Product Type: Sky TV channels
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Where my Saturdays are spent
Sky Sports News
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Sky Sports News
Advantages: Good football coverage
Disadvantages: Other sports neglected
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......
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: A great channel for football lovers!