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Rumour – BT to launch three sports channels

UK telco BT may be preparing to launch not one but three sports channels to accommodate all the football, rugby and others sports it has acquired the rights for, according to a new report in the Financial Times.

The report cites unnamed people “with knowledge of the plans” as saying that the telco is planning at least two sports channels for delivery on its TV platforms which include IPTV service ‘BT Vision’ and the YouView platform it helped launch this summer.

A third channel may even be in the offing to deliver other content such as on-demand programmes and one-off pay-per-view games, says the FT, which points to the need to avoid time clashes for the content that BT has paid billions of pounds for.

These rights include English Premiership football, English Premiership rugby, and games from the top football leagues of Italy, France, Brazil and the US.

BT is also reported to be close to signing a deal to rent a large TV studio in the former International Broadcast Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, where it will base its sports operations.

Watch this space…

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