Sky Sports 1 mainly broadcasts Football. The Sports Channel was renamed Sky Sports on 20 April 1991, and started broadcasting to Sky viewers by means of the recently propelled Astra 1B satellite on that date, nearby its current transmissions on BSB's Marcopolo satellite.
The channel was sold as one of the real draws of the Sky framework and at first circulated games, for example, rugby and golf in 1991, preceding gaining rights to German and Italian association football in 1996 (both persisted from The Sports Channel).
The channel was at first encoded however communicate allowed to-view, requiring a simple VideoCrypt decoder, yet no paid membership, to be seen. Since VideoCrypt decoders were just authoritatively accessible inside the UK, this measure was proposed to anticipate survey of the administration outside the UK and Ireland.However, it was taking after the arrangement of the Premier League for the 1992/93 football season, accepted to have been helped by the guarantee of higher TV installments, that Sky Sports turned out to be outstanding. By offering £304m, BSkyB beat the BBC and ITV to procure the live and elite Premier League football broadcasting rights for the United Kingdom and Ireland for a five-year time span. In doing as such, they had taken live top-flight English association football from earthly and allowed to-air TV without precedent for its history.
Now, Sky Sports turned into a membership station, accessible with a month to month membership on a standalone premise, or at a diminished cost if brought with Sky's motion picture channels.