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Sky Sports saw a record number of customers use its digital and on-demand services during what it claims was a hugely successful 2015.

Online videos saw a 175% increase in viewers by December 2015 while on-demand services recorded 20 million downloads of highlights, magazine and short-form programmes - up from just over 13 million at the same point the previous year.

Football was unsurprisingly the most-watched sport, with coverage reaching nearly 13,000 hours for the year - an increase of 20% compared to the previous year.

There was success online too, with skysports.com's football video views surpassing 170 million for the first time.

Cricket (7,154 hours), golf (6,708 hours), F1 & Motorsport (4,721 hours), tennis (2,035 hours), boxing (1,861 hours), darts (1,483 hours), rugby union (1,466 hours), and NFL (1,134 hours) were also prominent in Sky's coverage over the last 12 months.

With over 60,000 hours of overall sports coverage across seven channels in 2015, Sky also saw popularity with consumers handed several awards.

Its coverage of Europe's Ryder Cup victory was named the Best Sports Programme at the annual Royal Television Awards while former Sky Sports analyst and current Valencia manager Gary Neville was named Best Sports Presenter for the second year running.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, said the provider was focused on repeating its success during 2016, adding it would make the most of new and emerging platforms to suit the needs of customers.

He said: "The way people consume sport is changing and so is our service.  As well as a record-breaking year across our seven channels, Sky Sports has become the first choice for sport across digital outlets too. 

"Sports fans want their fix wherever they are and at any time of the day, and our award-winning service across TV, mobile, online, Sky Go and NOW TV ensure this."

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