The BT Sport action kicks off at 6pm on Thursday August 1 with a first night special live show which is free for anyone with Freeview, TV from BT or Sky.

The show features most of the channels’ new presenters, experts and commentators, including Jake Humphrey, Clare Balding, Michael Owen and Matt Dawson.

The programme will be broadcast from the new BT Sport studios - the biggest purpose-built sports studios in Europe - and will be shown on both BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 2.

ESPN in the UK and Ireland will be broadcasting for the first time as part of BT Sport.

The historic moment will come when Jake signals the start of the two BT Sport channels by heading over to the football studio for the Audi Cup on BT Sport 1, while Craig Doyle will cover the JP Morgan Asset Management 7s in the rugby studio on BT Sport 2.

If you're a BT Broadband customer with BT Sport, you can stream the  BT Sport channels to your PC or Mac. 

Watch on the move

You can download the new BT Sport app for selected Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, which can be used over 3G, 4G and wi-fi connections and lets you watch live streams, highlights, news and features. 

BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays English Premier League – including 18 of the top picks from August 2013 for three seasons.

The channels will also carry live FA Cup with Budweiser, Uefa Europa League, top tier live football from Germany, Italy, France and Scotland with a further 10 Rangers matches, and action from the FA Women’s Super League and 30 exclusively live football Conference matches.

The channels also feature WTA women’s tennis, action from the UFC and, from 2014, MotoGP.

BT Sport is free with BT Broadband and BT Infinity fibre optic broadband. To watch, you'll need a set top box - either a YouView or Vision+ box for BT TV customers, or a Sky box if you take the channels via Sky’s digital satellite platform.

Not a BT Sport subscriber? Find out how to get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN at ring 0800 400 440.