The opening night of BT Sport will be free-to-air on Freeview, Sky and BT Vision viewers.
The action starts at 6pm tonight with a first night special live show featuring most of the channels’ new presenters, experts, commentators and special guests.
These include Jake Humphrey, Clare Balding, Craig Doyle, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, David James, Owen Hargreaves, Matt Dawson, Lynsey Hipgrave, Gary McAllister, Martin Bayfield, Anne Keothavong, Kim Little, Scott Redding, Neil Hodgson, Darrell Currie, Darren Fletcher, Sam Smith, Rosi Sexton, John Hathaway, Christian Howes, Des Kelly, Tom Watt, Caroline DeMoraes, Ian Darke, Ray Stubbs, Austin Healey, Ben Kay, Sarra Elgan, Eniola Aluko and Helen Skelton.
The show will take place in BT Sport’s brand new studios, giving viewers a taste of what is to come from BT Sport. The show will simulcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 2 until the two channels become independent when viewers will see Jake Humphrey heading to the football studio to cover the Audi Cup on BT Sport 1 and Craig Doyle in the BT Sport rugby studio covering the JP Morgan Asset Management 7s on BT Sport 2.
“It’s finally a reality that ‘Great sport happens here’,” said John Petter, managing director of BT Retail Consumer.
“It’s just over a year since we secured our Barclays Premier League rights and only six months since we started to build our exciting new studio in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We have some tremendously talented presenters and experts who are passionate about sport.”
BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays English Premier League from August 2013 for three seasons. The channels will also show live FA Cup with Budweiser action, UEFA Europa League matches, top tier live football from Germany, Italy, France and Scotland – with a further 10 Rangers matches – and action from the FA Women’s Super League. There will also be 30 exclusively live football Conference matches from the Skrill Premier including the play offs and the Promotion final at Wembley.
BT Sport will also air WTA women’s tennis, action from the UFC, and Moto GP from 2014.
It all kicks-off from 6pm tonight!