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BT Sport closing in on Virgin Media deal, report says

UK cable-television broadcaster Virgin Media is close to agreeing a deal to carry pay-television broadcaster BT Sport’s three new sports channels, according to the Broadcast Now website.

BT’s new sports service is set to launch on August 1 and a deal with Virgin would open it up to a further four million potential customers in the UK.

The two parties have been in negotiations for a number of months, with one of the sticking points understood to be whether Virgin will bundle the new channels in with its TV XL premium package – the route it previously took with ESPN’s sports content – or whether it will charge for them as a standalone product.

BT Sport is being sold as a standalone channel through pay-television operator BSkyB for £12 (€14/$18) per month in standard definition and £15 per month in high definition.