line-up of channels on the new service will offer a range of content including
sports, movies, entertainment and news. The sports service will include live coverage
from the Barclays Premiership and other events. Full details, including branding,
pricing and the complete channel line-up, will be revealed closer to launch.
new service will make use of existing capacity that Sky currently uses to broadcast
Sky Three, Sky News and Sky Sports News. As a result, these channels will cease
to be available free-to-air via DTT in advance of the launch of the pay-TV service.
plans to broadcast its pay-TV channels on DTT using the more efficient MPEG4 compression
technology, bringing innovation to the platform and enabling Sky to offer four
24-hour video streams in place of the three Sky channels currently available,
with further improvements expected in future. The pay-TV service will use a highly
secure conditional access (CA) system similar to the one that Sky uses for its
satellite television service.