Posted by Chris Martin 13 August 2013
BT Sport review: Free sport on Android and iOS
At the beginning of August, BT launched its own sports channels unsurprisingly called BT Sport. One way to watch BT Sport is via the free app which is available for free on Android and iOS.
If you're a BT Broadband customer then access to the content is completely free – simply log in to the app with your BT email address and password. Although it's free you do have to order the service via your account before you can log into the app. Doing that is quick and simple enough.
See also: FTBPro - The Football News App review.
The main use for the app is to live stream the channels available from BT Sport – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. These are accessed via the Watch button where you can see what's on each channel for the day, and the next seven days, before choosing which to start watching. We had no issues with quality.
A small caveat here, on the phone version, is that you can't swipe between the channels. Instead you have to click on the logo which is a bit out dated. Plus you can only swipe out of the side menu, not to open. However, the tablet app shows a guide for all three channels due to the larger screen.
The selection of content is good and although doesn't match up to Sky Sports, we can't really complain since it's free. BT Sport has 38 Premier League matches (18 are 'top-pick') as well as Aviva Premiership rugby, WTA tennis and more.
Like similar streaming services you can watch BT Sport over a Wi-Fi connection or on-the-go with 3G or 4G. You can install it on as many devices as you like but you are restricted to two simultaneous streams.
Although the app is primarily for streaming the three BT Sport channels, it has other content on offer too. There's sports news, polls and a selection of on-demand video content. There're also sections for individual sports which are accessed from the side menu. These are split into news, fixtures, results, tables and video.
We're reviewing the app before the start of the Premier League season but BT says the app will work as a second screen if you're watching the BT Sport on your TV providing stats, commentary and more.
Aside from minor navigation issues, we can find no faults with the BT Sport app. It gives easy access to all of BT's sports channels with a few additions too. All this for free if you're a BT Broadband customer is a great proposition which might convince you to switch provider.