Sky Sports Tie Up Boxing with 5 Yr Matchroom Sport Deal – Updated

Update: 2017 is poised to be another huge year for Sky and Matchroom Boxings partnership, with massive bouts like Haye v. Bellew, Joshua v. Klitschko, McDonnell v. Vargas and many, many more. However, it’s the Haye v. Bellew and Joshua v. Klitschko fights which are seeing the highest demand from Sky customers on Sky support line to date. It’s just another fantastic reason to sign up for Sky!

The notion that Sky Sports is just a channel for football fans hasn’t been true for a very long time. Now, with Formula One at home on the service, every major golf tournament broadcast, many tennis majors, countless cricket tournaments and a wide variety of women’s sports, there’s a little something for everyone. One area where Sky’s always been strong though is in its coverage of boxing, with late night fights commonplace across the Sky Sports family of channels for a number of years. Many of those fights came from events promotions company Matchroom Sport, who made their name in boxing and snooker but have now extended into pool, bowling, golf, darts, ping pong and poker.

Today, Sky Sports have announced that they’ve inked a new five year deal with Matchroom Sport what will see UK and Ireland get up to 120 nights of live boxing over the next six years. This new agreement will continue Sky Sports tradition of exclusively live access to some of the best boxers in the world today. Not only that, but this new deal locks in Sky’s access to the next generation of British boxing talent, with James DeGale MBE, Kell Brook, Lee Selby, Kevin Mitchell, Scott Quigg, Luke Campbell MBE and Anthony Crolla, all of whom are represented by Matchroom Sport. There’s also action from Anthony Joshua MBE, one of Britain’s most exciting boxing hopes.

Sky Sports viewers can now relax and look forward to the prospect of 20 shows each year after it appeared that the deal between the two companies might collapse, which led to many worried calls to the Sky landline number. With this new deal inked though, we’re getting not only the fights but also build up across Sky’s channels and digital outlets and increased digital coverage so that fight fans always have something to sink their teeth into.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said: “As the home of boxing we’re thrilled to be able to offer a further five years of fights and fighters. A huge commitment to online and digital content will mean a more interactive experience for all fight fans who will continue to enjoy the best quality and excitement of boxing on Sky Sports.”

Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn said: “I am delighted to announce a new five year deal as Sky’s exclusive boxing promoter in the UK and Ireland. Over the past three years, with Sky Sports’ backing, we have developed a team of fighters unrivalled by any promotional company in the history of British boxing. We have worked together to take British boxing from small hall shows to filling major arenas all over the country, creating star attractions and taking the profile of the sport to another level.”

This new deal comes at a crucial time for Sky Sports, as competition from the likes of Box Nation is adding a little heat to the proceedings just as BT Sport did for football coverage. This new deal, however, ensures that Sky always have a man in the fight, and can continue to delight their customers.

How To: Save Money on Your Now TV Subscription – Updated

It’s an old adage, and perhaps one that’s seen more than a little overuse in the last decade, but pennies to make pounds, especially in an austerity economy where the vast majority are not seeing their wages increase. That means that we all try to make savings where we can; be it shopping to Aldi rather than Asda, not taking that big holiday this year or simply looking at ways to reduce your TV bill. Hundreds of thousands of people have already jumped on board with Now TV, a streaming based service operated by Sky which offers a selection of Sky channels for a monthly fee, which can be cancelled at any point.

Those packages are the ‘Entertainment Pass’, which includes Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, ITV Encore, FOX, Comedy Central, Discovery, MTV, Gold, Nickelodeon, ABC and Disney. This package (at the time of writing) costs £6.99 per month and comes with catch up TV services for each of the channels in the bundle. The ‘Movies Pass‘ features, you guessed it, movies – and a lot of them. Alongside live streaming of each and every Sky Movies channel, you also get access to streaming for every film in Sky’s back catalog. That’s over 800 movies available to stream any time you want. This package costs a slightly more expensive £9.99 per month, but as with the Entertainment and Sports passes, you aren’t locked in to a contract, so if you don’t want them anymore, simply don’t pay them. Finally, there’s the Sports pass, which operates in a slightly different way to the other two. The ‘Sports Pass’ comes in two shapes, the first is a day pass, which gives you 24 hours access to all the Sky Sports channels for £6.99. The second is a weekly pass, which as the name implies nets you a full 7 days worth of Sky Sports action but costs a steeper £10.99.

Those prices are relatively reasonable, but if you’re not sure you’re getting your money’s worth out of them you can try this quick and simple trick. Here’s how it’s done:

1) Log in to the Now TV website

2) Click on the ‘My Account’ tab at the top right hand side of the page (as of 5/5/2015)

3) Select a pass that you’ve been paying for and click cancel

4) You will then be shown a screen which might offer you a discounted rate in order to stay with Now TV. You can then accept this offer and be paying less.

It seems like a lottery whether Sky offer you the better rate, but since you can easily back out on the page, it’s really a zero risk move. Also, because Now TV is Internet based, you don’t need to spend any time on the Sky telephone number in negotiations with a human being. Should you get this better offer, you won’t be saving a gigantic amount of money, but along with other cost saving methods, you’ll be well on your way to financial comfort once again.

Update: There are now a few more ways of saving money on your Now TV subscription. The first is to sign up for their fibre broadband service, which comes bundled with TV passes and makes for an excellent saving. The second is to buy pre-paid 3 month subscriptions bundled in with Now TV boxes. These are regularly listed at a steep discount at major technology shops, and often offer a discount on 3 months worth of Entertainment or Movies. Alternatively, you can use the Sky customer service line to negotiate over the telephone.

Disney and Harry Potter: What’s New With Sky Movies? UPDATED

Update: Since the original publication of this article, Sky have made one of the most drastic changes to their Sky service since its launch back in 1990 – they’ve changed its name. Sky Movies is now Sky Cinema, and has launched a new promotion – a new premier every single day. This has coincided with a boost in calls to the Sky contact numbers, as new customers flock to the service.

Since Sky first started beaming from satellites on high in 1990, it’s movies service has been one of its biggest and most important elements. Right from the word go, Sky Movies has provided access to a huge library of films, broadcast in great quality and with great variety. Key to that has been the locking in of first-run deals with big production companies like 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, Columbia Pictures, Buena Vista Distribution and many, many more. Today, there are 12 channels in the Sky Movies family, each specialising in a different genre. However, if Sky really want to keep customers from cancelling their subscription on the Sky customer service phone number, they need to keep coming up with reasons why Movies is better than Netflix. Today, Sky have given customers two such reasons.

The first big announcement out of Sky’s Movies’ division is that for the first time, Sky will be offering exclusive access to the entire Harry Potter catalogue, letting customers dive into the magic whenever the mood takes them. To celebrate the series coming to Sky Movies, from Saturday the 24th of October until the 2nd of November, Sky Movies Greats will be renamed to Sky Movies Harry Potter on the TV Guide, and will be broadcasting every film back to back in a marathon that simply isn’t to be missed. The company are encouraging that fans join the conversation by using the hashtag #pottermarathon, sharing the in-jokes and love that fans of the series are best known for. Also, Sky Movies will be airing the never before seen on British TV extended versions of both Philosophers Stone and Chamber of Secrets.

Alternatively, all the films will be available on demand and on streaming services like Now TV, so you can dig into the series whenever the mood takes you. Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring the wizarding world of Harry Potter to our customers, all in one place so they can enjoy the magic of this timeless story whenever and wherever it suits them”

Perhaps of more importance to Sky Movies though, is the news that they’ve extended their exclusive deal with Disney. This new multi-year movie and TV deal with Disney UK & Ireland will ensure that customers can continue to enjoy incredible Disney films and programmes well into the future. That means that just nine months after they hit the cinema, films like Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere on Sky Movies, truly helping to bring the cinematic experience into our homes, in HD and sometimes even 3D. Needless to say, it’s the kind of deal which keeps people from heading to the Sky customer service phone number to cancel.

Gary Davey, Managing Director of Content at Sky Movies commented: “Sky and Disney have been working together for almost 25 years. Our collaboration has continued to grow and the launch of the exclusive Sky Movies Disney channel two years ago has been a huge success. This new agreement means our customers can continue to enjoy the biggest blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Inside Out” before they are available on any other online subscription service. They also get access to a great portfolio of family channels and a growing on demand library of amazing shows and films which we know they love.”

Sky Sports Lands Highlights Deal

Update: It’s been well over a year now since Sky announced that all Premier League highlights package was announced and the effect has been massive. The clips, which are routinely shared around social media, are all emblazoned with the Sky Sports branding, which has led to a sharp uptick on the number of Sky contact number requests to sign up for the service. Sky have also expanded their highlights to the Championship, making use of their connections with the Football League.

It’s no secret that despite all the great work Sky have done in locking down things like golf, cricket, tennis and darts to exclusive contracts, the jewel in Sky Sport’s crown remains their Premier League coverage. Recent years have seen a heated battle (one that perhaps more closely resembles a war) between Sky and BT to land as many Premier League games as possible. Whilst BT have made up some ground, they don’t have anywhere near the level of coverage that Sky do, nor do they have as many season deciding games as Sky do.

Now, the latest Premier League deal has gone through for Sky, and ensured that along with more live Premier League games than ever before (126), from next season Sky will also have clips from every single one of the 380 Premier League games a season. It’s yet another value offer that should keep the Sky customers services phone number busy with customers willing and eager to sign up for their sports service.

The agreement stretches across three years, and will bring highlights to Sky customers even if the game isn’t on TV, ensuring you never miss your favourite team’s latest goals. Highlights will be made available On Demand and through applications like the Sky powered Sun Goals service. On Saturdays, one entire match not already broadcast will be made available to view from 8pm, with the remaining games being appearing on demand from 10:30pm. On all other days, non-live games will be available from 10pm.

The deal comes at a time when Sky are heavily rumoured to be close to releasing their 4K TV service, which would almost certainly launch with the promise of live football. Sky aren’t telling whether this new clips service will come in 4K, but it would make for another compelling reason to sign up for Sky Sports.

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “Sky Sports has never been in a stronger position with this deal cementing our position as the first choice for sports fans. It completes the set and is more good news for Sky Sports viewers having already secured more live Premier League matches from the 2016/17 season, as well as clips from every match available on mobile and online. We are giving fans more ways to watch extended highlights, with the content now available on demand in the individual club section so fans can catch up on the action when they want.“

This year’s Premier League season has been a fascinating one, with last years champions Chelsea sitting down in 16th, just 3 points away from the relegation spots and in a state of significant turmoil. Meanwhile, two of the recently promoted sides are doing extremely well. Leicester City, who came up from the Championship last season through the play-offs, are currently sitting in 3rd place on the table after 12 games. It’s proven to be a truly incredible season thus far, and as fortunes twist and turn Sky will be there to catch every minute of it.

Sky and Whistle Sports Team Up – UPDATED

Update: With over a year since the launch of the Soccer AM channel, we thought it was time to drop in on the channel to see how it was doing. Well, the good news is that it’s still very much operational, with very videos on an almost daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s not proven quite the hit Sky would have hoped it might become, with less than 500,000 subscribers and average video views sitting less than 100,000. We reached out for comment via the Sky phone numbers, but none was forthcoming.

Aside from their very public battle with BT Sport, Sky have been casting an eye to the future and, well, they haven’t liked what they’ve seen. More and more, young people are using the Internet to drive their engagement with competitive sports, watching clips on YouTube and enjoying the immediacy and shareability of the content on offer. Whilst at the moment this isn’t the crowd which are likely to pay for Sky Sports, in the space of a few short years, Sky will start seeing the effects as potential younger customers don’t sign up to the service.

As such, Sky’s decision to launch a dedicated YouTube channel with Whistle Sports makes perfect sense. This dedicated social media channel will be dedicated to creating original footballing content to young fans from around the globe. Using Sky’s popular Soccer AM brand and leveraging Sky’s unrivaled collection of football clips, it should prove a successful venture for Sky. It’s been available for the past week across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Vine, and has already seen a good number of views.

The content being produced features a variety of new faces such as England Women’s footballer Alex Scott as well as traditional Sky Sports talent like Adam Smith and Laura Woods. There will also be original programming, entertaining videos and posts covering football topics such as gambling, fantasy football, stats and skill highlight videos.

This joint venture marks the first collaboration since Sky invested $7 million in Whistle Sports back in October 2014. Since then, the two companies have been working behind the scenes to create new and exciting content, aimed at the ‘young millennials’ who Sky hope will soon have the homes and spare cash to pick up the Sky telephone line and sign up to Sky Sports in the future.

The launch over the past week has focused on the release of FIFA 16 and has brought together some of the biggest names in YouTube vlogging to look at the characters that surround the game, its evolution over the years and its role in sports gaming. These videos have seen a tremendous response from eager gamers who can’t wait to get their hands on the game.

Dave Gibbs, director of digital media at Sky Sports, said: “Whistle Sports has led the way in producing entertaining digital sports content in the US for some time now with hugely engaged audiences. The new Soccer AM channel on social media is going to do something very different to what football supporters are used to from Sky Sports. We will produce new types of content, with new presenters for new audiences. By combining our expertise and talent, we hope to produce something that will really excite young football fans.”

Whistle Sports CEO John West said: “Young millennial sports fans increasingly use social media to drive their engagement with live sports. Our community of compelling creators have grown to serve that need and engage a growing generation of global sports fans,” pointing out that Whistle Sports recently broke an aggregate 100 million global fans and followers across social platforms.

“Sky makes a perfect partner for our international expansion due to their commitment to innovation. This new brand, new content and new approach around the world’s most popular sport is a great new offering.”

Programme Preview: The Young Pope

Update: Following its successful broadcast in the UK and Europe, The Young Pope has now been broadcast in the US, via HBO. It’s also, amusingly, become the focal point of a meme as people take the name ‘The Young Pope’ at face value – something the Sky free telephone number certainly couldn’t have imagined. Nevertheless, the programme received critical acclaim and is now available to view on Sky Box Sets for Sky +, Sky Q and Now TV customers.

In the world of TV production, there are three names which sell their content worldwide to a fevered and ravenous audience. Those three companies are our very own Sky (who’ve had massive success with the likes of Critical and Fortitude), HBO (Game of Thrones, The Jinx, Boardwalk Empire) and Canal+ (The Tunnel, 24). Each of them brings a degree of high quality sheen to their programming, and each of them understand that in a content led market, they have to produce TV which simply can’t be ignored. As such, it’s a pretty exciting day when we hear that all three will be teaming up to produce a new series from Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino entitled The Young Pope.

Sorrentino shot to fame as the screenwriter of The Dust of Naples in 19098, before going on to write and direct The Consequences of Love, which explored the mindset of a lonely businessman being used as a pawn by the Mafia. The film was extremely well received, and was nominated for the Palme D’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. He’s since worked on many films, creating a reputation as a filmmaker with a keen understanding of both drama and cinema. His forthcoming film, Youth, will be his second English language film after Sean Penn’s This Must Be The Place. It stars Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor and will be competing for a Palme D’Or in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The Young Pope, however, will star two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law as PIUS XIII. born Lenny Belardo. A deeply complex character, Belardo was an almost comically conservative man in his beliefs, but yer would act with absolute compassion towards the weak and poor. Resistant to his office and the Vatican couriers, Belardo will face losing those closest to him and even his God. Here’s what Paolo Sorrentino had to say about The Young Pope:

”The clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them. The inner struggle between the huge responsibility of the Head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff. Finally, how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbor. That is what The Young Pope is about.”

The eight part series will most likely debut in late 2016, with filming set to finish in the early months of that year. It will be produced by Wildside, and co-produced by Haut et Court TV. Executive Producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons. Executive Producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal. It will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic.

Sky Sees Strong Growth From Now TV – UPDATED

Update: Since the original publication of this article, Sky’s Now TV service has gone from strength to strength. The addition of a new streaming box  dubbed the Smart Box, which allows for watching great Freeview alongside all of Sky’s Now TV programmes, has meant that Now TV has a bigger role than ever in many of our lives. Nevertheless, Sky have been keen to keep Now TV and Sky Q seperate, with a distinct set of features for both services. To sign up for Now TV, simply visit the website or call the phone number for Sky.

The problem for big media companies like BT, Sky and Virgin Media is that as much as we all love TV, most of us are pretty sorted for it. Between the strong offering of Freeview, Freeview HD, YouView, Sky +, Virgin and BT Infinity, most of us have already picked a side and are comfortably sat down, enjoying our favourite programmes. As such, it’s the job of those companies to try and convince those last few stragglers to come and join their side. Unfortunately for most, that’s proven particularly difficult.

The issue has been one of access. Not everyone can have a satellite dish fitted on their home for Sky, and not all homes are wired up for cable TV for Virgin. That’s meant that despite how much people might have wanted to switch away from Freeview, they’ve simply been unable to. That’s why Sky’s Now TV service was such a genius idea. By using the fast broadband connections that much of the nation now has, Sky have been able to broadcast a selection of their channels to peoples homes using nothing but the Internet connection in their home and a games console, Now TV box, Chromecast or otherwise.

It meant that for the first time, those people not living in the ideal circumstances prescribed for Sky or Virgin could get premium programming like Comedy Central, Sky Atlantic and countless other great programmes and channels. Needless to say, Now TV has had a strong start to life, with the people wondering how to contact Sky to get on board with the service. Until now though, we’ve been in the dark as to what numbers are behind Sky’s claims of ‘strong growth’ in the service.

According to research by IHS analysts Maria Rua Aguete and Jonathan Broughton, pay-TV subscribers grew by over a million in the last year, which amounts to an increase of 3.5%. By March 31st 2015, there were 16.7 million households subscribing to pay-TV via satellite, cable or IPTV, up from 15.6 million in the same period in 2014. Their research indicates that Sky remain at the top of the heap with 11.9 million customers by Q1 2015, gaining around 400,000 subscribers over the year. All of that growth though is coming from Now TV, which is helping to prove the viability of so-called ‘Over the Top’ services like Now TV. By their reckoning Now TV current has around 729,000 subscribers, but because of the month to month contract nature of the service, these numbers fluctuate somewhat. Still, those numbers (if correct) would mean that Now TV is the fastest growing pay-TV platform in the country.

With the likes of Sky Atlantic offering exclusive access to Game of Thrones, Mad Men and countless other unmissable programmes, it’s hard to imagine that any competing service could be as compelling as Sky’s service is. Also coming later in the year is a second generation Now TV box, which promises to bring a faster UI and potentially 1080p streaming of their programming. It would be a compelling new option for those still undecided about complimenting their Freeview set up with high quality pay-TV broadcasting, and we see nothing but success for Now TV in the future.

Sky Introduces Sky+HD Box Environment Factsheet – UPDATED

Update: Since the launch of Sky Q and its replacement of Sky+ HD, Sky have failed to publish the environmental factsheet for the new system. Though customers have requested the environmental information for Sky Q on the Sky contact numbers, Sky are keeping quiet on the possibilities of such a thing being published.

Sky are something of a rarity when it comes to massive companies in the fact that they care about the environment. Whilst most companies will make some tokenistic effort to prove their green credentials, Sky have consistantly shown their dedication to the cause. Through initiatives like Sky Rainforest Rescue (in partnership with the WWF) they’re working to save the rainforest and with 100% of their energy as a business purchased from renewable sources, they’re doing working hard on their end to ensure the sustainability of their business. Indeed, it’s moves like that which saw them named as one of the global 100 most sustainable corporations, coming in at #59.

Alas, as a business which sells electronic devices, all the work they do at their headquarters can easily be undone by shipping inefficient products to consumers. To that end, Sky have announced the introduction of the Sky+HD box Environment Factsheet, an interactive document which takes you through the seven stages of your Sky box’s life cycle from product design to reuse and recycle. Along the way we see how integrated components lower energy usage in the box, how Sky work with manufacturers to improve their emissions, how Sky have improved fuel efficiency in their transport by 11% over the last 4 years and much, much more. Perhaps one of their largest innovations is extending the automatic low-energy eco mode setting duration by 50%, which automatically shuts down the box when no activity has been recorded.

Sky+ box impact

All in all, it works to reassure customers that Sky is committed to ensuring that every interaction they have with customers, be it speaking to them on the Sky customer services line or sending them a new Sky+HD box is governed by the same eco-friendly principles. Truly, it’s something which no other pay-TV supplier offers in the UK, and it separates out Sky for special praise, though it’s arguable that this kind of behaviour should be commonplace across all businesses in the UK.

All of this action is to ensure that Sky’s products are in line with their 2020 environmental targets, which are to halve emissions relative to revenue, increase energy efficiency by 20% on all Sky owned businesses, Sky-owned sites to obtain 20% of their energy from self generated solar or wind, increase fleet fuel efficiency by 15% and achieve zero waste to landfill at their main offices. Those are lofty goals, but if any company is capable of meeting them, then it’s Sky.

Sky’s commitment is led by their Director of Customer Technology, Roger Lambert, who commented “At Sky, we continue to introduce innovative new products and services which deliver the best experience for customers, in the most sustainable way possible. This factsheet is a great way of communicating how environmental sustainability lies at the heart of our Sky+HD Box design”.

Sky Go Options Explained! – UPDATED

Sky Go is one of the most fantastic tools available to those who subscribe to Sky. It allows us to take live TV with us wherever we go and download programmes to view later. Indeed, if you take a trip on a train you’ll undoubtedly see somebody enjoying the service as they make their way to where they need to be. It’s not a flawless service though, and the desktop application can be pretty confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this list of its options and what they mean, to save you from the dreaded Sky phone numbers.

 Option 1 – My Downloads:

This is the main Sky Go Desktop window, where you could find your download queue and all the programmes.

 Option 2 – Open Website:

It opens the Sky Go website into a new window, where you can select programmes to be downloaded into your computer.

 Option 3 – Help:

You can find the complete Summary of the main Sky Go Desktop controls here.

 Option 4 – Programme details:

It gives you the complete details of the programme currently selected, with complete synopsis, duration, file size and age certification.

 Option 5 – Sign in/Sign out:

Click to sign in with your Sky ID and password. When you’re signed in, your download queue will be checked in every 10 minutes for programmes you have chosen to download from the Sky Go website. If you are signed in, the link automatically gets altered to read Sign out.

 Option 6 – Programme image:

It provides you with a preview image of the programme that you have currently selected.

Option 7 – Play/Resume/Restart:

Once a programme is done with downloading, the Play button appears over the programme image. If you have already played part of the programme, you will see Resume and Restart buttons instead. It’s not necessary to be online to watch the programme, unless parental controls are turned on.

 Option 8 – List All:

Displays downloads currently in progress, as well as completed downloads that are ready to play.

 Option 9 – Downloading:

It Displays downloads in progress, or those recently completed.

 Option10 – Check Queue:

You can manually check for any new programmes you have queued to download. The queue is checked automatically every 10 minutes while you are signed in to Sky Go Desktop.

 Option 11 – Pause all downloads:

Pauses all active downloads.

Option 12 – Allow multiple downloads:

Check this box to allow up to four simultaneous downloads. Whereas normally only one programme is downloaded at a time

Option 13 – Expires:

This tells you time you have set for watching the programme before it expires. After this, you need to download the programme again, subject to availability. Rental programmes will be charged on the basis of number of times you download them.

Option 14 – Pause download:

It puts on hold the selected download. Once paused, the next inactive download in your queue will start automatically. The Pause all downloads button puts a hold on all downloads.

 Option 15 – Start download:

Will start, or restart, the selected download.

 Option 16 – Delete:

Removes the download from your queue and deletes the downloaded programme from your computer.

 Option 17 – Status:

Shows the current state of the download. If the status is shown as “Error” or “Corrupt” than you will have to delete the download from your queue and download it again from the Sky Go website.

 Option 18 – Download Progress:

The percentage of the download that has taken place could be seen here

 Option 19 – Queue last checked:

Shows when your queue was last checked for new downloads. The queue is checked automatically after every 10 minutes when you are signed in to Sky Go Desktop.

Sky Connect First Ultrafast Broadband Customers – UPDATED

Update: Since the launch of Sky’s ultrafast 1Gbps broadband service in York, we’ve seen the overall speed of Sky’s broadband improve, much to the delight of customers on the Sky tel number. However, Sky havebn’t yet announced any plans to expand the service outside of York. That’s a letdown, but we believe that Sky are doing the correct thing in ironing out any issues that the service might have.

The pace of improvement in the UK’s Internet speeds over the last decade has been pretty remarkable. From plugging in your phone line to early broadband and now to fibre optic broadband, we’ve seen an explosive improvement in speeds to match the more demanding things we now do online. Indeed, over the last two years the UK average broadband speed has gone from 12Mbps in March 2013 to 22.8Mbps in February of this year, an increase of almost 100%. With that being said, broadband suppliers are in no rush to slow down the pace of improvements, and so companies like Sky are trailing what they call ‘ultrafast broadband’, and for a change, that isn’t just empty hyperbole because Sky’s new service can hit speeds of almost 1GB per second, 940Mbps, to be exact.

That’s truly astonishing speed, and follows in the footsteps of what Google have been doing in America as well as what multiple broadband providers are trailing. We wrote about Sky’s intention to launch the service in York a couple of months ago, and since then, work with TalkTalk and CityFibre has moved at a brisk pace laying the cable and typing up the contracts necessary in order to flip the switch on the first customers for the service.

With the first customer now online, they’re the first person to feel the true power of an almost 1GBps speeds, which means that you could download a HD film in less than 10 seconds, 100 photographs in less than 2 seconds and multiple full albums in a second. If you haven’t yet noticed, those are truly astonishing speeds, and more than that, they’re perfectly achievable in real life.

Even better, this new type of fibre optic broadband will mean that greater stability and reliability than ever will be felt for Sky customers, something customers on the Sky Broadband contact number will be pleased about.

Lyssa McGowan, Director of Sky Broadband, said: “Sky is the first broadband service provider in the UK to offer guaranteed broadband speeds. We are proud that these products will be available to our customers in York on our ultrafast and ultra-reliable gigabit network. As Ofcom continues its review of the broadband market, we believe that trials like this are a valuable demonstration of the alternative technologies now available. With the right conditions for investment and innovation, consumers and businesses could benefit from more ultrafast connections across the UK.”

Sky hope that if the trial is successful, they’ll be able to slowly roll out the service for more Sky customers across the country. It’d also lay down the infrastructure to allow everybody to stream 4K television programming, should Sky decide that streaming is a more viable option than broadcasting it through their existing satellite systems. Indeed, it could also make the distinction between on demand content and live content almost indistinguishable from each other, with streaming programmes beginning instantly with no buffering.

It’ll be some time before we can conclusively say that Sky’s trials in York are a success, but with much of the hard work behind them it’s hard to see how Sky won’t look to roll this out across the country.