BT Sport has announced that later this year it plans on launching BT Sport Box Office, a pay-per-view channel which will be available on BT TV and the Sky platform.
This season, BT Sport retained the rights to Premier League football for a further three years, however, it appears unlikely for now that football coverage will be affected by the launch of BT’s new platform.
With BT in a broadcasting deal with boxing promoter Frank Warren, many believe the new platform has been formed to accommodate the return of former Heavyweight champion boxer, Tyson Fury, who signed a promotional deal with Warren earlier this week.
Nonetheless, with BT’s expansive portfolio including various premium football leagues, the Champions League and the UFC, the potential for the network to push numerous sports onto it
Additionally, the way sport is consumed in America is also going through a dramatic change, with the launch of a new streaming service from Walt Disney, ESPN+.
There has been much anticipation about the new platform from US sports fans, as its launch was the subject of much speculation.
The service, which will be available for $4.99 per month, will offer fans the opportunity to indulge in not only live streaming, but also original ESPN content.
With regards to live sports, ESPN+ will include speciality programming for select Major League Baseball and NHL games, international sports, however, it won’t show NFL games.
The launch represents a significant swing in the way sports are consumed, as ESPN looks to follow the lead of CBS by placing a greater focus on its online platforms as opposed to television based sports offering.
CBS recently went live with its free streaming sports service CBS Sports, offering fans the opportunity to view a network that takes the best from all of the CBS service.