Sky Sports secures new deals for 6 sports

Sky Sports has secured six long-term rights agreements across six different sports including the British & Irish Lions, Super League rugby, England overseas cricket, Scottish football, speedway and sports entertainment outfit, WWE.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports had an excellent year in 2013 and we’re looking forward to an outstanding line-up for our customers in 2014. These agreements secure even more fantastic live sport for our audience, offering them unrivalled breadth and quality for years to come.”

The rights announced comprise:

Lions Rugby – Exclusively live coverage of the 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand, including every Test match against the mighty All Blacks
Super League – A five-year deal from 2017, ensuring only on Sky Sports can viewers enjoy live Super League matches until at least 2021
WWE – A five-year deal from 2015 offering over 600 hours of wrestling content a year from the specialist in sports entertainment, including weekly programming and 12 special PPV events a year
England cricket – A seven-year deal for live cricket from New Zealand, including two England winter tours in 2018 and 2020
Scottish Football – A four-year deal with the Scottish FA beginning next season for the Scottish Cup, international friendlies and Scottish FA Youth Cup
Speedway – At least five more years of Elite League speedway starting this April, offering Sky Sports viewers live coverage of 25 meetings a season


blinkbox brings back ‘Try TV on Us’

blinkbox, the movie and TV streaming service from Tesco, is building on the success of last year’s Try TV on Us offer by signing a major multi-studio content deal for its return.

The service, which offers the latest release movies and TV without the need for a subscription, has reached agreement with several major studios including All3Media, BBC, eOne, Twentieth Century Fox, ITV, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz and Universal to run the special offer on a selection of popular titles until March 2nd.

The pilot episode of ten time Emmy award-winning series Breaking Bad and critically acclaimed BBC drama Sherlock are part of the Try TV on Us offer.

blinkbox Managing Director Adrian Letts comments: “Following the success of Try TV on Us last year we wanted to bring the offer back and provide some great entertainment to counter the dark and depressing cold winter nights. Fans of great TV have never had it so good and we’re proud of our selection of amazing TV shows. Offering a taster is a great way to introduce people to our service and help customers find their next TV obsession.”

Customers can watch as many of the 28 episodes as they like during the promotional period.