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BT Sport helps BT profits grow 10%

According to BT’s first quarter 2014 results, flagship channel BT Sport has contributed to continued growth in the residential subscriber base, and helped contribute to a 10% increase in profits.

Growth has slowed, however, with heavy churn: the telco-turned-broadcaster removing 35,000 inactive customers from its TV base.  Meanwhile the 40,000 new TV customers represents the lowest rate for five quarters.

BT reports that there are now more than 19,000 pubs, clubs, hotels and other commercial premises have signed up to BT Sport.

BT Sport provided coverage from this year’s showpiece grass court tennis tournaments in the run-up to Wimbledon following an agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association – and following the acquisition of rights to the Portuguese Primeira Liga, it now has live football from nine top-flight leagues.  The new European Rugby Championship and the European Rugby Challenge Cup competitions launch in the new season.

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