Oct 052016
 

Sky Q adds split screen for sports

Sky is introducing a set of new features designed to enhance viewing for sports fans.

On selected events, Split Screen Sport is one of the new features being made available to users of the new SkyQ box – with viewers to be able to watch two live streams side-by-side. This will allow customers to watch two streams side by side. For example if a Formula 1 race is taking place at the same time as a key match in the Premier League.

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Sep 152016
 

Sky Sports 4 will become Sky Sports Ryder Cup

Sky Sports will be dedicating a whole channel to the Ryder Cup.

Sky Sports Ryder Cup will replace Sky Sports 4 on Monday 26 September 2016.

Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel will offer ten days of bespoke programming primarily focusing on live coverage, highlights, breakfast shows, archive material and Ryder Cup specials.

As usual, Sky Sports coverage of the golf tournament between the USA and Europe will include all three days of competition shown exclusively live on Sky Sports and play will also be simulcast on Sky Sports 1 from Friday to Sunday.

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Jul 092016
 

On Monday July 11, when Sky Sports 1 becomes ‘Sky Sports The Open’, Sky will also be changing the order in which your sports channels appear.

From 6am on Monday, Sky Sports News HQ will be moving to channel number 406 on your Sky electronic programme guide (EPG) with Sky Sports The Open on channel 401.

Sky Sports Channel listings 11 July

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Jul 072016
 

Sky Sports has dropped its coverage of the US Open tennis tournament after 25 years.

The broadcaster has traditionally struck a year-by-year deal to sub-license the rights to the Grand Slam tournament from Eurosport, which is owned by Discovery, and aired coverage on its own sports channels.

The pay-TV giant has chosen not to strike a deal to broadcast this year’s tournament, bringing an end to one of its longest major sports rights deals.

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Jul 072016
 

Sky Sports and BT Sports have announced the August / September Premier League fixtures.

Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes begin the defence of their title away to newly promoted Hull City in the first of 126 live matches on Sky Sports this season, starting Saturday 13th August 2016.

The first ever ‘Friday Night Football’ will be in the second week of the season, as Manchester United fans welcome José Mourinho to Old Trafford for their home fixture against Southampton. The much anticipated Manchester derby involving Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will also be live on Sky Sports.

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Jun 012016
 

Sky Sports Channel Number Changes

Sky is to undo its unpopular decision to promote Sky Sports News HQ ahead of other Sky Sports channels on its platform.

Sky Sports News HQ moves to channel 406, allowing Sky Sports 1 – 5 to move back to channels 401-405. Sky Sports F1 will be on 407.

The Sky SPorts channel number changes will take place on 11th July, which also coincides with Sky Sports temporary renaming Sky Sports 1 as “Sky Sports The Open”.
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Apr 072016
 

Sky Sports will broadcast live coverage of all four days of this year’s golf Masters from Thursday 7 April to Sunday 10 April 2016.

The BBC will show coverage of the final two days from Augusta National in Georgia.

Last year Jordan Speith won his first Major, establishing a new Masters record for the lowest 54-hole score.

While Spieth hasn’t been quite at his best in the early part of this year, the American is still among the favourites, with the European charge led by former world number one Rory McIlroy.

The Masters 2016: TV Schedule
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Mar 232016
 

Sky will have exclusive Formula 1 rights from 2019 until the deal ends in 2024.

This ends the current share set-up between terrestrial broadcasters and the pay TV giant, where Channel Four current show 10 races live with highlight of all other races.

Sky Sports will be the home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix.

Coverage of the British Grand Prix will continue to be available on a free-to-air basis, although Sky hasn’t specified where the free-to-air access will be.

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Mar 222016
 

It hailed its surprise capture of the Champions League as “the real game-changer” but as BT Sport prepares to broadcast the last 16 of the competition,Inside Sport can expose the shocking viewing figures from the first season of its £897 million deal.

UK television ratings for the Champions League have, with the play-off round and group stages attracting a fraction of the audience – including those games made available free-to-air. While a significant drop-off was inevitable, the scale of it has provoked a Uefa rethink about how the competition rights will be sold at the next auction this year.

A key element of BT’s triumphant bid for the Champions League and Europa League 2½ years ago was its pledge to show some matches – at least 12 in the former competition – free-to-air to reach the widest possible audience. But its BT Showcase channel has proven a complete flop, attracting an average peak audience of less than 200,000 for its Champions League coverage, compared to the average peak of 4.4 million who watched the play‑off round and group stages on ITV last year.

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Mar 182016
 

Sky Sports Mix is a new sports channels from Sky, which will be available to all Sky subscribers, regardless of their subscription package.

Sky Sports Mix will bring some of the world’s biggest sporting events to all Sky TV customers in the UK and Ireland at no extra cost.

Sky Sports Mix will show a mix of live sport including football, golf from Europe and the US, international cricket and more, and will including Premier League matches to non-sports subscribers for the first time.

Sky said the new channel will offer a “select number” of live Premier League and Football League matches, as well as regular live football from competitions including Italy’s La Liga, the US’s MLS and the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Sky Sports Mix’s launch comes as part of Sky’s annual package changes and price increases, scheduled for the 1st June 2016. This new channel may help soften the blow with the annual price increase of Skys packages – details of which are expected within the next week.

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