BT Vision swoops for Premiership footie

Well, here’s another way to ensure you’ve got 24-hour access to football – BT Vision has just bagged rights to every Premiership game next season.The

Well, here’s another way to ensure you’ve got 24-hour access to football – BT Vision has just bagged rights to every Premiership game next season.

The autumn-due service will give you pay-per-view access to every match – yes, even Watford vs Reading – without a subscription fee.

Unlike Sky’s offerings, though, the games won’t be live. Instead, the matches will be available from 10pm on kick-off day for a period of 50 hours, letting you decide when to watch.

This is understandable considering Sky has paid for the live rights, but still annoying in our opinion; only hardcore fans will want to watch an entire match when the highlights are already available for free on the Beeb.

Sky has also launched a service called Sky-by-broadband that lets you download missed programmes – including highlights of Premiership games – to watch on your computer for free.

Vision, though, still holds the ‘no subscription fee’ card over Sky, Homechoice and Telewest, and will supply you with a lovely Philips 80GB set-top box, a BT hub and access to 30 free digital channels in its package.

The Premiership football matches also join a range of other pay-per-view extras, including concert highlights, and BT is promising more content announcements before the launch.