Monday, 28 November 2011

New F1 Freeview Channel

All you motor sport fanatics out there will be excited to know ,that next season Sky Sports will run a dedicated Formula One TV channel which could be available to Freeview customers for a monthly fee!

In a tactic aimed at annoyed F1 fans, this looks to get people to switch from terrestrial to subscription TV. This brand new channel is reported to be included free of charge in Sky and Virgin Media TV packages.

Earlier in 2011 Sky committed to a very controversial seven year deal with the BBC to share the rights from 2012 onwards. This year nearly 40,000 protesters signed an online government petition protesting against this move, with many fearing that they may no longer be able to afford to watch motor sport on their home TV. This new move will see Sky broadcast all 20 races with  full highlights and the BBC broadcasting only half that amount.

This new contract by Sky’s will mean that motor sport fans will be able to watch F1 in 2012 without having to pay for Sky's full subscription package.

It has been reported that this new motor sports channel will run for three days over a race weekend and the channel will offer live coverage of all three practice sessions, the qualifying, the race and will host an exciting F1 legends show.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Landlady Wins Satellite TV Scuffle

Since 2005 landlady Karen Murphy of The Red White and Blue, Southsea, has made news headlines in her battle against the Premier League. In 2005 Karen signed up to receive the Sky Sports packages in her establishment, but shortly found a subscription fee of approximately £1,000 charged by Sky.

This saw Karen change her subscription provider to NOVA a cheaper alternative, however soon enforcers working on behalf of The Premier League prosecuted her on grounds that only Sky could show its football games in the UK. This left Karen ordered to pay thousands of pounds in fines and fees.
In 2011 Karen finally won the right to use a foreign satellite decoder in her pub to screen football matches. This decision was made by the European Court of Justice who ruled that granting exclusive rights of providers like Sky is unlawful.

This ECJ also advocated that there is no such copyright on football matches as there is no ‘intellectual creation”.