Product Type: Sky TV channels
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The Best 24 Hour Sports News Channel
Sky Sports News
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Sky Sports News
Date: 26/02/10, updated on 26/02/10 (15 review reads)
Advantages: Professional, Well Presented, Soccer Saturday
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.
Summary: Few complaints so long as you resist signing up for Sky.