BT Sport Ultimate: What it is and how you can watch

BT Sport Ultimate delivers the best viewing quality for whichever device you're watching on, encompassing 4K, HDR and Dolby Atmos. The exact viewing experience will vary depending on what you're watching and the device you're using.

Find out what events are on BT Sport Ultimate >

Icons within the app will tell you what's available in HDR and 4K.

4K, HDR and Dolby Atmos explained

4K TV (or Ultra HD) has been on our TV boxes since 2015. 4K images have four times as many pixels as standard HD, so you get sharper, more detailed pictures.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) offers higher contrasts between light and dark, resulting in more vivid colours and brighter images on screen. TVs with HDR can display a wider range of colours - closer to what we see in real life, preserving fine details in the very darkest and brightest areas of the picture.

Dolby Atmos brings an improved surround sound experience. Sound moves around a three-dimensional space, giving an immersive experience so you feel like you're in the heart of the action. You'll need to have an Atmos speaker system to enjoy the benefit of it.

BT Sport Ultimate compatible devices

The table below shows you whether HDR, 4K, 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos are supported by your device. Whatever you're watching, we'll automatically provide you with the highest quality stream.

Platform

HD HDR

4K

4K HDR

Atmos audio

iOS
Android
Windows mobile
Online player
Samsung Smart TV (HDR supported) ✓ 16 to 19 models ✓ 18 and 19 models ✓ 18 and 19 models
Apple TV ✓ 4K model only ✓ 4K model only
Xbox One ✓ S and X models only ✓ S and X models only ✓ S and X models only
Sony Playstation 4 Pro
Android TV ✓ Check your model ✓Check your model ✓Check your model
Amazon Fire TV ✓ 4K model only ✓4K model only ✓4K model only
Roku devices
Chromecast ✓ Ultra only ✓ Ultra only ✓ Ultra only
Airplay ✓ 4K model only ✓ 4K model only
BT TV 4K box

NOW TV devices                                           ✓ 4K model only           ✓ 4K model only             ✓ 4K model only           ✗

 

When you're watching BT Sport Ultimate, on-screen icons will show you what programmes are available in 4K and HDR. The icons display to signal when an event is available in 4K and/or HDR (Samsung and Xbox only). On Apple TV and Chromecast there are no icons. You'll see the BT Sport Ultimate channel logo in the player when they are streaming.

BT TV: Watch BT Sport Ultimate on channel 433, with live programmes in 4K and Dolby Atmos. To listen in Dolby Atmos, you'll need a compatible TV and the BT TV 4K box.

BT Sport mobile app: Look for the HDR icon to watch on compatible Android and iOS smartphones and tablets using the Standard player.

Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast Ultra: You can Airplay in 4K and HDR to a 4K/HDR-capable TV and you can cast via Chromecast in up to 4K with HDR using the BT Sport mobile app.** 

Samsung Smart TVs*, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, Sony Playstation 4 Pro, NOW TV 4K box, Roku Premiere, Roku Streaming Stick +, Amazon Fire Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Pendant, JVC Fire TV Edition and compatible Android TV-based devices: On the large screen BT Sport app, look for the HDR and 4K icons. On the Xbox, selected shows will also be available in 4K HDR, provided your TV supports 4K/Ultra HD.

Virgin Media: BT Sport Ultimate is available on channel 531 with programmes in 4K.

Sky: BT Sport Ultimate is available via the BT Sport app, you’ll need to log in using your BT ID. Content is not available via the Sky EPG.

BT Sport Ultimate plans and packages

BT Sport Ultimate is included with some of our BT TV plans. To watch in 4K you’ll need to add our HD + 4K add-on.

Find out how to get BT Sport Ultimate >

If you were a BT TV customer before 21 February 2020

If you're on the following TV packages, you'll be able to watch HDR through the BT Sport app for free:

  • Total Entertainment
  • Max 4K
  • Entertainment Max
  • Max HD

If you aren't on the BT TV plans above, you won't be able to add BT Sport Ultimate to your existing package and will have to get one of our new flexible BT TV packages.

EE 4G or 5G: Watch using the BT Sport Ultimate add-on. This will be free, chargeable or a swappable benefit depending on your package.

If you want to watch BT Sport Ultimate on the large screen via the app using Google Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV, you'll need the additional large screen add-on.

BT Sport app, BT Sport on Sky TV with BT Broadband via the BT Sport app, BT Sport through Sky with other broadband provider (channel only): If you're on any of these packages you can get the BT Sport Ultimate add-on for £5 on a rolling-monthly basis.

BT Sport Ultimate 4K and HDR internet requirements

To watch BT Sport Ultimate in HDR you'll need a minimum connection speed of 2.5Mbps on mobiles and tablets, but we recommend at least 6Mbps for the best possible viewing experience.

On other connected devices, such as games consoles and Smart TVs, you'll need at least 6Mbps and if you want to stream in 4K HDR, you'll need a connection speed of at least 30Mbps.

To stream in 4K without HDR requires a connection speed of 25Mbps. We strong recommend that any device that you're using to stream in 4K or 4K HDR is connected to your BT Hub using an ethernet cable, rather than wi-fi.

*Samsung Smart TVs from 2016 and 2017 will show selected BT Sport Ultimate programmes in Enhanced HDR, which offers superior picture quality to HD HDR. 2018 and 2019 models support full 4K HDR.
** Chromecast Ultras built in to TVs are not supported.

 
 

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