Sport on Freeview Issue 3 05.08.2017

Issue 3

This Week’s Contents:
Listings For Week Ahead
FA Cup on the BBC
S4C Games
The Works!
TV Player – Coming Soon

Listings for Week Ahead
Hello, welcome to this week’s blog. Plenty of sport to watch out for this week – including more from the World Athletics Championships, and there’s football highlights with the start of the season too. Please do get in touch – if you spot anything I’ve missed. All the best, Chris

Saturday August 5th 2017:
09:25 – 10:25
ITV Racing Live: The Opening Show. Oli Bell and Hayley Turner are at Ascot for the Shergar Cup – a race day like no other involving teams of jockeys from Great Britain, Europe, and the rest of the world.

09:30 – 14:00
World Athletics Championships 2017. Gabby Logan introduces comprehensive coverage of the second day’s action at the World Championships as Katarina Johnson-Thompson begins her bid to succeed the retired Jessica Ennis-Hill as champion. The commentary team is led by Steve Cram, with expert analysis from Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson.

10:40 – 12:15
British Touring Cars. Highlights from Round 6.

12:20 – 14:30
BBC Sport App/Website
Football – FA Cup qualifying: Litherland Remyca v AFC Liverpool – see article below for more information.

13:30 – 16:00
ITV Racing Live: Goodwood Festival. Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani present coverage of the fifth and final day of Goodwood 2017, with the Stewards’ Cup taking centre stage at 3.35. Also, two races from Newmarket, including the listed Chalice Stakes at 2.05. Analysis comes from Jason Weaver and Hayley Turner, with commentary by Richard Hoiles. 1.50 Goodwood: The Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap Stakes. 2.05 Newmarket: The British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes. 2.25 Goodwood: The Qatar Summer Handicap Stakes. 2.40 Newmarket: The British EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Stakes. 3.00 Goodwood: The Qatar Gordon Stakes. 3.35 Goodwood: The Qatar Stewards’ Cup Handicap Stakes.

15:45 – 18:00
BSB Thruxton: Live. Follow the action in the qualifying race at the MCE British Superbike Championship at Thruxton.

17:00 – 19:30
S4C (watch via BBC Iplayer)
Football. Coverage of Swansea City’s friendly at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon against one of Serie A’s big clubs, Sampdoria. This will be the final warm-up fixture for Paul Clement and his squad before they head to Southampton to kick-off the new English Premier League season. Dylan Ebenezer will be joined by two giants of Welsh football who have strong links to the Swans – Dai Davies and John Hartson. Kick-off is at 17:15.

18:30 – 22:00
World Athletics Championships 2017. Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the World Athletics Championships from the London Stadium, with reports from Ore Oduba, analysis by Michael Johnson and Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter, Brendan Foster and Steve Backley among the commentators. Athletes competing include Usain Bolt, seeking a fourth 100m world title, and British long jumper Greg Rutherford. Katarina Johnson-Thompson completes the first day of the heptathlon in the shot put and 200m, and 1500m medal prospect Laura Muir and defending 10,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot are also in action.

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Cricket on 5: England v South Africa. Highlights of the second day of the Fourth Test between England and South Africa from Old Trafford.

21:00 – 22:00
Channel Five
Football on Five: The Championship
Colin Murray presents highlights of the opening weekend’s games in the new season of the SkyBet Championship.

22:00- 22:30
Athletics – World Championship Highlights from today.

22:00 – 22:30
Channel Five
Football on 5: Goal Rush
All the goals from the opening weekend’s games in SkyBet Leagues 1 and 2.

23:00 – 01:20
BBC Red Button
Triathlon World Series: Montreal Women’s Race. Coverage from the World Series. Action from the seventh round of the World Triathlon Series. Bermudan Flora Duffy remains in contention to retain her title at the end of this season and she has experience of winning in Montreal. Her success, and that of the event in general, in last year’s World Cup race has led to the Canadian city being added to the World Series schedule for the first time this year.

23:55 – 01:00
Golf: Women’s British Open Day 3 Highlights.

Sunday August 6th 2017:
09:30 – 17:00
World Athletics Championships 2017. Presenter Gabby Logan is joined in the studio by expert pundits Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson as Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson continues her quest for a first global heptathlon medal at the World Championships in London. Johnson-Thompson begins her second day of competition in the long jump before switching to javelin, traditionally one of her weaker events despite recent signs of improvement. It is also the day of the men’s and women’s marathons, while on the track the action includes the opening round of the men’s 110m and 400m hurdles, the former featuring Britain’s European indoor champion Andrew Pozzi. Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Andrew Cotter, Steve Backley and Jessica Ennis-Hill’s former coach Toni Minichiello describe the action.

10:20 – 11:05
Channel Five
Football – The Championship. Repeat from Saturday evening.

11:05 – 11:30
Channel Five
Football – Goal Rush. Repeat from Saturday evening.

12:30 – 18:00
BSB Thruxton: Live
Follow the action in the final race at the MCE British Superbike Championship at Thruxton.

15:00 – 18:30
Channel Four
UEFA Women’s Euro 2017: The Final Live. Live coverage of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Final from the FC Twente Stadion in Enschede, Netherlands.

19:00 – 19:55
Channel Five
Cricket on 5: England v South Africa. Highlights of the third day of the Fourth Test between England and South Africa from Old Trafford.
21:00 – 22:30
World Athletics Championships 2017. Coverage of the World Championships continues, including the women’s 100m final and reaction to the conclusion of the heptathlon, in which Katarina Johnson-Thompson hopes to succeed the retired Jessica Ennis-Hill as world champion. The fastest woman in the world is crowned, with reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson the athlete to beat. Double Olympic champion David Rudisha continues his title defence in the semi-finals of the 800m, while the men’s shot-put champion is crowned. Commentary is led by Steve Cram, with analysis from Michael Johnson. And Gabby Logan and Ore Oduba – alongside special guests – look back on the day’s action.

22:30 – 23:15
MotD: Community Shield Highlights. Highlights of the Community Shield, with last season’s FA Cup winners Arsenal taking on Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

23:00 – 01:20
BBC Red Button
Triathlon World Series: Montreal Men’s Race (Replay). Coverage of the men’s elite race from Canada. With just three events remaining in the race to become 2017 world champion, the best triathletes line up in Montreal – including reigning champion Mario Mola and his compatriot and nearest rival, five-time world champion Javier Gomez.

23:30 – 00:30
Golf: Women’s British Open. Eilidh Barbour introduces highlights of the final round at the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland. The last time the title was won by a Briton was in 2009, when Scot Catriona Matthew triumphed at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The two most recent winners have hailed from Asia, with South Korea’s Inbee Park victorious in 2015 and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn succeeding her last year.

Monday August 7th 2017:
12:00 – 13:00
Golf: Women’s British Open. Eilidh Barbour introduces highlights of the final round at the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland. The last time the title was won by a Briton was in 2009, when Scot Catriona Matthew triumphed at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The two most recent winners have hailed from Asia, with South Korea’s Inbee Park victorious in 2015 and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn succeeding her last year.

13:00 – 14:30
Triathlon World Series: The best action and reaction from Montreal, the seventh leg of this year’s World Series. World champion Flora Duffy aims to get one step closer to defending her title in the women’s race, while in the men’s event, the battle is on to break up the Spanish trio of Mario Mola, Javier Gomez and Fernando Alarza, who take up the top three spots in the men’s rankings.

18:00 – 20:30
World Athletics Championships 2017. Another compelling night of athletics gets underway in the London Stadium as Gabby Logan introduces the action on day four of the World Championships. Former ballet dancer Sophie Hitchon made history last summer by becoming the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the hammer throw. Can she now nail another milestone by becoming the nation’s first hammer thrower, male or female, to earn a podium finish at a World Championships? The early track events include the semi-finals of the men’s 400m hurdles, the opening round of the women’s equivalent and the men’s 200m heats, featuring British trio Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Danny Talbot and Zharnel Hughes. The commentary team is led by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Steve Backley. Ore Oduba provides reports alongside Phil Jones.

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Cricket on 5: England v South Africa. Highlights of the fourth day of the Fourth Test between England and South Africa from Old Trafford.
20:30 – 22:00
World Athletics Championships 2017. Gabby Logan presents continued live coverage from the London Stadium, including the finals of the women’s 1,500m and the men’s 110m hurdles. The women’s triple jump also reaches its climax, and the women’s 400m reaches the semi-final stage. Analysis comes from Michael Johnson, Paula Radcliffe and Colin Jackson, with Steve Cram leading the commentary team.

22:00 – 22:30
World Athletics Championships 2017. Continued live coverage. Gabby Logan and Ore Oduba are joined by special guests looking back on the night’s action, with Michael Johnson providing the analysis. World champions are crowned in the women’s 1500m, triple jump and hammer and men’s 110m hurdles.

Tuesday August 8th 2017:
13:45 – 14:30
The Super League Show. Super 8 highlights.

18:00 – 20:00
BBC Sport App/Website
Hockey – Poland v Wales, EuroHockey Women’s Championship

18:30 – 22:30
World Athletics Championships LIVE. Day 6 of the championships.

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five.
Cricket – Final day’s play in the Final Test – England v South Africa.

22:40 – 23:40
Football – UEFA Super Cup Highlights.
Real Madrid v Manchester United.

Wednesday August 9th 2017:
06:00 – 06:20
World Cup Rivalries – Brazil v Italy.

13:30 – 16:15
Women’s Rugby World Cup LIVE – England v Spain from Dublin.

18:00 – 22:30
World Athletics Championships LIVE. Day 6 of the championships.

18:00 – 20:00
BBC Sport App/Website
Hockey – Belarus v Wales, EuroHockey Women’s Championship

18:20 – 18:30
Snooker v Darts. Short compilation.

18:30 – 21:15
Women’s Rugby World Cup LIVE – Ireland v Australia from Dublin.

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Moto GP. Round 10 highlights from the Czech Republic.

21:15 – 22:15
British Superbikes. Highlights from Thruxton.

23:05 – 00:35
Channel Five
Football – League Cup Round 1 Highlights

23:40 – 00:55
British Touring Cars. Highlights from Round 6.

Thursday August 10th 2017:
18:00 – 00:15
BBC Red Button
Golf. US PGA Championship Round 1 from North Carolina.

18:00 – 20:00
World Athletics Championships LIVE. Day 7 of the championships.

20:00 – 21:00
Silverstone Classic. Highlights of the festival.

20:00 – 22:00
World Athletics Championships LIVE. Day 7 of the championships.

22:00 – 22:30
World Athletics Championships. Looking back at Day 7 of the championships.

23:15 – 00:15
Golf. US PGA Championship Round 1 from North Carolina.

Friday August 11th 2017:
09:30 – 13:30
World Athletics Championships LIVE. Day 8 of the championships.

18:00 – 00:15
BBC Red Button
Golf. US PGA Championship Round 2 from North Carolina.

18:30 – 20:30
World Athletics Championships LIVE. Day 8 of the championships.

19:00 – 23:00
Darts. World Series of Darts from Auckland. Day 1.

20:30 – 22:00
World Athletics Championships LIVE. Day 8 of the championships.

21:00 – 23:00
Impact Wrestling. Weekly Wrestling action.

22:00 – 22:30
World Athletics Championships. Looking back at Day 8 of the championships.

23:05 – 00:15
Golf. US PGA Championship Round 2 from North Carolina.

FA Cup – Even More for Free!


Chris: Thanks to the BBC Media Centre for sending me details about this – great news for the FA Cup, and will mean six live games in total before the First Round Proper. Great for the lower league clubs. Spread the word!

The FA Cup is set to return to BBC screens and for the very first time, fans will be able to watch the qualifying rounds live via BBC Sport’s digital service starting in the extra preliminary round.
A game from every stage of the 2017/18 tournament will be live-streamed across BBC Sport’s digital platforms, allowing audiences to watch the game live on PC, mobile or connected TV.
Matches will also be available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer, and on social media fans can interact with the commentary team during the game using #BBCFACup.
The first preliminary round match to be shown will be local Merseyside derby, Litherland REMYCA FC and Liverpool AFC, which kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday 5 August.
This will be followed by matches from a further five qualifying rounds, taking place every fortnight until Saturday 14 October.
The 2016/17 FA Cup tournament reached 26 million BBC viewers, with 10 million tuning in for the final.
Steve Rudge, BBC Sport’s Lead Executive of Football, says: “We are delighted that audiences will be able to share in the passion of the FA Cup from the opening stage of the competition for the very first time. To highlight the tournament from first kick to last will showcase the desire for success in the famous Cup throughout the football pyramid.”
David Newton, The FA’s Head of Competitions, says: “The Emirates FA Cup is the world’s most loved domestic cup competition, and it kicks off this weekend with 185 fixtures being played up and down the country. We’re delighted that the BBC is widening the competition’s reach by allowing fans the opportunity to follow the drama live, right from the very start on Saturday through to the showpiece final at Wembley Stadium next May.”
Extra Preliminary Round – 5th August
Preliminary Round – 19th August
First Round Qualifying – 2nd September
Second Round Qualifying – 16th September
Third Round Qualifying – 30th September
FourthRound Qualifying – 14th October

S4C Welsh Premier League Games Announced


Back of the net! Online matches and Friday night football on Sgorio for 2017/18 WPL fixtures

S4C’s flagship football show Sgorio has announced its first raft of live televised Welsh Premier League (WPL) matches for the 2017/18 season, as well as some additional matches which will be shown exclusively online.

Between the start of the season and the end of September, Sgorio, S4C and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) have selected matches from different competitions to be shown live on various platforms.

During the first block of games Sgorio will be experimenting with live televised games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as showing additional WPL matches online on Thursday nights.

The Sgorio season will start on Sunday, 13 August with a trip to Jenner Park as newly-promoted Barry Town host Aberystwyth Town in their first match in the top flight since 2004. On the following Saturday, 19 August, champions The New Saints will welcome Bala Town to Park Hall live on S4C.
S4C will show live Friday night football from the WPL for the first time ever on 25 August, when Bangor City go head-to-head with last season’s Huws Gray Alliance champions, Prestatyn Town, at the Bangor University Stadium.

The attention will turn to the international fixtures at the start of September with Wales’ double header against Austria (02/09) and Moldova (05/09) both live on S4C.

Sandwiched between the two World Cup qualifiers will be a live Irn-Bru Cup second round fixture as TNS and Connah’s Quay both join the competition on Sunday, 3 September.

On Thursday, 7 September, Llandudno v Prestatyn will be available to watch live on our website or on Facebook Live. The match between Barry Town and Carmarthen Town will also be streamed live on the web on Thursday, 21 September. Two days later, on Saturday, 23 September, Aberystwyth Town will battle with Bangor City live on S4C at Park Avenue.

Live Sgorio fixtures:
13/08 – Barry Town v Aberystwyth (17:15) – S4C
19/08 – TNS v Bala Town (17:15) – S4C
25/08 – Bangor v Prestatyn (19:30) – S4C
02/09 – Wales v Austria (19:45) – S4C
03/09 – Irn-Bru Cup 2nd Round – S4C
21/09 – Barry Town v Carmarthen (19:45) – WEB
23/09 – Aberystwyth v Bangor (17:15) – S4C
30/09 – TBC
06/10 – Georgia v Wales (17:00) – S4C
09/10 – Wales v RO. Ireland (19:45) – S4C


The Works – Take a Look


Thanks to The Works, who kindly sent me an academic diary for 2017/18.  So many stores on the high street now, but also a great range online too – and if you see something online, you can select it, and go and collect it from your nearest outlet.

With my MC work in particular, an academic diary is really handy – i’m starting to get bookings for next year, and it means I can make a note of them.  I have two diaries – I have a planner, with my daily to-do lists, and a daily diary, where I write my journal and thoughts – and I’ve done this since 2005!  I started out with my journal by keeping an A5 Day to Page Diary, but now have expanded to an A4 Day to a Page, somehow I manage to fill a page each day with my thoughts!

So, whatever diary  you’re looking for – The Works will have something for you, and if you have anyone you know who’s going back to school, college or university, then all your stationery needs can be sorted here.


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





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 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 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.

Man United Europa League Final LIVE on FREEVIEW!

Spread the word – bookmark this page, we have 12 days to tell everyone!

Manchester United v Ajax will be FREE and LIVE on Freeview – BT Showcase, Channel 115… the 2017 Europa League Final.

Coverage starts at 7pm, and is scheduled to end at 10:30pm.  And, best of all it will be in glorious high definition.

Quick Test

Now, do a check on your Freeview TV.  If you can’t see BBC One HD on 101, then you won’t be able to see BT Showcase on 115.  If you can see BBC One HD but can’t see BT Showcase on 115, try doing a rescan – the channel only appeared this week!  It has moved from Freeview Channel 59 – basically 90% of the population used to be able to receive the channel, now only 75% of the country will be able to view it.

I can’t see BT Showcase – What Can I Do?

If you still can’t see BT Showcase on Channel 115 – then it means your TV isn’t Freeview HD compatiable.  The solution could be to purchase a Freeview HD set top box.

What channels can I receive where I live?

There’s several channels available once you have one of these Freeview HD boxes, or a Freeview HD tv.  But, you may not be able to receive them, depending on where you live.  Check out – this will tell you, before you buy any necessary equipment!

Links to several are here via Amazon -

Any questions, please drop me a comment below and I will try and help!  Remember, spread the word – send them a link to this page!  Chris


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


European Football

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.

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.

Sutton v Leeds United FOR FREE!!!


Sutton United v Leeds United: Live stream FA Cup football online or watch on TV with BT Sport

Watch Sutton United v Leeds United exclusively on BT Sport

Info taken from the BT Sport Website – please pass on!!!  The match is free for all Sunday afternoon!  Freeview Channel 59 – it’s live on there.  Take a look at my BT Showcase page which lists everything that’s been shown on the channel.  Chris


Non-League giant killers Sutton United host Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend and the game will be shown exclusively live for FREE on BT Sport.

All you have to do to watch the match right here on is bookmark this page, return at 1.30pm on Sunday and then follow the banner below to access our free Sutton v Leeds live stream.

The game will also be shown for free on TV on BT Sport Showcase (Freeview channel 59) and on Virgin Media channel 458.


Subscribers, meanwhile, can tune in on BT Sport 2 as well as on BT Sport 4K UHD, while live streaming will be available on via the banner below.


The game will also be shown on the BT Sport app with our acclaimed enhanced video player.


Watch Sutton United v Leeds United exclusively on BT Sport

For fans of both Sutton and Leeds of a certain vintage, the clash will evoke nostalgic memories of the 1970 meeting between the sides in the third round of this competition.

At the time, the Whites were one of the most feared – albeit not always universally loved – teams in the land, having just won their first-ever league title under Don Revie.

A star-studded line-up featuring the likes of Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter (no rotation for the cups back then…) romped to a 6-0 victory in front of a jam-packed 14,000 crowd.

Leeds went on to reach the final that year, eventually losing to Chelsea in a replay, and also made it to the last four of the European Cup in the same campaign.

And although they return to Gander Green Lane as a drastically diminished force in comparison to those halcyon days, the tie is no less significant for Sutton’s part-timers.

Having scored a mightily impressive 3-1 win at League One side AFC Wimbledon in their third-round replay, they are now looking to pen arguably the most famous chapter in their FA Cup history.

Until now, the club has been synonymous with a shock 2-1 triumph over Coventry City in 1989, just two years after the Sky Blues had lifted the trophy at Wembley.

But with that success coming in the third round, dispatching Leeds and reaching round five for the first time would surely rank as their finest achievement.

However, Paul Doswell‘s heroes will be well aware that they are facing one of the country’s form teams.

Leeds finally appear to be mounting a genuine promotion bid under the shrewd guidance of boss Garry Monk after a tumultuous, often farcical 13 years since losing their top-flight status.

They have won seven of their last nine games in all competitions and come into the match sitting pretty in third place in the Championship.

And while the long-suffering Elland Road faithful can now genuinely dream of an imminent Premier League return, a white-knuckle FA Cup run is no less likely to stir their passions.

One need only look at the huge numbers who travelled to the Abbey Stadium for their third-round win over Cambridge United to see how much the FA Cup still means to this proud club.

But what price an upset?

Sutton will certainly look to use the backing of the 5,000-strong crowd to unsettle Monk’s charges and they can also draw on a solid home record this term.

They have been beaten on just three occasions in all competitions at Gander Green Lane, with just one reverse in their last 15 on their own patch.

In former Arsenal trainee Roarie Deacon and striker Maxime Biamou, they possess two men who clearly relish the FA Cup stage, having notched seven goals between them in their run to the fourth round.

Midfield man Craig Eastmond has a Champions League appearance with the Gunners on his CV, while skipper Jamie Collins should be fresh and raring to go as he returns from a two-game ban.

The underdogs will also hope to exploit any lack of cohesion in what could be a much-changed Leeds line-up.

Monk may decide to remove the likes of 20-goal hitman Chris Wood, centre-back Kyle Bartley and winger Liam Bridcutt from the firing line as he looks to keep them fresh for the promotion charge ahead.

Whether this will be enough to open the door for a remarkable Sutton triumph remains to be seen, but the stage looks set for a barnstorming afternoon of FA Cup action in front of the BT Sport cameras.


Sutton United manager Paul Doswell: “Leeds will be the biggest match of my managerial career and I would like to hope that we can do ourselves justice and give the TV a good game and as always there is the underdogs’ chance, isn’t there? It is one we just have to embrace and look forward to.

“But we’ve got a good chance against Leeds on our pitch because no one likes playing on our pitch apart from us. There were a lot of people talking about our pitch prior to the first game against Wimbledon, and we are very, very good on it.”

Leeds United manager Garry Monk: “We are building something and trying to put something in place with this group and this club. My full focus is on that and on doing my best from day one. That will always continue for as long as I am at the club.

“As a manager, you come with the focus of developing something. Football doesn’t always allow you that in management but I work with a short-term view to get the right results as quickly as possible, which then allows you to have a longer-term view of what you want to do. As a manager, you always have a mixture of both.”

Key statistics

  • Sutton United have played Leeds once before in the FA Cup, losing 6-0 to them in 1970.
  • Leeds have progressed from nine of their last 11 ties in the Fourth Round, losing out to Liverpool in 2000/01 and Tottenham in 2009/10.
  • Sutton are the lowest ranked team still left in the competition, beating AFC Wimbledon in a third round replay.
  • In the Fourth Round, the last team from a league below Leeds to knock the Whites out was Oxford in January 1994 – Leeds have won their last five Fourth Round ties of this ilk, most recently in 2002/03 against Gillingham.
  • Sutton have never gone further than this stage, losing 6-0 to Leeds in the fourth round in 1970 and 8-0 to Norwich in 1989.
  • Leeds have won six of their seven FA Cup ties against non-league opposition, losing only to Histon in 2008/09.

Can’t watch the game live?

No problem. We’ll be making highlights of the game available here on and the BT Sport app, while there will be several full re-runs of the match – consult our TV Guide for more information.

Chris: Great that BT are making this game available for all to see.  It means we have a Super Sunday of FA Cup Football now, with two games live on BBC One and one game on BT Showcase.  Lincoln City already through to Round 5 so the non-league dream lives on – will Sutton United join them?

Channel 5 to screen Big Bash Cricket!

Full press release below – many thanks to Channel 5 confirming to us today the great news about Big Bash Cricket being shown live (and also available in HD)… FOR FREE!  Chris

To keep an eye on the games Channel Five will be showing – take a look at my main menu, and the latest ‘Sport on Freeview Up to…’ page… and any live cricket (and highlights on BT Showcase on Freeview Channel 59) will be noted here.  Spread the word!  Bookmark the site now – I hope it’s useful.



·         Channel 5 agree a deal with BT Sport to broadcast five games from Australian Big Bash League and highlights of final

·         Deal offers first chance to view live cricket on a major terrestrial channel since 2005

Available for immediate use: 19th December 2016:  Channel 5 is set to bring major live cricket to free-to-air television this winter, having struck a deal with BT Sport to show five live Twenty20 matches from Australia’s Big Bash League [BBL], as well as highlights of the final. This deal will mark the first time live cricket has been on a major terrestrial channel since the 2005 Ashes Series.

Channel 5 will share live coverage of the matches with BT Sport, which has obtained the rights to show all 35 games of the Big Bash as part of a five-year deal agreed with Cricket Australia earlier this year.

The coverage will be hosted by Mark Pougatch, who will be joined in the studio by former England internationals including: Michael Vaughan, Jimmy Anderson, James Taylor, and Michael Carberry, twice a BBL winner.

As one of the world’s premier limited-overs competitions the BBL consistently attracts the best players from around the globe, and England fans will recognise a host of names this season as Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell, and current England ODI captain Eoin Morgan are among those who have agreed deals with clubs.

The first game will be shown live on Channel 5 on Boxing Day morning, with the Hobart Hurricanes (with whom Broad has agreed a contract) playing host to Pietersen and the Melbourne Stars.


Mark Sharman, Channel 5:

“We’re delighted to give a terrestrial home to live cricket for the first time in over a decade. The competition complements our growing sports portfolio which includes international cricket, live boxing and top class motor sports.”

Since its origin in 2011, the BBL, running from December until the end of January, has firmly established itself as one of the highlights of the cricketing calendar and epitomises the party atmosphere and fast-paced excitement that has become synonymous with the shortest form of the game. Eight city-based franchises from across the country compete to secure domestic glory. Nearly 50,000 attended last season’s thrilling final at the MCG, where Pietersen was unable to help the Melbourne Stars home, with the Sydney Thunder eventually triumphing by three wickets.

As well as showcasing all the glitz and glamour that comes with the league itself, by showing the games on free-to-air television Channel 5 is offering wide access not just to one of the biggest competitions in cricket, but to one of the top 10 leagues in the sporting world, based on published attendance figures.

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


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.

Sport on Freeview W/C Nov 26th

Welcome to this week’s edition.  Note that the UK Snooker Championship starts on the BBC 

this Saturday – with more detailed coverage on BBC Red Button (Freeview Channel 601).





06:10 – 06:40 Channel 4 General World Sport
  06:10 – 07:00 ITV4 General Motorsport UK
  06:40 – 07:05 Channel 4 General Triathlon The Sandman event in Anglesey.
  08:25 – 09:00 Channel 4 Formula 1 Murray Walker Meets Jensen Button
  09:00 – 09:55 Channel 4 Horse


The Morning Line Racing preview.
  09:55 – 11:25 Channel 4 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi

Grand Prix LIVE

Practice 3
  11:55 – 14:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi

Grand Prix LIVE

  12:00 – 13:00 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
  12:45 – 17:00 ITV4 Darts Players

Championships LIVE

  13:15 – 14:00 BBC1 Snooker UK Championships LIVE
  13:15 – 14:30 More 4 Horse


Channel 4 Racing LIVE From Newbury and Newcastle.
  14:00 – 16:30 BBC1 Rugby


Scotland v

Georgia LIVE

Live Autumn International.
  14:00 – 17:00 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships LIVE
  14:30 – 16:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE From Newbury and Newcastle.
  14:45 – 17:30 BT Showcase Football BT Sport Score Football updates.
  14:30 – 17:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football Updates.
  16:30 – 17:20 BBC1 Football Final Score Football Updates.
  17:00 – 19:30 BBC2 Rugby Union Wales v South Africa Autumn International.
  17:30 – 23:30 BBC Red Button Snooker UK Championships LIVE
  19:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Darts Players Championships LIVE
  19:30 – 20:30 BBC2 Rugby Union England v Argentina. Highlights.
  21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship
  22:00 – 22:25 Channel 5 Football League One and Two Goal Rush.
  22:00 – 00:00 Spike General Spike Fight Night Bellator 165.
  22:30 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Chelsea v Spurs.
  23:50 – 00:20 BBC1 General The NFL Show


06:10 – 06:35 Channel 4 General Motorsport The Six Hours of Shanghai
  12:00 – 16:40 Channel 4 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE Full race coverage.
  12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman
  12:45 – 17:00 ITV4 Darts Players Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 18:10 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships LIVE
  18:00 – 20:00 Quest General FIA Rallycross
  19:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Darts Players Championships LIVE
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Including Arsenal v Bournemouth.
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships Highlights.
  23:45 – 00:40 ITV Rugby Union Premiership Highlights


13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 23:30 BBC Red Button Snooker UK Championships LIVE Further coverage from York.
  23:05 – 00:05 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights.
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships Highlights.


13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 17:45 BBC Red Button Snooker UK Championships LIVE Further coverage from York.
  17:45 – 20:00 BBC Red Button Football Women’s Football Netherlands v England.
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General NFL This Week


13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 23:30 BBC Red Button Snooker UK Championships LIVE Further coverage from York.
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 Football The Premier League Show
  22:45 – 23:15 BBC1 General A Question of Sport
  23:45 – 00:35 BBC2 Snooker UK Championships Highlights.


00:35 – 02:35 BBC2 Snooker UK


Snooker Extra.
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker UK

Championships LIVE

  13:00 – 23:30 BBC

Red Button

Snooker UK

Championships LIVE

Further coverage from York.
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker UK

Championships LIVE

  23:45 – 00:35 BBC2 Snooker UK




13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker UK



  13:00 – 23:30 BBC Red


Snooker UK



Further coverage

from York.

  19:30 – 22:00 BBC2 Football FA Cup LIVE Round 2 – Macclesfield Town v Oxford United.

BT Showcase Schedule Updated


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.


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 –


Sport on Freeview W/C Nov 16th

Welcome to this week’s edition.  

Note that BT Showcase has programming on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening 

(BT Sport Score and live Champions League football with Sporting CP v Real Madrid) – 

Real Madrid already performing well in their group

For me it’s a disappointing pick for Freeview viewers).  

Southampton will be live on BT Showcase on Thursday teatime in their Europa League game.

There’s also the Northern Ireland Snooker on Quest –

Some TV listings appear to have incorrect times, so keep an eye on the blog for transmission times.


Wed 16/11/2016 12:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open LIVE  
  14:00 – 16:45 BBC2 Tennis ATP World Tour Finals LIVE  
Thurs 17/11/2016 10:45 – 11:45 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open Highlights from Wednesday.
  11:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open LIVE  
  14:00 – 16:45 BBC2 Tennis ATP World Tour Finals LIVE  


10:45 – 11:45 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open Highlights from Thursday.
  11:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open LIVE  
  14:00 – 16:45 BBC2 Tennis ATP World Tour Finals LIVE  
Sat 19/11/2016 06:00 – 06:50 ITV4 General Motorsport UK  
  06:35 – 07:35 Channel 4 General Motorbike Racing Sunflower Trophy
  06:50 – 08:40 ITV4 General British Touring Car Championship Highlights
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  11:45 – 12:45 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open Highlights from Friday.
  12:00 – 13:00 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
  12:45 – 16:30 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open LIVE First Semi Final.
  13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE From Haydock and Ascot.
  14:00 – 16:30 BBC1 Rugby Union Wales v Japan LIVE Live Autumn International.
  14:00 – 16:30 BBC2 Tennis ATP World Tour Finals LIVE  
  14:30 – 17:30 BT Showcase Football BT Sport Score Football updates.
  14:30 – 17:25 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football Updates.
  16:30 – 17:25 BBC1 Football Final Score Football Updates.
  16:30 – 19:10 BBC2 Rugby Union Scotland v Argentina LIVE Autumn International.
  18:45 – 22:00 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open LIVE Second Semi Final.
  19:10 – 20:10 BBC2 Rugby Union England v Fiji Highlights.
  21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship  
  22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football League One and Two Goal Rush.
  22:00 – 00:00 Spike General Spike Fight Night PBC Boxing.
  22:30 – 00:00 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Man Utd v Arsenal.
Sun 20/11/2016 06:40 – 07:05 Channel 4 General Snowdonia Triathlon Festival  
  11:45 – 12:45 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open Semi Final Highlights
  12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman
  12:45 – 16:30 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open LIVE The Final.
  14:05 – 16:45 BBC1 Rugby League Four Nations LIVE The Final.
  18:00 – 21:00 BBC2 Tennis ATP World Tour Finals LIVE The Final from the O2.
  19:15 – 22:30 Quest Snooker Northern Ireland Open LIVE The Final.
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Highlights Round 8.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wrestling  
  22:30 – 23:15 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Middlesborough v Chelsea.
  23:20 – 00:15 ITV Rugby Union Premiership Highlights Repeat from earlier on ITV4.
Mon 21/11/2016 18:00 – 19:00 Dave General Strongest Man: Champions League  
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 General FIA World Rally Championship Highlights from Austria.
  23:20 – 00:25 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights.
Tue 22/11/2016 16:45 – 18:30 BBC Red Button General Sailing America’s Cup Highlights
  18:30 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football Midweek Final Score Football updates.
  19:00 – 19:30 BT Showcase Football Champions League Magazine  
  19:30 – 21:45 BT Showcase Football Champions League LIVE Sporting CP v Real Madrid.
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General NFL This Week  
Wed 23/11/2016 02:00 – 02:25 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly  
  18:30 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football Midweek Final Score Football updates.
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General Macau Grand Prix  
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 Football The Premier League Show  
  22:45 – 23:15 BBC1 General A Question of Sport  
  22:45 – 00:15 ITV General Champions League Highlights
Thurs 24/11/2016 17:00 – 21:00 Pick General NFL Live Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings.
  17:30 – 20:15 BT Showcase Football Europa League LIVE Sparta Prague v Southampton
  22:45 – 00:00 ITV Football Europa League Highlights
Fri 25/11/2016 08:55 – 10:35 Channel 4 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE Practice 1
  12:45 – 17:00 ITV4 Darts Players Championship LIVE From Butlins Minehead
  12:55 – 15:00 Channel 4 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE Practice 2
  18:00 – 19:00 Dave General Strongest Man: Champions League  
  19:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Darts Players Championship LIVE From Butlins Minehead