IIRC Main Event is the old Sky Sports 1, it may be for legacy reasons to other platforms that this seems to simulcast the other Sky Sports channels to a degree. This is the problem with "themed" channels to an extent because there always comes a point where one of them will be showing something that isn't in the channel mandate. Mix does this to an extent already but is currently home to the netball.
I think your right the simulcast as you say is for watching on non-sky platforms but it is the highest rating Sky Sports channel usually getting more than the specialist channels. For example more watched the Cricket World Cup Final on Sky Sports Main Event than Sky Sports Cricket and Sky One and Super Sunday rates higher than on the Premier League channel.
The only time in recent memory I remember having different sports rather than a simulcast on main event to others is during the European Qualifiers/Nations League where you have England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic playing on the same night where you have a match on Sky Sports Main Event, another on Sky Sports PL, another on Sky Sports Football and maybe another on Sky Sports Mix. Problem is really for Now TV customers as they can't get Sky Sports Red Button so have to put something on a themed channel.
Last edited by toby lerone 2016 on 20 July 2019 9:47pm