Aug 242015

BT Sport have seized the rights to the 2017-18 series Down Under from arch-rivals Sky in a major coup.

BT Sport have secured the UK contract for Aussie home matches from Cricket Australia for the next five years.

It is believed to be costing them around £16million a year.

The deal’s centrepiece is the next Ashes clash in 2017-18, when the home side will be hellbent on regaining the urn.

Losing that showcase series is a massive blow to Sky, whose cricket coverage has set new standards. Only football is more important to the broadcaster than cricket.

But Sky, following their £11m-a-match Premier League deal, were not able to compete with BT’s £80m offer for cricket rights,which starts with the Australian 2016-17 season.

Nov 192013

Sky is to show highlights of the Ashes series through its free-to-air channel Pick.

During the Ashes series a one-hour highlights programme will be shown at 10pm (UK time) every day during the Test action, ODI and T20 matches.

Sky says its coverage will include commentary from David Gower, Michael Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss, David Lloyd and Shane Warne.

Pick is available on Sky channel 152, Freeview, Virgin Media and Freesat

This may be because no broadcasters such as BBC ITV C4 or Five bought a highlights package to show on their channels…?

Jun 132013

Sky Sports has announced its own dedicated Ashes cricket channel.

Sky Sports 2 HD and Sky Sports 2 will automatically be transformed into Sky Sports Ashes HD and Sky Sports Ashes at 6am on June 30.

Sky Sports Ashes HD will offer 63 days of action between June 30 and August 31 for dedicated cricket lovers, which includes ball-by-ball coverage of the summer Investec Ashes series between England and Australia.

It will also air county fixtures, highlights and various support shows, transforming Sky Sports 2 HD into the home of cricket for the summer.

The first summer Test starts on July 10 at Trent Bridge.

The channel’s extra cricket coverage will include the Women’s Ashes, YB40, Friend’s Life t20, England v Pakistan under-19 internationals, plus archive shows.