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Sky Sports subscribers were able to watch almost 11,000 hours of live football during 2014 - the most ever broadcast in any calendar year.

The 10,912 hours of live action - which included domestic UK games, European action and international matches - represented a 29 per cent increase on 2013.

All but one of the top 50 Barclays Premier League matches - by viewing figures - aired on the pay-TV platform, which was bolstered by the launch of Sky Sports 5 in the summer.

After football, golf was the most popular sport, with 6,282 hours of live action. Cricket came next with 4,607 hours, ahead of motorsport (4,276), rugby union (1,943), tennis (1,662), rugby league (1,187) and boxing (1,115).

There was also a major push on women's sport during the course of the year, with 1,160 hours of action shown across 260 days of the calendar. This was up by 30 per cent on 2013, with highlights including coverage of the England Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 win.

In total, Sky Sports viewers were able to watch more than 59,000 hours of live sport over the last 12 months.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, said 2014 was "a year to remember for Sky Sports viewers". He claimed 2015 will be "even better", saying the service has never offered such a choice of sport across its channels.

"The great sport keeps on coming over the next 12 months," Mr Francis stated.

2014 was also a record-breaking year for Sky Sports’ digital services, which offered more content and functionality than in previous years.

Popular short-form content and the new Barclays Premier League teams section contributed to growth of over 250 per cent in on-demand viewing.

During August alone, a record 33 million unique browsers accessed Sky Sports’ website and mobile and tablet apps.

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