Conor Dever Staff Writer Before the new bt broadband sport tv season kicks off Eir customers will lose out on free access to the popular sports channels. This football season was fascinating to say the least.
Rent becoming 'unaffordable' 16 May The former monopoly has won the rights to televise the Aviva rugby premiership, 38 games from the Barclays football Premier League, and WTA women's tennis. BT Sport is the most credible rival Sky has had.
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What makes it so exciting is that it is the first time in more than 20 years that sports fans will be able to watch the Premier League in their homes, free of charge. BT Sport may have won the rights to only a quarter of the premiership games, but 18 of those are "top picks".
There are 38 "top picks", of which Sky gets the first 20 and BT Sport viewers the remainder. BT Sport will be free to anyone who has their broadband internet provided by BT. If you have a Sky TV box and your broadband through BT, you can add the channel to your package free of charge — even if your subscription to Sky has lapsed.
Sky is not taking the challenge lying down.
Sources have confirmed that Sky will this week announce a "significant price cut which will change the broadband and TV package market". Depending on what you want from your service provider — television, broadband, fixed-line telephone, and even mobile phones in the case of Virgin — prices can vary dramatically.
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Today, thanks to services such as BBC iPlayer, which lets television licence holders watch BBC programmes free via their computer, you are just as likely to be catching up on missed episodes of your favourite soap.
But this "streaming" uses more gigabytes than just Googling the odd recipe, so if you watch television through your computer a lot it pays to take out an "unlimited" broadband package.
Eir confirm that customers will no longer receive BT Sport free of charge
But it is not cheap. The deal includes only two gigabytes of data a month, so is suitable only for occasional internet users.
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- Background[ edit ] When British Telecom BT was privatised in , it was barred from providing television broadcasts over its telecommunication network, which meant that it was not possible for BT to provide a cable television service. The ban was designed to protect the new smaller telecommunications companies and the small cable television networks in the United Kingdom as it was felt that BT had an unfair advantage because its pre-privatisation monopoly meant that its equipment was already installed in virtually every home and business in the country.
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- But balancing out the sheer joy of being able to work in your pyjamas is the knowledge that you no longer have an IT-guy to sort out all your tech troubles. And the biggest of all these troubles is your broadband: if it goes down, you'll lose money.
You also get unlimited, super-fast broadband and weekend calls.