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

8:00-9:00pm Cricket: Big Bash League
Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades  - Highlights

2:45-5:30pm BT Sport Score
Mark Pougatch and guests with all the latest football results.

8:00-10:00pm Cricket: Big Bash League 
Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers - Highlights
Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers- Highlights

Currently no programmes scheduled (as of 18/01/17)

8:00-9:00pm Cricket: Big Bash League
Semi-final 1 - Highlights

8:00-9:00pm Cricket: Big Bash League
Semi-final 2 - Highlights

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

On Virgin Media, a version of this service is carried on channel 548. Not every freebie shown on Freeview is also shown on Virgin, so double-check the Virgin EPG beforehand.

Occasionally, BT will drop the paywall 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.

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 YouView service, then you will have access to the main BT Sport channels further down the channel list, starting from channel 408.

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? 
The next Champions and Europa League fixtures won't take place until February 2017. Which fixtures BT will show for free aren't yet available.

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 since arriving on BT Showcase in 2015,  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: 18/01/2017.

Schedule details subject to change.