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    Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    My BT broadband/TV contract is up for renewal, and I cannot talk to BT to discuss it. For the last 18 months I have had broadband and a package called Max HD, which in amongst other things gives me BT Sport and Eurosport so I get lots of racing - BSB, WSBK and MotoGP in HD, and some roads too.

    As far as I can see, BT no longer offer Eurosport at all, and BT sport costs £15 a month, and more if you want HD. Just wondering who else has BT and what package they have - I think I can just do nothing and my current Max HD package, currently £18pm will go to £25pm, but I would like to confirm that with them (as they always **** it up and I lose channels). I know I could just get the Eurosport player app, but you lose the ability to record and their catchup services are pretty bad, so not keen on that.

    So... has anyone faced the same issue,m and what did you do?

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    Have you got Sky TV?

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    Nope. The package is all BT. I should have added that... although I kinda have to stay away from Sky because all the houses around me are served Sky via a communal receiver, which keeps breaking down!

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    As it happens,I was looking to change from Sky to BT.
    I have just had it confirmed from BT that Eurosport is no longer available in their new packages.
    Basically,if you have it on your old contract now,do not take out a new one with them,you should then be able to keep it!

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    Quote Originally Posted by baz View Post
    As it happens,I was looking to change from Sky to BT.
    I have just had it confirmed from BT that Eurosport is no longer available in their new packages.
    Basically,if you have it on your old contract now,do not take out a new one with them,you should then be able to keep it!
    Yup - I finally got through to them just now, and that's exactly what the guy I spoke to said. I was on a discounted rate for last 18 months, so I'll pay a few quid more per month, but the do-nothing scenario is the best solution until Eurosport settle their squabble - they seem to be fighting BT and Sky for money and are not part of any BT deal at the moment (maybe Sky too?). They BT guy said that there may come a time where they are no longer to offer continuance of my deal, but I'll worry about that if and when it happens. For now I can go month to month and remain flexible...

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    Yeah,Eurosport are being awkward,though it still comes with the basic sky package.
    Not all bad though,I've just signed back up with sky with a total new install and everything I want and saved £30 per month!

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    I had BT...I moved to Virgin rather than Sky...just sayin'...
    I have Eurosport/BTSport with Virgin and gained some Sky channels I couldn't get with BT.

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    I have to say the MotoGP App is second too none. I watch it through my Apple TV but it's available on PC, Android etc. Instant HQ HD footage all on demand. Every Race, Crash, technical video, Interview, practise going back yo 1992 on demand. I had both BT's coverage and MotoGP's at the same time and I think the MotoGP app is far better but I miss Hodgson and Edwards comments. I don't miss Keith Hewuen though. Simon Crafar spots stuff instantly that I have to play back a few times to spot. Currently free this year but normally £139 for the year which was way cheaper than I was paying for BT Sport MotoGP. My two pennies worth.

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    I wish F1's owners Liberty and Dorna would work together on a platform. It would be mutually beneficial in terms of costs and allow a single subscription solution.

    Failing that wsbk/motogp should be both under one portal as both are Dorna owned.

    - Alex

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    Re: Anyone got BT for watching racing?

    I'm having to revisit this... I still have an old BT deal that gives me BT Sport and Eurosport in HD, meaning I can watch and record MotoGP and BSB... (and WorldSBK if it ever gets interesting...). BT keep raising the price and removing other channels, so the value is diminishing bit by bit. I can't get Virgin here, and Sky is served to my street via a communal system which is very unreliable (loss of TV for a week is common!) and will not currently support any new Sky Q connections. Not very impressive for a street of houses that were built only 10 years ago, and limits my choices of what to do.

    I'm not having a moan at the local production/commentary team here, they are all really good, it's the broadcast companies I have an issue with.

    If I change my TV package at all, I lose Eurosport and would probably need to rely on their crappy app which only works on TVs less than 3 years old (although it'll work on a FirestickHD).

    If I dump BT I would need to get Dorna's MotoGP app, which appears to be incredibly expensive for 18-20 races (agree with Alex we should get SBK through this as well). For now, can anyone help with 3 Qs:
    1. Does it have adverts?
    2. What is the catchup like for race day - e.g. is it anything like the BBC iPlayer, which allows you to start watching an already running race live program from the beginning?
    3. (may be redundant depending on answer to #2) How quickly are the races available for catchup? I'm asking because Eurosport app never used to make race day available until after the whole live broadcast was finished, unsure if they've fixed that.

    Cheers
    Last edited by RickS1K; 18th February 2021 at 03:55 PM.

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