Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Sky Sports to ditch numbered channels and offer cut-price package

Sky Sports set for channel revamp with new lower prices Sky Sports switches to themed channels
Rita Gibson | 28 June, 2017, 17:14

The change will mean cheaper viewing packages and represents a big shake-up in pay-per-view.

While aspects of the rebrand are still to be confirmed, we know that football will be getting two dedicated channels, while golf and cricket will also now have their own homes.

In order to fulfil its broadcast obligations for other sports partners, Sky will launch a new channel "Sky Sports Arena", which will host content for tennis, rugby, darts, etc...

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Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 will disappear and a new package will come to the market, priced from GBP 18 instead of from GBP 49.50. Sky's production is excellent, and pundits such as Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher make Monday Night Football essential viewing, but the viewing figures for Premier League games dropped by a reported 14% last season.

Sky is to make radical changes to its sports coverage to attract more fans with in-depth coverage on channels dedicated to individual sports.

Watching Exeter City or Exeter Chiefs on TV could become a lot cheaper after Sky Sports announced an overhaul to their subscription packages.

"Reducing the monthly TV package cost could also allow them to reduce the Now TV monthly pass cost to attract more occasional viewers without cannibalising the higher-value satellite TV base".

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