TNT SPORTS has officially launched which means there are huge changes for BT Sport and Eurosport.
The two television networks are being mashed into one, in a joint venture from two massive broadcasters, BT Group and Warner Bros. Discovery.
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The merger has been in the pipeline for quite a while and could mean more competition for the likes of Sky Sports and Dazn, especially as more users move towards single-subscription streaming platforms.
Fans of a certain generation will be sad to see the end of Eurosport, which for a long time came with the most basic satellite and cable subscriptions in the UK.
What is TNT Sports?
TNT Sports is the new name for the merger between BT Sport and Warner Bros. Discovery-owned Eurosport.
The merger is intended to allow BT Sport to become efficient and offer a more premium product.
BT Sport currently has rights to some of the biggest football competitions in Europe and the Premier League as well as UFC.
Meanwhile, Discovery have tennis’ grand slams, the Tour de France and Olympic Games.
According to Eurosport: “Eurosport, in the U.K & Ireland only, will become a part of this new brand at some time in the future.
“There are no plans to change the Eurosport brand in markets where it is available outside of the UK & Ireland.”
How much will TNT Sports cost?
BT’s consumer chief and chair Marc Allera revealed that there were no plans to change prices but that “it’s impossible to offer guarantees”.
Allera said: “This market is moving at a fast pace. How the portfolio evolves determines the price of the product and how much we charge.”
What sporting events could they broadcast?
Both broadcasters have a raft of existing sports they have the rights to.
Here are some that the new TNT Sports could air when it goes live.
BT Sport: Premier League football, Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League, Premiership Rugby, Moto GP, UFC, boxing and WWE.
Eurosport: The Olympic Games, Tennis’ four grand slams, skiing, the Tour de France and cycling’s other grand tours.