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10 June 2014
Sky Sports launches new channel dedicated to European football

             Sky Sports 5

Sky today announces good news for millions of its customers ahead of the new football season with confirmation that Sky Sports is to launch the first ever television channel dedicated to European football. Customers with Sky Sports will be able to receive the new channel Sky Sports 5 as part of their sports package, and as a further bonus they can also get two years’ free Sky Broadband Unlimited.

Sky Sports 5 will screen up to 600 live European football matches next season featuring some of the best players, the best teams and the best competitions.  Sky Sports 5 will be the seventh channel from Sky Sports and will be the home of European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Coppa Italia and Copa del Rey for Sky Sports viewers, plus a host of other European football programming including Revista De La Liga and Champions League Weekly.  

For the first time Sky Sports will also offer exclusively live coverage of Holland’s top division Eredivisie. The new 4-year deal announced today will bring live matches from each round to Sky Sports 5, enabling viewers to follow the domestic campaigns of the Netherlands’ top teams including Ajax, Feyenoord, FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven.

Launched this week with a nationwide marketing campaign starring David Beckham, Sky Sports viewers can activate the channel from 12 June ahead of the channel going live on 12 August.  As an added bonus, Sky TV customers with Sky Sports can also get two years’ free totally unlimited Sky Broadband Unlimited.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports 5 takes our unrivalled live football coverage to the next level offering more European football than ever before.  There’s never been a better time to be a Sky Sports customer and with two years’ free totally unlimited broadband, we offer the ultimate package for sports fans.”

Sky Ambassador David Beckham added: “Some of my greatest playing moments were on the European stage with Manchester United, playing in El Clasico for Real Madrid and captaining England in Euro qualifiers.  Sky Sports 5 will offer all the drama and excitement that European football has to offer and I’ll certainly be gripped.”

Sky TV customers with Sky Sports will be able to register for Sky Sports 5 from 12 June via red button, online and by calling Sky.  In a further bonus, Sky Sports customers can also get two years’ free Sky Broadband Unlimited worth £7.50 a month and get the great value of Sky’s totally unlimited broadband with no usage limits and no extra download charges.  This, Sky’s best ever broadband offer, means Sky Sports customers could save up to £330 over two years.

Sky Sports will offer more live football than ever before next season with coverage from the international, European and domestic game and analysis from Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness.

The launch of Sky Sports 5 comes during another busy summer on Sky Sports with live England Test cricket, live golf every week including US Open and US PGA, every Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend, international rugby union including England’s tour to New Zealand, Super League and US Open and ATP tennis. 

For more info visit www.skysports.com/5

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*Sky Sports channels: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports 5, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News.

Information:

About the broadband offer*:
This exclusive broadband offer, available from 12 June, entitles Sky TV Sky Sports customers to two years’ free, totally unlimited broadband worth £7.50 a month. Alternatively, Sky TV Sky Sports customers can also enjoy totally unlimited Sky Fibre Unlimited broadband, delivering speeds of up to 38Mb/second for just £10 a month for 12 months, rather than the regular monthly price of £20. To take up the offer customers should go online to Sky.com/2yearsfree or call Sky from 12 June onwards.

About the new channel:
Sky TV Sky Sports customers will be able to register for Sky Sports 5 from 12 June via red button, online at Sky.com/2yearsfree and by calling Sky. The channel is included as part of the Sky Sports subscription. Availability on other TV platforms will be confirmed closer to launch.

* Subject to Sky’s network areas/fibre coverage.  Minimum broadband contract lengths apply. Offers require line rental at £15.40 a month and activation of Sky Sports 5. See Sky.com for full terms.

About Sky:
Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.

Sky is the UK’s biggest investor in television content, investing more than £2.5 billion a year in channels such as Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky News.   Around two-thirds of Sky’s content spend is invested in the UK and Sky is the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programmes.  More than 30 million people watch Sky content each week.

Alongside its commitment to offering customers a greater choice of high-quality content, Sky is a leading innovator.  Customers enjoy total control and flexibility over their favourite TV through Sky+, watch TV on the move through Sky Go, and enjoy the best quality TV experience at home through High Definition and 3D.

Sky distributes its content broadly over several platforms, including satellite, cable, IPTV, mobile and WiFi.  NOW TV, Sky’s second consumer brand, builds on the company’s leadership in internet TV.  Sky is also the UK's fastest-growing home communications company and favourite ‘triple-play’ provider of TV, broadband and home phone.

Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates by taking positive action on the environment, supporting grassroots sports and increasing access to, and participation in, the arts.  Sky employs 24,000 people, has annual revenues of £7.2 billion and is estimated to support a £5.9 billion contribution to UK GDP.  Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BSY).

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