Sky Sports unveils channel revamp

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has confirmed details of its revamped sports offering, with 10 channels to be made available from July 18.

It was reported last month that Sky would offer two dedicated channels for football, one for golf and one for cricket, with the existing Sky Sports F1 channel to also be retained.

Sky has now confirmed today (Monday) that one of the football channels will be dedicated to the top-tier English Premier League and feature a nightly debate show.

The new Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena channels will showcase a range of sports, including rugby union, rugby league, boxing, netball, darts, tennis, WWE wrestling and Gaelic sports.

Another new channel, Sky Sports Main Event, will serve as the home of Sky’s biggest events.

The Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix channels will also be retained and will be available for all Sky customers.

The new package of 10 channels will be available for £27.50 (€31.08/$35.41) per month, a price which will be frozen for 12 months. Existing customers will automatically receive the updated package, with the new channels to replace existing ones.

Sky will provide channel pack offers for customers not interested in the full package. One channel pack will be available for £18 per month, two for £22 and three for £26.

Sky’s full range of digital platforms are also being brought together under one Sky Sports app as part of the revamp.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK and Ireland chief executive, said: “Sport has been a major part of Sky for 26 years and we're improving our service even further, super-serving existing customers and providing flexibility to a whole new generation of sports fans. We are making sport more accessible and offering even more choice; all part of our continued investment in offering Sky customers an unrivalled service.”

Sky’s current basic sports package costs £49.50-per-month.