BT Showcase This Week

Hello all – You can find BT Showcase on Freeview Channel 115 – if you can receive Freeview HD channels, then you should be able to receive BT Showcase.

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Here’s an update of the BT Showcase spreadsheet – detailing everything that’s been on the channel since it started.  Help me with the America’s Cup coverage!  I’ve tried my best with times etc whilst I was on holiday, but if you can see any errors, drop me a comment below and I’ll update.  Chris

BT Showcase Schedule Updated 16.06.17

 

Sunday June 18th 2017:

15:45 – 17:45

Sailing – America’s Cup Highlights

 

Monday June 19th 2017:

19:00 – 21:00

Sailing – America’s Cup Highlights

 

 

 

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BT Sport’s Free Offering – Sailing and Indy 500

Hello all – two press releases from BT below…  note the Indy 500 is not on BT Showcase, but available via the BT Sport App.  Just download the app to your phone, and you can stream to your TV via Google Chromecast.  Chris

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BT SPORT UNVEILS SCHEDULE FOR AMERICA’S CUP THIS SUMMER

 

Sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie’s attempts to bring the biggest prize in sailing back to British waters to be shown live on BT Sport

 

Award-winning TV presenter Clare Balding and sailing legend Shirley Robertson and Stevie Morrison will present BT’s coverage of Sir Ben Ainslie’s bid to bring the America’s Cup back to the UK.

     Starting on Friday 26 May, BT Sport will be showing 23 days of exclusively live coverage from Bermuda until the finale on Tuesday 27 June.BT’s commitment to make televised sport more accessible will also see the first 12 days of live racing from the Qualifiers and the Challenger Play-off semi-finals plus highlights from the Challenger Final and the Match broadcast on BT’s Freeview channel, BT Sport Showcase HD channel 115 and Virgin channel 548.

     Clare Balding will anchor BT Sport’s coverage and alongside her will be double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson as reporter and Stevie Morrison providing expert analysis. BT Sport will show exclusively live all of the America’s Cup action from Bermuda, from the Qualifiers through to the America’s Cup Match across 23 days.

     This year’s competition will see the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, hoping to win the oldest trophy in international sport with his Land Rover BAR team and the America’s Cup race boat “Rita”.

     BT is Land Rover BAR’s Official Technology in Sustainability Partner. BT has designed 4G wireless and fixed networks for the Land Rover BAR team allowing data relating to the catamaran’s performance, local sailing and weather conditions to be collected and transmitted direct from the boat back to “Mission Control” at the team’s operations centres in Bermuda and the UK.

     Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Sir Ben Ainslie is one of the most famous British sporting names of all time, given his fantastic achievements at multiple Olympic Games. The America’s Cup is spectacular viewing, and I can’t wait to see this prestigious tournament on BT Sport, giving fans the chance to follow Sir Ben Ainslie’s quest to bring the cup home.”

     Sir Ben Ainslie, Landrover BAR, said “Fantastic news that BT Sport, the UK live rights holder will show the first 12 days of the America’s Cup racing on BT’s Freeview channels, starting on 26th May, it is a real boost for the team and British fans.”

BT SPORT TO SHOW INDIANAPOLIS 500 LIVE ON TV AND ONLINE

BT Sport will be shining the spotlight on F1 driver Fernando Alonso as he attempts to win the second leg of the historic “triple crown” in the 101stIndianapolis 500 (Indy500) race this weekend.

     Starting on Sunday, 28 May, the race will be broadcast in full, as well as featuring an exclusive interview with Fernando Alonso ahead of the iconic oval race. Coverage will be anchored by Suzi Perry live from the BT Sport studios in London and will include expert analysis from British professional racing driver Mike Conway and top sports journalist, Richard Williams.

     Having already won the Monaco Grand Prix, Alonso has set his sights on becoming only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to win the Formula One championship, Indy and Le Mans.

     Coverage of the race will start at 4.30pm live on BT Sport/ESPN, and will also be available on www.btsport.com or via the BT Sport app. BT Sport is showing every Indycar race throughout the 2017 season.

     BT Sport’s coverage of the race is to be produced by independent company Whisper Films and will include insight from former F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

     Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Motor racing fans across the world are intrigued to see how the world class Fernando Alonso will fare against his more experienced Indycar competitors.   Led by Suzi Perry, our team will provide live expertise and analysis on one of the most iconic races on the global motorsport calendar.

BT Showcase – So What Now? (Updated 09.05.17)

BT Showcase was on Freeview Channel 59, but what about the future?  Well, from May 9th, the channel will move to Freeview Channel 115 – and will be in HD.  Unfortunately it will mean that unless you can receive Freeview HD channels (e.g BBC One on 101), then you won’t be able to find BT Showcase in its new location.  Channel 59 may well be sold now to another broadcaster – we shall see…  I feel sorry for my Uncle Frank; he loved watching the Champions and Europa League games, but I rang him this morning and we’ve checked – he won’t be able to receive BT Showcase anymore.

I think 115 will be a cheaper slot for BT – can anyone confirm this?  It only reaches approximately 75% of the population.  

Here are merely my predictions for the channel – let me know what you think.  Please comment below.  

BT Showcase Schedule Updated 06.05.17

Take a look at the spreadsheet above – detailing everything that’s been shown on the channel.

In its first year, BT Showcase broadcast over 112 hours of programming, and this season there has been over 222 hours of programming so far. So, let’s be grateful for that – the more sport on Freeview, the better for everyone!  Chris

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European Football

http://sport.bt.com/football/bt-retains-exclusive-rights-to-uefa-champions-league-and-uefa-europa-league-S11364161627708

In this statement, BT said “BT will enhance its social media coverage to reach new audiences, by making clips, weekly highlights, UEFA’s magazine show, and both finals available for free on social media. BT streamed both finals last year on YouTube for the first time, taking the number of people who watched BT’s live coverage of the finals to more than twelve million.  The company will also seek to bring the best of the action to its large mobile customer base.”  In my opinion, I think the 14 Europa League games will be shown next season, and the 12 Champions League games will be shown, as required for the last year of the current contract… but from the 2018/19 season we will see highlights via BT Sport’s You Tube Channel and the 2 finals streamed live on there too.

Aviva Premiership Rugby

As reported on my blog this week, Channel 5 have picked up five live games a season, for the next four years, plus weekly highlights.  BT Showcase currently shows nine live games a season, but these are often not mentioned in TV listings.  I have contacted the BT newsroom to see if the nine games will continue on BT Showcase, I guess they won’t, but as of yet I haven’t received a reply.

Big Bash Cricket

BT won a free-to-air package for the Australian Big Bash Cricket League, which started in 2016 and will run for five years.

http://sport.bt.com/cricket/bt-sport-wins-rights-to-show-2017-18-ashes-series-when-england-defend-urn-in-australia-S11363999728418

The article says “BT Sport has also acquired a free-to-air rights package that includes daily highlights of international matches and the Big Bash League, as well as one Big Bash League ‘match of the round’ broadcast live and free each week.”

BT sold the selection of free live games to Channel 5, and broadcast the daily highlights on BT Showcase.  What could happen to these highlights?  With Champions and Europa League continuing for at least another season, I predict the 2017 Big Bash League highlights will remain on BT Showcase.  As for 2018-2020, could these be sold to Channel 5 and perhaps shown on Spike- which is a channel which shows wrestling, boxing, etc?

Other Programming

BT Sport Score is a bonus that we get to see on Saturday – as are the occasion WTA Tennis finals and previews of AMC dramas.  For me, I would have loved to have seen Vanarama Football highlights on the channel – these are made available on BT’s You Tube site, so why can’t they be scheduled in on Freeview, to attract even more people to the National League?

Freeview platforms are expensive – and with no necessary programming on the channel, the space could easily be sold to another broadcaster – the channel currently has broadcast space from 12noon each day.

European Football to Remain on BT (Updated)

Full Press Release Below – many thanks to BT for sending this.  No answer yet on whether the 14 live Europa League and 12 Champions League games will continue after the 2017/18 season though.  Will BT Showcase continue?  Social media is mentioned in the press release, but no mention of BT Showcase.  ITV will no longer have highlights – will these be only available on You Tube or Facebook?  We shall see…  

Chris’s Prediction (for what it may be worth)…

I think we will see the closure of BT Showcase after the Champions League final in 2018.  Freeview space is costly, and BT don’t have to show nine Aviva Premiership games… their only obligation seems to be to make the highlights of the Big Bash League games free to air, but perhaps these could go to to Channel Five like some of the live games have.  Do let me know what you think, but I do think they will sell their Freeview space next year, in one way, it will recuperate a very small percentage back of the costs they have amassed for the new UEFA rights!  Chris

Full Press Release below…

BT Sport will remain the exclusive UK home of all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football, it was confirmed today. Following a competitive auction process, BT has secured the rights until the end of the 2020/21 season that for the first time brings together exclusivity across all live games, highlights and in-match clips of both competitions.
The UEFA Champions League is set to be even stronger from 2018/19, with a minimum of four participating teams now guaranteed from each of England, Spain, Germany and Italy, resulting in more games between the top European teams. Fans will also be able to enjoy UEFA Champions League ‘double header’ nights, as live matches will kick off at both 6pm and 8pm during the Group Stage.
BT will continue to show UEFA matches using the latest broadcast innovation and technology, with games made available in 4K ultra high definition with Dolby Atmos sound, and via the award-winning BT Sport App.
BT will enhance its social media coverage to reach new audiences, by making clips, weekly highlights, UEFA’s magazine show, and both finals available for free on social media. BT streamed both finals last year on YouTube for the first time, taking the number of people who watched BT’s live coverage of the finals to more than twelve million.  The company will also seek to bring the best of the action to its large mobile customer base.
John Petter, Consumer CEO at BT, said: “We are delighted to have renewed these rights. The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are two of the best competitions in the world and we would like to thank UEFA for choosing us as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK. The UEFA Champions League is due to get even stronger and we are delighted that fans will be able to enjoy two live matches a night for the first time.”
Guy Laurent Epstein, UEFA marketing director, said “UEFA is delighted to have extended the relationship with BT Sport for a further three seasons, taking our partnership to 2021.  BT Sport has proved to be an innovative broadcast partner, pushing the boundaries and covering the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in new ways.  BT have delivered strong audiences in the UK and we are excited about their future plans for the use of social media which will engage a growing fanbase that consumes sport in different ways.”
BT has made top tier sport far more affordable in the UK in recent years.  BT TV customers can access all of the action on BT Sport from just £3.50 a month and the company has also made its channels available to customers of EE.
BT will pay around £394m each year for the rights. Following the acquisition of EE last year which more than doubled BT’s marketable customer base, BT is in a strong position to monetise this investment through subscription, wholesale, commercial, and advertising revenues.

BT Showcase This Week

BT Showcase This Week

There’s a few programmes confirmed for BT Showcase this week, details are below.  You can find BT Showcase on Freeview Channel 59 – tell your friends and family!  There’s also a BT Showcase page, which you can see a link for at the top of this site.
Saturday December 3rd 2016:

14:30 – 17:30

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BT Sport Score.

Football Updates – coverage on BT Sport 1 ends at 17:00, but BT Showcase viewers get to see an extra half hour of analysis and reaction to today’s games.
Tuesday December 6th 2016:

19:00 – 22:00

UEFA Champions League Live.

Basel v Arsenal in the final group round of this year’s competition.  Arsenal were the only British club that had not appeared live on BT Showcase this season.  It’s not the greatest game to see Arsenal in – the Gunners are already safely through to the next round.
Thursday December 8th 2016:

18:00 – 20:00

UEFA Europa League Live.  Feyenoord v Fenerbache.

BT Showcase Page – Updated

Hello all,

Please find the updated spreadsheet for transmissions on BT Showcase, don’t forget the full page is at the top of the site.

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Spread the word!  BT Showcase is on Freeview Channel 59.

BT Showcase show BT Sport Score – a football results service on Saturday afternoons, occasional UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches and occasional Rugby Union Aviva Premiership games too.

Chris

BT Showcase Schedule Updated

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Hello all, please find above the link to the latest BT Showcase schedule, showing all of the programming that’s appeared on the channel since its launch – spread the word!

Good news – looks like BT Sport Score will be a regular fixture on Saturday afternoons – make sure you give it a try today from 2:30pm, on BT Showcase, Freeview Channel 59.

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Looks like BT Sport Score was shown on BT Showcase two weeks ago (Nov 5th), can anyone confirm this?

If it was, I missed it but see link to BT Sport article here – http://sport.bt.com/football/bt-sport-to-show-free-to-air-uefa-champions-league-and-uefa-europa-league-matches-S11364002870161

 

BT Showcase This Week!

Hello all!  Three live sports events to look out for on BT Showcase over the next week – tell your friends and family!  Also, check out my BT Showcase page at the top of this site, detailing everything that’s been on the channel so far.

Saturday October 29th 2016
2:30pm – 5:15pm Live Aviva Premiership Rugby 
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 
Kick-off 3:00pm, BT Showcase had 9 live Aviva games last season.

Tuesday November 1st 2016
7:00pm – 10:00pm Live Champions League 
Mönchengladbach v Celtic
Kick-off 7:45pm

Celtic are in last place in Group C, and with three games to go – only a win will do.

Spread the word!  This means that only Arsenal have to be screened in the group stages on BT Showcase with two matchdays remaining.

Thursday Novmber 3rd 2016
8:00pm – 10:00pm Live Europa League 
Sparta Prague v H.Beer-Sheva
Kick-off 8:05pm, Southampton are yet to be shown on BT Showcase this season.

Spread the word!

Chris

BT Showcase – 2 Live Football Matches Next Week! (Updated)

Hello all,

Just a quick note to say BT Showcase (Freeview Channel 59) will be showing Barcelona v Manchester City LIVE and FREE next Wednesday, with coverage starting at 7pm, through till 10pm. And… Man United v Fenerbache will be live on Thursday from 730pm! Great that BT have made these games available for all to watch – you know what to do… spread the word!  Tell your friends – spread on social media – send them the link to this article!

My BT Showcase page (see top of site) has been updated to show all the programming that’s been on the channel so far.  Take a look – let me know what you think!

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Midweek Sport Update – BT Showcase and Quest (Updated)

Hello all – welcome to a Midweek Sports Update!

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Few bits lined up in the next week on Freeview Channel 59, some of them not sports related, but programming on BT Showcase is quite rare, so thought I’d make you aware of them.

Saturday – 2:30pm.  Live Aviva Premiership Rugby with Harlequins v Northampton, coverage continues till 5:15pm.

Monday – 9pm.  Into The Badlands. Pilot for a new American series, I’m guessing the remainder of the series will be on BT channel AMC for subscribers.

Tuesday – 9pm.  Another series that will probably feature in full on AMC, this is the pilot for Feed The Beast and stars David Schwimmer from Friends.  May well be worth a look.

Quest – Snooker English Open

Timings confirmed for Quest’s English Open Snooker coverage next week.

For more information on the tournament including the draw and format visit http://www.worldsnooker.com/english-open-draw-and-format/

Monday October 10th

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 1 at the English Open (till 5:30pm).  Don’t forget Quest + 1 is on Freeview Channel 38, so you can watch coverage till 6:30pm when you get in from work, if you can’t record it.

Tuesday October 11th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Monday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 2 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Wednesday October 12th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Tuesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 3 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Thursday October 14th

10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Wednesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 4 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Friday October 15th

10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Thursday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 5 at the English Open (till 5:30pm).  Quarter Final time.

Saturday October 16th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Friday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of the first semi final at the English Open (till 4:30pm).  The second semi final will be exclusively live on Eurosport.

Sunday October 17th

12:45pm – Semi Final highlights (from last night on Eurosport)

1:45pm – Live coverage of the Final at the English Open (till 5:30pm).

7:15pm – The final concludes (coverage live on Quest until 10:30pm)

 

Chris