Sky Sports channel numbers will be re-jigged on the Sky TV platform from July 11.
Coinciding with the launch of the broadcaster’s dedicated 10-day Open golf channel, its rolling sports news channel Sky Sports News HQ will move down on the Sky electronic programme guide (EPG) to channel 406, with Sky Sports 1, which is being re-branded Sky Sports The Open from July 11-20, returning to its former home on 401.
Sky Sports channels 2 to 5 will all move up one slot from their previous position, reversing the changes which Sky made in August 2014 following the re-launch of Sky Sports News as Sky Sports News HQ and the unveiling of Sky Sports 5.
The changing of the order in which Sky’s sports channels appear on the EPG will occur at 6.00am on Monday (July 11) and will only impact Sky customers.
The re-jig comes as part of Sky’s coverage of its first Open Championship, where Sky Sports The Open will broadcast ten days of programming including live coverage of all four days’ play and practice rounds, evening highlights of each day’s play plus a host of documentaries and shows exploring the unique allure of The Open.
Sky Sports will be providing fans with full live coverage of the famous tournament for the first time in UK TV history, including the opening tee shot as part of its round-the-clock coverage of golf’s pre-eminent Major.
Subscribers will still be able to watch all seven Sky Sports channels via skysports.com as well on Sky Sports for iPhone, Android and iPad.
Later in the summer, Sky is launching a brand new free-to-view sports channel – Sky Sports Mix – bringing a range of some of the world’s biggest sporting events to all its TV customers at no extra cost.
From the launch this summer, viewers can look forward to regular live football from competitions including La Liga, MLS, FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers, as well as a select number of Premier League and Football League matches.
Other sports expected to be included on the channel include golf from Europe and the US, international cricket and much more, all of which will be part of Sky customer’s basic subscription packages.
Sky Sports Mix will also bring Sky’s long-standing commitment to women’s sport to a broader audience, with live women’s golf, cricket and netball, alongside shows suchs as Sportswomen, Game Changers and sporting masterclasses.
Further details on the launch of Sky Sports Mix will be released over the summer.