Sky Sports is a Group of Subscription- television Sports Channel Operated by the Satallite Pay-TV company Sky, a division of Comcast. Sky Sports is the Dominant subscription Television Sports brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It has played a major role in the increased commercialization of British Sports Since 1991, Sometimes playing a large role, including organizational changes in the sports it broadcasts, most notably when it encouraged the Premier League to break Football League in 1992.
Sky Sports Main Events
Premier League, Football, Cricket, Golf, F1, Action and Arena are available as a Premium Packages on top of the basic Sky Package. These Channels are also available as premium channels on nearly every satellite, Cable and IPTV Broadcasting System in the UK and Ireland. Sky Sports News, Sky Sports, Racing and Sky Sports Mix are all Provided as part of basic packages. The Sky Sports Nework is managed by Barney Francis.
British Satellite broadcasting, operated the Sports Channel, which is launched in April 1990. In the BSB years, it shared the Same Frequency with its Underpromoted sister Channel. The Computer Channel, which Broadcast in the morning when the Sports Channel was off-air.
The Sports Channel was renamed Sky Sports on 20 April 1991, and began broadcasting to sky viewers via the newly launched Astra 1B satellite on that Date, Alongside its Existing Transmission on BSB’s Marcopolo Satellite. The Channel was sold as one of the Major draws of the Sky system and initially aired sports such as rugby and golf in 1991 before acquiring rights to German and Italian League football in 1996. The channel was initially encrypted, but broadcast free-to-view, requiring an analogue VideoCrypt decoder, but no paid subscriptions, to be viewed. Since videocrypt decoders were only officially available within the UK, this measure was intended to prevent viewing of the Service outside the UK and Ireland.
On 19 August 1994 a secondary Channel Called Sky Sports 2 was Launched.on 1 November 1995, Sky launched a classic sports channel called Sky Sports Gold. However, the Channel ceased broadcasting after only a year on the air. On 16 August 1996 Sky sports 3, the original channel was renamed to Sky sports 1. Sky Sports also acquired the Rights to Scottish football and the League Cup.
With the launch of the Sky Digital satellite platform in October 1998, Sky Sports launched Sky Sports News a channel carrying rolling sports news coverage, in March 1999, followed by Sky Sports Xtra (later branded as Sky Sports 4 since 2010, then Sky Sports Golf since 2017) in April.
During a Premier League match on 22 August 1999, Sky Sports launched an interactive television service known as Sky Sports Active via the digital platform, allowing viewers to watch matches with access to additional on-screen statistics, and a choice of alternate camera angles and replays. Sky expected to extend the interactive services to other sports the following year.
Sky Sports’ football coverage was at the center of controversy in January 2011 when footage emerged of presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys making comments perceived as sexist. On 25 January 2011, Gray was sacked over the comments.On 25 January 2011, fellow reporter Andy Burton was suspended by Sky due to his involvement in the sexist comments made about a female assistant referee, Sian Massey, which also involved Gray and Keys. However, unlike Gray and Keys, Burton later returned to his regular duties at Sky.
Om 29 July 20a11, it was announced that Sky Sports had acquired rights to Formula One racing from 2012 through 2018, with the BBC to share free-to-air rights to roughly half of the events, and have highlights rights for the remainder. Sky subsequently announced that it would introduce a new channel dedicated specifically to its coverage, Sky Sports F1, which would air practices, qualifying, and advert-free coverage of each race; the channel was made available at no extra charge to all Sky high-definition subscribers, regardless of whether they were a Sky Sports subscriber. Sky extended its contract in 2016, to last through 2024; beginning in 2019, Sky will hold exclusive rights to all F1 races.
On 12 August 2014, Sky launched, Sky Sports 5, which would be dedicated primarily to European football, including UEFA European Championship qualifiers, La Liga and the Eredivisie.
On 24 August 2016, Sky launched, Sky Sports Mix, a new channel designed to offer a sampling of content from the full range of Sky Sports networks to those who are not subscribers. On Sky, the channel is included as a basic channel with all plans, and was also available on certain Virgin Media packages on-launch.
- Sky Sport Main Event
- Sky Sports Premier League
- Sky Sports Football
- Sky Sports Cricket
- Sky Sports Cricket
- Sky Sports Golf
- Sky Sports F1Sky Sports Action
- Sky Sports Arena
- Sky Sports Racing
- Sky Sports Mix
- Sky Sports News
Sky Sport Main Event
Airs major events as Sky Sports ‘Flagship Channel including football, boxing, formula 1, etc. when not showing a live event the channel simulcasts Sky sports News.
Sky Sports Premier League
Dedicated exclusively to the Premier League, including Live coverage of Matches, and other ancillary coverage and Documents.
Sky Sports Football
Dedicated to association football coverage of non-Premier League matches.
Sky Sports Cricket
Dedicated to cricket coverage, including domestic and international competition.
Sky Sports Golf
Dedicated to golf coverage. As with the former Sky Sports 4, the channel was temporarily renamed Sky Sports The Open during the week of The Open Championship
Sky Sports F1Sky Sports Action
Dedicated to coverage of Formula One racing as well as Formula 2 and GP3 Series.
Sky Sports Action
Dedicated to general sports coverage, including tennis and rugby.
Sky Sports Arena
Dedicated to general sports coverage, including darts, boxing and most WWE programming.
Sky Sports Racing
Available to all Sky TV customers. Dedicated coverage of horse racing.
Sky Sports Mix
Available to all Sky TV customers. Airs a mix of live sports and supplementary programming from across the network.
Sky Sports News
Available to all Sky TV customers. Provides latest news and updates from across all sports.
Sky occasionally gives one of their channels a temporary rebound to coincide with a sports event. Examples of this include:
Sky Sports Ashes: To coincide with the 2013 Ashes series, Sky Sports 2 was renamed as Sky Sports Ashes on 30 June until 31 August 2013. As well as covering the Ashes, the dedicated cricket channel also featured the Women’s Ashes, domestic cricket and various magazine and review shows. The practice was repeated in the 2015 Ashes series.
Sky Sports Ryder Cup: From 18 September to 2 October 2014, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 4 as Sky Sports Ryder Cup. The channel was dedicated to the coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup, from Gleneagles. It repeated from 26 September to 5 October 2016 for the Ryder Cup in that year.
Sky Sports Darts: In recent years Sky Sports has launched Sky Sports Darts for the duration of the PDC World Darts Championship. The channel mixes live coverage with replays of the most recent sessions and classic moments from the tournament’s history. Sky Sports Darts was first seen for the 2015 William Hill World Darts Championship as a rebrand of Sky Sports 3. and it returned on 14 December 2015 however, Sky Sports F1 was temporarily renamed Sky Sports Darts until 5 January 2016. For the 2017 event, it was Sky Sports 3 that was rebranded. From 14 December 2017 until 3 January 2018, Sky Sports Arena was rebranded as Sky Sports Darts.
Sky Sports World Cup: From 14 February to 29 March 2015, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 2 as Sky Sports World Cup. The channel was dedicated to the coverage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, from Australia and New Zealand.
Sky Sports The Open: During their first live broadcast of golf’s Open Championship, from 11 to 18 July 2016, Sky Sports 1 rebranded as Sky Sports The Open. From 17 to 24 July 2017, Sky Sports 4 was rebranded Sky Sports The Open, and would be replaced by Sky Sports 4’s replacement, Sky Sports Golf. Sky Sports The Open returned in 2018 between 16 and 23 July.
Sky Sports The Players: From 8 May to 14 May 2017, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 4 as Sky Sports The Players. The channel was dedicated to the coverage of the 2017 Players Championship. This was repeated from 7 May to 15 May 2018.
Sky Sports US Open: From 11 June to 19 June 2018, Sky rebranded Sky Sports Golf as Sky Sports US Open, dedicated to the coverage of the 2018 US Open.
Sky Sports USA: From 3 January to 5 February 2019, Sky Sports Action will be rebranded as Sky Sports USA, with a focus on all U.S. sport like the National Football League(with a focus on the playoffs, leading up to Super Bowl LIII) and National Basketball Association coverage (highlighted by the NBA Global Games series at The O2 Arena in London), as well as shoulder and archive programmes.
Sky Sports Racing
Sky Sports Racing is the only Sky Sports channel not wholly owned by Sky, although Sky purchased majority control of it in 2017. The channel was founded in 2000 as At The Races by the Go Racing consortium, a partnership of Channel 4, Sky and Arena Leisure PLC (owner of Ascot Racecourse, and acting on behalf of a further 27 out of the 59 UK racecourses) in July 2004. Following its high-profile collapse (and Channel 4 removing it from the consortium) the channel – now purely a joint venture between Sky plc and Arena Leisure – focuses on horse racing from the UK, Ireland, North America and Germany, showing many live races and related shows. The station is “affiliated” with various betting companies, since gamblers are generally the sport’s main audience, and its pictures, provided by satellite link provider SIS, are also commercially distributed to betting shops across the country.
On 1 January 2019, At The Races relaunched as Sky Sports Racing; the relaunch includes wider availability and heavier integration with the remaining Sky Sports channels, the relocation of production facilities to Sky Studios in Isleworth from their former base at SIS’s facilities in Milton Keynes, and available in high definition. The network also acquired rights to fixtures from the Ascot Racecourse.
PremPlus was a pay-per-view channel dedicated to airing live Premier League Football. PremPlus launched on 18 August 2001, showing 40 pay-per-view Premier League matches. The main presenter on PremPlus was Marcus Buckland with former Arsenal manager George Graham providing punditry. The channel was called Premiership Plus from 2001 to 2004, before being shortened to the later PremPlus for the beginning of the 2004–05 season. PremPlus closed down after the last match of the 2006–07 season after Setanta Sportsobtained a third of the Premier League rights for 2007–10 This left Sky with only 92 live matches, meaning a Pay-Per-View service was unsustainable. An internet television service named Now TV was launched in 2012 offering a non-contract subscription to Sky Sports thus making the service a part spiritual successor to PremPlus.
Sky Sports News Radio
Sky Sports News Radio was a British online radio station broadcasting sports news, results and information 24 hours a day. It is a sister service to the television channel Sky Sports News HQ.
The station was launched in June 2010 and broadcasts online and via digital platforms from the Teamtalk studios in Leeds. It originally broadcast from 08:00 to 18:00 only, expanding to a full 24-hour schedule in August 2010 to coincide with the start of the 2010–11 football season. The station was initially only available to Sky Sports subscribers, but became free to all listeners when its sister TV channel was removed from Freeview. The station can also be listened to via the Sky Sports Apps and third party platforms such as TuneIn Radio and The Pure Lounge.
News reports were sourced from the Sky Sports News newsroom, Sky News Radio and information was shared with SkySports.com, based in the same office. The station’s managing editor was Mark Chesworth.
The station closed in September 2014.