Sky Sports is a group of British subscription television sports channels operated by the satellite pay-TV company Sky, a division of Comcast. Sky Sports is the dominant subscription television sports brand in Ireland, it has played a major role in the increased commercialisation of British sport since 1991, sometimes playing a large role in inducing organisational changes in the sports it broadcasts, most notably when it encouraged the Premier League to break away from the Football League in 1992. Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League, Cricket, Golf, F1, Arena are available as a premium package on top of the basic Sky package; these channels are available as premium channels on nearly every satellite, cable and IPTV broadcasting system in the UK and Ireland. Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Racing, Sky Sports Mix are all provided as part of basic packages; the Sky Sports network is managed by Rob Webster. British Satellite Broadcasting operated The Sports Channel, which launched in April 1990. In the BSB years, it shared the same frequency with its underpromoted sister channel, the Computer Channel, which broadcast in the mornings when the Sports Channel was off-air.
In November 1990, BSB merged with Sky Television plc to form British Sky Broadcasting. In 1989, Sky Television had co-founded another sports network, with the European Broadcasting Union; however in 1991, Eurosport was the subject of a complaint by a competitor, who argued that the venture had the effect of restricting and distorting competition in the sports market. And Sky pulled out of the venture. In 1991, the channel was sold to the TF1 Group and merged with Screensport; the Sports Channel was renamed Sky Sports on 20 April 1991, began broadcasting to Sky viewers via the newly launched Astra 1B satellite on that date, alongside its existing transmissions on BSB's Marcopolo satellite. The channel was sold as one of the major draws of the Sky system and aired sports such as rugby and golf before acquiring rights to German and Italian league football; the channel was encrypted but broadcast free-to-view, requiring an analogue VideoCrypt decoder, but no paid subscription, to be viewed. Since VideoCrypt decoders were only available within the UK, this measure was intended to prevent viewing of the service outside the UK and Ireland.
However, it was following the formation of the Premier League for the 1992/93 football season, believed to have been assisted by the promise of higher TV payments, that Sky Sports became well known. By bidding £304m, BSkyB beat the BBC and ITV to acquire the live and exclusive Premier League football broadcasting rights for the United Kingdom and Ireland for a five-year period. In doing so, they had taken live top-flight English league football from terrestrial and free-to-air television for the first time ever. At this point, Sky Sports became a subscription channel, available with a monthly subscription on a standalone basis, or at a reduced price if taken with Sky's movie channels. On 19 August 1994, a secondary channel called. On 1 November 1995, Sky launched. However, the channel ceased broadcasting after only a year on the air. On 16 August 1996, Sky launched Sky Sports 3, the original channel was renamed to Sky Sports 1. Sky Sports acquired the rights to Scottish football and the League Cup.
With the launch of the Sky Digital satellite platform in October 1998, Sky Sports launched Sky Sports News—a channel carrying rolling sports news coverage, in March 1999, followed by Sky Sports Xtra in April. During a Premier League match on 22 August 1999, Sky Sports launched an interactive television service known as Sky Sports Active via the digital platform, allowing viewers to watch matches with access to additional on-screen statistics, a choice of alternate camera angles and replays. Sky expected to extend the interactive services to other sports the following year. Sky Sports' football coverage was at the centre of controversy in January 2011 when footage emerged of presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys making comments perceived as sexist. On 25 January 2011, Gray was sacked over the comments. On 25 January 2011, fellow reporter Andy Burton was suspended by Sky due to his involvement in the sexist comments made about a female assistant referee, Sian Massey, which involved Gray and Keys.
However, unlike Gray and Keys, Burton returned to his regular duties at Sky. Om 29 July 2011, it was announced that Sky Sports had acquired rights to Formula One racing from 2012 through 2018, with the BBC to share free-to-air rights to half of the events, have highlights rights for the remainder. Sky subsequently announced that it would introduce a new channel dedicated to its coverage, Sky Sports F1, which would air practices and advert-free coverage of each race. Sky extended its contract in 2016, to last through 2024. On 12 August 2014, Sky launched a new channel called Sky Sports 5, which would be dedicated to European football, including UEFA European Championship qualifiers, La Liga and others. On 24 August 2016, Sky launched Sky Sports Mix, a new channel designed to offer a sampling of content from the full range of Sky Sports networks to those who are not subscribers
Skeleton Skeletron is the 1999 album release by Swedish band Tiamat. Following A Deeper Kind of Slumber, the band took a less ambiguous direction to their style, utilizing a Gothic metal-based sound but with various atmospheric soundscapes/effects and female background vocals added in. "Church of Tiamat" is the name of the band's official website. The end of the song "As Long as You Are Mine" includes a quote of the opening of French poet Jean de La Fontaine's fable Le Loup et l’Agneau; the end of the song "Lucy" contains a popular sample from the 1957 science-fiction film The Brain from Planet Arous. "Church of Tiamat" – 4:52 "Brighter than the Sun" – 4:08 "Dust is Our Fare" – 5:02 "To Have and Have Not" – 5:09 "For Her Pleasure" – 5:03 "Diyala" – 1:25 "Sympathy for the Devil" – 5:20 "Best Friend Money Can Buy" – 4:35 "As Long as You are Mine" – 4:40 "Lucy" – 5:17All songs written by Johan Edlund except where noted. Johan Edlund – vocals, guitar & keys Anders Iwers – bass Lars Sköld – drumsAdditional vocals by Nicole Bolley, Andrea Schwarz & Jessica Andree.
Piano by Stefan Gerbe
These Days is the seventeenth solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Paul Carrack. The follow-up to Soul Shadows, it was released on September 7, 2018, on Carrack's own Carrack-UK label. Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. Paul Carrack – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar Robbie McIntosh – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, dobro Jeremy Meek – bass Steve Gadd – drums Frank Ricotti – percussion Peter Van Hooke – percussion Pee Wee Ellis – tenor saxophone, horn arrangements Steve Beighton – baritone saxophone Dennis Hobson – trombone Gary Winters – trumpet Producers – Paul Carrack and Peter Van Hooke Engineer – Geoff Foster Additional Engineer – Graham Bonnett Assistant Engineer – Adam Miller Recorded at Air Lyndhurst. Mixed by Martin Levin at Red Kite Studios. Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering. Cover Design – Ian Ross Cover Concept – Ian Ross, Paul Carrack and Peter Van Hooke. Assorted Photography – Ben Carrack, Lena Semmelroggen and Peter Van Hooke