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rdd2,757 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Despite how it was originally billed, Main Event has occasionally ended up showing unique programming - on Thursday last, it showed Northern Ireland v Switzerland, while Mix showed Croatia v Greece and Football showed Scotland v Holland.
dvboy8,740 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Despite how it was originally billed, Main Event has occasionally ended up showing unique programming - on Thursday last, it showed Northern Ireland v Switzerland, while Mix showed Croatia v Greece and Football showed Scotland v Holland.

I assume Northern Ireland v Switzerland was available on the red button also for those without Main Event?
Kunst193 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World
But plenty will go elsewhere, of course. Sky Sports Mix has also on some occasions been an "overspill" football channel, usually for the non-Anglosphere (and thus eternally damned according to Sky's basic political foundation) leagues they have the rights to, now they have artificially restricted the showing of two non-PL matches at the same time on their main channels (apart from via the red button).

I don't understand why they don't also use SS Arena and Action for overspill football.. these should be treated as "generic" Sports channels, not related to specific sports

I can understand the move made by Sky, but it's been ill-implemented
dvboy8,740 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
I don't understand why they don't also use SS Arena and Action for overspill football.. these should be treated as "generic" Sports channels, not related to specific sports

I can understand the move made by Sky, but it's been ill-implemented


Because you can subscribe to SS Football without subscribing to SS Arena and Action, and vice versa, so by putting it on Arena or Action instead of the red button they'd be denying those viewers who don't have those channels.

Besides, SS Arena and Action have enough live content of their own with the tennis, boxing, darts, rugby, NFL, greyhounds and "wrestling".
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rdd2,757 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Despite how it was originally billed, Main Event has occasionally ended up showing unique programming - on Thursday last, it showed Northern Ireland v Switzerland, while Mix showed Croatia v Greece and Football showed Scotland v Holland.

I assume Northern Ireland v Switzerland was available on the red button also for those without Main Event?


Yes, and Croatia v Greece for good measure.
rdd2,757 posts since 21 Jun 2001
I realise we are drifting even further off topic, but during the time BT Sport was available on Virgin Media in Ireland, the BT Sport Extra red button services were carried as linear channels on their EPG. They don’t quite have the EPG channel scarcity that Sky does though.