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Friday, November 17, 2017

Premier League to offer more games? For more Money ? For more broadcasters?

Premier League to offer more games? For more Money ? For more broadcasters?
Following the decision by Premier League club chairmen on Thursday to increase the number of games as part of the next round of television rights, up to 210 Premier League matches could be televised live in the UK from...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Amazon wins UK rights for US Open Tennis

Amazon wins UK rights for US Open Tennis
Amazon is understood to have snapped up the UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, in a move likely to cause further speculation that it is a potential competitor in the upcoming Premier League rights auction.
Today, Discovery-owned Eurosport and...

Friday, November 10, 2017

ITV Encore to close and move to "on demand" only

ITV Encore to close and move to “on demand” only

ITV is to close remove its pay TV channel ITV Encore in spring 2018.
ITV Encore showcased drama series and has been exclusive to Sky and Now TV.
However, a new on-demand version containing ITV Encores content will be launched...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Is the BBC to launch a paid-for iPlayer full of classic shows?

The BBC is planning an iPlayer which contains pretty much the entire history of the corporation’s shows.
Speaking to Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday (November 7), the BBC’s director general Tony Hall revealed that with more and more people...

Sky News to close to help Fox´s take over bid?

Sky has said it will review the future of Sky News if 21st Century Fox’s £11.7bn bid to take full control of the broadcaster is blocked on the grounds of media plurality.
Fox’s bid for Sky is currently being investigated by the Competition Markets Authority with particular reference to the Murd...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Two new HD channels on TDT in Spain

Two new HD channels on TDT in Spain
RTVE will start High Definition (HD) broadcasts on its La 2 and Clan channels on Tuesday, October 31st.
For the Clan HD channel, these transmissions will be made within the second RTVE multiplex, the RGE2, and will be already accessible for all the coverage...

Sunday, October 29, 2017

BeIN Sports MENA : Premier League force a reduction in 3pm Saturday games due to piracy

BeIN Sports MENA : Premier League force a reduction in 3pm Saturday games due to piracy
BeIN Sports MENA have the rights for all 380 Premier League games, which is on reason many people subscribe to this package.
However, in the last week or so, only one of the many 3pm Saturday kick offs have...

Friday, October 27, 2017

Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam

Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam
Saturday October 28 2017
Principality Stadium in Cardiff
Anthony Joshua fights Carlos Takam in Cardiff tomorrow night after Kubrat Pulev – the mandatory challenger for his IBF heavyweight world title – pulled out with a shoulder injury, less than two...

Monday, October 2, 2017

GOLD goes HD on Sky

GOLD goes HD on Sky
Sky subscribers can now enjoy comedy channel GOLD in high definition.
GOLD HD launched earlier today.
GOLD, from UKTV, is perhaps best known for its repeat showings of Only Fools and Horses.
Programmes on GOLD HD not from recent years are upscaled to HD on the new...

BBC World News SD on Astra 19.2 closes

BBC World News SD on Astra 19.2 closes
The BBC has now ceased broadcasting a standard definition version of its World News channel via Astra 19.2°E.
As first announced at the end of June, the BBC has decided to end its dual transmission of both standard and high definition versions of BBC World...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

BBC iPlayer adds "from the archive" programmes

BBC iPlayer adds “from the archive” programmes
The BBC has begun to open up its archives via the iPlayer, with programmes from 1946 to the present day.
Since Monday, the new “from the archive” category allows viewers to delve through a selection of historical BBC...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Discovery channels move to UK beam, changing reception in some areas of Spain

Discovery channels move to UK beam, changing reception in some areas of Spain
The Discovery group of channels, has changed frequencies.
And satellite beams
The channesl used to be on the EUropean beam, meaning nice and easy recpetion across Spain
But yesterday, the channels changed frequencies,...

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sky confirms Spanish OTT plans for end of 2017

Sky confirms Spanish OTT plans for end of 2017

Sky is to move ahead with a direct to consumer service for the Spanish market. The long-anticipated OTT platform will launch before the end of 2017.

“We intend to launch a simple and affordable OTT service in Spain, the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy and the market which has the largest free-to-air (FTA) headroom in Europe outside of our existing footprint,” CEO Jeremy Darroch confirmed to analysts Thursday.

HBO launched its own streaming service in Spain, HBO España, last November, and Netflix, started in the country in 2015. Other streaming services competing in Spain are ones offered by operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange.

Sky now plans to follow suit by the end of this year. The move into Spain had been rumored. Darroch told analysts that the new service will target free-TV homes in Spain and that the investment required to launch it is “modest,” with a “small, agile” team overseeing the project.

Amazon takes APT Tennis rights from Sky

Amazon takes APT Tennis rights from Sky

Tennis fans will now need an Amazon Prime subscription for full access to top flight men's tennis.

Internet giant Amazon has snapped the rights to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Masters 500 events from around the world, starting from 2019.

The current broadcasting deal is with Sky.

The end of year ATP World Tour Event in London, currently shown free-to-air on the BBC, is also at risk of moving to Amazon Prime Video, with the ATP currently in the process of bundling various tournaments into new, single broadcast rights packages. Both BBC and Sky rights deals with the ATP end in December 2018.

Rights to the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open are unaffected by Amazon's move and will continue to be offered by traditional broadcasters.

CBS Drama channel number change on Sky

CBS Drama channel number change on Sky

CBS Drama has a new channel number on Sky.

And ITVBe takes over its previous channel number, 149.

Effective 1st August, CBS Drama has moved from Sky channel 149 to channel 269, at the foot of the Entertainment section of Sky's EPG, putting it behind numerous +1 channels and HD/SD swap slots. CBS Reality, CBS Reality+1 and CBS Action remain in their current slots on channels 146-148.





In England, Wales, Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland, Sky channel 149 is now held by ITVBe. (In Central and Northern Scotland, ITVBe is on channel 131.)

BBC announces free-to-air US PGA coverage

BBC announces free-to-air US PGA coverage

BBC Sport has announced coverage details for this year's US PGA Championships.

The BBC won the US PGA rights, previously owned by Sky, bringing live golf back to free to air TV.

This may come as a blow to Sky, who probably did not even bid for the rights, especially when they launched a dedicated golf channel on their newly rebranded sports channels.




Having obtained the rights to the event at short notice, and due to it clashing with pre-planned live coverage of the World Athletics Championships and BBC Proms, most of the live coverage will appear on BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online between 10th and 13th August 2017.

BBC Two will pick up the conclusion of each day's play during the late evening UK time. TV coverage will be presented by Eilidh Barbour, alongside the best known voices of the game; Peter Alliss and Ken Brown.

BBC Radio 5 live and 5 Live Sports Extra will also again broadcast live from the Championship, led by Iain Carter and Jay Townsend.

The US PGA joins the BBC’s golf portfolio which also includes live radio and extended TV highlights of the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns between 3-6 August.

Premier League Wins Blocking Injunction to Fight Piracy

Premier League Wins Blocking Injunction to Fight Piracy

The Premier League has announced its “biggest ever crackdown” on illegal football streams.

It has obtained a new High Court Order that will make it much harder for people to watch games on so-called Kodi boxes.

In common with an order obtained earlier this year, the new injunction will require ISPs to promptly block access to Internet servers illegally distributing Premier League content.

“This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content,” said Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb.



“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes’.”

Although the details of the new injunction are yet to be published by the High Court, the EPL indicates that the injunction is very similar to the one obtained previously, which targets overseas servers streaming Premier League matches into the UK.

Upon notice from the Premier League, ISPs including Sky, BT, Virgin Media, Plusnet, EE and TalkTalk are required to block IP addresses quickly as matches are being streamed, all without any direct intervention from the court.

The order will be in place for the entire 2017/18 season.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Game of Thrones Ep 4 leaks online

Game of Thrones Ep 4 leaks online

A copy of the next episode of Game of Thrones, to be shown on TV channels on Sunday, has been leaked online.

A low quality copy of the upcoming Game of Thrones episode “The Spoils of War” began to circulate on various file-sharing and streaming sites, including The Pirate Bay. While most copies are pulled offline quickly, presumably by HBO itself, the unreleased fourth episode of season 7 is still widely available.

The leak appears to be an internal copy, carrying a watermark of "Star India." Star India is a large media company owned by 21st Century Fox, which broadcasts the popular HBO series locally.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sky VIP offers rewards to loyal customers

Sky VIP offers rewards to loyal customers

Sky is launching a new VIP service, giving loyal Sky subscribers preferential access to some services, priority customer service and freebies.

Sky is launching the loyalty scheme, the first in the TV and broadband sector, as it looks to reward some of its longest-standing customers amid growing competition from the likes of BT and Netflix.

Launching today (3 August), Sky VIP app will reward customers for how long they have been with Sky, rather than how much they spend every year

The new loyalty programme will offer hundreds of thousands of free tickets to all customers, including top sports events such as the British Masters and the Premier League, exclusive preview screenings of the latest films and prize draws for money can’t buy experiences such as the chance to visit filming locations of Game of Thrones.

VIP members also gain access to new preview channel Sky Atlantic VIP (channels 994/995), giving access to new shows before the rest.



Other perks including free set-up for Sky Fibre, free Sky Go Extra and free Sky Q set-up, as well as priority customer service.

Sky VIP comes in four tiers, based on how long a customer has been with Sky: Silver (0-3 years), Gold (3-8 years), Platinum (8-15 years) and Black (15+ years). Each tier gives even more new benefits, as well as access to the rewards in the previous levels. Customers who’ve been with Sky the longest will be able to access all of the exclusive rewards and benefits on offer.

Access to Sky VIP is through the My Sky app.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Amazon take over ATP Tennis rights from Sky

Amazon take over ATP Tennis rights from Sky

Amazon has signalled its intention to enter the UK sports market with the acquisition of the rights to the ATP men’s tennis tour.

The internet giant has snapped the rights to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Masters 500 events from around the world, which includes tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Paris, Miami, Indian Wells and Shanghai, starting from 2019, after the current deal with Sky ends. The end of year ATP World Tour Event in London, currently shown free-to-air on the BBC, is also at risk of moving to Amazon Prime Video, with the ATP currently in the process of bundling various tournaments into new, single broadcast rights packages. Both BBC and Sky rights deals with the ATP end in December 2018.



It will make streaming service Amazon Prime Video the home for all men’s elite tennis outside of the four majors. In the process it will take Sky out of the tennis market – the broadcaster recently revamped its sports portfolio into thematic channels – tennis was excluded and can be found on the broadcaster’s mixed sports channels.

According to The Guardian, Amazon paid £10 million for the contract, with Sky failing to match the £8 million paid for the current contract that expires in 2018.

Sky has been gradually moving away from men's tennis in the past year. The broadcaster's strategic change became obvious when tennis was not given its own Sky Sports channel in the recent rebrand.

Rights to the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open are unaffected by Amazon's move and will continue to be offered by traditional broadcasters.

All eyes will now turn to the renewal of Premier League rights early in 2018 with the possibility Amazon may put in a bid for one of the smaller packages.

CBS Drama channel number change on Sky

CBS Drama channel number change on Sky

CBS Drama has been relegated to the bottom of Sky's entertainment section.

The home of dramas such as Bad Girls and CSI: Miami appears to have lost its previous high EPG slot which put the channel together with its sister services.

Effective 1st August, CBS Drama has moved from Sky channel 149 to channel 269. This places it at the foot of the Entertainment section of Sky's EPG, putting it behind numerous +1 channels and HD/SD swap slots.

CBS Reality, CBS Reality+1 and CBS Action remain in their current slots on channels 146-148.

In England, Wales, Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland, Sky channel 149 is now held by ITVBe. (In Central and Northern Scotland, ITVBe is on channel 131.)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sky confirms Spanish OTT plans by end of 2017

Sky confirms Spanish OTT plans by end of 2017

Sky is to move ahead with a direct to consumer service for the Spanish market. The long-anticipated OTT platform will launch before the end of 2017.

“We intend to launch a simple and affordable OTT service in Spain, the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy and the market which has the largest free-to-air (FTA) headroom in Europe outside of our existing footprint,” CEO Jeremy Darroch confirmed to analysts Thursday.



The move comes as Sky plans to roll out a satellite-free version of its Sky Q box to Italy, Germany and Austria.

The Sky Q box is now in 1 million UK homes with 22 per cent of new subscribers opting for the £12 monthly fee that brings additional multiscreen functionality.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Premier League Wins New Stream Blocking Injunction

Premier League Wins New Stream Blocking Injunction

The High Court has issued a 'blocking order' that will cut off online streams for people who are illegally watching Premier League football matches.

It comes after the Premier League was awarded a High Court blocking order for the forthcoming 2017-18 season.

Dubbed the 'biggest ever crackdown' on illegal streaming, the order will help the league intensify its crackdown on the illicit use of pre-loaded Kodi boxes.

“This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content,” said Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb.

“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes’.”

Although the details of the new injunction are yet to be published by the High Court, the EPL indicates that the injunction is very similar to the one obtained previously, which targets overseas servers streaming Premier League matches into the UK.

In the 2016-17 season the Premier League obtained a similar order for the last two months of the season.

The court order allowed Premier League bosses to blanket block internet servers.

Around 5,000 server IP addresses were blocked as a result.

BBC announces details of its free-to-air US PGA coverage

BBC announces details of its free-to-air US PGA coverage

As mentioned in our previous post (http://www.satandpcguy.com/2017/07/19/bbc-wins-rights-to-us-pga-championship/ ) , the BBC has announces details of its free-to-air US PGA coverage.

The new BBC deal for this year's US PGA Championships comes after Sky lost the rights to the Golfing event earlier this month.

Having obtained the rights to the event at short notice, and due to it clashing with pre-planned live coverage of the World Athletics Championships and BBC Proms, most of the live coverage will appear on BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online between 10th and 13th August 2017.



BBC Two will pick up the conclusion of each day's play during the late evening UK time. TV coverage will be presented by Eilidh Barbour, alongside the best known voices of the game; Peter Alliss and Ken Brown.

BBC Radio 5 live and 5 Live Sports Extra will also again broadcast live from the Championship, led by Iain Carter and Jay Townsend.

The US PGA joins the BBC’s golf portfolio which also includes live radio and extended TV highlights of the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns between 3-6 August.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kodi Security Risk Emerges After TVAddons Shutdown

Kodi Security Risk Emerges After TVAddons Shutdown
From : torrentfreak

Three domains previously operated by defunct Kodi addons site TVAddons have been transferred to a law firm in Canada.

Security implications cannot be ignored.

According to a Kodi Project Manager, a third party in control of these domains could potentially do whatever they wanted to vulnerable former TVAddons users.



Recently several key TVAddons domains were transferred to a Canadian law firm. TVAddons, who have effectively disappeared, made no comment.

But there is a bigger issue at play here for millions of former TVAddons users who haven’t yet wiped their devices or upgraded them to work with other repositories.

Without going into huge technical detail, any user of an augmented Kodi device that relied on TVAddons domains (TVAddons.ag, Offshoregit.com) for updates can be reasonably confident that the domains their device is now accessing are not controlled by TVAddons anymore. That is not good news.

Any person in control of a repo can make a Kodi addon available that can do pretty much anything.

Consider this.

TVAddons’ domains are now being run by a law firm which refuses to answer questions but has the power to do whatever it likes with them, within the law of course.

TorrentFreak spoke to Kodi Project Manager Nathan Betzen who agrees that the current security situation probably isn’t what former TVAddons users had in mind.

“These are unsandboxed Python addons. The person [in control of] the repo could do whatever they wanted. You guys wrote about the addon that created a DDoS event,” Betzen says.

“If some malware author wanted, he could easily install a watcher that reports back the user’s IP address and everything they were doing in Kodi. If the law firm is actually an anti-piracy group, that seems like the likeliest thing I can think of,” he adds.

source : torrentfreak.com/kodi-security-risk-emerges-after-tvaddons-shutdown-170723/

Saturday, July 22, 2017

EU Content Portability rules now in place

EU Content Portability rules now in place

Rules surrounding the right of the consumer to view pay-TV content in any European territory have been officially approved.

Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 entered into law on Thursday and will become officially enforceable as of March 20, 2018.

It means EU citizens can use online services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify and Deezer while in another EU country for holidays, studies or business.



Access is limited to online services such as films, TV series, music, games, or sporting events, which they have paid for in their home country, and does not include cross-border reception of satellite-delivered services.

However, public service broadcasters, which are financed by broadcasting fees, may decide to enable its subscribers who are temporarily present in a member state to access and use the online content service on condition that the provider verifies the subscriber’s member state of residence in accordance with this regulation.

source : broadbandtvnews.com/2017/07/21/content-portability-rules-now-in-place/

EU "Content portability" rules now in place

EU "Content portability" rules now in place

Rules surrounding the right of the consumer to view pay-TV content in any European territory have been officially approved.

Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 entered into law on Thursday and will become officially enforceable as of March 20, 2018.

It means EU citizens can use online services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify and Deezer while in another EU country for holidays, studies or business.

Access is limited to online services such as films, TV series, music, games, or sporting events, which they have paid for in their home country, and does not include cross-border reception of satellite-delivered services.

However, public service broadcasters, which are financed by broadcasting fees, may decide to enable its subscribers who are temporarily present in a member state to access and use the online content service on condition that the provider verifies the subscriber’s member state of residence in accordance with this regulation.

source : broadbandtvnews.com/2017/07/21/content-portability-rules-now-in-place/

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BBC wins rights to US PGA Championship

BBC wins rights to US PGA Championship

Reports in the Guardian suggest the BBC has won the race for live UK coverage of the US PGA Championship in a shock deal which could be announced before the end of this week.

The Guardian revealed last week that Sky Sports had lost live rights to the final major of the year after talks broke down with the PGA of America. The tournament organisers promised a “multi platform” alternative but at least an element of live television coverage was also always likely. Sky was obviously embarrassed by news breaking of their US PGA scenario days after it announced the forthcoming unveiling of a dedicated golf channel.



Should the BBC confirm its US PGA deal in Open week, further red faces will ensue at Sky. This marks only the second Open shown live by the satellite channel, in a move from the BBC deemed highly controversial at the time.

Sky’s still have not reached an agreement to extend their existing contract to show all four days of the Masters exclusively live.

One complication relating to the BBC’s new major agreement relates to a clash with the world athletics championships, which the corporation was already committed to covering. However, it is believed that is not problematic with a combination of linear television channels and the BBC red button being utilised.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sky channel number changes due to Sky Sports relaunch

Sky channel number changes due to Sky Sports relaunch

Sky has today completed a reshuffle of entertainment and sports channels, due to the changes to the Sky Sports channels

The following changes have been made to Sky's channel line-up in the UK today:




ENTERTAINMENT GENRE
Sky Sports Mix has moved to channel 121/287. The channel was previously listed in the Sport Genre.
Sky Arts/Sky Arts HD has moved to channels 122/286.
Sky Living+1 has moved to channel 129.
Sky 2 has moved to channel 163. (164 in Northern Ireland).
Pick+1 has moved to channel 164 (283 in Northern Ireland).
Challenge +1 has moved to channel 170.
Sky Atlantic+1 has moved to channel 217.

SPORT GENRE
Sky Sports 1 is now Sky Sports Main Event on channels 401/435.
Sky Sports 5 is now Sky Sports Premier League and has moved to channels 402/436.
Sky Sports Football has launched as a new channel - it's available on channel 403 and 439.
Sky Sports 2 is now Sky Sports Cricket and has moved to channels 404/440.
Sky Sports The Open (ex-Sky Sports 4) has moved to channels 405 and 451. On the 24th July 2017, the channel becomes Sky Sports Golf.
Sky Sports F1 has moved to channels 406/472.
Sky Sports 3 has become Sky Sports Action and has moved to channels 407/473.
Sky Sports Arena has launched on channels 408/474.
Sky Sports News has moved to channels 409/451.

UKTVs Dave and Home to launch on Freesat in August 2017

Dave and Home are to launch on the free-to-air satellite service Freesat, giving Freesat users access to all of UKTV's free channels for the first time.

From 1st August 2017, Dave will be available on Freesat channel 157, with Home appearing on channel 166.





Dave is one of the UK's most-watched non-PSB channels and hosts a mix of comedy and reality shows, including new and original commissions, established favourites, and hit series from America. Winner of Best Entertainment Channel at the 2016 Broadcast Digital Awards, Dave's original content includes Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Crackanory, Red Dwarf XI and Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit.

The other channel joining Freesat is Home - the UK's only dedicated homes channel, bursting with inspirational home and gardens programming such as My Flat-Pack Home, Nick Knowles' Original Features, Make My Home Bigger, Fantasy Homes by the Sea, and Kitchen SOS. Hit series on Home also include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, DIY SOS, Escape to the Country, The Hotel Inspector and A Place in the Sun: Home or Away. Home first went free-to-air on Freeview in 2016 and describes itself as providing "welcoming, energetic and stylish programming".

UKTV first made three of its Freeview channels - Drama, Really and Yesterday - available on Freesat at the end of 2015. The addition of Dave and Home will mean that Freesat viewers will be able to access the same range of UKTV channels as on Freeview.

The Satellite HD versions of these channels will still only be available as part of the Sky HD (Box Sets) Bundle.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

BBC to release all of Top Of The Lake: China Girl on iPlayer straight after episode one is broadcast

BBC to release all of Top Of The Lake: China Girl on iPlayer straight after episode one is broadcast

The BBC is to release the entire series of Top Of The Lake: China Girl on iPlayer as soon as episode one is broadcast on Thursday July 27 at 9pm.

It will be the highest profile series to be dropped day one on iPlayer as the BBC embraces new models of viewing online and on demand.



The mystery drama series, starring stars Elisabeth Moss, is a sequel to Top Of The Lake, of which the first season was aired in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Detective Robin Griffin returns to Sydney in the new series, searching for the daughter she gave up for adoption 17 years ago. But the body of a young woman washes up on Bondi Beach, prompting an investigation into the dark side of Sydney’s sex industry while she is there.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Premier League games could be streamed online in a bid to end illegal broadcasts

Premier League games could be streamed online in a bid to end illegal broadcasts

Premier League bosses are debating whether to livestream games directly in a bid to end illegal streams, rumours suggest.

Organisers are considering whether streaming matches in the US and UK would significantly cut the value of its multi-billion-pound TV deals, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

As many as a third of football fans watch the sport illegally, with many streaming games via illicit websites or through prohibited add-ons to so-called Kodi boxes.



Should the League decide to start streaming matches it could give current Kodi box users a new way to watch football online without fear of legal action.

Premier League chiefs are keen to offer options that reduce the number of people who illegally stream games, a figure that has dramatically risen in recent years.

But organisers are reluctant to do anything that saps the value from the £8.2 billion ($10.6 billion) broadcasters paid to show matches between 2016 and 2019, Digiday reports.

There is a growing recognition at the organisation that livestreaming could help to address an imbalance in the current broadcast model.
While rights fees for matches are soaring, viewing figures for sports broadcasters such as Sky and NBC are plummeting. Last season saw the biggest fall in live Premier League TV viewing figures for seven years, with both Sky and BT hit by the drop.
Sky saw a 14 per cent fall in viewing numbers, while BT channels dropped by 2 per cent.


source : www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4692800/Premier-League-edges-closer-streaming-games-online.html

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sky Sports Relaunch - New Channels and Prices from 18th July 2018

Sky Sports Relaunch - New Channels and Prices from 18th July 2018

As we mentioned previously ( http://www.satandpcguy.com/2017/06/28/sky-sports-revamp-channels-price-structure/ ) Sky Sports have today announced that they will be relaunching their channels and pricing.

From the 18th July, new sports packs will go on sale, meaning it will be possible for subscribers to select which sports channels they want to watch, based on the sports they like watching, so for example, cricket fans will be able to opt to subscribe to just Sky Sports Cricket.



From the 18th July , Sky subscribers will see the following channels in their line-up:

Sky Sports Main Event – Channel 401
Sky Sports Premier League – Channel 402
Sky Sports Football - Channel 403
Sky Sports Cricket - Channel 404
Sky Sports Golf – Channel 405
Sky Sports F1 – Channel 406
Sky Sports Action - Channel 407
Sky Sports Arena - Channel 408
Sky Sports News - Channel 409

Sky Sports Prices
1 Sky Sports channel for £18,
2 Sky Sports channels for £22,
3 Sky Sports channels for £26
or all Sky Sports Channels for £27.50

Sky Sports Main Event
A selection of the big sports events being shown across Sky Sports.

Sky Sports Premier League
With coverage of 126 Premier League games each season. Live action across Monday nights, Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. New weeknight debate show. Dedicated club days including interviews, documentaries, behind-the-scenes access, news and highlights

Sky Sports Football
The home of the EFL, Carabao Cup, SPFL and La Liga, plus Euro 2020 qualifiers. Reviews and dedicated round up shows. Expert debate and analysis on EFL and La Liga

Sky Sports F1
As before, Sky's F1 channel with coverage of every practice, qualifying and race live. Every race in UHD on SkyQ.

Sky Sports Cricket
Every home Test, Watch all England home Tests, ODIs and T20 matches, Cricket from around the world - including all ICC competitions and domestic cricket. New documentaries, getting you closer to the players. New pundits, welcoming Andrew Flintoff to Sky Sports

Sky Sports Golf
Watch the Majors as well as the European and PGA Tours. All the live action from the Solheim Cup. Exclusive interviews to catch up every week with players and caddies, getting you closer to the game. Golf Masterclasses - Improve your game with help from Tiger Woods’ former coach, Butch Harmon

Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena
All of the action from International and European Rugby Union, Rugby League, Tennis, Boxing, NFL, GAA, Darts and WWE.

Sky Sports News
24/7 sports news from Sky - missing the suffix "HQ" in Sky's information document.


1 channel for £18, 2 for £22, 3 for £26 or all for £27.50

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Chris Eubank Jr v Arthur Abraham - ITV Box Office - 15th July 2017

Chris Eubank Jr v Arthur Abraham - ITV Box Office - 15th July 2017

Chris Eubank Jnr will defend his IBO World Super Middleweight against Arthur Abraham on the 15th of July. The bout will be held at Wembley Arena and will be Eubank's second fight live on ITV Box Office. The previous fight saw Eubank claim his title after defeating Renold Quinlan back in February.



This time Eubank faces a different proposition in the 37 year old Abraham who previously held the WBO super middleweight title twice between 2012 and 2016 and has over 50 bouts to his name.



YOu can order the fight on ITV Box Office on Sky : New customers to ITV Box Office on Sky must register and purchase on the ITV BOx Office website. Only customers who previously bought on itvboxoffice.co.uk and watched Eubank Jr v Quinlan on their Sky box, will be able to purchase this event using their Sky remote control.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

BT Sport wins exclusive European Rugby rights

BT Sport wins exclusive European Rugby rights

BT Sport has won the right to exclusively show live coverage of the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup from next year.

The new deal, starting from the 2018/19 season, will see BT Sport showing all of the best European Club Rugby matches until at least 2021/22. Up to 134 matches over nine weekends will be broadcast in both competitions and will be shown live on BT Sport.



BT Sport's Rugby Tonight programme will continue to complement live coverage.

At least 22 clubs from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland compete in both tournaments per season with their matches televised on BT Sport.

Andy Haworth, BT’s managing director of content and strategy, said:
“BT Sport is now the home of elite European rugby, as well as the home of Aviva Premiership Rugby. We’re proud to have won all of the live rights for this fantastic competition. We’re extremely passionate about our rugby coverage and will continue to work hard to grow the profile of the sport.”

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Test Post from UK TV Spain - Sky TV Spain - Freesat Spain - IPTV Spain - British TV Spain - English TV Spain - The Sat and PC Guy

Test Post from UK TV Spain - Sky TV Spain - Freesat Spain - IPTV Spain - British TV Spain - English TV Spain - The Sat and PC Guy
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