Sky Sports is to launch a second high-definition television channel. Sky Sports HD2 will be broadcast on Sky HD channel 409 from July 31, alongside Sky Sports HD1 which launched with the initial Sky HD channel portfolio in May.
Sky Sports HD2 will carry a full day's schedule from one of the Sky Sports channels.
Sky said all live Barclays Premiership matches, Coca-Cola League games, selected matches from the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and European Championship qualifiers plus Guinness Premiership Rugby union, domestic county and international cricket were now produced in HD. The 2006 Ryder Cup will also be live in Sky HD.
BSkyB installed 2,500 Sky HD set-top boxes on launch day but was forced to delay some of the 40,000 advanced orders due to supply problems. "We ordered more than enough boxes to meet demand and we're ready to install them but they're not arriving from our supplier as fast as we agreed," a Sky spokesman told Lovelace Consulting at the time.
Other channels available on Sky HD include Sky One HD, two Sky Movies HD screens, Sky Box Office HD, Artsworld HD, Discovery HD and National Geographic HD, plus the BBC's trial HD channel.
Lovelace Consulting | 19.07.2006