TV service that has been mentioned in other articles and on the Youview web site. My guess, using the TV Connect ADSL Multicast service with just the small number of channels to keep BT's additional costs down. Very much just a guess though. Though of course that might mean those without the Copper Multicast service available for their line couldn't get it? Maybe BT want to avoid all that hassle and use simple Unicast
I suspect the min speed difference between new and existing might simply be that for existing customers the alctual connection speed received would be known whereas for new customers it would be an estimate only.
I think they have also changed the main 'Get BT Sport' marketing pages today. They now mention BT Sport with BT Broadband as well as with Infinity. Is a BT Sport over ADSL service now officially available for subscription? (Not that I care as I have Infinity )
Appears to be confirmed:
Need at least 6.5Mbps.
I had noticed that the DSL Checker website started listing 'Copper Multicast' recently - presumably your exchange must support Copper Multicast to be able to get BT Sport in SD over ADSL.
You could always try a re-scan and see if they get picked up. I presume they will be the 507-9 channels (SD sports over IP). We are still wondering if you need multicast copper enabled at your exchange to be able to get it..maybe you could use the broadband checker and let us know if your exchange is enabled for copper multicast...
|FTTC Range A (Clean)||50.7||35.2||12.4||7.8||--||Available|
|FTTC Range B (Impacted)||43.6||23.9||12.4||6.1||--||Available|
|WBC ADSL 2+||Up to 1||--||1 to 3.5||Available|
|ADSL Max||Up to 1||--||0.25 to 2||Available|
|WBC Fixed Rate||0.5||--||--||Available|