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Sky Sports delivered more content than ever in 2013 - chalking up 55,000 hours of sport in total across its six channels.

Among the highlights of the last 12 months were the British & Irish Lions tour, back-to-back Ashes series and Justin Rose’s US Open golf triumph.

Sky Sports also aired every Formula 1 Grand Prix, practice and qualifying session, and 8,462 hours of football - including Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League coverage.

After the first 50 Barclays Premier League matches this season, audience figures are up by six per cent - pointing to the continuing popularity of live top-flight football.

Overall, Sky Sports coverage was up by 12 per cent last year compared to 2012.

Milestone events included the first live ultra-HD satellite broadcast - for Stoke City v West Ham United in August - and the first Formula 1 race shown in 3D.

Barney Francis, Managing Director for Sky Sports, said the broadcaster is offering "more sport, more choice and more reasons to watch Sky Sports than ever before". 

"Our viewers can enjoy unrivalled sport across six channels, our mobile and digital platforms," he stated.

"And while 2013 was the best year yet, we’re sure 2014 will be even better.”

Sky Sports says the coming 12 months will offer "an equally busy schedule", with the ICC World Twenty20, Euro 2016 qualifiers and 40th Ryder Cup among the major highlights.

All Sky Sports content is available to subscribers live on TV, over the internet and on mobile and tablet devices via Sky Go and the Sky Sports app for iPad.

Consumers can access Sky Sports through a standalone TV deal or as part of a television, home phone and broadband bundle.

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