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      21.11.2012 16:04
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      A great channel for football lovers!

      This is a 24 hour channel dedicated to news from the sporting world. This is a free news channel which can be found on Sky channel 405, Virgin Media channel 515 and TalkTalk TV channel 550.
      Through the SkyGo feature you can watch the channel on a portable device such as a mobile phone or laptop.

      The channel features news stories, interviews, league tables, fixtures and the latest scores from many different sports.
      I am a big football fan and have only a small interest in other sports. I have to say that I feel when the football season is on other sports tend to get a bit neglected.
      Since the introduction of the channel Sky Sports F1 which is dedicated to Formula 1 coverage they seem to be covering more Formula 1 on Sky Sports News than in previous years.
      Other sports covered include cricket, boxing, NFL, golf, rugby, tennis, and horse racing.
      Brief captions of news from each sport will be displayed at the bottom of the screens, while fixtures and league tables can be seen on the right hand side of the screen.

      The channel is split into programmes such as 'Good Morning Sports Fans', 'Afternoon Report', 'Through The Night' and 'Soccer Saturday'. Aside from Soccer Saturday all of these programmes are the same thing, though the presenters change. There are many regular presenters of the news and many more reporters who will film interviews, report from out of the studio and try to bring in the latest stories.
      Depending on what's going on in the sporting world I couldn't watch this channel for long as it could be the same headlines repeated every 15-20 minutes for hours until something else happens.

      Every Saturday during the football season is my favourite programme from this channel......

      Soccer Saturday
      Jeff Stelling (sports journalist, tv and radio presenter) hosts this and is joined by a panel of football 'experts' who discuss the upcoming games, team news and make predictions for the games. They then watch a game each report back on any big moments in the games.
      The games which aren't covered by those in the studio have a member of the sky team at each game who will report back via video link or telephone link.
      The panel members varies from week to week, I think a lot of them are a bit bias in their feedback and some of the panellists obviously have a strong dislike for certain teams but it's quite fun to watch the rivalry and bickering between the panellists at times.
      Panelists include Phil Thompson, Charlie Nickles, Matt Le Tisssier, Paul Merson.
      While the games are being played all of the latest goals and red cards will be displayed on the screen by their videprinter system. Scores will also go across the screen on a yellow bar but this isn't updated very quickly and more frequently contains incorrect information so I ignore this yellow bar.
      Interactive features
      These can be accessed by pressing the red button on your sky remote and allow you to see the news, bet on sky bet and also enter free weekly competitions such as 'Super 6' in which you predict the scores for 6 selected football games each week, and 'fantasy football' which is where you can create your dream team to enter in a free fantasy league.

      Transfer News
      When the football transfer market is open the channel has very good coverage of the deals being done from teams around the country. A reporter will usually be hanging around the training grounds and club stadiums to see the new arrivals and get the fans' reactions. There will also be a countdown to deadline day when all the transactions must be completed and I find their reporting on the transfer market excellent.
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      Each Saturday afternoon I turn on this channel to watch the latest scores come in and I find it far superior coverage than other sports programmes. After the final whistle a they will show the highlights and goals of matches from the main English leagues which I also enjoy watching.
      During 'Soccer Saturday' the latest scores will still be shown at the bottom of the screen, unfortunately the same can't be said for scores on other days which means you may miss some scores.They will keep you well updated on any scores from big games but you might not find out about lower league games.
      I think the presenters are good and find myself turning the channel on at least once a day but I do think if I was a fan of another sport I'd feel a bit annoyed about it being called a sports news channel as it is mainly dedicated to football. I think rather than repeating the same news so often they could do with adding some more news from the other sports to keep everybody happy and attract a wider audience.

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        03.05.2011 17:24
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        Natalie Sawyer

        Sky Sports News grew out of the old one-hour Sky Sports Centre, which was successful enough for its formula to be extended over twenty four hours. That show, you may remember, launched Kirsty Gallacher's career and packed a lot of sport into one hour. The twenty four hours seven days a week version retains still centres around the idea of a beautiful mistress-like woman accompanied by some Bloke talking about Sport, especially football and cricket, with other sports who are not broadcast by Sky getting somewhat short-changed.

        The women of Sky Sports are absolutely charming. Natalie Sawyer is simply the loveliest woman on the planet, Georgie Thompson and Claire Tomlinson exude knowing sexiness, Hayley McQueen's lips make me want to melt, and I still miss the preppy perfection of Diane Parish and the smile of Kelly Dalglish. On top of that, they are all extremely smart, sport-lovers and several possess an aura of spiritual goodness that lights up my television screen. It is impossible to imagine Sawyer, Dalglish and Parish in particular ever being anything less than utterly seamless, and the rest are easily forgivable for the mistakes they make. Never is a clothing ensemble misjudged or too much skin shown.

        Other than Jeff Stelling, I can't name any of the male presenters, but I think that's the idea. If the controllers of the channel think anything else they broadcast matters then their qualification for the role must be questioned. The sheer repetition it features dulls the brain (though it does enable the chipperness of the ladies to be emphasised) and makes suggests that the one-hour format was more suitable.

        Unless it is cricket season, football dominates to an extraordinary extent. The only other sports to have any kind of look-in are those that Sky Sports broadcast, and for long stretches of the day are relegated to the ticker. For all the focus on football, the lack of depth is depressing. It is well reported that reporting on tactics and analysis of clubs' long-term strategies is deficient in Britain, and Sky Sports with their wealth of video footage, high-tech tools, time, and all the advantages that television has over the print media is in the prime position to change this.

        The only standout features of the Channel are the analysis and chumminess offered by Jeff and the Gang on Soccer Saturday and Deadline-Day drama. Other than that, this is a channel that can do a whole lot more.

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        26.10.2010 01:19
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        Didn't need the changes, just an update to HD would have been fine.

        It's probably true to state that one of the most frequently viewed Satellite/Digital channels has been Sky Sports News for many years. It's excellent coverage of all range of sports presented by real sports people made it a great channel to either flick on for a quick update about your team, or to have on in the background. Up until recently, freeview users had this for free. So when the announcement came about the channel receiving an overhaul, becoming HD and also not being available on Freeview, this caused quite a stir.

        Sport -the-Difference

        So what's different? And is it any good? Firstly, any sport in HD does look excellent, so that certainly is a good improvement. The detail and clarity of the picture is superb. Of course, the presenters sports knowledge and specialist opinions didn't alter and are still of very high quality, but some things have, and to be honest in my opinion not for the better.
        Upon viewing the 'new' Sky Sports News for the first time, I had to fiddle around with the picture settings both of my TV and the Sky Box, this was a little frustrating, but Sky did offer help with this on their website. But unfortunately, no matter what settings I change too, I see cannot see the screen fully, with about 2 to 3 millimetres cut off the left side. This may be different for other TV's though.

        Bigger, Better? Nope...

        What is not different is the on-screen text size. It has become very small indeed, stats listed down the right side are sometimes so small you end up squinting to read them, and I have a 37" HD TV, so people viewing on a smaller screen must have trouble. There is also a tremendous amount of animation and movement on the screen now, and I have found this can be quite distracting, as the 'live' screen area is slightly smaller than before. All this combined tends to strain the eyes a little. The amount of yellow on the display is also unnecessary, and again just provides more of a strain then anything else.
        One other small thing I seem to have noticed, is sometimes now the outside broadcast reports and their communication with the studio are not as fluid and professional as before, maybe I'm just being a little picky, but i feel this is definitely the case.

        Overall, i feel their was no need to change the actual layout of the channel, just including HD would have been enough. The improvements are not improvements unfortunately, I thnk too much has been pushed into it. A taking it away from freeview? Well, that's just a shame for freeview users. I expected that SSN would become part of the Sky Sports subscription anyway, so that was not a surprise.
        Some of the little annoyances from before remain as well, the news repetition being the main one, but this is the same with any non-stop news channel. New Sky Sports News is still an all-important channel for a sports fan, and still probably the best, but improved? I'm afraid not, and these alterations all seem rather pointless. What's that phase? If it ain't broke.....

        Also posted on Ciao!

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        25.04.2010 23:25
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        Lots of sports news

        The sports news channel from Sky is found on channel 405 but is also available to view for free with some providers. It's round the clock broadcasting means that you can catch up with all the latest results, interviews and transfer gossip at any time of day or night.
        Often along with the BBC website this is one of the best places to see breaking news or press conferences from the world of sport, particularly football.

        Without doubt one of the best features of this channel though is Soccer Saturday presented by Countdown host Jeff Stelling. It starts at 12pm on Saturday lunchtime and Jeff is joined by four former professional footballers to discuss the day's action. In my experience these are normally Southampton legend Matthew LeTissier, Paul Merson, Charlie Nicholas and ex Liverpool defender Phil Thompson. They start the show by talking about previous results, the form of players and other issues tied up with the fixtures of that day. Then at 3pm the four studio guests watch their screens and report to Jeff about any action that may be occurring, it's really funny to hear them get excited and shout things out like "chance" or "goal". Sky also have reporters at a lot of the days matches to let everyone know of any significant events, Chris Kamara is well known for often using the word unbelievable when describing what has been happening. During the week if there are league and cup matches or European games this format is used as well but often Ed Chamberlain fronts the coverage. The BBC offer a similar programme to this on the red button called Score.

        You can only maybe watch this channel for about an hour before you start to see the same stories again but that is the trouble with 24 hour news coverage and is the same as general news channels. The coverage on the night the football transfer window closes can be quite epic with reports from different clubs and two of the female presenters Millie Clode and Charlotte Jacskon are incredibly beautiful, nice one.

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          22.04.2010 23:39
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          Sky Sports News

          Sky Sports News is a channel that normally comes with a Sky package, however you can also access Sky Sports news via freeview.

          Sky sports news covers sporting news, yes you guessed it. It also gives you regular updates and scores, breaking news and transfers when relevant. The show runs mainly on hourly slots but does seem to revolve around football. Every hour the show starts with brief updates on breaking news and then goes into it on more depth.

          I would say that the channel covers 85% of football, the rest seems to be other sports such as golf, cricket, tennis, rugby and boxing. The show also shows upcoming fixtures and current league table positions.

          The show has several presenters who are all to a good standard, it also runds for 24 hours and is often watched by me (as a sports fan) when there is nothing else on.

          When there are live sport events running during the time sky sports is on they will give you updates of current scores, if it is a big game then they will also show a 'goal alert' which updates you straight away.

          Overall I would recommend Sky Sports News for football fans and give it a rating of 5/5, purely because I just cannot be without it!

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            22.03.2010 14:09
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            I love Sky Sports News and it is a fantastic channel to have, especially as it's on Freeview.

            Sky Sports News is a sports news channel available to users of Sky TV packages but also people with Freeview too, like myself.

            The channel runs 24/7 and is divided into hourly segments. The top headlines will be told at the start of each hour and the rest of the time will be spent discussing them and other less important bits of news. The show is broadcast live, which means you do see the presenters mess up their lines every now and again and various technical hitches, especially when they try to talk to someone out of the studio.

            This format means that if you have it on thorughout the day, you do hear the same news over and over again which is a bit annoying, but the channel would be no good if it didn't have the latest news would it?!

            Each match day/evening has special guests (usually ex-footballers) such as Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier watching the live games and telling viewers what has been happening, along with their personal opinions on it. As I don't have access to live games, this service is very good to follow, especially on Saturday afternoons, where you follow lots of games, without having to listen to only one game.

            Aside from the short lived Setanta Sports News, Sky Sports News has no competition but this hasn't really hindered it, as I think it is a very good service.

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              26.02.2010 03:35
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              Few complaints so long as you resist signing up for Sky.

              Sky Sports News is available both to Sky Subscribers and also to most freeview/free tv viewers. It is, as the title suggests, a channel based around Sports News. It runs 24 hours a day, and comes in the form of two presenters running through the latest events in the sports world, with constantly flowing information at the side and bottom, usually of results, fixtures, or headlines.

              Needless to say, it's also an excellent opportunity for Sky to regularly advertise their paid sport channels. A lot of the news is therefore connected in with live coverage of a said game, or event - and thus you are frequently encouraged to sign up so that you can see them. Like any commercial channel, there are also regular advertisements every 15 or so minutes - which is annoying, but to be expected.

              Taking it at face value though, the content of this channel is very useful for the sports fan, if somewhat repeditive. Football is highly focused upon, with less time devoted to other sports.

              It is great for up to the minute live updates on sports events that you can't see for free.

              On Saturday's, 'Gilette Soccer Saturday' is a nice alternative to BBC for Premier League / Football League / Scottish League discussions, debate, and of course results. Unlike BBC, the pundits are usually quite entertaining and insightful.

              It's a good channel for catching up on seeing recent sports action, too. Rugby, Cricket, Football, and other highlights are shown relatively soon after the event, and the presentation is generally top notch.

              In summary, Sky Sports News, while a blatant running advertisement for paid Sky content, is nonetheless an in depth and professional 24 hour sports news channel. If you use it for this purpose alone, there aren't really any better.

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              08.02.2010 14:40
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              A great place to catch up on the days sporting events, but this will never be your fave channel

              Sky Sports News is a channel broadcasting Sport Related news 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is part of the Sky channels owned & operated by BSkyB. On Sky it is channel 405 & is part of the News selection of channels you can buy. On Virgin Media it is channel 517 & on Freeview it is channel 83.

              The channel originally began broadcast on the first of October 1998 when Sky's digital Satellite service was launched. It has been broadcasting ever since.

              The format of the channel is news story after news story. Occasionally there are specific programmes which focus on something specific however these are not that regular. The only real standout show they have is Soccer Saturday. A footbal related show that from 3.00 p.m. 'till 5.00 p.m. every Saturday that is an English Football League Matchday brings you the scores from every game in the country as they happen. This programme is usually broadcast on Sky Sports 1 at the same time.

              As the show is by a UK company for UK viewers it does tend to focus on British sports. Predominatly Football but also Rugby, Rugby League & Cricket. Although this may be true it does also devote a small amount of time to foreign sports & you can find out Spanish Football or American Football results on here.

              I wouldn't really recommend this channel to a woman as it would bore most of the to tears. I'm not entirely sure that I would recommend prolinged viewing to the fellas either. What I would say though, if you want to catch up on the days sporting action from all angles & for all sports, then you can't go wrong with this channel. It is very good at what it does. It's just that there's only so much sporting news anyone wants.

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              03.02.2010 12:23
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              a good channel for football fans

              Sky sports news is a 24 hour a day channel dedicated to sports news (yep a whole channel fellow sports fans!) it is obviously created by the titan that is the sky corporation yet you do not need a sky box to watch it as it is shown of freeview, channel 83 on my TV.

              The channel is very basic in format, two presenters, an average looking man and a good looking woman will read sports headlines as they break (like live! This will either get you excited or make you fall asleep). But that's not just it; they have little interviews with players, managers, sports journalists etc and even show brief highlights of sports, mainly football but some cricket, golf and rugby.

              That is the channels biggest problem (not for me being a man united supporter) in that it is hugely biased towards football where I'd estimate 80 percent is concerned with footie so if you don't like football you won't be watching for long. Every Saturday Jeff Stelling (now of countdown fame) presents Gillette soccer Saturday where former stars watch live games and give commentary's on the big incidents, this is often funny to watch (Paul Merson trying to pronounce a players name often a highlight) so if you like football and want to be kept up to date on what's going on and look at a beautiful woman (Charlotte is my not so secret crush) stick it on now

              If you have any questions feel free to message me
              Tony

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                25.01.2010 00:30
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                The background to my life.

                Sky Sports News is the 'news' channel that accompanies the Sky Sports universe. The channel predominantly covers football, cricket and rugby with a little bit of time left over for less popular sports and sports covered by rival broadcasters. If you're a fan of tennis or motorsport this may not be the place for you.

                The channel is available through various digital tv platforms including Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview who Sky has a stake in. Perhaps cynically, some people say that Sky Sports News is available on Freeview as a non stop advert for their pay tv services being that it covers a wealth of Premiership football and test match cricket that's not available to non-subscribers.

                The channel is very similar to BBC News 24 but concerns itself, unsurprisingly, with sport! All breaking sports news is covered live and a ticker tape across the bottom of the screen repeats all of the breaking news. Unlike the BBC channel SSN features a much younger and more glamorous female group of presenters who help to disguise the banal nature of updating news of cricketers injuries and rumours of hostile takeovers at football clubs.

                Like any live and always broadcasting news network, SSN can become a bit tedious and perhaps exaggerate the importance of a story such as the closing of a transfer window in football where reporters are sent to various grounds at pockets of the country and unsupported transfer rumours are regurgutated.

                The undoubted highlight of the channel is Gillette Soccer Saturday, the football show where Jeff Stelling and guests discuss and update the latest scores and action of the day's matches. A format that sounds like it shouldn't work but does, mainly due to Stelling's banter with the ex-footballer commentators and his encyclopedic knowledge of British football.

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                16.01.2010 00:52
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                Legendary Sports Channel

                Sky Sports News, what can I say. I bet many of you like myself watch this at least one a day, to catch up with the sports news. I watch it in the morning before, I go to work and watch it as soon as I get home. If you are a sports fan, this is the perfect channel for you. Its avaiable on freeview, virgin media, sky digital and even the internet. The presenters are good at what they do and also have a good on-screen chemistry which keeps you engaged as the the presenters needs to present well and look interested to get viewers to keep watching.

                The Gillette Soccer Saturdays are fantastic, for football fans like myself, who want to see what the scores are, expert analysis of each premiership team before the kick off and after the match finishes and also Paul Mersons passion when he sees some action in the matches he watches

                The only problem is that its tailored to mainly football but that doesnt bother me as football is the worlds number one sport.

                To summarise, if your a sports fan watch it and give it a chance and I promise it will become a part of your life and certainly for the better

                Thank you for reading my review and have a good weekend

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                  23.12.2009 13:57
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                  Sports rolling news

                  I wouldnot exactly class myself as a fanatical football fan, i have been to a few live matches and I also enjoy other sports but even I find the Saturday afternoon show on Sky Sports News quite compelling and very funny at times.

                  Sky Sports News is a rolling sports news station that can usually be accessed free on most TV packages and it is an excellent source of information as it has a live teletext style feed and includes footage and up to the date news on pretty much every major sport, also as it is Sky ownmed it has access to all the footage that Sky airs.

                  Gillette Soccer Special is the main jewel in the crown though hosted by the legendary Jeff Stelling who along with three pundits, often including Matt Le Tisier, Geoff Thompson and Paul Merson although others also appear (Thompson is hilarious especially when Liverpool lose which is quite often these days), keep you upto date with all the live games and they have a network of reporters including the wonderfully animated Chris Kamara, it is great entertainment.

                  The rest of the presenters on at other times are a bit androgenous, usually male and female teams the women are all over dressed, or under dressed in some cases but I guess they appeal to the channels largely male audience, at night they sometimes switch to all amle teams.

                  A great sports news resource with up to the minute information and a wide number of sports covered although football does dominate, the one area it is not great for is probably horse racing but then there are a few specialist channels for that sport.

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                  19.12.2009 15:04
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                  405 !

                  Sky Sports News is easily the best source of sporting information on TV, and it's what I call my "Go to Channel", when nothing else is on 405 (Sky) gets punched into my remote control, I sometimes even press it when I'm already on it. And the good thing is that it is there 24/7, whenever you need it.

                  The reason for it being the best is down to the power Sky now has in the sporting industry. The Sky reporters have all the right contacts to get the information first and they have a wide range of contacts to get the information from all over the country.

                  Of course this information is useless unless it is presented in a proper way. Sky Sports News accomplishes this as well. There is of course, with everything else, a bias towards football. So, football (occasionally rugby) leagues tables, top scorers, fixtures, etc are shown on the right of the screen. The bottom of the screen scrolls through various tabs from all the major sports and then there is a bright yellow bar, which appears when there is big breaking news.

                  This may sound a little cluttered, but it isn't and it allows the presenters to still be the main focus of the rest of the screen space. All the presenters on the show do an excellent job, albeit all speaking in the exact same way. There is generally a male and female presenter (Georgie Thompson being the main one ) together during the day, with two male presenters taking over at night.

                  There aren't really any shows on the channel apart from Saturday afternoons when Jeff Stelling is joined by four pundits for 'Gillette Soccer Saturday', which looks at the upcoming fixtures then each pundit watches a match and tells Jeff what's happening - sounds boring, but it's quite entertaining for us football fans.

                  Overall, this is a great channel for sports fans. Well presented, with good breaking news, makes this one of my most watched TV channels.

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                    04.12.2009 18:00
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                    Good, But Could Be A Lot Better.

                    I thing Sky Sports News has a great niche in the market for delivering a certain type of news and allows people waiting for sports news on a regular news channel to have an avenue on which they can get the specific news that they need.

                    I think this channel has a number of advantages and disadvantages. The first obvious main advantage is that it allows a channel in which you can specifically get news on sports and sport related issues. It does this well and the manner in which it is set out allows a lot of information to be portrayed easily. For example you'll get a presented taking while at the same time there is a ticker bar at the bottom giving out short snippets of news, while on the right hand side there is information such as league tables and specific match information. I think the manner in which this is done is very efficient and great at getting a large amount of information through effectively.

                    The other main benefit is that it is free to air and is broadcasted on Freeview, as well as Virgin Media and Sky. This makes it virtually accessible to a majority of the country at no subscription cost and is a great service for no charge.

                    I do have some reservations though. It's funded by advertising which means that they cut for a break every now and again. I don't have an issue with this because I understand how a money making company operates but what really does upset me is when you've been waiting five minutes for a particular news story to come up on the ticker below only to find they cut for a break and the news you wanted is missed. If they held the ticker while the break is on, or better still keep it scrolling throughout the adverts then it would make the service a whole lot better.

                    Secondly, although it's a sports news channel. It effectively is a football news channel as they heavily focus on this and give it a majority of their attention. If you're a rugby fan for example you're pretty much going to have to rely on the snippets of news that is displayed on the screen every now and again and listen out for the half a minute or so they devote to it throughout the hour.

                    Overall I'm not complaining as they do a good service well. Keeping the ticker going continuously and not turning it off for adverts, as well as a 90% focus on football and it would be a perfect service. Other than that it's great and a good channel to have on as you pass the time.

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                    25.11.2009 10:35
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                    A very good source of information

                    If you want to know everything that has happened in the sporting world over the past 24hours, skysports is the best place to go for this. They don't just tell you the results of sports, they go in to detail, like say in the football, they tell you who scored, when they scored it, how they scored and from how far out they scored it. The only way they could be more detailed is if they told you what section of the ball they hit.
                    Its not just football they cover, they cover all kinds of sports, such as cricket, rugby, baseball, hockey, horse racing and basketball.
                    They don't just tell you the news from this country, this is worldwide.
                    I have even seen sports that you will have never heard of before on there from Asia, like running away from a Yak up a hill.

                    There are a wide variety of presenters and most of them have a specialised sport, some of them specialise in the horse racing and others in the football.
                    There is a show called Soccer Saturday and this is when all the main football matches happen. There are usually 5 or 6 presenters all discussing the day's football and making predictions on the matches ahead. Each one of them watches a football match and tells the main presenter when something interesting has happened, like a goal or a near goal.
                    It is a very useful way of keeping the watchers of the show up to date because they will tell you as the action happens.

                    The way the screen is laid out is very clever.
                    There is a main window in the middle where the presenters are, there are also little side windows right and below the presenter. The one to the right shows things like league tables and up coming events and the window below is full of tabs for each of the sports. When a tab is displayed, for example football, then all the football news will be displayed at the bottom and will stay on the screen for a few seconds and move on to the next bit of news.

                    Sky Sports is the easiest and best way of keeping up with the latest sport news what ever the time of day or night.
                    So that's why it is my first choice when I want to catch up and if your not near a TV, they have a website with even more information for you and also some fun stuff like games and videos.

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