After 39 years on the air, Sky One will finally be dumped by the satellite brand
Sky One will disappear from the TV Guide on your Sky Q, Sky+ HD, Virgin Media, BT and NOW set-top boxes from September 1, 2021. The Simpsons, panel shows as A league of its own, Rob and Romesh versus, and US imports such as 24, Battlestar Galactica, and Jailbreak, has been around for 39 years. Currently on the oldest non-terrestrial channel in the UK you’ll find the latest episode of DC shows like The Flash, DC’s legends of tomorrow, and super girl.
But that’s all going to change. From September 1, Sky One will disappear for all UK customers. Instead, Sky is launching a new channel called Sky Showcase, which will occupy the same prominence in the TV guide.
This channel has been designed to showcase a selection of some of the most talked-about shows from Sky’s portfolio of existing channels, from Sky Comedy to Sky Documentaries.
Meanwhile, the shows currently airing exclusively on Sky One will be split into the rest of the satellite company’s range of channels, which are increasingly focused on genres, including Sky Witness, Sky Comedy, Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime, Sky History, Sky Nature, Sky Arts and Sky Kids. The broadcaster hopes this will make it easier to find a show in the TV guide – if you’re looking for a new David Attenborough, you know Sky Nature is your best bet, while Sky Crime is the latest horrifying true- crime has documentaries.
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A selection of some of the logos used for Sky One, which began life as ‘Sky Channel’, throughout its 39-year history
For those familiar with Sky Sports’ current lineup, Showcase will operate in the same way as Sky Main Event. The latter is a linear channel that showcases some of the most highly anticipated and discussed matches from the rest of the Sky Sports portfolio. Sky Main Event will not have its own exclusive shows, something it will have in common with Sky Showcase.
There is, of course, one exception. While Sky Showcase ‘n’ mix picks from the rest of the satellite channel’s channels, you won’t find any Sky Atlantic exclusive shows on the channel. Sky Atlantic is home to the greatest American dramas, including: Mare Of Easttown, Succession, Little Big Lies, I Hate Suzie, Chernobyl, WestWorld and Game of Thrones, to name a few.
The vacancy left by Sky One is being filled by a new channel called Sky Showcase
Sky Atlantic is only available on Sky Q, Sky+HD or NOW. While those on Virgin Media have access to every other channel in the Sky portfolio, Sky Atlantic remains exclusive to Sky-built set-top boxes. Since Sky Showcase will be on Virgin Media TV 360, bringing shows from Sky Atlantic to the channel would be a back door for these titles to appear on this television hardware.
Next, Sky launches an all-new channel, called Sky Max.
Sky Max’s launch schedule includes some of the biggest new shows coming to Sky, including the highly anticipated revival of the comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, like The Russell Howard Hour, and some of the biggest DC shows previously featured on Sky One.
All of these changes will come on September 1, 2021. The new channels will be available to Sky customers at no extra cost, they will also be available to viewers on the streaming service NOW, as well as Virgin and BT set-top boxes for free.
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