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BT Sport’s opening night free on Freeview and Sky

The opening night of BT Sport will be free-to-air on Freeview and Sky as well as to BT Broadband subscribers, including coverage of the Audi Cup final.

Coverage kicks off at 6pm on August 1, on Freeview channel 57, Sky channel 413, BT Vision channel 945 and online, with free coverage until 12.45am.

The first night special will introduce Jake Humphrey, Clare Balding, Craig Doyle and the rest of BT Sport’s presenters, experts, commentators and special guests.

The show will be simulcast on BT Sport 1 and 2 (and in HD) until Humphrey heads to the football studio to cover the Audi Cup on BT Sport 1, and Craig Doyle to the rugby studio for the JP Morgan Asset Management 7s on BT Sport 2.

BT Sport’s opening night free on Freeview and Sky
Michael Owen, Clare Balding and Jake Humphrey at the launch of BT Sport

Read Recombu Digital’s guide to getting BT SportJohn Petter, managing director of BT Retail Consumer, said: “It’s finally a reality that ‘Great sport happens here’. 

“It’s just over a year since we secured our Barclays Premier League rights and only six months since we started to build our exciting new studio in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We have some tremendously talented presenters and experts who are passionate about sport.

“The customers are the ones that matter and now they will be able to see the programmes for themselves. We‘re convinced they’re going to like what they see, and we’re absolutely committed to making BT Sport fun, innovative and a firm favourite with the fans.”

The full line-up on air will include Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, David James, Owen Hargreaves, Matt Dawson, Lynsey Hipgrave, Gary McAllister, Martin Bayfield, Anne Keothavong, Kim Little, Scott Redding, Neil Hodgson, Darrell Currie, Darren Fletcher, Sam Smith, Rosi Sexton, John Hathaway, Christian Howes, Des Kelly, Tom Watt, Caroline DeMoraes, Ian Darke, Ray Stubbs, Austin Healey, Ben Kay, Sarra Elgan, Eniola Aluko and Helen Skelton.

BT Broadband subscribers will be able to watch online or using the BT Sport app for iOS and Android, using their BT ID from at

BT Infinity subscribers can watch free on YouView or a BT Vision+ box tomorrow night, but they’ll need a BT TV subscription from £5 a month to continue.


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