The daily round-the clock TV channel will start at 6am on Monday 10 April 2000 and will be available to Sky digital subscribers - within the 'Family Pack' - in place of Sky Sports News.
Skysports.comTV will offer a wealth of on-screen news, statistics and headlines built around the acclaimed Sky Sports News programming and will act as a broadcast companion to the online service at www.skysports.com.
At launch, the main broadcast image will be supplemented by a border of graphics containing:
- News Headlines - Within a panel at the base of the screen, the latest news headlines from across the world of sport - including results and key quotes - will be constantly updated.
- Breaking Stories - A rolling 'ticker' will scroll across the screen, above the headlines panel carrying fixtures and news flashes.
- Statistics - A panel on the right hand side of the screen will display constantly changing statistical data such as league tables, standings or top scorer charts from a range of sports.
- Reminders - Towards the top of the screen, a panel of text will remind viewers of the sport coming up on the five-channel Sky Sports network.
- Live clock - In the bottom right-hand corner Sky Sports offer a constant on-screen clock.
Announcing the new development, Vic Wakeling, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: "Skysports.comTV will give sports fans the most comprehensive news and information service on TV. For TV viewers it's the place to go to know exactly what's happening in the world of sport."
Skysports.comTV has evolved from Sky Sports News - the first made-for-digital TV channel - and will be a broadcast companion to the network's on-line service at www.skysports.com. It is not an interactive channel and does not offer on-line access through the TV, but the new-look service is an evolutionary step for sports fans.
Vic Wakeling continued: "People are comfortable with using different mediums to gather the facts that interest them. Now, on one TV channel, we can offer more news and information than ever before. When you wake up you can get the results and main stories from the night before. On Saturday, the team news and travel information will simply scroll across your screen. Now viewers can catch all the main stories whenever they join us, right around the clock."
Presenter Kirsty Gallacher said: "There will be more to look at and far more to digest. You can flick your eyes to the side of the screen and see the results or latest scores. You can feast on information and still rest assured that you won't miss a moment of the broadcast service. Our viewers will be as up-to-date as they can be."
Skysports.comTV was devised and designed to ensure that the climax to the football season could be followed like never before. A team of editorial staff and graphics operators have been recruited to design, develop and maintain the service, working within the 100-strong team who built Sky Sports News.
The programming line-up of Skysports.comTV will include the most popular programmes from Sky Sports News; Football Update with Dave Clark and Kirsty Gallacher, The Last Word with Jimmy Hill, Hold the Back Page, the Nike-sponsored Good Morning Sports Fans, Fox Sports News, the live midweek Football Tonight and Gillette Soccer Saturday (also simulcast at www.skysports.com).