|Sky Box Office|
|Launched||16 March 1996|
|Closed||4 January 2017)(Cinema|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV |
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Audience share||0.01% (June 2019BARB),|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
|Formerly called||Sky Box Office (1996-2011)|
Sky Sports F1,
Sky Sports News,
Sky Sports Racing,
|Sky||Channel 491 (Sports)|
Channel 492 (Sports HD)
|TalkTalk TV||Channel 419 (Sports)|
Sky Box Office is the name of Sky's pay-per-view (PPV) system operated in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. There were three branded divisions of Sky Box Office - Sky Cinema Box Office, Sky Sports Box Office and Sky 3D Box Office. Until 1 February 2011, the system ran under unified Sky Box Office branding. On 4 January 2017, all Sky Cinema Box Office channels ceased broadcasting, with only Sky Sports Box Office remaining available.
Sky Box Office launched on 16 March 1996 on Sky Analogue. At the time it carried mainly sporting events, such as major boxing fights. The first of these was Frank Bruno's WBC World Heavyweight Championship defence against Mike Tyson. Initially events were ordered by telephone, either on the day of broadcast for £14.95 or in advance at a reduced price of £9.99. Ordering an event charged the viewer and then the subscriber's VideoCrypt viewing card would be activated over the air, enabling the viewing of the broadcast. The charge would be levied unless the viewer cancelled prior to broadcast, or returned the viewing card as proof that the event hadn't been watched.
Four dedicated Sky Box Office channels were launched on 1 December 1997 on Sky Analogue. At this time multiple showings of selected movies, shown in advance of their broadcast on Sky's existing subscription movie channels, were added. Initial movies included The Long Kiss Goodnight and Courage Under Fire. However, at least one hour pre-ordering was required, and for most movies one purchase at £2.99 only bought one viewing.
With the move to Sky Digital in 1998, where the Sky Digibox provided a data return path, events and movies - the latter now copy protected - could be bought minutes before or even during the event either by telephone or through an on-screen menu and PIN system.
Sky launched a sister pay-per-view channel in August 2001, Premiership Plus, which shown select football matches from the Premier League live. The service closed in 2007 as Sky were forced by the European Union to break their broadcasting monopoly on the competition.
On 1 February 2011, Sky Box Office was rebranded as Sky Movies Box Office for movies. Later in the year, Sky Sports Box Office branding was added for sports and Sky 3D Box Office for 3D.
Although at launch it showed mainly sporting events, since the launch of Sky Digital, movies along with concerts became the predominant content. However, Sky Cinema Box Office's limited movie choices and relatively high prices increasingly left it suffering in comparison to online DVD rental systems. As of 2011, films were first shown on Sky Box Office on the same day as DVD release, prior to that there was a 2 to 3-month window between DVD release and Sky Box Office release. Some films still retained the 2 to 3-month window between DVD and Sky Box Office releases. Since 2017 only sports content is available for purchase.
Content can be purchased directly through a Sky remote control. This can be accomplished by pressing "Box Office", purchase an event, confirm the order and enter the PIN if prompted. They can also be ordered online via Sky Box Office.
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Since 1997, WWE have had some of their pay-per-view events available through Box Office. From 1997 to 2003, the UK based pay-per-views, One Night Only, No Mercy, Rebellion and Insurrextion were shown on Box Office. In 2002, Sky gained the sole rights to the whole WWE pay-per-view calendar, after Channel 4's deal ended with WWE. These events were placed on Box Office. In 2004, more of WWE's premier events were moved to Box Office, including WWE's biggest event of the year, WrestleMania.
As of 2012, seven WWE events are shown on Box Office for a one time fee of £14.95/EUR21.95 for each event, with WrestleMania being charged at £17.95/EUR24.95, in both Standard and High Definition, with additional repeats (Standard Definition only) available at no additional charge.
From January 2020, Sky Sports will no longer show WWE on Sky Sports Box Office due to BT Sport signing a multi-year deal with WWE
|21 May 1966||Muhammad Ali vs. Henry Cooper II||Pay TV||40,000|||
|16 March 1996||Frank Bruno vs. Mike Tyson II||Sky Box Office||660,000|||
|9 November 1996||Naseem Hamed vs. Remigio Molina||Sky Box Office||420,000|||
|8 February 1997||Naseem Hamed vs. Tom Johnson||Sky Box Office||720,000|||
|3 May 1997||Naseem Hamed vs. Billy Hardy||Sky Box Office||348,000|||
|28 June 1997||Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II||Sky Box Office||550,000|||
|13 March 1999||Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis||Sky Box Office||400,000|||
|29 January 2000||Mike Tyson vs. Julius Francis||Sky Box Office||500,000|||
|19 August 2000||Naseem Hamed vs. Augie Sanchez||Sky Box Office||300,000|||
|8 June 2002||Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson||Sky Box Office||750,000|||
|8 December 2007||Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton||Sky Box Office||1,150,000|||
|2 May 2009||Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton||Sky Box Office||900,000|||
|18 July 2009||Amir Khan vs. Andreas Kotelnik||Sky Box Office||100,000|||
|7 November 2009||Nikolai Valuev vs. David Haye||Sky Box Office||469,000|||
|3 April 2010||David Haye vs. John Ruiz||Sky Box Office||177,000|||
|24 April 2010||Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler||Primetime||50,000|||
|18 September 2010||Kell Brook vs. Michael Jennings||Sky Box Office||15,000|||
|13 November 2010||David Haye vs. Audley Harrison||Sky Box Office||223,000|||
|11 December 2010||Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana||Sky Box Office||164,000|||
|16 April 2011||Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey||Primetime||200,000|||
|21 May 2011||George Groves vs. James DeGale||Sky Box Office||43,000|||
|2 July 2011||Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye||Sky Box Office||1,143,000|||
|25 May 2013||Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler II||Sky Box Office||32,000|||
|23 November 2013||Carl Froch vs. George Groves||Sky Box Office||47,000|||
|31 May 2014||Carl Froch vs. George Groves II||Sky Box Office||355,000|||
|30 May 2015||Kell Brook vs. Frankie Gavin||Sky Box Office||139,000|||
|2 May 2015||Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao||Sky Box Office||1,000,000|||
|28 November 2015||Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury||Sky Box Office||545,000|||
|12 December 2015||Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte||Sky Box Office||420,000|||
|27 February 2016||Carl Frampton vs. Scott Quigg||Sky Box Office||220,000|||
|9 April 2016||Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin||Sky Box Office||500,000|||
|25 June 2016||Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale||Sky Box Office||512,000|||
|10 September 2016||Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook||Sky Box Office||500,000|||
|10 December 2016||Anthony Joshua vs. Éric Molina||Sky Box Office||450,000|||
|4 February 2017||Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Renold Quinlan||ITV Box Office||86,000|||
|4 March 2017||David Haye vs. Tony Bellew||Sky Box Office||890,000|||
|29 April 2017||Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko||Sky Box Office||1,532,000|||
|27 May 2017||Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr.||Sky Box Office||275,000|||
|26 August 2017||Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor||Sky Box Office||874,000|||
|28 October 2017||Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam||Sky Box Office||887,000|||
|31 March 2018||Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker||Sky Box Office||1,457,000|||
|5 May 2018||David Haye vs. Tony Bellew II||Sky Box Office||775,000|||
|28 July 2018||Dillian Whyte vs. Joseph Parker||Sky Box Office||474,000|||
|22 September 2018||Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin||Sky Box Office||1,113,000|||
|10 November 2018||Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew||Sky Box Office||603,000|||
|1 December 2018||Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury||BT Sport Box Office||420,000|||
|22 December 2018||Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora II||Sky Box Office||438,000|||
|1 June 2019||Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.||Sky Box Office||562,000|||
Average BSkyB [...] 1996 [...] 5m [...] 1997 [...] 5.8m [...] UK-based boxing promoter, Frank Warren in June 1997 described championship boxing as: the most honest form of TV [...] Our first match (Bruno v Tyson) created a 14 per cent buy-rate (660 000 subs) even at 5 a.m. 'Judgement Night' got 420 000 subs (9 per cent). The 'Night of Champions' 720,000 buys or 15.5 per cent and the 'Brit Pack' on May 3  achieved a 6 per cent buy rate
An estimated 420,000 ppv customers watched the event, bringing BSkyB's 50 per cent share in the revenue to more than £25 million. 'Judgement Night' augured a new experience for fans of boxing, packaged and glossily delivered by television. [...] In the run-up to 'Judgement Night' Evans argued that Hamed thrived on the adrenaline rush of 'putting on a show' as much as he appeared to relish 'the pleasurable anticipation' of knocking out his opponent.