FOOTBALL: Sky Sports secures live home nations qualifiers for Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018

May 14, 2013

Sky Sports has been awarded the rights to screen all home nations and Republic of Ireland qualification matches for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

The new agreement with UEFA provides Sky Sports with live coverage all Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland games, together with highlights of England qualifiers and a selection of live matches featuring non-home nation sides.

In a seperate announcement, Sky Sports has officially confirmed it will screen this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Israel exclusively live.

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TENNIS: Sky Sports retains US Open and ATP World Tour rights

May 2, 2013

Sky Sports has secured major rights renewals for two of its most long-standing contracts to cover the US Open and ATP World Tour events.

The broadcaster has renewed the rights to screen the final Grand Slam of the calendar year in New York, where Britain’s Andy Murray won his first major title in 2012, in a new three-year deal starting in August.

Sky have also secured the rights to continue broadcasting exclusive live coverage of the top events on the ATP World Tour calendar for five more years up to 2018, including all nine ATP Masters 1000 events and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena.

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RUGBY UNION: Sky Sports to show RaboDirect Pro12 games from 2014/15 season

May 2, 2013

Sky Sports has signed a four-year deal to broadcast matches from the RaboDirect Pro12 for the first time, beginning in the 2014/15 season.

Featuring the top club sides from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy, including Europe’s current number one ranked side Leinster, defending champions Ospreys and current leaders Ulster, the new non-exclusive deal will reportedly signal a boost of around 50% on existing Pro12 TV rights revenues.

Regional Pro12 broadcasters such as BBC Wales, BBC NI, BBC Alba and S4C are expected to continue screening live matches alongside Sky’s UK-wide coverage from 2014/15, ensuring the continuation of free-to-air coverage for viewers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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ONLINE: Sky Sports channels made available on pay-as-you-go basis via NOW TV

March 19, 2013

BSkyB has made its sports channels available on a pay-as-you go basis to non-Sky TV subscribers for the first time, providing access to all six Sky Sports channels for £9.99 a day.

Millions of people can enjoy a great selection of live sport on a simple pay-as-you-go basis after the launch of Sky Sports on NOW TV, Sky’s new internet TV service.

With no contract, set-up costs or installation, NOW TV offers a new and flexible way to access great live sport, as for just £9.99, customers can get unlimited 24-hour access to all six Sky Sports channels – Sky Sports 1-4, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1.

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DARTS: Sky Sports signs new five-year deal with PDC

March 7, 2013

Sky Sports will take its long-standing partnership with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) into its 25th year thanks to a new five-year broadcast deal.

The agreement offers Sky Sports viewers over 50 days of live and exclusive darts throughout the year including the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship each Christmas until 2018.

As part of the deal, Sky Sports viewers will also continue to enjoy live coverage of the McCoy’s Premier League, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts, World Cup of Darts and the World Matchplay, which celebrates its 20th staging this summer.

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RUGBY UNION: Sky Sports to screen Ireland, France and Italy Autumn Internationals from 2014

January 31, 2013

Sky Sports has been awarded the rights to screen all of Ireland, France and Italy’s Autumn Internationals exclusively live from 2014.

The trio of four-year agreements will more than double Sky’s live offering of international test matches, joining its existing long-term deal with the RFU for England’s QBE Internationals.

The new deal ends the BBC’s long association with Irish international rugby outside the Six Nations, but the corporation will screen Ireland’s 2013 autumn internationals in the remaining year of its existing contract.

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FOOTBALL: Sky Sports wins new three-year deal for extended Premier League highlights

January 23, 2013

Sky Sports will continue to screen extended highlights of all non-live Barclays Premier League games for at least the next three seasons after securing a new rights deal.

The three-year agreement means that Sky Sports will show delayed coverage of all 226 Premier League matches that are not shown live on TV by either BSkyB or new rights holders BT.

This new deal for the long-form linear broadcast rights complements Sky Sports’ exclusive coverage of more than 115 live games per season from 2013/14.

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