BT Sport is continuing to give its customers more ways to watch, launching a beta of a new ‘timeline’ feature on its award-winning App for large screens which gives viewers a completely new way to watch live sport on TV. In addition, Netgem’s TV box range has become the latest large screen platform on which the BT Sport app is available.
The timeline features will launch on the App for large screens in beta form for this week’s UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League finals, with a view to launching in full next season around events such as the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. While viewers have been able to use a timeline on mobiles and tablets for several seasons as part of the App’s enhanced player, this is the first time that they will be able to enjoy an improved viewing experience on large screens.
The new features allow customers watching on TV via the App to access an interactive timeline for each match to keep abreast of key moments and incidents. The feature allows them to re-watch key moments and move seamlessly back to the live action.
Meanwhile, customers can access the App for large screens on the Netgem 4K and Netgem HD TV boxes, plus Netgem soundbox HD. BT Sport will join an array of HD and 4K content available via the Netgem platform including Freeview Play, Prime Video, Youtube, and BritBox.
The Netgem launch means BT Sport customers can access the App on a growing number of platforms and devices, following recent launches in the past year on Amazon Fire TV, Roku devices as well as TV sets supporting Android TV joining existing availability on Samsung smart TV, Sony PlayStation, Xbox, Google Chromecast and Apple TV, as well as mobiles and tablets. BT Sport is also available on all major pay TV platforms BT TV, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Sylvain Thevenot, Chief Commercial & Customer Officer, Netgem Group, said: “Launching BT Sport on our award-winning Netgem TV service completes the range of content already provided to consumers via our distribution operator partners in the UK, and we are pleased to offer fantastic Sport content in stunning 4K quality via the BT Sport App.
Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is proud to have continually broken new ground in how fans can watch live sport in recent years and today’s launches are the first to come from BT Sport Innovates, our new home of innovation. We’re excited that fans can sample the timeline, a new way of viewing sport on TV, ahead of its launch next season. And in joining Netgem’s platform we’re continuing to make it even easier for fans to follow the sport they love.” For more information on BT Sport’s innovation visit bt.com/sport/innovates.
- The new timeline feature will not be available for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League Finals on these platforms/devices: NetGem, Now TV, Roku, Sky TV, BT TV, Virgin Media.
- The new timeline feature is available in up to HD quality in beta form, with a view to moving to BT Sport Ultimate streams in 4K HDR for next season. When accessing the large screen App, BT Sport Ultimate customers will be presented with a message offering them the option to switch to the HD stream with the timeline
- The following existing BT Sport customers do not have access to the App on large screen devices:
- EE customers with only small screen app access (mobile/tablet)
- BT Business customers
- Customers who only take BT Mobile
- Virgin Media BT Sport customers. Those who subscribe to BT Sport directly from Sky