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(Pocket-lint) - At the start of the lockdown and as a result of the vast majority of live sports being suspended, both Sky and BT enabled you to suspend your Sky Sports and BT Sport subscriptions.

However, live sport is gradually coming back, with Bundesliga available on BT Sport and the Premier League now returning.

What does that mean for your paused sports subscription though? We explain what you have to do to get your sub up and running again, and when you will have to pay from.

How to resume your Sky Sports subscription

If you paused your Sky Sports subscription you'll find it will resume automatically. You don't actually have to do anything - it will continue as usual.

Billing for those on Complete Sky Sports, single-channel packs, and two or three-channel packs will resume. However, you won't have to pay for any coverage before 19 June 2020 (when Sky hosts its first live Premier League match of the restart).

If you only subscribe to Sky Sports F1, you will not have to pay anything until the first live Grand Prix of the new season, which looks set to be the beginning of July


How to resume your BT Sport subscription

If you pay for BT Sport through your Sky bill, it too will continue to be available with billing starting on 19 June 2020 - as with Sky Sports.

If you pay BT directly, either for access on Sky, BT TV or another device or service, you will receive another bill credit for June to the tune of 50 per cent. Your subscription will continue as normal, so you are essentially getting half-off for the duration.

"With the return of live Bundesliga, UFC and now the Premier League in June, we can confirm that as a gesture of goodwill we will be offering customers a further bill credit to the value of 50 per cent of their BT Sport monthly subscription," said BT in a statement.

Also note, those who requested their bill credit to go to NHS Charities instead will also have their additional 50 per cent automatically donated too.

And, those who have yet to request bill credit from BT Sport can still do so for June at bt.com/sportsupport.

How to resume your Sky Sports or BT Sport subscription through Virgin Media

Virgin will resume billing automatically. We don't have a specific date for the resumption of payments but Virgin says it will be no earlier than 19 June. 

The company emailed customers that paused their sports subscription informing them of the relevant dates and what they’ll see on any future bills in terms of a credit. 

Check details on the dedicated Virgin Media website here.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on 18 March 2020.