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Sky Sports in the UK
Looking to get the Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, or Sky Sport in HD? We let you know how to receive this channel in the UK.
Sky Sports launched in 1990 and is one of the flagship services for Sky. Sky Sports carries the majority of FA Premier League matches, as well as a host of other sporting events.
There are now four Sky Sports channels, hour Sky Sports HD channels, and the Sky News channel.
Digital TV services offering the Sky Sports channels:
4 HD Channels
Sky Sports News
To get Sky Sports on Sky Digital, you'll need to have a satellite dish installed, get a set-top box, and pay a monthly subscription. Subscription to Sky Sports is on top of the standard monthly Sky fee, and HD will cost you even more.
More details on our Sky Digital Explored page.
In 2010, Ofcom ruled that Sky had to allow other broadcasters to take their sports service as a reasonable rate. Accordingly, in July 2010, BT Vision announced that they would be undercutting Sky to offer Sky Sports 1 to their subscribers from £6.99 a month. Sky Sports 1 and 2 are available from £11.99 a month.
Also note that ESPN is currently offered for free to BT Vision Unlimited subscribers.
2 HD channels
Virgin Media uses special fibre-optic cables and is available in certain parts of the UK.
The four Sky Sports channels are available, with Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky Sports 2 HD now available as well
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Top Up TV Anytime uses a TV aerial to get live TV channels. The special set-top box records extra TV programmes overnight to be watched over the next seven days.
Sky Sports 1 is available for £24.99 a month - there's a contract-free option
TalkTalk TV is available in parts of the UK, and uses your existing phone line to deliver digital TV to your home. This is a subscription service.
Sky Sports is not available on Freeview, although you can get it on Freeview boxes using TopUp TV
Sky Sports News was available on Freeview until it was removed by Sky in August 2010.
For more on Freeview, see our Freeview Explained page
Freesat is a subscription-free satellite TV service. You'll need a satellite dish and set-top box
More on our Freesat page
Need any help with digital TV? Try our Digital TV Help section.
Looking for info on another channel? See our UK Channel List