18 JUL 2023

TNT Sports goes live in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, replacing BT Sport

In addition to the launch of a new brand, starting today, discovery+ becomes the new streaming destination for TNT Sports in the UK.

18 JUL 2023

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TNT Sports goes live throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland, replacing BT Sport. Promising to become the ultimate home for sports fans, TNT Sports heralds the most significant change in the sports broadcast landscape in the last decade. A new and contemporary brand with an outstanding new line-up of talent and an enhanced value proposition for customers, TNT Sports will offer flexible ways to purchase and watch.

In addition to launching a new brand, Discovery+ has become the new streaming destination for TNT Sports in the UK starting today. Discovery+ will present many of the world’s most celebrated sports events and excellent entertainment under a new Premium plan, priced at £29.99 per month, the same price as was previously charged for a BT Sport Monthly Pass. The service provides excellent value and access to the action from TNT Sports’ and Eurosport’s extensive portfolios of live rights plus discovery+ entertainment content.

TNT Sports is available across all major TV platforms, including BT TV, Sky, and Virgin Media. Existing BT Sport customers can watch and enjoy TNT Sports without taking any further action.

TNT Sports will present the premium live sports rights previously carried by BT Sport, including the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Heineken Champions Cup, EPCR Challenge Cup, MotoGP, Cricket, UFC, Boxing and WWE. Taken together with Eurosport on Discovery+, subscribers will get a front-row seat to an unrivaled offer of premium rights, including all this live sport plus Olympic Games Paris 2024, Grand Slam tennis tournaments (featuring the Australian Open and Roland-Garros) and cycling Grand Tours, including the Tour de France.

“We are hugely excited to launch TNT Sports across the UK and Republic of Ireland. TNT Sports goes live with a new and contemporary brand, a fabulous new and exciting line-up of talent, great value for viewers, and flexible ways to buy and watch. Today, fans can watch TNT Sports in the same places they enjoyed BT Sport without interrupting their access. In addition, with TNT Sports now on Discovery+ in the UK, we can deliver a simple and even more compelling offer that appeals to the whole household, combining more live sports and entertainment. We believe this is an exceptional value proposition for fans offering a compelling combination of sport and entertainment that is unique to Discovery+,” Andrew Georgiou, board member of the Joint Venture and President and Managing Director, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe, said.

From next season, Laura Woods – a two-time winner of SJA British Sports Journalism Awards Sports Presenter of the Year- will host TNT Sports’ exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League and significant live boxing fight nights. Reshmin Chowdhury will anchor the UEFA Champions League matches, building on her previous role presenting the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. Reshmin previously led Eurosport’s coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 from its award-winning Cube studio. Lynsey Hipgrave will continue to host live coverage of the Premier League in a role she began at the start of the 2022/23 season. Jules Breach will take on a broader role in presenting the UEFA Europa League, reporting on key matches across the Premier League and UEFA Champions League, and front a new-look show to start Saturday’s Premier League coverage on TNT Sports.

Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, and Joe Cole will share their insights and opinions with TNT Sports viewers as part of a stellar line-up of football experts that will include Rachel Brown-Finnis, Owen Hargreaves, Steve McManaman, Joleon Lescott, Michael Owen, Paul Scholes and Robbie Savage. The commentary team and voices of TNT Sports will include Darren Fletcher, Adam Summerton, and Lucy Ward. At the same time, Ally McCoist joins as a co-commentator and pundit for Premier League and UEFA Champions League matches.

Orla Chennaoui will join TNT Sports’ rugby coverage and present a selection of live Gallagher Premiership matches in addition to her role as Eurosport’s lead cycling presenter. Craig Doyle will continue to host live match coverage, and Ugo Monye will take on an extended role to see him add presenting roles alongside punditry. The voices of rugby on TNT Sports will include commentators Alastair Eykyn and Nick Mullins. New rugby pundits include Stuart Hogg, who has recently retired after a stellar career that included 100 international caps and a domestic and European double with the Exeter Chiefs in 2020, and Emily Scarratt, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 winner and top point-scorer and Team GB captain at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They will join a host of familiar names, including Martin Bayfield, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian O’Driscoll, Sarra Elgan, Austin Healey, Ben Kay, and Sam Warburton.

Suzi Perry will continue to lead coverage of MotoGP on TNT Sports, joined by 2003 Superbike World Champion, Neil Hodgson, set to deliver expert analysis throughout the season. Gavin Emmett, Michael Laverty, and Natalie Quirk complete the presentation line-up. Carl Frampton will be a lead boxing analyst on TNT Sports alongside new host Laura Woods. Radzi Chinyanganya, who presented analysis from Eurosport’s Cube studio for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and is currently the lead presenter for Eurosport’s Triple Crown snooker coverage, will work across various TNT Sports programming. While those named above do not constitute an exhaustive list of the TNT Sports team, they represent the refreshed line-up that will feature across its sports portfolio. Further content and programming information will be released before the new football and rugby seasons.

TNT Sports on Discovery+ brings a sports-first experience packed with features, including the popular interactive timeline on compatible devices that puts fans in charge and enables them to easily replay live video or skip through critical points in the action to relive the best moments. With the Premium plan on Discovery+ in the UK, sports fans will have access to something for the whole household with a wide variety of exclusive, original entertainment series across reality, true crime, paranormal, documentaries, food, and more.

Access to TNT Sports for existing BT Sport customers via BT TV, Sky, and Virgin Media will automatically commence today. Customers who have access to the BT Sport App can continue enjoying TNT Sports via that app until it shuts down later this year. Eligible customers will also be directed to a simple discovery+ authentication process and can then download the discovery+ app, giving them access to TNT Sports, Eurosport, and original entertainment. TNT Sports is available across all major TV platforms, offering a line-up of up to four TV channels (TNT Sports 1, TNT Sports 2, TNT Sports 3, TNT Sports 4), up to six digital or red-button channels (TNT Sports 5 to 10), TNT Sports Ultimate and TNT Sports Box Office HD.

From today, BT and EE customers who subscribe to TNT Sports can access the Premium plan on Discovery+ via mobiles, tablets, and connected devices, including smart TVs and game consoles. Additionally, the Premium plan will soon be available for BT TV customers via selected BT TV set-top boxes. Coming soon, Sky TV customers who subscribe to TNT Sports can also access the Premium plan on Discovery+, enabling them to enjoy TNT Sports via the Discovery+ app on Sky Glass, Sky Stream, and Sky Q.

Anyone with a Discovery+ subscription can access the service via most smartphones, tablets, desktop browsers, and connected devices, including Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TVs, LG Smart TVs, NOW, PlayStation 4 & 5, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and Xbox. In the Republic of Ireland, TNT Sports is available via Sky, Now, Virgin Media, and Vodafone. Pricing is available from these operators. The TV channels (TNT Sports 1, TNT Sports 2, TNT Sports 3, TNT Sports 4) are available in high and standard definition, plus (via Sky only) six red-button channels, TNT Sports Ultimate, and TNT Sports Box Office.