Sky Sports use fake crowd noise for its Championship games. In all, the broadcaster are showing 14 matches with eight of them exclusive to Sky Sports.
"The team in Sky have worked very hard to bring Sky Crowds to our viewers," said Georgie Faulkner, Director of multi sports at Sky.
We know our sports fans have enjoyed ‘Sky Crowds’ across other sports and given GAA is such a family game, we think it will be the preferred choice of families all over the country that want to avoid the prospect of occasional on-field profanities.
Sky says it has "worked tirelessly over the last few weeks on adapting a collected bed of sound from previous GAA matches which includes general atmosphere sounds along with common response sounds such as goals, points, misses, fouls, anticipation, cheers, full-time crowd whistles and celebratory cheers".
How To Turn Off Crowd Noise For GAA Games On Sky Sports
Viewers will also have the option of choosing 'natural sound' which is the sound picked up by the microphones placed around a ground. This can be done using the audio description on their Sky TV box. On newer Sky remotes, press the question mark button under the number 9 to open those options. If you have an older remote, then you can find the audio description by pressing the 'help' button on your remote.
All 14 of Sky's games will be broadcast on Sky Sports Mix. This means that customers with a basic Sky TV or Virgin Media TV package will be able to watch the game. A Sky Sports subscription will not be required.
The games which Sky will broadcast are as follows:
(Games marked with an asterisk are exclusive to Sky Sports Mix.)
Saturday, 7 November
All-Ireland Hurling Championship qualifiers round 1
3:45pm: Dublin vs Cork (Sky Sports Mix)
Leinster Football Championship
6:15pm: Dublin vs Westmeath (Sky Sports Mix)
Saturday, 14 November
1:15pm: Donegal/Tyrone vs Armagh/Derry (USFC)*
3:45pm: Hurling Qualifier (SHC)*
Saturday 21 November
3:45pm: Hurling Quarter Final (SHC)*
Saturday, 28 November
6:00pm All-Ireland Hurling Semi Final
Sunday, 29 November
4:00pm All-Ireland Hurling Semi Final
Saturday, 5 December
5:30pm: All-Ireland Football Semi Final
Sunday, 6 December
3:30pm: All Ireland Football Semi Final
Sunday, 13 December
3:30pm: All-Ireland Hurling Final
Saturday, 19 December
5:00pm All-Ireland Football Final
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