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Sky Sports revamp to scrap numbered channels and slash prices for viewers

Sky Sports revamp to scrap numbered channels and slash prices for viewers

It is being reported that the company will scrap its traditional Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 channels in favour of sport-specific channels, like it now has with its Formula One coverage.

Football will get two channels, there will be individual channels for both cricket and golf while a further new channel called Sky Sports Arena will show other sports such as rugby and tennis. It is not known yet how Sky's GAA coverage will be affected.

This forms part of a wider relaunch of Sky's sports offering later in the year, which will see the price of its cheapest package come down to £18 a month, as opposed to £49.50 at the moment.

Sky Sports' viewing figures have dropped significantly over the previous year, with some analysts ascribing the dip to an increase in popularity of cheaper streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon.

A Sky spokesperson said the company is "always striving to do even better" after offering "an unparalleled level of service" to its customers in 2016.

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If you start adding services like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Sky Boxsets, HD and SkyQ then you can easily be looking at a monthly bill of over £100. The cheapest option available under the new rebrand will be £18 in the United Kingdom, however the cost of certain Sky packages do differ between the United Kingdom and Ireland.

One analysts believes this could be a reason why Sky may be changing its approach to pay TV.

Football remains Sky Sports' primary seller, despite BT Sport coming into the Premier League market and also securing exclusive Champions League rights for the next three seasons.

A change in the way Sky Sports offers its subscription could mean excellent news for golf fans.


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