Arsenal vs Tottenham and Aston Villa vs Birmingham in the Capital One Cup third round will both be televised on Sky Sports. The draw took place this week and threw up some exciting matches, with the North London and ‘second city’ derbies both happening. These two matches will be shown on Sky on the 22nd and 23rd September.
On Tuesday 22nd at 7.45pm, Sky will show Birmingham take on their West Midlands foes Aston Villa at Villa Park, before Arsenal take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane a day later. The two North London teams have met five times in the League Cup in the last decade, but never under the Capital One sponsorship. Arsenal beat their rivals the last time that they met back in 2011.
The other derby comes after Birmingham beat Gillingham and Villa won against Notts County in extra time.
Sky Sports is an add-on for your Sky subscription. It also shows the Premier League.
Sky has launched a new nine month student broadband tariff which means that you only have to pay for line rental. It’s aimed at students who rent homes privately, usually in their second and third year. The service promises speeds of 17Mbps and is completely unlimited, meaning that there are no restrictions. Line rental is currently charged at £16.40 per month, which you can split between housemates.
This tariff is significantly cheaper than BT’s student deals which were launched recently. However, the offer is only limited to ADSL broadband, so if you live in a house where you can get FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) broadband, you won’t be able to take advantage of the 9 month deals.
The student deals are nine months long in order to account for the summer break, where students leave their student house and return to their parent’s house. The deal also includes a free Sky Hub and pay as you talk calls.
Currently, the cheapest broadband deal provided by BT costs £29.49 a month.
Sky is going to add a watch list, ‘more like this’ recommendations and a link to Rotten Tomatoes reviews to its Sky+ Movies service, in a direct move to compete with services such as Netflix. The new features are expected to roll out today (August 27) on Sky+ and Sky+ HD services.
The features will see subscribers able to flag films that they are interested in and add them to a list to access at a later date, see recommendations based on previous films and access reviews from within the Sky+ guide.
The move comes as Sky has long been accused of lagging behind its competitor Netflix, despite offering on-demand services two years before Netflix. A spokesperson for Sky said:
“One of the differences between Sky and someone like Netflix is that we’ve got a user base of 12 million customers and a lot of them have a long tenure with us.”
Netflix users subscribe a month at a time with no minimum-term contract, unlike Sky’s 12- or 18-month contracts. Netflix had 4.3 million subscribers in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.
“At the end of the day, we have to cater for someone who is young and living in London to someone who lives in Scotland and has been a customer for 10 or 15 years. When we change things, we have to do so on a considered basis so that our customers become used to it.”
The company continues to report strong growth, having reached a customer base of 12 million in the last few months.