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It's all change at Sky Sports. Sky will soon offer new sports-specific channels, changes to the app, and more free services to all Sky customers, even those who don't take Sky Sports.

But what does this mean for your viewing for the next Prermier League season? We've broken down the five big takeaways that you need to know about.

1 Five sports-specific channels

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Sky now offers 10 sports channels, broken up by sport. That means you get dedicated channels for the Premier League, other football like EFL and international leagues, cricket, golf and F1.

Sky Sports Premier League is home to all Sky's 126 Premier League matches. It also includes a new nightly debate show, and dedicated on-demand sections for every Premier League club with match highlights, interviews and documentaries. It's on channel 402.

Sky Sports Football (channel 403) is where all of Sky's other football games will be shown. This will comprise over 900 matches per season, with 127 from the EFL, action from the Carabao Cup, SPFL Premiership and Scottish Cup, La Liga, MLS, Eredivisie and more.

Away from football, there's Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404), which is the only place to see every home England match live. This includes exclusive live coverage of every home England Test, ODI and T20 match, as well as domestic fare like the County Championship and T20 Blast. There's also the ICC Champions Trophy, Cricket World Cup, World Twenty20 and Women's World Cup.

Sky Sports Golf (channel 405) will show every day of The Open Championship and US Open, as well as the European Tour, PGA Tour, Ladies European and Ladies PGA Tour, Solheim Cup and the 2018 Ryder Cup, too.

Finally, Sky Sports F1 (channel 406) remains, and will show every Formula 1 practice, qualifying hour and race live. There's also the FIA Formula 2 Championship, GP3, Porsche Supercup and Goodwood Festival of Speed.

2 And two general ones

All the other sports not covered by these channels will find a home in two new Sky Sports channels: Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena.

These will show rugby union (including England matches, European and domestic action, plus the British & Irish Lions), Super League rugby, world championship boxing, netball, darts, NFL, ATP tennis, WWE, GAA and more.

3 A new channel for the biggest events

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There's another new channel called Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401). This will show "the biggest events in one place". We're promised live Premier League football, international qualifiers, plus the biggest games from the EFL and La Liga, F1 races, golfing action from the Ryder Cup and the Majors, England Test cricket, international rugby union, World Darts Championship and more.

4 Sky Sports News free for all

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Sky is making Sky Sports News free to all Sky subscribers, regardless whether they take Sky Sports or not. This goes alongside taster channel Sky Sports Mix as a free-for-all offering.

Sky Sports News covers sports news 24 hours a day. As well as breaking news, studio guests provide an in-depth look at upcoming sporting events.

You'll find Sky Sports News on channel 409, and Sky Sports Mix on 121.

5 Pick and mix

For the first time, viewers can choose to only subscribe to sports that interest them – so you could take out a sub for just Sky Sports Premier League, and Sky Sports Golf, say.

One channel will cost you £18 a month, two are £22 and three will set you back £26. The full package will cost you the same as before, i.e. £27.50 a month. Sky promises this price will stay frozen for 12 months.

Sky will launch new programmes too, including the aforementioned nightly debate show on Sky Sports Premier League, masterclasses and coaching clinics from sporting legends like Shane Warne and Butch Harmon, live golf previews ahead of major events, and new documentaries.

The Sky Sports app is also being improved, bringing together all of Sky's digital platforms in one place.

The changes take place from 18th July.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK and Ireland chief executive, said the changes were about offering viewers more versatility.

"Sport has been a major part of Sky for 26 years and we're improving our service even further, super-serving customers and providing flexibility to a whole new generation of sports fans," he said in a statement. "We are making sport more accessible and offering even more choice; all part of our continued investment in offering Sky customers an unrivalled service."

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