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BT and Sky resolve long-running channel feud

More channel choice for BT and Sky subscribers

Sky and BT have ended their long-running feud which led to viewers missing out on channels.

From 2019, Sky viewers will be able to access BT Sport channels directly from Sky as part of their existing contract with Sky. Until now, BT has marketed its own channels on Sky.

By then, BT Sport will become available as an app on Now TV boxes.

Sky Go users will also gain the option to access BT Sport as part of their main subscription to Sky.

Meanwhile, BT TV viewers will finally gain access to Sky's main entertainment, sports and cinema channels via Now TV on their BT YouView box.

BT will act as an agent for Sky, through which BT TV subscribers can acquire access to Now TV on their box.

Until now, BT TV users gave found that access to the Now TV service on their BT YouView boxes has been limited and not included live streaming channels. Over the years, there have been many excuses give  to customers as to why the YouView Now TV service has been restricted, including technical reasons. At one point, media reports suggested that Sky was threatening to remove the service off YouView boxes altogether.

Jeremy Darroch, Group CEO, Sky, said,
“This is great news for Sky customers who will be able to access all matches on Sky and BT channels from the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Europa League directly with a single Sky TV subscription and with the great customer service that we provide.
UK consumers will have even more ways to watch great Sky entertainment content with our leading portfolio of channels – Sky Atlantic, Sky One and Sky Living – available on all major Pay-TV platforms for the first time.
This is all part of our stated strategy to enhance our customer offering, to broaden our appeal and to open up new revenue streams for our business.”

Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, said:
“This is an important day for BT and for our customers, who will be able to enjoy a whole range of Sky’s sport and entertainment programming on their BT TV boxes.