BT to hike TV and Sport prices by up to £72 a year for more than a million customersSeptember 15, 2020
MORE than a million BT customers will see TV and Sport prices hiked by up to £72 a year, the provider has confirmed.
The increase will see the price of BT TV rise by £2 a month (or £24 a year), while BT Sport will increase by £4 a month (or £48 a year).
But as customers could have both packages some will see prices rise by £6 a month – or £72 a year.
Customers currently pay varying amounts for BT TV and BT Sport depending on when they signed up, and affected packages are no longer on sale to new customers.
Those with BT's flexible TV range, which starts from £12 a month and can be changed every 30 days, are unaffected.
BT wouldn't confirm exactly how many customers are impacted but its financial results for the year to March 31, 2018 – the last time it published customer numbers – revealed it had 1.74million TV customers.
How to save on broadband and TV bills
HERE’S how to save money on your broadband and TV bills:
Audit your subscriptions
If you've got multiple subscriptions to various on-demand services, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Sky consider whether you need them all.
Could you even just get by with Freeview, which couldn't cost you anything extra each month for TV.
Also make sure you're not paying for Netflix twice via Sky and directly.
Haggle for a discount
If you want to stay with your provider, check prices elsewhere to set a benchmark and then call its customer services and threaten to leave unless it price matches or lowers your bill.
Switch and save
If you don't want to stay with your current provider check if you can cancel your contract penalty free and switch to a cheaper provider.
A comparison site, such as BroadbandChoices or Uswitch, will help you find the best deal for free.
Anyone unhappy about the increase can either move penalty-free onto a new flexible package – of course, there will likely be a difference in cost and you could end up paying more overall – or they can leave penalty free.
To cancel without charge, you need to notify BT between now and October 31.
BT says it's been notifying affected customers of the change since the beginning of this month from which point users have been able to ditch packages.
The telecoms firm last increased TV and Sport prices by up to £48 from July 28, 2019.
Meanwhile, its mobile, broadband and home phone prices rose by up to £11.40 year from March 2020.
New and existing BT broadband, line rental and mobile users saw prices frozen for 18 months until 2020, although this wasn't extended to TV and Sport packages.
But Nick Baker, TV expert at price comparison site Uswitch.com, says lockdown isn't the best time to increase prices with so many people reliant on their telly and most live sporting events not allowing in fans.
He said: “Price rises are never welcome, but this new hike comes at a time when television is the only way for fans to watch their favourite sports.
"It places more pressure on households at a time when many are feeling the pinch."
Elsewhere, Sky increased TV prices for millions of customers, also by up to £72 a year from April 1 this year, and from August for users who didn't see rises in April.
A BT spokesperson said: “To continue investing in a quality viewing experience we’ll be changing the prices of some of our BT TV and BT Sport packages for existing customers by £2 and £4 per month.
"Not all customers are affected, and many will find that our new flexible TV packages offer them a better deal, with the freedom to upgrade, downgrade and add-on content month-to month, while offering a wide selection of the very best TV shows, films and sport.”
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