Freesat mulls Sky Sports pay-TV offer

UK free-to-air satellite service Freesat is mulling the launch of a pay-TV offering of Sky Sports 1 and 2, according to UK press reports.

The Freesat board is considering taking advantage of regulator Ofcom’s mandated reduction in the price at which pay-TV provider BSkyB can offer the channels at wholesale.

Any offer of pay services by Freesat would however require the approval of the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust. Freesat, launched by the BBC and ITV in 2008 to extend the reach of free-to-air digital services beyond that of DTT service Freeview, has a customer base of about 1.25 million homes.