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The new F1 season gets underway next month

Will Hamilton continue his dominance or can his rivals close the gap?

F1 Car SunsetThe 2014-15 season was pretty much a one horse race right until Lewis Hamilton had all but confirmed his second world title as a Mercedes driver and his third title in all, to match that of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna.

With only his closest rival and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg making anywhere near a challenge to his dominance, this season may prove to be more of the same unless the chasing pack can change the game. It’s still early days with official testing yet to start in Catalonia on February 22 but already, some are predicting that Ferrari might make a better fight of it this time around.

The official Formula One season starts as always in Melbourne, Australia with first practice scheduled for March 18, 2016 and only then will we get a glimpse at how much the off-season development has affected the cars and their drives. Some voices from inside the paddock are suggesting that the Scuderia have been working tirelessly around the clock to get their car to its full potential. Ferrari fans will hope so.

The back of last season showed they had taken great strides with some impressive podium finishes and the odd win for German Sebastian Vettel who will no doubt be desperate to close the gap on the current world champ. British fans may not like to hear that the four-time world champion may be getting the car his reputation deserves yet, with many fans saying the sport has gotten boring of late, perhaps a classic rivalry between Ferrari and Mercedes is exactly what the sport needs to give it a lease of life. Whatever happens, we predict this season won’t be anywhere near as clear cut as last.

Get the best coverage direct from the UK

This year, Sky Sports F1 is really the only place worth watching live Formula One races as the BBC in a surprise cost-cutting decision, decided to suddenly axe it’s existing coverage of the sport early, now with the contracts remaining term to be assumed by Channel 4, with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone desperate to ensure that the sport gets a decent level of coverage on terrestrial television, to prevent audiences levels plummeting and the sport effectively going into exile.

Only time will tell what the future holds for the sport in terms of televised coverage, but you can rest assured that the only place to watch it live, anywhere abroad is with UKTV2C. Speak to our sales team today if you want to get your system set-up and ready in time for the first races in Australia next month.

It’s a bumper month of sport on UK TV this February!

A hugely important month of football fixtures coming up

The FA Cup

In season’s past, many would complain of the Premier League season almost being wrapped up by now, with the front runners leading the pack by a country mile. Not anymore! The gaps between the top teams and even down the divisions has lessened in recent years and this had made for some really exciting football upsets that seem to keep on coming.

The end of January and February promises to be a superb period of football all across the divisions with cup football returning to our screens. Some fixtures are unmissable viewing.

Capital One Cup Semi-Final 2nd Legs

With both matches looking to get wrapped up, our first cup final places of the season will be decided mid-week with two Merseyside clubs leading their respective ties.

On Tuesday evening, Stoke travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in a 7:45pm kick-off, carrying a solitary goal deficit whilst Everton travel to The Etihad Stadium the following evening to face Manchester City at 7:45pm, with the hosts needed to overturn the Toffee’s 2-1 lead.

Could we see an all Merseyside tie at the final in Wembley on Sunday, 28th February? You can find out by watching both games live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

The FA Cup returns this weekend

To wrap up the month of January nicely, the fourth round of the FA Cup gets underway later this week, with a Friday night kick off between hosts Derby County and visitors Manchester United, live from 7:30pm on BBC One.

With Louis van Gaal seemingly under increasing pressure, an early cup exit could leave the United board with a tough decision to make. With just a couple of days left in the transfer window, surely this is a must-win game for the Red Devils, who’s form has been indifferent all season long. Could an upset be on the cards? You’ll have to tune into BBC One this Friday using your VPN or Sling system to find out!

The next day also promises to potentially throw up a few upsets in the remaining FA Cup fixtures. Aston Villa host Man City is a game the home team need to win to kick start their dreadful season, Crystal Palace host Stoke in what could a pretty feisty affair, Liverpool host West Ham in what must be a tight match to predict and on the Sunday, MK Dons welcome Chelsea for a tie that could be the one to watch!

Tune into the BBC this weekend to catch all the action and see it infold.

The Premier league title race will take shape

Once the fun and games in the cup matches is all done and dusted, all eyes will be back on the Premier League and the top four title battle.

Leicester City have been this season’s breath of fresh air and whether or not you agree with their style of play, with their defensive counter-attacking approach to both home and away games, you have to admire that a team assembled on a fraction of the cost of the teams around them can only make them the neutrals favourites.

February will surely decide whether they have true title aspirations or whether they’ll fade away as many pundits predict. With all four teams playing one or two matches against each other over the coming weeks, important points will be gained and lost and come March, we could see who really are this season’s frontrunners.

The fixtures not to miss next month surely have to be Manchester City vs Leicester on Saturday, 6th February from 12:45pm on BT Sport 1. Then the following week, Arsenal host Leicester on Sunday, 14th February from 11:30, followed by Manchester City vs Tottenham from 4:00pm, both live on Sky Sports 1 HD – two massive games that will bring joy or heartbreak on Valentine’s Day.

It’s going to be a month of unmissable football. So if you want to see these games plus all the other live fixtures coming up on the BBC, Sky and BT Sports; then contact our sales team today to order you system by calling +441614080812 or email sales@uktv2c.com

The road to Euro 2016 in France reaches the closing stages

Gareth Bale

With all the craziness of the summer football transfer window now finally behind us, it’s good to get back to what we enjoy most and that is the actual sporting excellence on offer. With the Premier League taking a brief break for the international matches, all eyes are firmly focused on the home nations with the first of the remaining Euro 2016 qualifying matches taking place from today.

In Group B, Wales who have just been curiously ranked the 9th best team in the world, one place above England in 10th, travel to Cyrpus looking to continue their fine form and consolidate their place at the top of the table to keep the likes of Belgium at bay. Chris Coleman’s side certainly look set to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1958, thanks to the massive impact of world footballing star Gareth Bale who is looking in great from for his club Real Madrid.

With wales already having played the Belgians twice already and with remaining fixtures against teams regarded as a lesser threat, can Coleman and his Welsh dragons finally achieve what Ryan Giggs never did and get to a major finals in France next year? You can find out tonight from 7:00pm live on Sky Sports 1.

Could Scotland and Northern Ireland join them?

It’s a long shot but history could be made if two other home nations along with England, all qualify for next years tournament in France. Scotland haven’t travelled to a major tournament this century, whilst Northern Ireland have also had to wait since 1986. Northern Ireland travel to the Faroe Islands in a game they must surely fancy winning to maintain their very respectable second place in Group F and keep the pressure on the Romanians who currently only lead by a solitary point.

Scotland who still have a lot of work to do if they are to realise their dream, travel to Georgia and must win to keep pace with the surprise leaders Poland who have a slender lead over World Champions Germany. It’s a tough group but so far, no one has taken an outright lead and anything is still possible.

Both of their matches take place on Friday, with the Scots kicking off slightly earlier than normal at 5:00pm on Sky Sports 1, whilst the Northern Irish team play from 7:45pm on Sky Sports 5.

England travel to lowly San Marino

Ever the whipping boys if international football, San Marino host an in-form England team looking to rack up goals this Saturday for a number of reasons.

On a personal level, Wayne Rooney hopes to break England’s international goal scoring record by beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring tally of 49. Rooney currently sits one shy so the odds look good against their next opponents.

But more importantly, if England beat San Marino this Saturday and Slovenia fail to beat Switzerland, Hodgson’s England team will qualify for Euro 2016 with three matches to spare, taking huge amounts of pressure off the remaining fixtures and allow some of the fringe squad players to get a run in the team and build confidence.

Can they do it? You can find out this Saturday from 5:00pm on ITV and remember, if you want to watch this match or any of the other international qualifying matches due to be aired live on UK TV, you can watch them anywhere in the world with UKTV2C. Simply contact our sales team on +44 1614 080812 or email us for more details.

The Premier League 2015/16 season begins this weekend!

Top flight football is back this Saturday

With almost £500million having been already been spent in the transfer market ahead of the September 1st deadline, this season looks to be another clash of the big spenders. Manchester United and Liverpool have made the most noise with some major departures and arrivals whilst surprisingly, Chelsea and Manchester City who have both had poor pre-seasons, have been pretty quiet in the wallet department.

One surprise move was the transfer of Petr Cech to Arsenal, from London neighbours Chelsea in what could be a game changing acquisition. However, most pundits agree that the title will most likely be contested by Chelsea and Manchester City as of previous seasons, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all fighting for the two remaining Champions League places.

Liverpool and United fans may disagree with that prediction, so too will Gunners fans after their recent Community Shield victory over Chelsea, however big spending has never automatically guaranteed success as many Spurs fans will agree with, having seen a major clear out of some of the stars they acquired after the departure of Gareth Bale two years ago. With a new look defence, Tottenham are looking to build for the future with a more youthful looking side and an impressive new stadium about to start construction but like most seasons past, will probably not quite make the cut to reach the promised land of the Champions League places.

Who will survive the drop?

With every new season comes fresh blood and the three clubs all hoping to make a mark as newbies this year are Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich. To start off their Premier League campaigns, the south coast club host Tim Sherwood’s new look Aston Villa, whilst Watford have a tough trip to Goodison Park to face Everton and Norwich host a revitalised Crystal Palace.

No one can predict how the season will pan out at this early stage but one thing is for sure, silly season has many weeks left to run so last minute transfer rumours and deals will be flying around until September 1st, when we can actually sit back and see how our teams will fair in what promises to be another season of twists and turns.

Will you be watching the live games on Sky and BT Sport?

At UKTV2C, we can provide direct access to your own exclusive Slingbox or Sky Go VPN system to enable you to take your Premier League season with you, wherever you go. With two television networks now sharing the spoils, there’s never been more live football action than there is on offer now.

At the time of going to press, both Sky and BT Sport have confirmed their preliminary list fo live games up until the festive period. So if you want to catch any of the following live game, speak to us first:

Live Premier League fixtures on Sky Sports

Saturday 8th August

Chelsea v Swansea City – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 9th August

Arsenal v West Ham United – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Stoke City v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 10th August

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Fri 14th August

Aston Villa v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (18:00)

Sunday 16th August

Crystal Palace v Arsenal – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Manchester City v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 17th August

Liverpool v Bournemouth – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Sunday 23rd August

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Everton v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 24th August

Arsenal v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 29th August

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 30th August

Southampton v Norwich City – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Swansea City v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Saturday 12th September

Manchester United v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 13th September

Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)

Leicester City v Aston Villa – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 14th September

West Ham United v Newcastle United – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 19th September

Manchester City v West Ham United – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 20th September

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Southampton v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Saturday 26th September

Newcastle United v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 27th September

Watford v Crystal Palace – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 28th September

West Bromwich Albion v Everton – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 3rd October

Chelsea v Southampton – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 4th October

Everton v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)

Saturday 17th October

Watford v Arsenal – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 18th October

Newcastle United v Norwich City – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 19th October

Swansea City v Stoke City – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 24th October

Arsenal v Everton – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 25th October

Sunderland v Newcastle United – Sky Sports 1 HD (11:30)
Manchester United v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (14:00)
Liverpool v Southampton – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:00)

Sunday 1st November

Everton v Sunderland – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Southampton v Bournemouth – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 2nd November

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa – Sky Sports 1 HD (20:00)

Saturday 7th November

Stoke City v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:30)

Sunday 8th November

Aston Villa v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (13:30)
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:00)

Saturday 21st November

Manchester City v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:30)

Sunday 22nd November

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:00)

Monday 23rd November

Crystal Palace v Sunderland – Sky Sports 1 HD (20:00)

Saturday 28th November

Leicester City v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:30)

Sunday 29th November

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion – Sky Sports 1 HD (14:05)
Norwich City v Arsenal – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:15)

Live Premier League fixtures on BT Sport

Saturday 8th August

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur – 12pm (BT Sport 1 & BT Sport Ultra HD)

Saturday 15th August

Southampton v Everton – 12pm (BT Sport 1 & BT Sport Ultra HD)

Saturday 22nd August

Manchester United v Newcastle United – 12pm (BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultra HD)

Saturday 29th August

Newcastle United v Arsenal – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 12 September

Everton v Chelsea – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 19 September

Chelsea v Arsenal – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 26 September

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 3 October

Crystal Palace v West Brom – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 17 October

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 31 October

Chelsea v Liverpoool – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 7 November

Bournemouth v Newcastle United – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 21 November

Watford v Manchester United – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 29 November

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

It’s British Grand Prix Weekend

Lewis Hamilton

Can Hamilton get revved up to win on home soil?

After some indifferent results of late, the reigning F1 world Champion will be looking to get back to winning way at Silverstone this weekend. With team-mate and champions rival Nico Rosberg now looking more assured and only 10 points adrift, this season looks to be another close run thing between the two Mercedes drivers.

Last week in Austria, Hamilton blamed a dodgy clutch for his poor start off the line, handing the lead to Rosberg and eventually the chequered flag. Prior to that, some questionable team decisions led to a pit stop in Monaco that again, denied Lewis an almost certain victory. With points seemingly being dropped due to careless errors or sheer bad luck, Hamilton’s assured look is starting to waver and the German Rosberg most certainly senses an opportunity.

With the gap now close between to the two drivers, the pressure is most certainly on and this weekend’s British Grand Prix could signal an important milestone in the hunt for this season’s drivers champions.

Both the BBC and Sky Sports F1 are showing the race live this coming Sunday, 5th July however, with some important practice sessions about to get underway and the all important qualifying sessions on Saturday to determine who will start on pole, there’s no better place to see it all build up than on Sky.

If you want to have a front row seat to the action, then get in touch with our sales team to get your Slingbox or Sky GO VPN system set up in time to see the drivers get their races underway.

It’s the hottest Wimbledon on record!

Not only have the temperatures soared during this first week of tennis at SW19 but so have the British hopes. With the likes of James Ward, Aljaž Bedene and Heather Watson all making the third round, it’s great to see other players pushing on instead of the nation pinning all their hopes on the 2013 Wimbledon, 2012 US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray.

Realistically however, Murray will no doubt be the only British player remaining in the draw come the second week but with a new generation coming through and Murray’s days at the top with only a few more years left to run, the nation needs a new hero and this year may have given us a glimpse into the future.

Despite losing his second round match, Liam Brody looks to be progressing well and showed a good range of shots, especially on the backhand side, but more noticeably, a willingness to fight and hustle which previous generations of Brits have certainly lacked. Kyle Edmund, another second round loser also shows some promise with a decent performance against tricky Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov. Again, despite losing, he looks like a potential prospect with the right application and attitude.

What this has offered is a great variety of matches to choose from, and with the BBC this year offering numerous live streams on their website, there’s never been a better excuse to use a UK-based VPN to access all the live tennis action from around the world.

We’re only a few days into the tournament so there’s plenty of points to be fought over yet so, if you want to catch the classics that are undoubtedly waiting to be aired live, why not sign up and grab one of our super fast, super reliable VPN accounts and watch all the live tennis you like ’til your heart’s content on BBC iPlayer? Speak to our sales team for more details.

Celebrities are cooking up a stinker

One of the BBC’s top rated shows Celebrity Masterchef is back for another outing and this years series appears to be scraping the barrel when it comes to quality cooking skills.

Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud looks like she’d struggle to boil an egg, whilst Syd Little gave it a go but certainly lacked any real finesse in his cooking. The “one and only” Chesney Hawkes showed soem promise however and might be vying for a new career, rather than riding off the back of a one-hit wonder career.

This week’s heat has an eclectic range of interesting characters to say the least! Singer and reality star Kimberly Wyatt is joined by choreographer Arlene Phillips, former Corrie actor Craig Gazey, Blue Peter presenter turned journalist Andy Akinwolere and Big Brother presenter Rylan Clark. Whether they can cook or not is yet to be seen but the show is certainly compulsive viewing, especially for ardent Anglophiles.

Catch the latest show tonight at 9:00pm on BBC One.

 

Anyone for the new tennis season?

Nadal vs Djokovic

The big Rolland Garros showdown

Anyone who knows tennis will be well aware that today could signal a huge tectonic shift in mens tennis, as defending French Open Champion Rafael Nadal faces the in-form and seamingly unbeatable World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in Paris, in what would normally be a hugely anticipated final; yet this is just a last-eight quarter final match!

Due to some recent indifferent form on the dirt, Nadal has surprisingly not won a single clay court tournament this year and heads into the match ranked 7 in the ATP race, hence the earlier round meeting. Djokovic on the other hand, has looked imperious, having recently won both ATP 1000 Masters Tournaments in Monte Carlo and Rome, making him the outstanding leader in world tennis.

Yet with a record 9 French Open titles and 70 wins to just one solitary defeat in his lifetime, Nadal is still seen as the favourite by many pundits and tennis pros.

All we know is, a lot hinges on this match. If Nadal wins, he will cement his place as the undisputed King of Clay. Lose and it could spell the end of a glorious era for the Spaniard and the inevitable completion of the personal slam for the Serb, by completing his set of Grand Slam titles in professional tennis.

No one can predict the outcome so all we suggest is you tune into ITV4 this afternoon for what will be a pulsating and gruelling battle between two greats of the modern game. Get on your most comfy armchair as it could be a long one.

The football season ends… as does Blatter’s FIFA reign

As the domestic football season wraps up, we now have just the UEFA Champions League final to look forward to this coming weekend between Barcelona and Juventus at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, before it’s all over for another year.

This week has been a hugely controversial and tumultuous period for the beautiful game, as numerous senior figures within footballs international governing body FIFA, have been arrested on serious corruption charges; thus leading to yesterday’s sensational resignation announcement by recently re-elected head Sepp Blatter.

In truth, neither story was a great surprise to anyone who follows football. FIFA has been shrouded in controversy for years yet Blatter’s ability to dodge criticism and blame has made many believe his is made of teflon. Not anymore. Due to a US-led investigation by the FBI and IRS, many of FIFA’s senior representatives could be going from their ivory towers straight to jail in the very near future. Football’s international image couldn’t be worse and yet these recent events were long overdue!

If football is to ever regain any respect on the global stage, FIFA needs to either be dismantled or completely rebuilt. The future of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups appear to be in serious jeopardy as the awarding of both tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, were seemingly agreed due to the exchange of millions of pounds in bribes, all now apparently traced and directly connected to those at the very top of the FIFA hierarchy. Again, no great surprise considering the numerous accusations of corruption over the years but this time, it appears the evidence and proof of wrongdoing is overwhelming.

So let’s just hope that two of football’s great international names can put on a great spectacle in Berlin, to end a sorry week for the sport and draw a positive line under what could be the beginning of a new era in world football. You can catch the match live on ITV1 this Saturday, 6th June from 7:00pm.

Game of Thrones Season 5 is coming to a head

With just two episodes left of the current run of the hugely popular fantasy epic, the story has suddenly sprung to life in what has been a slightly pedestrian and slower paced series thus far.

We expected to see a much greater emergence for the likes of characters such as Arya and Sansa Stark, the latter who was recently forcibly wed to the wicked and twisted Ramsey Bolton, yet it appears the main crescendo will be the seemingly unwinnable war between the White Walkers and the Crows, allied with the Wildlings in a battle between the living and the dead, north of the wall.

The latest episode was undoubtedly one of the best yet this series and with the recent meetings of minds between Daenerys and Tyrion, we may start to see how the battle for the iron throne will shape up. Season 5 has undoubtedly been a period where the scene is set for things to come and with many more books and television adaptations waiting around the corner, fans will just have to be a little more patient to find out the fate of the many foes including Cersei Lannister, brother and lover Jamie, as well as their recently wed son and King.

The story feels like it is ready to erupt. Daenerys Targaryen has her dragons. The Wildlings have their giants and Cersei has her Frankenstein-style experiments ready to unleash on anyone who dare challenge house Lannister. Somethign is brewing and it is about to explode.

If you want to catch the final two episodes every Monday night from 9:00pm on Sky Atlasntic HD or any of the sporting action mentioned above wherever you are, then sign up to an exclsuive UK television package from UKTV2C today!

Chelsea are Premier League champions but who’ll be kings of Europe?

Mourinho’s Chelsea Blues do it again

In what had become a pretty much one-sided Premier League title race, this weekend saw the highly inevitable crowning of new Premier League Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 3rd May in a tight tussle with fellow Londoner’s Crystal Palace to get those all important three points required. It wasn’t a vintage performance by any stretch, something many football fans have come to expect from Mourinho’s efficient and well drilled Blues side but the end result was as predictable as ever.

One shaky penalty conversion from Eden Harzard sealed the deal and with their usual brand of stubborn, effective match-winning mentality, club captain John Terry and his fellow Chelsea team-mates celebrated their first title win in five years with the home fans and by a convincing margin. Later in the day, Manchester City’s slender 1-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, could never be enough to stop them relinquishing their title, simply due to the fact that Chelsea were streets ahead all season long and led from the front right from the off. In comparison to previous years, this season’s title race was well and truly over weeks ago and it was frankly, a dull, one-sided affair.

Now, not more than a couple of days later, the papers are already talking about how the Portuguese tactician Mourinho will shuffle his pack, and decide which players will stay, which players will go and which new acquisitions will arrive this summer in a shake up to assemble an even more ruthless squad that will undoubtedly do their level best to retain their Premier League title next year.

One name firmly on the lips of many is that of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale who’s love affair with the Bernabeu faithful is coming to an abrupt and apparently ugly end. Incredibly, the Champions league final winner was scored by the Welsh wizard yet the infamously fickle and petulant Real fans have decided to turn on their world record prized possession and unjustifiably, blame him for a number of poor results in this year’s La Liga season.

Real on balance, are still in this season’s premier European club football competition, not to mention still chasing a La Liga title and with an upcoming Champions League semi-final match tonight against newly crowned Italian Serie A champs Juventus, they have every chance of going to the final to defend their crown – even possibly against arch rivals Barca who tomorrow, host German giants Bayern Munich in the other semi.

But strangle, the Real fans in their infinite wisdom, seem to believe this is a poor return. Some football fans are never satisfied!

Pep returns to his spiritual home in the Champions League

Anyone who loves football would be crazy not to tune into Sky Sports 1 HD tomorrow, for what could be a feast of footballing brilliance.

Pep Guardiola takes his Munich side back to his long-time spiritual home in Spain to the Camp Nou, home of Barcelona football club where he spent the majority of his career as a player and more recently as a highly successful coach.

The former Barca bosses Bayern team were knocked out at the semi-final stage against Real Madrid this time last year, having won the competition in 2009 and 2011 with the Catalan club. He is naturally hoping to go one better this time around, and many pundits believe the weaknesses of his former side in the run-up to the first leg at the Nou Camp may make the Germans favourites to win this tie.

With his history and inside knowledge of the workings at Barca, who knows what may happen tomorrow night? All we can say is, tune in and enjoy a feast of football from the likes of Messi, Suarez, Neymar and Iniesta. It could be an incredible game.

F1 resumes in Europe this weekend

Formula One returns to its spiritual European home this weekend, with the opening race of this part of the season taking place in Spain, at the Circuit de Catalunya.

With the silver arrows of Mercedes mostly dominating, this race is poised to be the first time any major upgrade packages are brought to the 2015 cars due to the proximity to the teams’ bases. So with Ferrari hot on Hamilton and Rosberg’s heals, will we actually see the F1 season finally come to life?

With expert pundits such as David Coulthard now claiming that World Champion Lewis Hamilton has “a different aura’, it could be a great season for the British racing driver if his car remains as dominant as it has for the first four races of the season. Surely teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will have something to say about that?

We’ll have to see. Catch all the race action, plus all the practice and qualifying sessions live on Sky Sports F1.

And remember, if you want to watch all of this incredible sporting entertainment and more, speak to our sales team about getting your UK TV system set up and ready to beam the world’s best television entertainment direct to your home, wherever you are.

Get ready for a new season of Formula 1

F1 returns to our screens in one week!

It only seems like yesterday that Lewis Hamilton was holding aloft the FIA Formula One World Championship trophy along with the BBC Sports Personality Award for 2014 shortly afterwards, yet in just seven days from today, the racing begins all over again in Melbourne, Australia on Friday 13th, March; as Lewis bids to retain his title. With the first practice session followed by qualifying the next day and the first race of the season getting off the mark on Sunday, 15th March 2015, it’s without doubt going to be an exciting season ahead.

As many had predicted, it appears that Constructors Champions and Hamilton’s current team Mercedes, are expected to be the one’s to beat, showing commanding form. Pre-season testing has shown the German outfit to still have the best set up, with lap times by the silver arrows looking impressive. Teammate and arch rival Nico Rosberg has most notably shown awesome pace which can only signal a return to the head-to-head battle seen last season. Bring it on!

Pre-season testing however, hasn’t been plain sailing for other teams. McLaren, now bed fellows with Honda, have recently welcomed the return of double World Champion Fernando Alonso who had what now appears to be a horror crash during testing that has put him out of the first race of the season.

There’s been numerous conflicting reports about the speed of Alonso’s accident, which led to his head injuries and subsequent hospitalisation. All we know is the incident occurred on the exit of turn three at the Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya.

Alonso’s lap prior to the accident was the fastest he had done that day. On the subsequent lap, the crash lap, he brakes deeper into turn one, and goes wide as a result.

That indicates a different line through the kink of turn two, from where he took a wider entry and potentially faster line into turn three. Alonso entered turn three noticeably faster than on the previous lap and although it is hard to be absolutely sure of the difference, it is in the region of 5-7km/h, and in racing terms, that is a significant amount.

Let’s hope that he makes a full recovery soon as his return to McLaren was expected to be a return to the glory days at the British F1 racing team with arguably, the most talented driver in the current F1 crop.

A new season means new cars

As with previous years, all of the racing teams have not only been working hard to improve the speed and performance of their cars, but have also been hard at work securing lucrative sponsorship deals to help fund their racing season. This has led to some very interesting and eye-catching changes to some of the cars we’ll be seeing on this year’s starting grid.

The most notable change is this year’s Red Bull car which looks like a zebra crossed with a sports car. Gone is the distinct purple and red emblazoned across the fibreglass and instead, they have gone with a distinct black and white graphic that will take some getting used to. Red Bull’s other team Toro Rosso have however, stuck with a more recognisable colour palette and will be easy to spot amongst the cars parading around Melbourne Park next weekend.

If you want to see how your favourite racing team will appear this season, you can see a complete slideshow of this years cars over at the BBC website.

How and where will you be watching?

With just a week to go, there’s not a great deal of time left to ensure you’re ready and set for the new season ahead. What are you waiting for?

Like previous years, all of the races will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, with pre and post race coverage, insight and analysis being the order of the day. No one can argue that Sky’s coverage of Formula One has been nothing short of groundbreaking and with a commentary and punditry team that is the envy of the world, it’s hard to resist wanting to see the action on the premium satellite network.

That’s why at UKTV2C, we have created a series of packages that offer unprecedented access to all the F1 this season wherever you live in the world, on whatever device you like. Our Sling and VPN systems enable our customers to watch the live F1 races from practically anywhere, using their laptops, phones, tablet and TVs so is it any wonder, we’re the world’s number 1 provider of Formula 1 abroad?

If you’re still seeking ways to watch this seasons F1 then look no further. Check out our specialist Sky Go F1 packages and get your Formula One racing season off to a rip roaring start!

It’s derby weekend in the Premier League

Two massive games coming up live on UK TV!

This Saturday 7 February, 2015 sees two sets of bitter rival go head-to-head in what could be a couple of feisty clashes. First up is the early kick-off between Tottenham Hotspur and north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

With Spurs sitting just one spot below 5th placed Arsenal by two points, an awful lot could be riding on this game in the chase for that lucrative fourth Champions League spot come the end of the season.

Spurs got their season off to a shaky start, with their strikers misfiring and their defence at sixes and sevens. However, recent weeks have seen a major change in fortunes with the emergence of the young English star striker Harry Kane already netting 20 goals this campaign alone and looking hungry for more, especially after the demolition of Chelsea at the Lane just a few weeks ago. Suddenly, Spurs look like contenders, having built a successful system around Danish midfield talisman Christian Eriksen.

Arsenal have also had some questionable performances with certain sections of the fans calling for a change at the top but, with Wenger still in the manager’s seat, the Gunners have had a decent run of form since their New Years Day defeat at Southampton, especially with their impressive win at Manchester City and recent 5-nil thrashing of Aston Villa.

With the recent return of Theo Walcott, who was famously injured last season in this very same fixture, there could be a lot of bad blood out there; with both teams desperate to show who’s top dog in North London.

Whether or not you’re a Gooner or Lillywhite, this game should be must see viewing for any neutral football fan. Coverage starts live on BT Sport 1 from 12pm this Saturday.

Don’t miss the late kick off on Merseyside

If one local derby wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, then two should be enough with Liverpool travelling the short journey across the city to local rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

If you had to pick two teams this season that had under achieved based on last season’s performances, then you’d be hard pushed to pick any others than the pairing of Liverpool and Everton. With the two teams sat in 7th and 12th respectively in the Premier League, the fans of both clubs have had to endure a season of ups and downs.

Liverpool’s loss of talismanic and controversial striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona was without doubt a major factor in their slow start, not to mention the misfiring and misbehaving signing of Mario Ballotelli which appears to be backfiring on them as many predicted. Everton on the other hand didn’t have to endure such losses and have simply found it harder to get going having to deal with the additional fixture headaches that the UEFA Europa League represents.

With loan signing Aaron Lennon joining the ranks for the rest of the season from Spurs, the flying winger may just add the pace and experience their squad needs to push on and beat their local rivals in what must be seen as a must win game for both sets of fans.

Neither of them are expecting the same finishing positions as last season, so bragging rights versus their local rivals has to now take centre stage.

This game is again live on UK television, with coverage starting at 4:45pm on Sky Sports 1.

Get set for the return of Premier League Football

Premier League Trophy

The big kick off is just days away!

If you didn’t already know, the football season is literally about to start again with the curtain raising Community Shield between Premier League Champions Manchester City and FA Cup Winners Arsenal taking place this coming Sunday, 10 August at 3pm followed by the much anticipated return of the English Premier League on Saturday, August 16th.

With some new faces entering the managerial fray, not to mention the usual shuffling of players from club-to-club, this season looks set to be just as unpredictable and exciting as the last. As usual, most of the live coverage will be split across the two giants of premium television, BSkyB and BT, with Sky boasting the lions share of the fixtures, with 116 matches confirmed to date, with more to come as the season unfolds.

The first live Sky match hits our screens on Saturday night as Crystal Palace visits the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal at 5:30pm. Sunday sees the usual double bill Super Sunday with Liverpool hosting Southampton whilst Manchester City travel to Newcastle United. The Monday Night Football game features newly promoted Burnley hosting Chelsea, which could be a really tough opening fixture for the debutantes.

Naturally, you can see how the opening weekend unfolds with UKTV2C on Sky Sports using one of our dedicated Slingbox packages or on Sky Go using one of our great value VPN systems. if you haven’t got your already in place, it’s not too late. Contact our sales team today to get yours ready in time for the big games!

Wow, F1 suddenly got interesting again!

Who would have thought after after all the rule changes and engine size reductions, that this years Formula One season would be one of the most hotly contested in years? In recent memory, triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team had dominated to such effect that the season would practically be over already at this mid-season break stage. Not this time.

The teams to watch this year are AMG Mercedes and the newly emerging Williams. The drivers championship looks set to go down to the wire, with teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton fractiously tussling with each other as they both bid to take the drivers title, both racing for the very same team! These two old friends from their karting days have in recent weeks become fierce foes as some questionable manoeuvres and decisions have left both drivers with no doubt that it really is war. It’s made for great viewing and with the young German just ahead of the 2008 World Champion by eleven points at the mid-season break, no one can really predict who will come out on top at the end of the season.

The season gets back on track later this month in Spa, Belgium on 24 August. With a total of 8 races remaining and double points up for grabs in the season finale in Abu Dhabi, can anyone really make any firms predictions of how this one is going to go? Not likely! All we can say is stay tuned to Sky Sports F1 and see how the action unfolds. It’s going to get much, much hotter for sure!

The hard court tennis season is back

Fans of tennis will be pleased to see a return of the big guns to the North American hard court circuit, as the players work their way towards the US Open which starts at the end of this month.

This week is the Rogers Cup in Toronto and all the big name players are present, not to mention the young guns who made a real statement on intent during the summer, showing they mean business and are a true emerging force. Three of the big four of Djokovic, Federer and Murray are all present in Canada, aiming to win the 1000 ATP points up for grabs, whilst the likes of last weeks Washington champion Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and slayer of injured Nadal at Wimbledon Nick Kyrgios all looking to create a few upsets.

The young Aussie Kyrgios, will be facing Britain’s Andy Murray today which could be a potentially tricky encounter. Murray now claiming he can fully train at 100% since last years back surgery is really flagging in the world ranking, having dropped from 4th to 8th this year. Now seeded 8 for the Rogers Cup, he needs to make up for lost ground where others have taken advantage.

It’s a busy schedule leading up to the start of the US Open in Flushing Meadow on August 25, so Murray and the other top players know that this month’s ATP 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati (next week) offer up a huge opportunity to gain higher seedings leading into this years final Grand Slam tournament.

The entire hard court season is being covered on Sky Sports so fans of tennis will be in for a bumper month with all the top names out there, fighting week in week out leading up to New York. See how it unfolds with us on Sky Sports.