TNT Sports will bring together BT Sport and Eurosport UK
by Zoe Stabler, Senior Writer
If you’re used to watching your favourite sports via BT Sport, then it’s all change as you’ll now need to have a new channel, TNT Sports, instead.
Here’s how the change may impact you, including the costs and how you’ll access it.
Why has BT Sport changed to TNT Sports?
BT Sport is no more. As part of a deal, it’s now part of Discovery under the new name of TNT Sports.
Discovery already owns Eurosport, and the plan is for this to also move over to TNT Sports in the future.
But, other than the name change, it’s pretty much the same channel as before, showing the same sports as BT Sports and broadly costing the same amount too. And if you’re an existing BT Sport customer you probably don’t need to do anything!
However, as we’ll share, where and how you watch it could have changed.
How to watch TNT Sports
You’ll be able to watch TNT Sports via Discovery+, or as part of your TV service via Sky, Virgin Media TV and BT TV.
Discovery+ is (yet another) streaming service that offers a Basic tier at £3.99 a month (showing documentaries on channels such as Discovery and TLC) and a Standard tier at £5.99 a month (which adds in Eurosport). TNT Sports is part of a new Premium tier and will cost more.
You can watch Discovery+ via apps on smart TVs, consoles and smart sticks and on your computer, tablet or phone.
This will replace the BT Sport app later this year, but for now you can keep using it to access TNT Sports.
Whereas, if you watched BT Sport via your pay TV subscription, it’ll carry on as before except the BT Sport TV channels have simply been branded as TNT Sports instead of BT Sport.
This includes 4 channels, each in standard definition and high definition: TNT Sports 1, TNT Sports 2, TNT Sports 3, TNT Sports 4; and six red-button channels.
We’ve rounded up some TNT Sports deals if you’re looking for discounted access to sports.
How much does TNT Sports cost?
If you go via Discovery+ direct, you can get TNT Sports via the Premium plan for £29.99 per month. This is the same price as the old monthly BT Sport pass.
Elsewhere, the prices haven’t changed much from those for BT Sport. Standard prices are as follows:
- Sky: From £25 extra per month for Sky Q and Sky+ customers. Other Sky customers can’t add it to their current broadband deal without upgrading first.
- Virgin: From £39.50 per month (as part of the “Bigger Bundle” TV and broadband package) or £10 a month via Virgin Stream
- BT: From £18 extra per month, though you’ll need to agree to a 24 month contract.
These are the full prices though, so you might be able to pay less. Log in to your TV provider’s site to see if you’ve got any good offers, but watch out for any that lock you in for a year (or more).
You might be prompted to call up to upgrade – this is a bit of a hassle, but could really benefit you, as it gives you a good opportunity to haggle on the price.
What if I’m already a BT Sport customer?
If you’re already a BT Sport customer, nothing will change in terms of your payment, but use will be impacted slightly.
BT Sport TV channels will simply be branded as TNT Sports instead of BT Sport. However, if you watch in the BT Sport app, you’ll need to use the Discovery+ app going forward.
Though for now TNT Sports won’t cost you any more, that could of course change down the line, especially if the offering is improved.
What if I already have Discovery+?
TNT Sports isn’t included in any existing Discovery+ plans, so you’ll need to upgrade to the Premium plan to get the extra channels.
What if I have Sky, Virgin Media, EE or BT?
If you’re a Virgin Media customer and are currently paying for BT Sport, you’ll automatically gain access to TNT Sports channels.
As an existing customer, you can add TNT Sports to your channels. You need to sign into your My Virgin Media account where you’ll be able to upgrade your package.
If you use Virgin Media Stream, you can add TNT Sports to your bundle for £10 extra per month on a 30-day rolling contract, which is pretty cheap.
TNT Sports is available on Sky+, Sky Q, Sky Glass, Sky Stream and Sky Go.
If you had BT Sport ahead of the change, you don’t have to do anything. You should already have access to TNT Sports channels.
Though Sky customers currently get access to Eurosport 1 & 2 via Discovery+ at no added cost, this doesn’t include TNT Sports.
BT customers that are already paying for BT Sport will gain access to TNT Sports channels without having to do anything.
If you’re happy to agree to a 24 month contract, you can get a sports bundle which includes all four TNT Sports channels, Eurosport 1 and 2, and Discovery+ Premium for £18 per month with BT broadband.
All BT TV customers currently get Discovery+ and Eurosport for free, but not TNT Sports.
If you’re an EE broadband customer and are currently paying for BT Sport, you’ll automatically gain access to TNT Sports channels.
You can add TNT Sports to your existing package by logging into your EE account or by texting SPORT to 150.
If you’re considering a new mobile package, you could opt to get a package with EE that includes TNT Sports via Discovery+ as an inclusive extra. These packages start at £26. You’ll only be able to watch TNT Sports on your mobile phone with this option.
What can I watch on TNT Sports?
To start, you’ll be able to watch all of the same sport with TNT Sports as you previously could with BT Sport. Of course, rights can change, but for now this will include:
- Premier League
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Europa League
- UEFA Europa Conference League
- Premiership Rugby
- Heineken Champions Cup
Eurosport UK channels will also become TNT Sports at a later date, sometime between the 2024 Summer Olympics and the 2026 Winter Olympics.