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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Solar Outage Time October 2017

Solar Outage Time October 2016
It is coming to the time of year when the suns path across the sky takes it behind the UK TV satellites.
This “satellite solar outage” happens around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinox. In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Eurosport gains more cycling coverage

Eurosport gains more cycling coverage
Eurosport is cementing its position as the home of cycling following the acquisition of more broadcast rights.
A new four year deal with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has been announced, starting immediately...

Freesat adds premium entertainment and sports

Freesat adds premium entertainment and sports
Freesat users will now be able to optionally add access to a number of premium channels following the announcement of a tie-up with TVPlayer.
TVPlayer’s Plus service, available via the Freesat on-demand section, will give viewers the...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Skys new EFL deal means more games

Skys new EFL deal means more games
Sky has signed a deal worth £600 million that will see all midweek English Football League matches available to stream.
The new agreement means that from the start of the 2019/20 season, Sky Sports Football will show up to 183 matches exclusively live each...

Sky launches Spanish streaming service

Sky launches Spanish streaming service
Sky has launched a new streaming service for the Spanish market, in the competition against the already well-known offers from Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Movistar, and Wuaki.
The new service offers a selection of Spanish pay-TV channels, TV series and on demand...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fox News removed from Sky UK

Fox News removed from Sky UK
Fox News has been withdrawn from the Sky UK pay TV service.
The removal of Fox News on Sky was officially explained as being a commercial move, with the channel’s distribution in the UK no longer being viable, according to 21st Century Fox.
The channel has...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New free sports channel Free Sports coming soon

FreeSports, the new free-to-air sports channel launching soon, has confirmed further details about its service.
The channel, being launched by the people behind Premier Sports and the former Setanta UK service, has confirmed it will appear to viewers on Freesat channel 252, in addition to the...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor - where to watch

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor – where to watch
Saturday, August 26, 2017
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in an unprecedented event...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sky EPG due for major shuffle in early 2018

Sky EPG due for major shuffle in early 2018

Sky is set for a major revamp of the channels on its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)

Following consultation with broadcasters and other stakeholders (and probably online forums!), the changes are set for early 2018

The current EPG has a very mixed channel numbering system, with a mix of HD/SD simulcasts and +1s to find channels, with no discernible order applied to some parts of the guide following years of moves, launches, takeovers and closures of channels.



Reports say that Sky wants to merge entertainment and documentaries into one genre, following a similar move that brought lifestyle channels into the entertainment genre three years ago. The current proposal would see the likes of National Geographic, Discovery, Blaze and PBS America move up the EPG and appear among entertainment channels.

+1 channels would be grouped up and moved to their own section.

Children's channels would move to a channel range starting at 250. However, the order of children's channels on Sky has been a bone of contention with the BBC, who argue that CBBC and CBeebies should be listed first as public service broadcasting channels.

HD simulcasts of the main 5 channels would be forced to the top slots, providing the correct regional version is available in HD. ITV, for example, broadcasts multiple regional versions of ITV HD, but doesn't offer the channel on Sky channel 103 in England, even in regions where the HD version is identical to the SD version. It would be forced to do so under the plans, with the SD version moving near the bottom of the EPG. In regions where there isn't a like-for-like version, the SD version would remain on 103. Channel 4 would face a similar move affecting the London version of its main service, which mirrors the HD channel.

Providing there aren't any major objections, the new channel listing would come into force on 1st March 2018.

source : a516digital.com/2017/08/sky-gears-up-for-big-reshuffle.html

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

The official announcement, which could come as soon as Wednesday, will scupper any hope that the recent years of inflationary bids for the crown jewels of sport might be at an end.

ITV is heavily tipped to win the Football League highlights rights from Channel 5.

It is understood that the Football League, which decided not to take up an automatic one-year extension with Sky, although the broadcaster still has two years left on its current deal, had been expected to make a decision last Friday.

However, it is understood that bids from BT and Sky extended the auction timeline, vindicating the Football League’s decision to take its rights to the market early.

The deal, which will be for three or five years, is crucial for Sky to win as it has just embarked on a new strategy of scrapping its numbered Sky Sports channels in favour of themed ones focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket.



With two football channels, the flagship focusing on Premier League matches, to lose the Football League would have been a hammer blow.

Bosses at the Premier League will be rubbing their hands at the outcome of the bid, with Sky and BT set to go head to head in a potential £6bn battle for the UK’s most expensive sports rights at the end of the year.

Later this year, Sky and BT will face off again for the biggest prize of all when the Premier League rights come up for renewal in what could be a £6bn sports rights auction. The pair could be joined by Amazon, which earlier this month poached the UK rights to the ATP men’s tennis world tour