Sky Sports revealed in June that last (2017/18) season there had been a 14% fall in viewing of Premier League matches on Sky Sports live TV channels.

As part of a major restructuring to help counter the falling numbers, the broadcaster has announced new channels being launched in eight days time.

From 18 July 2017, it will see Sky Sports dedicating channels to specific sports.

Of most interest for Newcastle fans is the newly branded Sky Sports Premier League channel.

This will be the new home of English top flight football and feature 126 live Premier League games in the coming season, as well as a new nightly Premier League debate show.

For Sunderland, Middlesbrough and other lower league teams, there is the Sky Sports Football channel.

This channel will be the place to watch the 127 EFL live games scheduled for next season, alongside more live matches from the Carabao Cup, SPFL and La Liga. In addition it will have all of England’s matches and the remaining World Cup Qualifiers for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football are among 10 Sky Sports channels that will launch and as well as football, there will be further dedicated channels for Cricket, Golf and F1.

In their official announcement Sky Sports also state:

‘The best international rugby union, rugby league, boxing, darts, NFL, tennis and more will feature on the new Sky Sports Action and Arena channels, while our Main Event channel dedicated to the biggest live events – exclusively available to customers with the full range of Sky Sports channels – means you won’t miss the big moments, whatever the sport.’

Last week saw the choice of Live Premier League TV games up until 1 October 2017 and Newcastle United have five of their first seven league matches chosen by Sky Sports, more than any other club in these opening couple of months.

The full list of Premier League Live TV Games up to 1 October are listed below (including the BT Sport choices), with the five Newcastle matches highlighted.

Friday 11 August

7.45pm Arsenal v Leicester City (Sky Sports)

Saturday 12 August

12.30pm Watford v Liverpool (Sky Sports)

5.30pm Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City (BT Sport)

Sunday 13 August

1.30pm Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports)

4pm Manchester United v West Ham United (Sky Sports)

Saturday 19 August

12.30pm Swansea City v Manchester United (Sky Sports)

5.30pm Stoke City v Arsenal (BT Sport)

Sunday 20 August

1.30pm Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United (Sky Sports)

4pm Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (Sky Sports)

Monday 21 August

8pm Manchester City v Everton (Sky Sports)

Saturday 26 August

12.30pm AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City (Sky Sports)

5.30pm Manchester United v Leicester City (BT Sport)

Sunday 27 August

1.30pm West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City (Sky Sports)

4pm Liverpool v Arsenal (Sky Sports)

Saturday 9 September

12.30pm Manchester City v Liverpool (Sky Sports)

5.30pm Stoke City v Manchester United (BT Sport)

Sunday 10 September

1.30pm Burnley v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)

4pm Swansea City v Newcastle United (Sky Sports)

Monday 11 September

8pm West Ham United v Huddersfield Town (Sky Sports)

Friday 15 September

8pm AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion (Sky Sports)

Saturday 16 September

12.30pm Crystal Palace v Southampton (Sky Sports)

5.30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City (BT Sport)

Sunday 17 September

1.30pm Chelsea v Arsenal (Sky Sports)

4pm Manchester United v Everton (Sky Sports)

Saturday 23 September

12.30pm West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports)

5.30pm Leicester City v Liverpool (BT Sport)

Sunday 24 September

4pm Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United (Sky Sports)

Monday 25 September

8pm Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (Sky Sports)

Saturday 30 September

12.30pm Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports)

5.30pm Chelsea v Manchester City (BT Sport)

Sunday 1 October

Midday Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion (BT Sport)

2.15pm Everton v Burnley (Sky Sports)

4.30pm Newcastle United v Liverpool (Sky Sports)

  • Toonbadger

    Basically no change then. I would like to see PPV on every game played in the Premier League, that way I can pay for what I want. I don’t want to pay for Watford v Huddersfield and the likes. The way they have restructured means more subscription price hikes in the near future.

    • Ryan Nd Gemma Keedy

      Hi mate if download now TV or get a now TV box you can PPV. I pay £6.99 for a 24 hour pass for sky sports. The match is streamed in hd too. I was sick if paying a fortune for channels I don’t watch. Now TV is owned by sky also. Hope this helps.

      • Toonbadger

        Ryan, what I mean is pay for all 38 Toon games. Fridays, Saturdays(inc 3pm`s) Sundays, Mondays and any other toon games shown by Sky or BT I`m not bothered about any others

        • Ryan Nd Gemma Keedy

          Yeh that would be fantastic to get a pass for every game mate. I just pay the 6.99 when we are on. When I worked in Dubai they had a set of channels called show sports that played every single premier league match it was brilliant. Wish sky would do that here. I read a few years ago that clubs were concerned about people not going to the games and just watching from their couches. And that’s why the pl won’t let them in the uk..

          • Porciestreet

            ShowSports I believe is South African and is dificult to get here. I get mine via TSN (Toronto Sports Network) and we get most premier league matches every week.

          • Toonatic

            Is that through a dish or via streaming

    • Porciestreet

      Won’t be for long Badger.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      The rights on offer in the UK don’t include showing all games live including those on a Saturday at 3pm.

  • Rich Lawson

    Their money has destroyed the growth in the English players rise in our game and filled our league with overpriced mercinaries, I have Sky entertainment at home but will never give them Sports,much rather go to the ground or pub to watch NUFC.

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed, the England team has gone backwards and even the mega millions haven’t made English clubs successful in the CL over the past few years.

  • Porciestreet

    The viewing figures have dropped off dramatically because Sky Have put out a pulse that will disrupt all viewers that watch Sky on any pirated broadcaster such as KODI. It was only a matter of time.

    • Rich Lawson

      If they have put out a pulse to destroy pirates,wont that bring their figures back up ?

      • Porciestreet

        Only if people are prepared to pay the full whak instead of my 14-95 per month and for that I get all terestrial UK stuff, History, Geographic ,Discovery and movies, as well as Boxed set recovery on demand etc, etc.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I posted last week that i cancelled Sky in May on July 3rd they phoned me & gave me all the sky sports at 60% discount if i returned, so i have the basic package + sports for £19.80 a month. i`m hardly likely to miss a fiver a week

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      You may get to see a real game one day.

    • Leazes Ender

      Me too I asked to cancel and they made an offer I couldn’t refuse.

  • HarryHype59

    I think the whole Sky BT TV deal has peaked. The next deal won’t be as lucrative if viewing figures continue to drop. I find the Premier League extremely predictable and the money involved is absurd.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      On that basis, if you were running a football club, with the biggest source of income being curtailed, would you spend inflated transfer & loan fees?

      • HarryHype59

        I would, if it keeps the club on the TV gravy train and the asking price for club high. If the club gets relegated again the asking price plummets.

  • Steve Pearce

    Great – that’s more games I can watch for free on streaming sites!