BT Sport subscribers can now watch international hockey after the UK-based operator inked a deal with the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

The sport channels will host more than 700 hours of live hockey coverage over the next two years, including the women’s and men’s World Cups in London and India next year.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said the gold medal won by the UK’s women’s team at the Rio Olympics last year was helping to drive the popularity of the sport.

“This will help build on the popularity of the sport and give the UK viewers a chance to cheer on the home nations represented at the World Cup and hopefully see more medals won, exclusively live on BT Sport,” Green added.

The addition of the hockey complements a sports offering that includes football, rugby, cricket, tennis and motor racing.

BT paid €1.2 billion in March to secure exclusive rights for European football until the end of the 2020/21 season.

BT Sport now has over 5 million subscribers as of the end of March.

The division falls under BT’s Consumer arm, which saw sales nudging up four percent year-on-year to £1.25 billion in its fourth quarter results.

Delia Bushell left her role as Managing Director of BT Sport and BT TV this month after three years in charge.

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