Welcome Elviskelly - I'm guessing but Sky often make it a condition when licensing their sports channel that a symbol appears probably so that it's easy to tell which service the feed is coming from i.e. Virgin Media, BT, a commercial premises or Now TV (which all have a version of the on screen graphic apparently)
In addition you may ocasionally see numbers in top corner which probably tell which specific subscriber it is.
It would enable anyone inspecting commercial premises to quickly identify that a private consumer feed was being shown rather than the much more expensive commercial premises feed.
Hello and welcome to the forums,
Here is a link which may help you, it seems it could be sky's trademark
Hope this helps. Any more questions? I will be glad to try and answer them:)
Thanks everybody. What a bizarre thing to do. Surely if they can make the subscriber numbers appear (as they do via satellite) then the point of the circle is lost. Numbers appear, route for whoever is showing game is found. Shame they are ruining part of the screen with this ...
Possibly because via Satellite you are getting it direct from a SKy system t whereas for BT and others Sky will provide a feed that the wholesalers (eg BT) who distribute via their own systems to their subscribers.
Just a guess, but is the circle meant to match the three circles that Youview use to indicate a multicast IPTV channel in the EPG? Or possibly it's just meant to represent a cable? Or maybe the never ending circle of life in the circles of your mind? Answers on a postcard.
As already mentioned when Sky Sports was delivered over DTT via the TV aerial it had a Freeview symbol added (even though it wasn't actually part of Freeview as it wasn't free and was encrypted!). The pub/club commercial satellite feeds have a pint glass symbol added.
When watching BT Sport via the app there is a square symbol displayed again I suspect to distinguish personal/commercial stream source.