Sky Line Up 300 La Liga Matches

For the first time ever, Sky Sports will be showing over 300 live La Liga matches throughout the season, completing a deal which will bring a truly comprehensive schedule of Spanish football across their various platforms. This announcement highlights the level of commitment that Sky are putting into one of the worlds most famous leagues, and should work to bolster their football schedules in the battle against BT Sport, who now have the Champions League to broadcast. With an ‘unrivaled’ schedule of football, Sky Sports viewers will be able to enjoy more coverage than ever before this season across TV, online and mobile devices, so you’re never without a game to watch.

La Liga games will broadcast live on a regular Sky channel if they don’t clash with a Premier League or Football League match, in which case they’ll be available on the red button and Sky’s digital TV channel, Sky Sports Xtra which can be accessed online or via the Sky Sports app. Alongside live games, fans will also be able to keep up to date with rumours, news, previews and match reports from the Spanish league on Sky Sports HQ and across online and social media platforms. A new dedicated La Liga section on the Sky Sports websites will include a transfer news service throughout the season and in depth game by game analysis.

This news comes after Sky announced that they extended their deal with La Liga in order to bring their association into its 20th year. These 300 games will be split to 100 a season, and will feature the highly anticipated ‘El Classico‘ fixtures and all of your favourite world class Spanish teams like Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Indeed, that deal is just the latest of 36 deals Sky have struck for live sports in the last 18 months.

Gary Hughes, executive producer of Sky Sports football said: “La Liga is one of the best leagues in the world with incredible players and unmissable matches. The way football fans follow the action is changing and we in Sky Sports are best placed to embrace that with seamless coverage across TV, mobile and online. For the first time, we’ll have over 300 live matches through TV, interactive and digital platforms. It’s going to be a fantastic season.”

“This is fantastic news for Sky Sports and strengthens our position as the first choice of sport in the UK and Ireland. The agreement means our viewers can enjoy the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Bale and Neymar week in week out throughout the football season. Add to that the ‘El Clasico’ clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the league and Sky Sports viewers are sure to see some of the best football moments throughout the season. We’re proud to take our partnership with La Liga into its 20th year and remain the home of Spanish football for another three years.”

Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, added: “Sky Sports is the leading sports broadcaster for the UK and Ireland and we are delighted to continue our partnership with them for another three years. La Liga has a huge global fan base and by renewing with Sky Sports, the agreement provides us with the best possible way to showcase our league, our teams and our players to our UK and Irish audience.”

 

Sky News To Host Final Labour Leadership Debate

With the Labour leadership contest now entering its final phase and Labour party members finally getting to scribble their preference. The competition, between Liz Kendall on the right of the party, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper in the middle and Jeremy Corbyn to the left remains as heated as ever. Media attention on the contest is almost without parallel, with daily articles on the subject, largely on the topic of Jeremy Corbyn, who appears to have won the support of hundreds of thousands of people previously disillusioned with politics. Now, Sky News have announced that they’ve won exclusive rights to broadcast the very last Labour leadership debate on the 3rd of September at 7pm, exactly one week before voting will close on the contest.

The event has been titled ‘Labour’s Future: The Final Debate‘  which is only a shade less dramatic than last years election debate named ‘Cameron and Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10‘. It will be staged at the iconic Sage in Gateshead, a traditional heartland for the party, and will find candidates taking questions from a representative audience of Labour voters, supporters and party members. There will also be questions taken from social media and Sky News viewers who can pitch in via the Sky News Website.

The coverage will be fronted by Kay Burley and Adam Boulton. The first half of the 90 minute programme will focus on questions from the in studio audience, with the second half being thrown open to questioning done online. As well as deciding the questions, the audience will be able to vote on the candidate’s answers in real time as Sky News debut an audience engagement tool developed alongside Microsoft called Bing Pulse. The tool will show in real time how the audience are reacting to the debate and their responses to the polled questions. This information will be relayed over the TV and all of Sky’s digital platforms. For those without access to a TV, the debate will also be streamed on YouTube and across Sky News’ digital platforms. There will also be a live blog with up to the minute action.

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Following the debate, Kay will host extensive analysis and reaction of viewers from throughout the debate. It will be the last time the public get the chance to hear each candidate speaking before the votes are tallied, and will be an important debate for every candidate, especially those like Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper who have fallen away from the pack in recent weeks. As for Mr. Corbyn, Paddy Power have started to pay out on bets that he will win, calling it a ‘done deal’. If so, it is one of the most shocking victories in history. Originally listed as a rank outsider at 100/1, he’s now at 2/9 and seems odds on to win. A veteran left winger who’s regularly defied his party and never compromised his morals, he would be seen as Labour returning to its morals and taking a stand.

He’s been the subject of many attacks from within his own party, with the likes of Blair, Brown, Mandelson and many others calling him a danger to the party and criticising his brand of politics. This final debate will be the other candidates last chance to convince the voting public that he isn’t right for the party.

John Ryley, Head of Sky News commented: “The race for the Labour leadership is far more exciting than had been expected. The Sky News debate will be the backdrop to the decisive clash between the candidates, as Labour attempts to redefine itself following the defeat of the General Election.”

Sky Backtrack To Announce Scientology Doc Release Date

Back in April, we brought you the news that hotly anticipated and multi-Emmy award nominated Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’ wasn’t to get a UK release date. It was an unusual omission from the schedules, and one which left many scratching their heads, especially since Sky have an exclusive agreement with HBO to bring their programming to the UK. The truth of the matter was that although England, Wales and Scotland have laws in place which mean that religions that feel aggrieved by coverage have to prove that the programme will cause serious harm, Ireland does not. That lack of law, combined with the fact that Sky’s satellites can’t selectively broadcast, meant that many sources inside Sky were unconfident that the programme would ever get an air date.

It was a situation made even less likely by the limited cinema release that the feature length documentary got, but now we’ve got news that Sky Atlantic will be showing the documentary after all on the 21st of September at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.

The documentary, which has caused a significant stir amongst the worldwide community and attracted widespread critical acclaim was a Sky Atlantic co-production with Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and has now been nominated for an astonishing 7 Emmy Awards, including nods for Best Direction and Best Documentary Special. Based on the book of the same name which went on to become a bestseller and regularly cited as an example of how the Church has systematically damaged lives who have sought peace within the church.

Sky customers are already voicing their support for the decision on the Sky feedback number, but it’s unclear that anything has actually changed behind the scenes. Indeed, it would appear that Sky are simply planning to push ahead with the broadcast and face up to the consequences as and when they arise, stating “Both Sky, and the producers of the film, have sought legal advice at every stage of the process and are confident that the film complies with legal requirements in the territories in which we are screening the film”. Nevertheless, The Church of Scientology are famed for attempting to sue those who question them into submission.

The film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The film is rooted around the claims of former high ranking members of the church, who have been brave enough to leave and speak out against what they consider as abhorrent behaviour from current leader of Scientology David Miscavige. The film has now been viewed by almost 6 million people, although the Church themselves have described the film as “one-sided, bigoted propaganda built on falsehoods”.

On the subject of Going Clear finally getting a release date
Celia Taylor, Sky’s Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning, commented:
“Going Clear is a brilliantly compelling film that unflinchingly probes the secretive world of Scientology through powerful testimony and a beautifully crafted narrative. I am extremely proud of it.”

Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic, added:
“I’m hugely proud that Sky Atlantic has co-produced Going Clear, especially in light of its recent success gaining seven Emmy nominations. I’m sure that Sky audiences will be captivated by Alex Gibney’s remarkable film.”

Ian Holloway Joins Sky Sports

It’s fair to say that when BT came out of the blue in order to win a big chunk of Premier League games in 2012, Sky were unprepared for what it would do to their business. So much of their flagship sport channel relied on the built in audience and consistent programming opportunities that blanket Premier League coverage gave them. Since then, and knowing that BT is now in the game, Sky have been working to significantly increase the amount of coverage that other sports get on their channel, but that’s not all they’ve been doing.

A new agreement struck earlier in the year between Sky and the Football League not only saw the two renew their exclusive partnership, it promised more Football League games per season than ever before. Covering everything from the Championship down to League 2, there’s an incredible number of games on each week. Under the new deal, Sky are to show 127 live games a season, but to cover those games they were going to need a little help. Enter Ian Holloway, who has inked a deal to become the latest pundit on Sky’s roster.

Holloway joins Sky after a 35 year career in football, having started out as a midfielder at Bristol Rovers before moving to Wimbledon, Brentford, Torquay, QPR and two further stints at Bristol, racking up a total of 598 games and 49 goals for his clubs. He then became a manager, helping to achieve promotion with three clubs, including Blackpool and Crystal Palace. During his time, he also managed his beloved Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Millwall. It was that last appointment which he most recently left, having failed to keep Millwall in the Championship having been hired to keep them from relegation during the previous season.

Now unattached to any club, he’s free to pursue new career in punditry, as he joins up with Sky Sports in order to commentate on the Sky Bet Championship. It’s a fantastic gig for Holloway, and his insight into football at this level will no doubt prove invaluable as we navigate the English second tier. Holloway joins Don Goodman, Peter Beagrie and Andy Hinchcliffe as Football League analysts alongside Simon Thomas.

Ian Holloway said: “I can’t wait to get started working as an analyst for Sky Sports. With 127 Football League matches this season exclusively live, there’s no better time for me to join the UK’s leading sports broadcaster. I love Sky Sports’ football coverage and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and insight with football fans up and down the country.”

Sky Sports Head of Football Gary Hughes said: “Ian Holloway is a fantastic new addition to our Football League line-up. Promotions, playoffs and relegations – he’s seen it all, and he’ll share his experiences, passion and analysis of the game with Sky Sports viewers throughout the season. Ian joins Sky Sports as we embark on a brand new broadcast partnership with the Football League comprising more matches than ever before from across the Championship, League One and League Two.”

The Football League season has already begun and Sky are reporting that customers on the Sky TV helpline are delighted with the coverage they’re getting of The Football League and Sky are seeing strong viewer numbers, especially on games like Leeds vs. Burnley, which drew in Premier League levels of viewers. For Sky’s part, they’ll be delighted that they’ve landed such a capable voice in that of Ian Holloway, and hope that the season delivers everything it has done in the past.

How To Manage Multiple Sky Accounts

With every Sky account, there’s the potential to have up to 9 additional users, each with the ability to access things like a Sky Email account and Sky Go. Managing these accounts might seem like a hassle in theory, but in practice it’s actually very simple. Just follow these instructions and you’ll have control over multiple accounts in no time.

  • First you need to Sign in to Sky’s ‘Manage users’ page on sky.com/myaccount.
  • Then choose the ‘Set up an additional user’
  • Enter the name as well as other details of the particular user you want to add.
  • Then make a Sky ID, password and username for your additional user.
  • Just confirm whether your additional user is satisfied with the Terms/Privacy Policy/Conditions/contact preferences. After that, check on the ‘Additional user’s agreement boxes’.
  • Then click on the ‘Save’ button in order to submit the additional user.
  • Share the Sky ID, password and username with the additional user and tell them to reset these for security purpose.
  • They will receive the email about the same from Sky.

Remember that when you’re setting up additional accounts, it’s best to give them memorable names so that you and your family can easily distinguish between them. If you get into any trouble, use the Sky number to pay bill to help you through the process.

How To Fix Browser Access to Sky Go and Sky Store

Sky Go and Sky Store are two of the biggest draws for Sky customers, allowing you to watch programmes without being near the TV and download the latest movies respectively. The trouble for many Sky customers though is that for whatever reason, they just can’t get on those websites through their PC’s browser. In this guide we’ll be investigating how to fix that particular issue.

The first thing you should do is to close your web browser, power off your router, turn it back on and then launch the Internet again. If this doesn’t fix your access issue try editing your browsers settings. Follow these guides for your preferred browser, or use the Sky helpline phone number to solve your problem,:

1) Internet Explorer:

  • First open the ‘Internet Explorer’ browser
  • After that choose the ‘Tools menu’ and then select the ‘Internet Options’.
  • Select the ‘Connections
  • Click on theLAN Settings’ button.
  • Then in the ‘Local Area Network (LAN) Settings’ window, un-check every box in the ‘Automatic configuration and Proxy server’ segments.
  • Click ‘OK’ and ‘OK’ again to close every pop-up box.
  • After that shut the window and restart the browser.

2) Mozilla Firefox:

  • First of all open the ‘Firefox’ browser.
  • After that choose the ‘Firefox button’ just on the Firefox browser’s top left > Choose the ‘Options menu’> then choose ‘Options’.
  • Then select the ‘Advanced’
  • Then click the ‘Network’
  • After that choose the ‘Settings’
  • Then select the ‘Use system proxy settings’
  • Click ‘OK’ and ‘OK’ again to close every pop-up box.
  • After that shut the window and restart the browser.

3) Google Chrome:

  • First of all open up the ‘Google Chrome’ browser.
  • Then click on the ‘Tools menu’ and then select ‘Options’.
  • Click on the ‘Under the Bonnet’ option.
  • Then choose the ‘Change proxy settings’ option.
  • After then choose the ‘Connections’ option in the pop up box.
  • Then click on theLAN settings’ button.
  • Then in the ‘Local Area Network (LAN) Settings’ window, un-check every box in the ‘Automatic configuration and Proxy server’ segments.
  • Click ‘OK’ and ‘OK’ again to close every pop-up box.
  • Then close the window and restart the browser.

4) Safari:

  • First of all, open the ‘Safari’ browser.
  • After that choose the ‘Settings’ menu and then click on the ‘Preferences’ option.
  • Then select the ‘Advanced’ tab.
  • Choose the ‘Change settings button’ option.
  • Then in the ‘Local Area Network (LAN) Settings’ window, un-check every box in the ‘Automatic configuration and Proxy server’ segments.
  • Click ‘OK’ and close every pop-up box.
  • Then close the window and restart the browser.

How To Speed Up Sky On Demand Downloads

Trying to download an On Demand programme through Sky but bumping up against tediously slow download speeds? It’s a common problem, and in this guide we’ll be looking at how to fix it. First, you should check the strength of your wireless signal.

  • Press the ‘Services’ button on your Sky remote
  • Navigate to ‘Settings’
  • Press the ‘Select’ button twice to enter the ‘Picture’ page
  • Click ‘Network’
  • Check the signal strength bar.

If your signal is weak, Sky+ will struggle to download things at high speeds. The fix to this is getting a better connection between your router and your Sky+HD box. Here are some hints to improve the strength of your signal.

  • Consider moving your wireless router closer to your Sky box
  • Try to remove all sources of interference such as electronic items like computers, fax machines et cetera
  • Run a wired connection from your router to the Sky box for a constantly strong connection
  • Don’t do any other taxing Internet activities like downloading torrents or playing video games whilst you’re trying to download things On Demand

With those done, you should see your Sky On Demand speeds increase dramatically and you can go back to enjoying TV the way you want to. If not, your problem may be something else and it’s worthwhile to contact the Sky payment number and register a complaint.

How to Watch Sky TV without a Subscription

Getting home after a long day and unwinding in front of your Sky subscription is a ritual for millions of people across Europe. It’s a fantastic service loaded with quality content, but for millions of others it’s simply not a practical option. Be it because of money, listed building status or otherwise, signing up to a long term contract and having a satellite dish fitted to your house simply isn’t practical. For those other people, we now present how to get Sky TV without a subscription.

Once upon a time Sky offered what they called a ‘Sky Go Monthly Ticket’, which allowed customers to pay monthly for access to Sky Go, something which is free for regular customers. They’ve recently cut that service out of their business, but in its place is NOW TV.

If you haven’t heard of NOW TV, it’s a pay-monthly service with no contract like Netflix which gives you access to Sky’s On Demand content as well as a number of live TV channels like Sky Atlantic, Comedy Central and many more. The price is £6.99 for the ‘Entertainment’ pass, £9.99 for the ‘Movies’ pass and from £6.99 for the ‘Sports’ pass. NOW TV applications are available for consoles, phones, tablets, PCs and Chromecast.

To sign up to NOW TV follow these instructions:

  • Visit the NOW TV website as nowtv.com
  • Click the ‘Join Now’ button
  • Enter your details as normal
  • Enjoy Sky TV without a subscription!

If you’re struggling with this procedure then we’d recommend getting on the Sky Bet phone number and speaking to one of their helpful customer service members.

How To Access Secure Websites With Sky Broadband

Using the Internet is pretty much a pain free experience these days, but every so often you run into a stumbling block which just doesn’t make any sense. Perhaps you’ve had this experience with your Sky broadband that you’re being locked out of secure websites like your online banking page. Well, this is a common problem so join us as we explain how to fix it.

The problem comes from the fact that the secure website want’s to install a small file called a cookie on your computer to verify the connection. Your web browser will likely be rejecting the cookie by default, which is causing the problem. Alternatively, it could be your Internet security program, so check to see that that’s not blocking the cookie.

This is how you enable cookies on the major browsers without using Sky’s number:

In case of Internet Explorer:

  1. Click the ‘Tools menu’ and select the ‘Internet Options’.
  2. Then select the ‘Privacy’ tab.
  3. After that just scroll the slider beneath the ‘Settings Options’ in order to set your ‘privacy level’.
  4. Do not set to ‘Block all Cookies’ option.
  5. Now setting the slider (either to medium, high or medium high) would allow you to access any secure website.
  6. Then choose ‘OK’ option.

In case of Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click the ‘Tools menu’ and select ‘Options’.
  2. Then select the ‘Privacy’ option.
  3. Be sure to set the drop-down box to ‘Remember History’ option.
  4. Select the ‘OK’ option.

In case of Google Chrome:

  1. Click the ‘Tools menu’ and select ‘Options’.
  2. Then select ‘Under the Bonnet’ tab.
  3. Choose the ‘Content Settings’ button.
  4. Then select the ‘Cookies’ tab.
  5. Click to set the ‘To Allow local data’ option.
  6. Click on the ‘Close’ option.

In case of Safari 5:

  1. Click the ‘Settings’ menu and then choose the ‘Preferences’ option.
  2. Then select the ‘Security’ tab.
  3. Click the ‘Only from sites I visit’ option from beneath the ‘Accept cookies’ option.
  4. Close the pop-up box.

Can You Fix Sky’s Initial 10 Days Fluctuating Internet Speed Problem

Moving house or just getting a new Internet provider? It can be a stressful time, and one during which you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. If it doesn’t, you can end up with some real headaches. The issue for new Sky customers is that Sky spend the first 10 days of your new Internet service testing the network to see what kinds of speeds your home can handle and how stable it will be once up and running.

This is known as the 10 day fluctuating internet speed period and you’ll certainly notice variations in the speed and quality of your Internet connection during this time. This is completely normal and what Sky expect.

Firstly, don’t start unplugging or restarting your router during this period. You need to keep your Sky router (hub) turned on constantly, it will help Sky extract maximum information about the performance of your line so they can optimise the settings for your home. If you turn off your router, then your network provider won’t be able to collect the required information about performance of your line and eventually won’t be able to deliver the best settings for your line connection. And the testing process won’t be reset to the beginning. Also it will make your systems unable to analyse whether your line has any connection errors or any performance issues.

The simple answer to the question of whether you can fix or opt out of the 10 day testing period is that you cannot, this is essential maintenance work which BT provide on behalf of Sky.

You can, however, check on the progress of the testing period under the ‘Service Details’ section of My Sky’s ‘My Broadband’ section. From there you’ll be able to check the status. If your wireless is down completely consider visiting the Sky Service Status page to see if it’s a problem that all Sky customers are experiencing.