UK pay-TV operator BSkyBs sports news channel Sky Sports News is now available exclusively on pay-TV platforms. The channel had been available on Freeview but Sky pulled it, seemingly as part of a defensive strategy in light of increased competition from other operators.
Sky decided to make Sky Sports News available exclusively on pay-TV platforms following regulator OfcomÂs decision to force the operator to sell its premium channels at a wholesale price, meaning Virgin Media, BT and Top Up TV are all offering Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2.
The sports news channel has been replaced on Freeview with timeshift channel Sky 3 Plus 1.Â
The changes have also seen Sky launch a HD version of Sky Sports News exclusively on SkyÂs platform. It has also launched a new iPad app offering breaking news stories.Â
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