Live Sport on BT Showcase Freeview channel 59

BT Sport offers a small selection of sporting events for free to viewers via its Showcase channel on Freeview channel 59, including live Champions League and Europa League football, plus a small selection of Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures, and occasionally the odd freebie from BT's AMC channel.

Coming up on BT Showcase

2:30pm Live Aviva Premiership Rugby 
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 
Kick-off 3:00pm.

7:00pm Live Champions League 
Mönchengladbach v Celtic
Kick-off 7:45pm

8:00pm Live Europa League 
Sparta Prague v H.Beer-Sheva
Kick-off 8:05pm

Is BT Showcase available on Sky, Freesat or Virgin Media?
The BT Sport Showcase channel is only available on Freeview.

A selection of events are shown for free on Sky, Virgin Media and online, but these do not always mirror the service on Freeview channel 59.

Where and when free sport events are offered on Sky, this usually involves making whichever BT Sport (standard definition) channel is carrying the event in question 'free-to-view' to all viewers with a Sky subscription card. On Virgin Media, there is a part-time, pop-up (standard definition) channel called BT Sport Free that appears on channel 548 when BT provides a freebie on that platform.

Where to find BT Sport on Sky, Virgin, YouView

For some events, free live streaming is available. Where this is the case, we endeavour to provide a link shortly before the coverage is due to begin.

Is BT Showcase available in the Republic of Ireland?
No. However, viewers near the Northern Irish border might be able to receive the channel via Freeview thanks to signal overspill. In the Republic of Ireland, selected Champions League matches are shown free-to-air on RTÉ via terrestrial service Saorview.

Does BT Showcase also show non-sports programmes?
The channel is used from time-to-time to promote new series from BT's AMC channel. This is the exception rather than the norm.

Is the channel available in HD?
No. HD coverage of the events shown on this channel are available to BT Sport subscribers who take out the relevant HD pack.

Can I watch the channel on YouView or EE TV?
Yes, thanks to the in-built Freeview tuners on YouView and EE TV boxes, the channel is available in most locations on channel 59. However, if you have BT's YouView service, then you will have access to the main BT Sport channels further down the channel list on channels 408-411 and 430-434.

What if I can't get BT Showcase on Freeview?
The channel has around 90% population coverage. It broadcasts a live stream from 12:00 to 00:00 every day on channel 59.

If you can receive 4Music (channel 18) or Spike (channel 31) on Freeview, then you should be able to get BT Showcase, as it's broadcast on the same frequency. You may need to retune. Conversely, if you can't receive 4Music or Spike on Freeview, then you won't get BT Showcase.

To check Freeview coverage in your area, visit

Is there information about the next  lot of Champions League and Europa League fixtures? 
With BT eager to encourage viewers to subscribe to its channels, BT doesn't always provide much notice of which events it's going to show for free on Freeview, for example Champions League coverage information has on occasion only been announced two days in advance. Therefore, availability of programme information on this page may vary considerably.

Information last reviewed: 27/10/2016