Sky is effectively making its sports channels free during the coronavirus crisis – but you have to take action to make sure you receive the discount.
Due to a lack of live on-field action, Sky is letting customers pause their sports subscriptions.
The broadcaster says you will still receive the channels which are currently showing a mix of archive, documentaries and live debate and news shows. Recordings you’ve made will also remain on your box.
The easiest way to pause your Sky Sports subscription is to go the My Sky area of their website, log on, pick the Manage Your Package section, click on the Sky Sports area where you’ll see the Pause option. That will take your through to another screen where a Pause now button will confirm that’s what you want to do.
Sky say once live action returns your subscription will automatically be renewed.
Meanwhile BT Sport is giving you the choice of a month’s credit applied to your account – or you can let BT donate it to NHS charities HERE
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BT Sport has held on to exclusive live and highlights rights for the Champions League and Europa League after beating off competition from Sky and ITV.
A new three-year-deal will see every game shown from the Champions and Europa Leagues and the new Europa Conference League.
It’s a crucial deal for BT which would have been left with just Premier League games as its main footie offering if it had lost the Europeans rights with the broadcaster’s contracts to show the Scottish Premiership and FA Cup not being renewed.
The deal, worth £400million a season, will see BT Sport show:
420 games a season from the Champions, Europa and new Conference League
Highlights will also be exclusively on BT Sport, although goals, match highlights packages and key moments will be available free via BT’s social media, online site, digital platforms and app.
The finals of all thee competitions will again be available FREE-TO-AIR on BT’s various digital platforms including YouTube and the app.
The Champions League has been on BT since 2015 and exclusively since last season.
Sky and ITV are believed to have teamed up to try and snatch the rights from BT. However, neither was willing to match what BT were prepared to pay. The rights are more significant to BT than Sky as Sky has a much bigger portfolio of domestic football rights with the pick of the Premier League matches, the EFL and Carabao Cup and from next season the Scottish Premiership exclusively.
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