At a pivotal moment for UK sports broadcasting,… BT Sport application He was officially retired, making way for his successors: Discover+ And brand new TNT Sports application.
This represents a major shift in how sports fans across the country consume content, from live matches to the latest news and highlights.
As we first reported in August, Close the BT Sport app It was on the horizon – and on October 12, 2023BT Sport has officially closed its doors, marking the end of an era for sports fans across the UK.
Now that the day has arrived, it’s important to understand what this means for existing subscribers and the wider landscape of sports streaming services in the UK.
Over the years, the BT Sport app has become a favorite destination for sports fans, offering a wide range of content from the Premier League to the UFC, as well as streaming actual live broadcasts.
The app has now been replaced by two distinct platforms: Discovery+ for streaming live (and on-demand) sports events, and the TNT Sports app for news, scores and short clips.
BT customers who have been using the BT Sport app can now activate their Discovery+ accounts via BT or EE at no extra cost, but there are other subscription options too (see below for more details).
Goodbye, BT Sport – hello, TNT Sports
The new TNT Sports app aims to be a comprehensive source for sports news, scores and results.
Unlike its predecessor, the BT Sport app, the focus here is not on live streaming but rather on providing expert commentary, analysis and video highlights.
The app covers a wide range of sports, from football and rugby to boxing, UFC, and even MotoGP. Basically, it’s the new mobile app version TNT Sports website.
Football fans can rejoice as the app offers live blogs, match updates and the latest transfer news. It covers not only the English Premier League, but also other major European leagues such as the Italian League, the German Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1.
For rugby fans, the app provides news from the Premiership Rugby League and international tournaments such as the Six Nations.
One of the features of the TNT Sports app is the ability to set breaking news alerts. Users can customize these alerts to receive updates on stories related to their favorite sports, ensuring they don’t miss any important developments.
The app is available for free, making it accessible to a wide audience. This is a big shift from the BT Sport app, which requires a subscription to fully access its features.
The new app also offers free results tables, rankings and calendars, allowing fans to keep up with all the action even on the go.
As for video clips, the application includes distinctive short clips related to recent matches and sports news.
Although the app does not provide live streaming, it serves as a companion to the Discovery+ app, where users can stream live sports content.
This can be a bit confusing for those who are used to using just one app – BT Sport – for live/on-demand streaming, news and commentary.
But with Discovery+ dedicated to video and live streaming, it makes sense for sports news to remain in a separate app.
The origins of TNT sports
The UK sports broadcasting landscape has undergone a seismic shift With the advent of TNT Sportswhich effectively replaced BT Sport.
This transformation is the result of the strategic merger between BT Sport and Warner Bros. Discovery/Eurosport.
BT Sport has been an important player in the UK sports broadcasting scene since its launch in 2013, boasting an impressive range of sports rights.
It provided a rich mix of Premier League, Champions League and Europa League matches, along with exclusive coverage of the Rugby Union Premier League and the Heineken Cup, among other sporting events.
However, the emergence of TNT Sports marks the end of that era and the beginning of a new one that promises a more comprehensive array of sports content under the Discovery+ umbrella.
TNT Sports pricing and subscription models
One of the most talked about aspects of this transformation has been the pricing structure. TNT Sports offers a standalone subscription to £29.99 per month, which is fairly pricey – especially when compared to getting it via pay-TV packages.
However, this package is more than just sports coverage.
Subscribers also have access to the Discovery+ Entertainment and Sports package, which includes a wide range of reality, factual and lifestyle programmes. This makes it an all-in-one entertainment solution.
For those subscribed to pay TV platforms such as Sky, Virgin Media or BT, TNT Sports is available via these platforms’ TV offerings, often at a cheaper price than the standalone Discovery+ Premium.
The pricing model becomes more interesting when comparing offers across different providers. For example, Virgin Media TV offers TNT Sports as an add-on service at £10 a month, while it costs £18 a month on BT TV, This is often discounted to around £12-£15 per month.
However, these lower-cost alternatives often come with long-term broadband contracts, while Discovery+ offers more flexibility.
newly, TNT Sports also became an Amazon Prime Video channelso viewers can subscribe to it via Amazon’s service (and app) as well, for the same standalone price of £29.99 per month.
How do I get the new TNT Sports app?
If you already have the BT Sport app installed on your mobile phone (iOS/Android), you should get an app update that will turn it into the new TNT Sports app.
Otherwise, you can search for and install the new TNT Sports app from the relevant app store – whether you’re using an iPhone or an Android device.
The Discovery+ app, which – as we mentioned – is a separate app, is also available on all, and most, mobile platforms Streaming devices Sold in the United Kingdom.