Sky One is officially history and, in its place, there is now a new channel: Sky Showcase.
The broadcaster announced the shift, which took place as scheduled today, at the end of July.
The new channel will ‘curate a selection of the best TV shows from across Sky’s portfolio of entertainment brands’.
As well as a new flagship channel in the 106 slot, Sky is also launching Sky Max (113) today, a linear channel and on-demand service, that is the new home for Sky’s blockbuster entertainment, such as the return of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Russell Howard Hour and DC Super Heroes.
But before putting Sky One to rest after almost 40 years, one of the channel’s continuity announcers gave it a last goodbye.
As the domino graphic played in between programmes, the voiceover said: ‘I have been introducing Sky One for a few years now and soon it will be Sky Max so for the last time I’m going to say it, with a little tear in my eye, this is Sky One.’
Not much is changing for the rest of Sky’s roster of channels and no plan has yet been announced regarding the dismantling or renaming of Sky Two.
Sky Atlantic will remain the exclusive home of high-concept original dramas, such as Landscapers, I Hate Suzie, Gangs of London and Chernobyl, plus HBO and Showtime dramas from Euphoria to Billions.
Sky Comedy will receive a bit of a freshening up, becoming the home for the broadcaster’s original comedies which previously aired on Sky One, including Code 404 and Hitmen Reloaded.
‘Sky One had a brilliant year, from A Discovery of Witches at the beginning, to Flight Attendant to the Friends reunion so we know that it’s in rude health content-wise – but I think it is time for a reset,’ Sky’s director of programmes for UK & Ireland, James Morris told Radio Times when the announcement was first made.
‘Sky One means many things to many people and we didn’t want to change what it meant, we kind of felt we wanted to go into this new direction,’ he continued.
‘We just want to be really clear to our customers and allow those really big content pieces to be easier than ever to find and we think Sky Showcase, sat side by side with the rest of the key content, will make those shows shine even greater.’
Morris went on to note that Sky Showcase will feature some of the outlet’s best shows from across Sky Witness, Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime, Sky Nature, Sky Arts, Sky Max, Sky Comedy, Sky History, Sky Kids, E! and Syfy and it will also host highlights from movie-based platform Sky Cinema and Sky Sports.
The two new channels are also available to NOW, Virgin and BT customers from launch.
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