BT boosts sports TV business with FA Cup deal (Reuters)

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – Telecoms provider BT will show English FA Cup soccer on its new British sports TV channels until 2018, boosting its programme line-up as it prepares to challenge BSkyB’s dominance of the sector. As part of the deal, the publicly-funded BBC also gets the right to show FA Cup games from 2014 to 2018, replacing commercial broadcaster ITV. Financial terms of the deal with the Football Association (FA) were not disclosed. BT will launch its new sports channels at the start of August. It has committed around 1 billion pounds ($1. …

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