Sky Sports celebrates biggest year ever
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- 01-01-15, 03:22 PM #1
Sky Sports celebrates biggest year ever
Sky Sports celebrates biggest year ever
Sky Sports offered viewers nearly 11,000 hours of football in 2014, part of a record-breaking year of sport across its channels and digital outlets.
Over 59,000 hours of sport – more than ever before - were scheduled across seven channels during the last twelve months.
Sky Sports offered 29% more football in 2014 than in 2013, including more of the games that matter from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers and for the first time Holland’s Eredivisie. In August, Sky launched Sky Sports 5, a brand new channel showing up to 600 live European football matches this season, alongside the rebranding of Sky Sports News HQ.
Highlights of Sky’s record-breaking year include Europe’s historic Ryder Cup victory, every race of Lewis Hamilton’s second Formula 1® world championship, and Manchester City’s dramatic Premier League title win.
Women’s sport was scheduled on over 260 days, an increase of 30% on 2013 and coverage included England women’s rugby union World Cup win, England’s Ashes victory Down Under and Charlotte Dujardin becoming the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year.
Sky Sports viewers can look forward to even more great sport next year including every ball from the ICC Cricket World Cup, The Ashes, more of the games that matter from the Barclays Premier League and every race from Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1® defence. Plus, Thierry Henry joins the line-up of football experts.
Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, commented: “It’s been a year to remember for Sky Sports viewers and 2015 will be even better. We’ve never offered such a choice of sport across our channels and the great sport keeps on coming over the next twelve months.”
This year has also been a record-breaking one for Sky Sports’ digital services which now offer more content, more functionality and more ways for users to enjoy their sport. Popular short form content and the new Premier League teams section have contributed to the growth of over 250% of On Demand viewing. And during August a record 33 million unique browsers accessed Sky Sports’ website and mobile and tablet apps.
The breadth of sport has been matched by the quality of Sky Sports production which scooped a number of major honours in 2014. Sky Sports production was awarded by BAFTA for its Ashes coverage and also won two RTS awards, including Gary Neville picking up ‘Best Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit’.
The most televised sports in 2014 on Sky Sports, including support programming and live coverage but excluding interactive programming were:
Football 10,912 hours
Golf 6,282 hours
Cricket 4,607 hours
F1® & Motorsport 4,276 hours
Rugby Union 1,943 hours
Tennis 1,662 hours
Rugby League 1,187 hours
Boxing 1,115 hours
Women’s sport 1,160 hours
Over 10,000 hours of football were shown, an increase of more than 29% over the previous year, including the launch of Sky Sports 5. 49 of the top 50 Premier League matches were live on Sky Sports last season and in 2015 viewers can look forward to 57 more Barclays Premier League live matches between January and May, making Sky Sports the home to over three quarters of all live televised fixtures for the remainder of the Premier League season.
There were a record 6,282 hours of golf shown, an increase of 24% from 2013, including an entire channel dedicated to The Ryder Cup for two weeks showing over 300 hours of related programming, including over 36 hours of live coverage from Gleneagles. More than 4 million viewers watched the channel and 5 million also followed Sky Sports’ coverage across its website, apps, social channels and Sky Go.
Every county featured live during a new look domestic season as well as all of England’s matches including the 200th live England Test, marking the long-term partnership between the ECB and Sky Sports. This summer, viewers will be able to enjoy the men’s and women’s Ashes series, following every ball and every minute of the contest, as well as all the action and excitement from the ICC Cricket World Cup and IPL.
Sky Sports F1® remained the only place to watch every Formula 1® Grand Prix™ live, with more hours of F1® coverage than ever before, including Lewis Hamilton being crowned world champion on the final race day in Abu Dhabi. Expert analysis was provided by Martin Brundle and Ted Kravitz as well as newly crowned World Endurance Champion Anthony Davidson, and also Bruno Senna. Viewers could also take advantage of a wide choice of analysis tools and camera angles with Race Control on the Sky Sports app for iPad.
2014 saw an unrivalled schedule of rugby union comprising of over 360 matches this season, including the start of Sky Sports’ Pro12 coverage and the first season of Ireland’s autumn tests. Sky Sports also showed England women’s World Cup triumph and England’s Under 20s winning the Junior World Championship back in June. November was Sky Sports’ biggest ever month of live international rugby union with over 35 live hours of international action. The coverage was brought to you by some of the biggest names in rugby union, with the addition of rugby’s most famous fly-half, Jonny Wilkinson.
There was more tennis than ever before, with over 1,000 hours live, an increase of more than 23% from 2013. Highlights included every serve and volley of the US Open, all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, the ATP World Tour Finals and selected ATP Tour 250 and 500 events.
It was another strong year with a record number of hours dedicated to rugby league. In 2015, Sky Sports will show even more rugby league than ever before, with around 100 live matches from the First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship, Challenge Cup and World Club Series, with every Super League team featuring at least twice before the Easter weekend.
In total over 1,000 hours were dedicated to boxing on Sky Sports in 2014. There were 16 world title fights including the Sky Sports Box Office super-middleweight clash between Carl Froch and George Groves which was one of the biggest boxing events in UK television history. As part of their partnership with Matchroom Boxing, Sky Sports will continue to show more of the best live events in 2015, including every live fight of British gold medallist Anthony Joshua MBE, arguably one of Britain’s most exciting prospects.
It was a fantastic year for women’s sport, with programming shown on over 260 days, up 30% on the previous year. Sky Sports offered live women’s sport every month of the year including the England Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 win in August. The team were later crowned Team of the Year at the 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards broadcast live from Sky Studios. This summer, Sky Sports will show live coverage of every ball of the Women’s Ashes in the new seven match multi-format contest, which will feature live coverage of a women’s Test match for the very first time.
Sky Sports News HQ:
Two million viewers a day come to Sky Sports News HQ, plus many more on digital and social media, which follows the recent rebrand. The new schedule, upgraded studio and improved digital service puts the viewer at the heart of sports news. Sky Sports News HQ delivers new ways of reflecting stories under investigation and those driving social conversations, and revamped apps and digital services. The rebranding of Sky Sports News HQ has resulted in a 12% year to date increase in viewing.
Sky Sports now offers even more content, more functionality and more ways for users to enjoy their sport. August saw a record month with over 33 million unique browsers to the website and mobile and tablet apps. In 2014, Sky Sports’ most popular app ‘Football Score Centre’ benefited from a new video section, enhanced match coverage plus a broader set of mobile push notifications. The skysports.com and Sky Sports for Smartphone app have also been updated in 2014 with a new design and further integration into Sky Sports News HQ coverage. On Demand viewing grew by over 250% with the short form content and the new Premier League teams section proving very popular.
- 01-01-15, 03:27 PM #2
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Re: Sky Sports celebrates biggest year ever
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