Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of sports channels operated by the Sky TV in the UK. Sky Sports is the most dominant sports broadcasters in the UK.
Sky Sports launched on 20 April 1991, as a single sports channel.
During the years, and the move to digital TV, the service has grown from a single channel, to currently operating seven sports channels. Sometimes the sports channels are temporarily rebranded, to offer kinds of seasonal or promotional programming, for example in the past Sky Sports 2 has been rebranded to Sky Sports Ashes. Sky Sports is “The Home of Sport” and “The Home of the Premier League”, having the broadcast rights to the majority of Premier League football matches.
The Sky Sports channels are encrypted and require a Sky viewing card, and a Sky Sports subscription package.
The Sky Sports channels are classed as “premium channels”, and can only be watched when using a Sky viewing card in the correctly paired Sky digibox. When trying to watch a Sky Sports channel, using the viewing card in the wrong Sky digibox, you will receive the “Wrong card for this set top box “ on screen error message.
On 19 August 1994 Sky launched its second sport-dedicated channel, Sky Sports 2.
On 16 August 1996, Sky Sports 3 was launched.
On 1 October 1998, Sky Sports News, a 24-hour sports news channel, was launched.
In April 1999, Sky Sports 4 (originally called as Sky Sports Xtra) was launched.
On 9th March 2012, Sky Sports F1 was launched.
On 12 August 2014, Sky Sports 5 was launched.
Sky Sports channels are also available in High Definition (HD), as part of the Sky HD subscription package.
The majority of the Sky TV pay channels are on the European beam of the Astra 2E, Astra 2Fand Astra 2G satellites. The European beam give very good reception across the majority of mainland Spain. This means that the Sky TV pay channels can be received in Spain on a satellite dish measuring a minimum of 80x85cm.
Some Sky TV pay channels are on the “UK beam” or “UK Spot beam” of the Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G satellites. This UK beam signal footprint is different to the previous UK TV satellites UK beam. This has meant that reception of channels on the new Astra 2 satellites will be different to previous reception. In the areas between Valencia and Alicante, our service area, the Sky TV channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam can still be received on a small satellite dish – as small as a 110x120cm satellite dish, with a 125x135cm satellite dishbeing the recommended size satellite dish.
However, in other areas of Spain, reception of these Sky TV pay channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam has become harder. For example, in areas such as Barcelona, Catalonia and Zaragoza, you need at least a 1.8m satellite dish to receive these channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, whereas previously you only needed a smaller 80cm satellite dish. It is a similar story in the south of Spain, in areas like the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Almeria, Seville, Gibraltar and even Portugal, where even the larger 2.4m satellite dishes are struggling to receive these channels on the Astra 2 satellites UK beam.
Sky Sports Channel Numbers
401 – Sky Sports News HQ / HD
402 – Sky Sports 1 / HD
403 – Sky Sports 2 /HD
404 – Sky Sports 3 / HD
405 – Sky Sports 4 / HD
406 – Sky Sports 5 / HD
407 – Sky Sports F1 / HD
Sky TV Channels
A selection of the channels available on the Sky TV subscription packages.