Sky Sports to stream Netball World Cup on YouTube

Sky Sports will stream all 60 Netball World Cup games on their YouTube channel this summer, making the tournament available for free to all – and not just Sky subscribers.

For those who are already paying customers, however, Sky have announced that they will create a dedicated Sky Sports Netball channel as part of their coverage – which the broadcaster says is “a first-of-its-kind channel dedicated solely to coverage of women’s sport”.

From day four onwards, the BBC will also show live coverage, meaning fans of netball will have their choice of free destinations to watch the set-piece event.

This follows Sky’s recent moves to create standalone channels for major events, renaming Sky Sports Golf for the Masters or the Ryder Cup in recent months, as well as creating a Cricket World Cup channel. Longer-term changes have included the Sky Sport Premier League or Sky Sports F1 channel which run all year and are dedicated to those competitions to which Sky have media rights.

The decision to essentially make the Netball World Cup free to air by streaming on YouTube follows Sky’s recent coverage of the Vitality Netball Super League, where crunch games in the playoffs and final were also streamed on the platform in a useful test for this summer’s set piece event.

Netball is one of the UK’s fast growing sports, both in terms of participation and interest in the elite league, so it feels crucial to ensure that the World Cup is available for everyone to watch and not behind a paywall.

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