You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sky Sports News converts to pay

BSkyB to up investment in service

As News Corp. moves to become the sole owner of BSkyB, the satcaster has announced that its Sky Sports News web is to become a pay channel following more than a decade of free-to-air broadcasting.

It’s the paybox’s latest initiative to maintain and grow subscriber numbers.

Sky Sports News has been a great success over the past 12 years, and we have big ambitions to make it even better,” said Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis. “As part of a subscription service, customers can look forward to expanded coverage and the launch of Europe’s first HD sports news service.”

The web will be available on BSkyB; cabler Virgin Media; and Talk Talk TV, owned by telco Talk Talk; plus online and mobile platforms.

In Blighty, BSkyB revolutionized sports TV viewership by maintaining a grip on exclusive coverage of Premier League soccer.

Of late, however, rival webs including ESPN have bought some of these games.

Sky Sports News was the U.K.’s first dedicated sports news web.

More TV

  • Seth MacFarlane attends the Fox Networks

    Seth MacFarlane Says He's 'Embarrassed' to Work for Fox

    As News Corp. moves to become the sole owner of BSkyB, the satcaster has announced that its Sky Sports News web is to become a pay channel following more than a decade of free-to-air broadcasting. It’s the paybox’s latest initiative to maintain and grow subscriber numbers. “Sky Sports News has been a great success over […]

  • Why "Nathan for You" Deserves Emmy

    Why 'Nathan for You,' the Scamming Show That Defined 2018, Deserves an Emmy (Column)

    As News Corp. moves to become the sole owner of BSkyB, the satcaster has announced that its Sky Sports News web is to become a pay channel following more than a decade of free-to-air broadcasting. It’s the paybox’s latest initiative to maintain and grow subscriber numbers. “Sky Sports News has been a great success over […]

  • fox-ads-unbreakables

    Fox's Newest Dramas Will Run During Commercial Breaks (EXCLUSIVE)

    As News Corp. moves to become the sole owner of BSkyB, the satcaster has announced that its Sky Sports News web is to become a pay channel following more than a decade of free-to-air broadcasting. It’s the paybox’s latest initiative to maintain and grow subscriber numbers. “Sky Sports News has been a great success over […]

  • Maura Tierney as Helen and Dominic

    'The Affair' Boss On A 'Fresh Start' For Season 4

    As News Corp. moves to become the sole owner of BSkyB, the satcaster has announced that its Sky Sports News web is to become a pay channel following more than a decade of free-to-air broadcasting. It’s the paybox’s latest initiative to maintain and grow subscriber numbers. “Sky Sports News has been a great success over […]

  • Love Is

    TV Review: 'Love Is....'

    As News Corp. moves to become the sole owner of BSkyB, the satcaster has announced that its Sky Sports News web is to become a pay channel following more than a decade of free-to-air broadcasting. It’s the paybox’s latest initiative to maintain and grow subscriber numbers. “Sky Sports News has been a great success over […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content