At the time it carried mainly sporting events, such as major boxing fights. 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. At this time multiple showings of selected movies, shown in advance of their broadcast on Sky's existing subscription movie channels, were added.
With the move to Sky Digital in , 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 , Premiership Plus , which shown select football matches from the Premier League live.
The service closed in as Sky were forced by the European Union to break their broadcasting monopoly on the competition. A range of pay-per-view 3-D films were also screened on Sky 3D. However, Sky Cinema Box Office's limited movie choices and relatively high prices increasingly left it suffering in comparison to online DVD rental systems.
Since 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. Boxing pay-per-view fights[ edit ] This section is transcluded from Pay-per-view.
Many of these figures are based on BARB weekly viewing data figures.