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Sky settle Ryder Cup dispute

BSkyB and organisers of golf's Ryder Cup have resolved a dispute over the television company's plans for coverage of the tournament on non-terrestrial channels.

"We are extremely pleased that our long-term relationship with Sky enabled this amicable agreement," European Tour spokesman Mitchell Platts said on Tuesday.

Platts said the Ryder Cup will now be shown free to subscribers on the usually pay-per-view Sky Box Office channel but with three hours a day available on Sky Sports 2.

"This ensures that a minimum of nine hours coverage of the Ryder Cup will be seen on Sky Sports 2 over the three days, where golf is traditionally seen," he said.

The European Tour has a long-term agreement with Sky.

The move will also enable subscribers to pay-TV company and BSkyB competitor ONDigital to watch some of the tournament.

Ryder Cup Limited and the European Tour announced on Wednesday they had started legal action against Rupert Murdoch's pay television company after Sky decided to broadcast the Cup only on Sky Box Office.

Subscribers to ONDigital receive Sky Sports 1 and 2 but not Box Office.

"It would appear that Sky's principal reason for wishing to omit the Ryder Cup from the Sky Sports channels is to avoid the possibility of its competitor ONDigital having the right to show the matches," Platts said on Wednesday.