After the two companies merged, subscribers could get access to both channels, and later the sports channel Sky Sports also became encrypted. The BBC was given the highlights of most of the matches, while BSky B paying £304m for the Premier League rights, would give them a monopoly of all live matches, up to 60 per year from the 1992 season.

A few weeks after the deal, ITV went to the High Court to get an injunction as it believed their bid details had been leaked before the decision was taken.

In May 2006, the Irish broadcaster Setanta Sports was awarded two of the six Premier League packages that the English FA offered to broadcasters. In February 2015, Sky bid £4.2bn for a package of 120 premier league games across the three seasons from 2016.

This represented an increase of 70% on the previous contract and was said to be £1bn more than the company had expected to pay.

Sky UK (formerly British Sky Broadcasting Limited, BSky B and Sky) is a telecommunications company which serves the United Kingdom.

Sky provides television and broadband internet services, fixed line and mobile telephone services to consumers and businesses in the United Kingdom.

The move has been followed by staff cuts, increased subscription prices (including 9% in Sky's family package) and the dropping of the 3D channel.

In September 1993, BSky B launched Sky Multichannels which was the present digital platform's analogue predecessor.

Following Sky's 2014 acquisition of Sky Italia and a majority 90.04% interest in Sky Deutschland in November 2014, its holding company British Sky Broadcasting Group plc changed its name to Sky plc.

The UK subsidiary's name was changed from British Sky Broadcasting Limited to Sky UK Limited, and continues to trade as Sky.

By June 2000 the service had 3.6 million subscribers, which gave BSky B 8.988 million subscribers across all platforms.

This substantial growth reflected BSky B’s 34% share of viewers in multi-channel homes (up from 13.4% from 1999).

due to the expansion of the Sky Digital platform after its launch three years ago.