BT Sport has announced plans to launch a pay-per-view BT Sport Box Office channel in late 2018.
In a short statement, the broadcaster confirmed that they plan to launch their own pay-per-view (PPV) service later this year, which will be available on BT TV and Sky platforms.
Further announcements regarding the channel’s content and pricing for live events will be confirmed in due course, with boxing likely to feature prominently on the new service.
BT Sport holds the rights to televise Frank Warren’s stable of fighters, including the likes of Carl Frampton, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington and newly re-signed former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
The announcement of BT Sport Box Office follows ITV’s recent entry into the pay-per-view market, while pay-TV rivals Sky Sports, have been broadcasting PPV boxing for more than 20 years, along with other events including WWE wrestling.
In 2017, ITV launched its own Box Office channel and has shown Chris Eubank Jr fights and action from World Boxing Super Series, with coverage split between pay-per-view Box Office network and free-to-air ITV4.
Sky has an exclusive deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing stable and recently broadcast Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight against Joseph Parker on its Box Office channel.
A launch date is yet to be confirmed by BT Sport, although a brief statement regarding the new service was published on the broadcaster’s website: “Watch this space for announcements coming soon!”.