Manchester United buy BSkyB share of in-house television channel MUTV
The deal means the Premier League club now wholly own the station
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Manchester United have announced the acquisition of the one-third stake in their in-house television channel, MUTV, which was owned by BSkyB.
The deal means the Premier League club now wholly own the station, which is available via subscription in the UK and in 57 countries worldwide.
United described the purchase as a "strategic acquisition" which will allow them complete control of content and distribution.
Commercial director Richard Arnold said: "The acquisition of Sky's stake is great news for all of our fans who watch us around the globe, MUTV, its staff and the club.
"We look forward to continuing to enhance our media proposition and distribution capabilities in the years to come, and delivering some of the best and most compelling content to our 659 million followers.
"Sky has been an active and highly-valued partner since the channel's inception and has helped to build the best and most-watched club football channel in the world.
"We will continue to have a close relationship with Sky in the future."
MUTV was set up in 1998 as a three-way venture between United and broadcasters Sky and ITV.
Having acquired considerable in-house expertise, United bought ITV's stake in 2007 and the latest move is considered natural progression.
The channel costs £6 per month to UK viewers via cable or satellite.
Latest in Sport
England vs Lithuania: Wayne Rooney rules out repeat of boxing celebration after son Kai repeats it at school and focuses on goalscoring record
Marco Reus becomes Arsenal transfer target to replace Theo Walcott
Paul Scholes: It's amazing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has so few caps for England
New kits for 2015/16: Have the Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona strips been leaked?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Zab Judah denies flooring Mayweather during sparring as he prepares for 2 May
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest