Sky has signed a four-year netball deal which will allow all its customers to watch all live games, even if they don't have Sky Sports. That's because Sky will show all the games on Sky Sports Mix, its free taster channel that's free to all Sky customers.
The deal was signed with England Netball, and includes all England's international Test matches, Superleague domestic games and the annual Quad Series. It's part of Sky's commitment to women in sport initiative, which focusses on four P's: partnerships, people, programming and participation.
First up? England's series against Jamaica, which starts today. The first game takes place in London's Copper Box Arena, with two further games scheduled in Manchester and Coventry. The two teams are ranked third and fourth in the world, so it should be a good game.
According to Sky, netball is very popular with viewers.
"Over the past few years netball has been a huge hit with our viewers and it is fantastic that more people than ever before will be able to watch it on [Sky Sports] Mix," said Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director. "Sky is an unrivalled supporter of women in sport and we really recognise what an important time this is for women's sport."
Sky Sports Mix launched to rival BT Sport Showcase. Like its rival, it broadcasts some free sports without requiring a subscription to a dedicated sports package.