Pick (TV channel)
Pick is a British television channel, available via Freeview, Freesat and Virgin Media. The channel was launched in 2005 as Sky Three. From its launch on 1 November 2005 until 24 June 2010, the channel showed seasons 3 and 4 of Prison Break in 2010. In recent years, the number of well known Sky 1 shows being shown on Pick TV has declined, the number of American shows airing on the channel has declined rapidly, with Prison Break the last major US Sky 1 drama to be shown on the channel in 2010. Since its rebrand to Pick TV, recent Sky 1 shows such as UK Border Force, Pineapple Dance Studios and documentary series hosted by Ross Kemp such as gangs, on 1 February 2011, Sky Atlantic launched on Sky channel 108, which had originally been occupied by Sky3. Sky rebranded Sky3 as Pick TV on 28 February 2011, on Monday 7 October 2013, Pick TV became Pick introducing a new look and logo for the channel. On 28 June 2016, another new logo was announced which included a brand new look. In May 2012, Pick TV started broadcasting some older Sky 1 and Sky Living, Sky Three was the first free-to-air general entertainment channel from Sky.
It launched on 1 November 2005, replacing the Sky Travels EPG slot on Freeview in a bid to attract subscribers to Skys satellite service. Due to its availability on Freeview channel 11, the channel constantly had higher ratings than Sky 2 where Sky3 was achieving on average a 1% share compared to Sky 2s 0. 1-3% share. Instead of Sky selling on the terrestrial free-to-air rights for their programmes to another broadcaster, in 2008, Skys entertainment channels changed the wording in the logos to numbers, hence Sky Three became Sky3. On 23 August 2010, Sky Sports News became a pay-TV channel, Sky3 +1 launched on Sky channel 223 on the same day. A final rebrand took place in early 2011 and saw Sky 1,2 and 3 gain similar rectangular logos to Sky News, the channel was rebranded as Pick TV on 28 February 2011. Only the name was changed, as the channel retained the look of the most recent rebrand which occurred a few weeks earlier, the launch of Challenge saw quiz and gameshow type programming move off Pick TV.
On 20 September 2011 at 14,00, Pick TV +1 was removed from Freeview. This was so all of the channels owned by BSkyB could be on multiplex C and Challenge could broadcast for 24 hours a day in Wales on the platform. On 7 October 2013, Pick TV was rebranded as Pick on Freeview, on 23 June 2016, Pick and Challenge were rebranded with entirely new looks. Sky showed a second Free Weekend Pass event on 17–18 April 2010, the event has not been repeated since Sky3 rebranded as Pick TV
Sky Soap was a British Sky Broadcasting channel that showed a mix of American and British soap operas, including Emmerdale and Take the High Road. The channel began broadcasting on October 3,1994 from the Astra 1C satellite on weekdays between 8am and 12pm and it was soon changed to 12pm and 4pm. In 1997, it moved to Astra 1B and was broadcast between 11am and 4pm, due to poor viewing figures and failure to outreach with Sky Digital, Sky Soap ceased transmission on 30 April 1999. Emmerdale Farm episodes from 1972-88 Take the High Road episodes from 1980-89 Peyton Place Guiding Light As the World Turns Albion Market Another World Sky Soap at TVARK Sky contact number
History (European TV channel)
AMC Networks International DMC is responsible for the signal distribution across mainland Europe and the subsidiaries of AMC Networks International are the distribution representatives across Europe. Its programming is mainly in English and locally subtitled or dubbed and it is available through numerous satellite, terrestrial and IPTV distributors across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. In some countries the advertisement and the announcements between programs are localized. K, started on November 1,1995 as a week day three-hour block with British revamp Biography, History Alive and Our Century. The channel was A&Es first international venture In 1997, Sky Sports 2 became a full-day channel, the History Channel would now share transponder 24 with Sky Soap and Sci-Fi Channel. The History Channel launched in Scandinavia in September 1997, broadcasting for three hours per day on the Analogue Viasat platform, the launch of Sky Digital allowed the channel to increase it broadcast hours significantly.
The channel was launched across Europe in October 2007. On 26 October 2006, The History Channel HD launched in the United Kingdom, a high-definition version of the History Channel was launched in the Nordic region on 13 December 2007. It offers a schedule to the standard-definition version. In January 2008, The History Channel HD launched in the Netherlands, in November 2008, the channel got its current name. The high-definition channel became History HD in the process, the company behind the channel was known as The History Channel Limited until July 2009, when it was renamed AETN UK to reflect the fact that the company now offers several channels. On 22 September 2011, AETN UK was rebranded as A+E Networks UK and it launched on BT on 15 August 2013 and TalkTalk on 28 August 2014. It is on the Entertainment Extra Boost along with CI, since the launch of History, the company has extended its line-up with, Bio. Lifetime Africa on 22 July 2014 In the German-speaking countries History is operated, KG, a joint venture between A+E Networks and NBC Universal Global Networks Germany.
The channel launched as The History Channel on 15 November 2004, History is available on the cable networks of Kabel Deutschland, Kabel BW/Unitymedia and KabelKiosk in all German states. It is available on cable in Austria and Switzerland, on satellite, the channel was available on Arena. It was not available on Premiere, until that platform was renamed Sky on 4 July 2009, at the same time History HD, a high-definition version of the channel, was launched. The channel hosts the History-Award, which has given annually since 2005. The channel had a feed in Spanish and another in Portuguese which includes dubbed English programs as well as locally produced programming, historia is available in Spain on Movistar+, as well as cable networks, IPTV providers as well streaming media
Sky+ HD is the brand name of the HDTV service launched by Sky plc on 22 May 2006 in the United Kingdom and Ireland to enable high definition channels on Sky to be viewed. For the first 2 years after launch, the service was branded Sky HD, the service requires the user to have a Sky+ HD Digibox and an HD ready TV. Customers who pre-ordered by paying a deposit before 6 April 2006 were the first to receive the service, as of 21 August 2014 the number of Sky+HD boxes currently in use stands at over 10 million. A subscription to the original HD pack carries an extra fee of £10.25 a month on top of the standard Sky subscription and this fee allows customers to view any HD channels which correspond to the channel packs they subscribe to. Thus, Discovery HD and National Geographic HD will only be if you have the entertainment extra package in addition to HD. Before that someone without the Knowledge Pack could not view the SD Discovery or National Geographic, additional Pay-Per-View events on Sky Box Office HD are not available to customers unless they subscribe to the Sky HD pack.
The HD package, like Sky TV has a minimum subscription. In January 2010, customers started being offered the Sky+ HD box as standard, the HD package still remains at the same subscription price. The Sky+ box is no longer listed for purchase on the Sky website, as of late 2013, the £10. Access to HD versions of Sky Sports and Sky Movies now requires a separate HD pack subscription, Sky+ recording facilities are included at no cost if a customer subscribes to any Sky TV package. Sky+ recording facilities carries an extra fee of £10.25 if a customer does not subscribe to any Sky TV package. Viewers who do not take a subscription Sky TV package or the Sky+ service will receive all free SD and HD channels. It is for this reason that uptakers of the subscription-free Freesat from Sky service are provided with a box branded as SkyHD rather than Sky+ HD, SkyHD boxes provided by Freesat from Sky do not contain hardware for recording. A number of FTA HD channels are available which do not require a subscription, BBC One HD, BBC Two HD and Channel 4 HD are broadcast free to air.
ITV HD launched on 2 April 2010 in England and Wales, Channel 5 announced on 17 March 2010 that Channel 5 HD would be added to the Sky platform in July 2010, however it requires a viewing card. NHK World HD was added to the EPG in July 2011, with channel number 518, the first generation of Sky+ HD Digibox were produced by Thomson. Sky have since added Samsung and Amstrad as manufacturers, the Thomson box has been discontinued and is no longer available as an A-grade/refurbished item due to its inclusion of YPbPr component video. A manufacturing fault led to a batch of up to 90,000 units manufactured by Pace / Sky starting to replace boxes, commencing in February 2009, for connectivity with HD ready televisions, the box outputs via a HDMI connector
Sky Sports is a group of sports television channels operated by the satellite pay-TV company Sky plc. Sky Sports is the dominant subscription television sports brand in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 are available as a premium package on top of the basic Sky package. These channels are available as premium on nearly every satellite, cable and IPTV broadcasting system in the UK. Sky Sports News HQ and Sky Sports Mix are both provided as part of basic packages, the Sky Sports network is managed by Barney Francis. At launch on 5 February 1989, Sky Television operated Eurosport as a 50/50 joint venture with the European Broadcasting Union, the service had encountered a legal challenge from rival sports channel Screensport, a joint venture between WH Smith Television and Americas ESPN network. Subtitled as The European Sports Network, the channel was available on the Astra satellite. Screensports contention was that the involvement of the EBU with Skys Eurosport channel had the effect of restricting and distorting competition in the sports market, the European Commission agreed, and the Eurosport joint venture ceased broadcasting in early 1991.
The Sports Channel was part of the BSB channel line-up, the Sports Channel survived BSBs merger with Sky Television to become one of the five channels operated by the consolidated British Sky Broadcasting. In the BSB years, it shared the frequency with its underpromoted sister channel, The Computer Channel. The channel is seen as a presuccessor of Sky Sports, with Sky owning any archive recordings made by the channel, an example of this was a 1996 retro screening of Liverpool and Evertons 1991 FA Cup 4-4 draw between the sides. The commentary was taken from the original BSB Sports Channel alongside on-screen captions, the channel was sold as one of the major draws of the Sky system and initially aired sports such as rugby and golf in 1991, before acquiring rights to German and Italian league football in 1996. The channel was initially encrypted but broadcast free-to-view, requiring an analogue VideoCrypt decoder, since VideoCrypt decoders were only officially available within the UK, this measure was intended to prevent viewing of the service outside the UK and Ireland.
However, it was following the formation of the Premier League for the 1992/93 football season, believed to have been assisted by the promise of higher TV payments, that Sky Sports became well known. By bidding £304m, BSkyB beat the BBC and ITV to acquire the live and exclusive Premier League football broadcasting rights for the United Kingdom, in doing so, they had taken live top-flight English league football from terrestrial and free-to-air television for the first time in its history. At this point, Sky Sports became a channel, available with a monthly subscription on a standalone basis. Sky Sports 1 mainly broadcasts football, Sky launched its second sport-dedicated channel, Sky Sports 2 on 19 August 1994, three years after the original channel launched on the Marcopolo satellite on BSB. As a result, Sky Sports was renamed as Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 mainly broadcasts Cricket and Rugby Union. Sky Sports Gold, a dedicated to classic sport, in a similar vein to ESPN Classic
Nick Jr. Too
Too is the British second channel of Nick Jr. available in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland, generally presenting popular Nick Jr. programming at other times of the day. It launched 24 April 2006, the day as rival channel Cartoon Network Too. Too carries a separate from the main Nick Jr. channel. The channel was renamed to Nick Jr, Too was launched on Virgin Media. The channel launched an Irish feed in October 2013, the channel has been rebranded Nick Jr. Peppa on a number of occasions, where Peppa Pig is the only show broadcast, for a month at a time. This first occurred in October 2013, for two months, and again in April 2014 and October 2014, Too rebranded as Nick Jr. Peppa after a years hiatus. Little Charmers Dora the Explorer Ben and Hollys Little Kingdom Max, humf Puffin Rock Pocoyo Olive the Ostrich Robocar Poli The Wonder Pets. Spider The Upside Down Show Bob the Builder Thomas & Friends The Wiggles The Wiggles and Learn The Wonder Pets Nickelodeon Nicktoons Nick Jr
Bravo (UK TV channel)
Bravo was a British television channel owned by Living TV Group, a subsidiary of BSkyB. Its target audience was males in their 20s to early 40s and it broadcast a variety of both archive programming and original productions. The Bravo channel ceased broadcasting on 1 January 2011, Bravo was launched on December 31,1985, as a cable only channel, created by United Artists Programming broadcasting mainly black & white B-movies from the 1950s and 1960s. Initially, the channel was a service provided to cable headends for automatic play-out. In 1991, United Artists merged with their largest shareholder TCI, TCI and US West announced a joint venture and, in 1992, the joint venture company became Telewest Communications. In 1993, talks were held with Tele-Communications Inc. which resulted in Flextech acquiring TCIs European programming business in exchange for shares, on July 22,1993, Bravo launched on the Astra 1C satellite in anticipation of the launch of Sky Multichannels in September 1993. European Business News time shared with the channel on weekdays and Living on weekends until 2001 and its programming output was altered around the same time, when the channel obtained many of the ITC Entertainment productions which included the cult series The Avengers.
It upgraded its on-screen image with a station identifier of a modernist skyscraper under rolling thunderclouds. It used both Roger Moore and Tony Curtis to feature in specialty shot trails and Miller first made their broadcast television appearance on Bravo in a series of presentation promotions during its Cult Weekend on 5 August 1995. In 1996, a change to withdraw the black & white shows contributed to the channel moving on to specialize in science fiction. It became known for showing crime documentaries by day and adult programming at night and it subsequently decreased the adult content and increased sports and imported shows such as Alias. On 28 August 2005, the channel started showing Serie A Italian football, bringing back the Channel 4 format Football Italia. on 5 January 2008, TNA iMPACT was moved to Bravo with replays of the show on Bravo 2. From 3 June 2008 onward, along with the other Living TV Group owned channels began broadcasting in widescreen and this was coupled with a redesign of the on-screen graphic, the word BRAVO was shown rather than the logo.
On 25 May 2010, Virgin Media Television unveiled new branding for Bravo to coincide with a major new series Spartacus, Blood. It involved a new logo to match the content and ambition of the channel along with a new strapline, Bravo. On 15 September 2010, BSkyB announced that it would close Bravo as well as its sister channel Bravo 2, for November 2010, Bravo rebranded as Brav-Mo to celebrate Movember. From December 24-31,2010, Bravo celebrated its final week with a marathon of its most popular shows called Bravo, on 1 January 2011 at 4, 00am, Bravo ceased broadcasting on all platforms. The last program aired was Worlds Most Amazing Videos, in August 2013, it was revealed that BSkyB had registered the trademark for Sky Bravo, paving the way for a possible relaunch of the channel, although nothing has been heard about it since
Sky Real Lives
Sky Real Lives was an in-house channel from BSkyB that showed extensive programmes about travel, adverts for travel agencies and documentaries. The channels closed on 19 August 2010, Sky Real Lives first launched as Sky Travel on 3 October 1994, and became part of the Sky Multichannels package. It originally broadcast between Monday and Thursday between midday and midnight and on Friday between 12pm and 6am until September 1997, in 2001, the channel started broadcasting 7 days a week from 6am until 11pm. The channel was revamped in September 2002, Sky Travel Extra and the main channel launched with Freeview on 30 October 2002, along with Sky News and Sky Sports News. In February 2003, a spin-off of the channels, Sky Travel Shop, launched a dedicated travel retail channel in the Specialist, in September 2003 both channels were launched on the NTL platform. With increased distribution, Sky Travel changed its strategy to attract a wider audience, skewing towards stronger entertainment programs with a travel theme.
By August 2004, the channel was broadcasting 24 hours a day and in January 2005. From 2002 until 2007, Sky Real Lives 2 only aired from 6am until 1am, however, on 7 November, the channel began 24-hour broadcasts. Sky Real Lives programmes were showcased on Skys main channels, Sky1, Sky2, in 2004, Sky Travel showed the first two episodes of the fourth season of US drama 24, simulcasting with Skys primary channel, Sky One. This led to rumours that the company had planned to turn Sky Travel into an entertainment channel on Freeview. However, BSkyBs CEO, James Murdoch, had denied the company had any plans to launch any new free-to-air services. BSkyBs stance on the subject has since changed, on 22 September 2005, it was announced that Sky Travel would be replaced on Freeview by new entertainment channel Sky Three. Although some of Sky Travels programming will form part of the schedule of Sky Three, Sky Travel ceased to be broadcast on Freeview at 5pm on 31 October 2005. On 17 September 2007, Sky announced plans to rebrand Sky Travel to Sky Real Lives from 7 November 2007, the new channel focused on programmes with a human interest story and was targeted more at women in the 35-54 age range.
Skys managing director of entertainment Sophie Turner Laing said it seems that the channel would be given a new makeover that would make it more entertainment oriented. Sky Real Lives, Sky Real Lives 2, Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 were launched on UPC Ireland, before being removed on 8 December 2008. On 16 June 2010, it was announced that Sky Real Lives, Sky Real Lives closed at midnight on 19 August 2010. A high-definition version of the channel was launched on Sky+ HD on 20 October 2008, Sky Real Lives at sky. com Sky Travel at sky. com
Galaxy (UK TV channel)
The channel broadcast a mix of home-grown programming, American imports and repeats from the BBC library. Some of the made for Galaxy included, Jupiter Moon was Galaxys sci-fi soap opera. 150 episodes were made, but only the first 108 were broadcast by Galaxy before it closed, the cast included Richard Derrington, Anna Chancellor, Alison Dowling, Lucy Benjamin, Fay Masterson, Richard Lintern and Jason Durr. The entire series has released on Region 1 DVD. This was Galaxys comedy satire programme, broadcast in 15-minute episodes each weeknight, a weekly 90-minute music and comedy show presented by Jools Holland. Galaxys magazine show broadcast Monday to Friday,6. 00-6. 30pm, presented by Simon Potter, Debbie Flint and Shyama Perera, the show got its name from the placing of BSBs Marcopolo Satellite at 31 degrees west. Comedians featured included Ben Elton, Nick Revell, Jack Dee, Kevin Day, Simon Fanshawe and Dennis, Norman Lovett, Mark Steel, programmes specially made for the channel included Cool Cube and The Galaxy Club Show.
One such programme, The Satellite Game, was made by Broadsword, the Galaxy logo, along with all the BSB logos, has been critically acclaimed. On the TV Ark website, an archive of British television presentation history, Hayden Walker writes, the project of work streched back over a year and included product designers, model makers and other specialists. The BSB identities emerged with startling clarity, with an upmarket pitch and distinctive both on screen and in print, Lambie-Nairn designed identites which told stories. And of the Galaxy logo in particular, The ident had a warmth to it. Apart from Jupiter Moon, the vast majority of the original programming made for broadcast by Galaxy, such as Up Yer News and The Happening, is now missing. Most was made by independent production companies, and broadcaster. Following the merger of BSB and Sky, the decision was taken to hand over Galaxys transponder to Sky One, Galaxy closed down for the last time at 1am on 2 December 1990
Sky Atlantic is a television channel owned and operated by Sky plc. It broadcasts in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, separate channels with the same name operate in Germany and Austria. This article is about the version of the channel produced in the UK and it launched on 1 February 2011 on Sky in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Sky Atlantic is available in standard definition and high definition, the latter on Sky Atlantic HD. Stuart Murphy extended his responsibilities to become director of programmes for Sky 1, Sky 2, Pick, on 5 May 2011, Elaine Pyke, the head of drama at Sky, was promoted to director of Sky Atlantic, reporting to Murphy. Programmes on the channel are offered to Sky customers via on-demand channels including the On Demand, both BT TV and Virgin Media had held talks with Sky over the new channel but have been unable to agree a carriage deal, in Virgins case due to pricing. It was announced on 25 October 2010 that Sky Atlantic would launch on Sky channel 108, a one-hour timeshift of Sky Atlantic started broadcasting on 20 September 2012 on channel 173.
Sky Atlantic relies heavily on screenings of US television programmes, with 40% of all programming coming from HBO, in January 2016, Sky expanded the portfolio shown on Atlantic after purchasing exclusive rights to Showtime programming. The following is a list of the ten most watched programmes on Sky Atlantic, the number of viewers does not include repeats or Irish ratings
Challenge (TV channel)
Challenge is a British digital television channel owned by Sky plc. The channel mostly transmits game shows from the UK and around the world, in June 1993, prior to its launch, IFE sold a 39% stake in the channel to Flextech. The Family Channel did produce some UK original programming, but heavily relied upon content from MTM and TVSs archives and it was claimed that the channel produced more original series worldwide than any other cable or satellite network. In April 1996, IFE sold its remaining 61% share to Flextech, giving them ownership of the venture. The deal did not include any of the archive which included many TVS game shows, such as Catchphrase and All Clued Up. Flextech planned to re-launch the channel as Challenge during the autumn of 1996, with daytime targeted towards housewives, The Family Channel began transitioning to the new brand by introducing a weekend game show strand known as Family Challenge Weekend. On 3 February 1997, The Family Channel re-branded as Challenge TV, from 3 February 1997 to the end of 1998, between 00,30 and 06,00, the channel was branded as Family Late, which continued to air its previous entertainment programming.
On 7 April 2009, Virgin Media, the current owner. On 13 July 2010, Sky and Virgin Media announced that Sky had completed the acquisition of Virgin Media Television following regulatory approval in the Republic of Ireland. On 15 September 2010, Sky announced a number of its sister channels Bravo, Bravo 2 and Channel One, were closed, on 25 January 2011, it was confirmed that Total Nonstop Action Wrestling programming would start broadcasting on Challenge from 3 February 2011. On 1 February 2011, Challenge replaced Channel Ones Freeview space on the Freeview multiplex, on 23 June 2016, the channel went through another revamp, discarding the Challengers and introducing a new logo which features a segmented C. Bullseyes You cant beat a bit of Bully and Robot Wars 3.2.1, bumpers framing breaks sometimes include general knowledge questions or rebuses, referencing shows like Blockbusters and Catchphrase. The channel aired some poker game shows including World Poker Tour, Celebrity Blackjack and it launched a very short-lived spin-off channel in 2006, which mainly focused on the poker-related programming that Challenge had transmitted.
Challenge only aired programmes in the format, but on 3 June 2008. This was coupled with a logo and a new set of idents. Challenge have had various programming blocks, for example, Fully Loaded, a former morning programming block from around 2007 which consisted of Win, Lose or Draw, Wheel of Fortune, Catchphrase and Family Fortunes. Although the bulk of Challenges schedule consists of shows, the channel broadcasts some other entertainment programming. As of January 2017, they no longer be broadcasting any TNA programming
Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland)
Nickelodeon is a TV channel that is dedicated to kids programming. In the UK and Ireland, it is operated under a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks Europe and Sky plc, on 1 September 1993, a localised version of the US channel launched in the United Kingdom and much in Ireland. In the United Kingdom, the channel is available on Sky, Virgin Media, in Ireland, the channel is available on Virgin Media Ireland, eVision and Sky Ireland. The channel launched on satellite on 1 September 1993, originally airing for 12 hours, off air the channel would air static logos, schedule information and teletext. Live presentation followed in 1994, branded as Nick Alive, from October 1995, it shared space with Paramount Channel. When Sky launched in 1998, Nickelodeon was in the original channel line-up on Astra 2A, analogue satellite services continued to shut down Nickelodeon at 7 p. m. each day until analogue satellite was discontinued in 2001. Later, additional channels were added such as Nick Jr.
in February 2002, Nickelodeon revealed a new splat design which became the main logo for several years. Nickelodeon was part of the ITV Digital line-up, until the services closedown in 2002, on 31 October 2005, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons extended their hours. In March 2009, the channel rebranded to a fantasy look, the channel previous rebranded in Autumn 2005, although the fantasy look was slowly introduced in 2008. On 15 February 2010, the worldwide rebrand logo for the network was adopted by this channel, the TeenNick block adopted the American identity. On 30 April 2010, Nickelodeons sister channels took on their logos. A HD version was launched on 5 October 2010 on Sky, later, a HD version of the channel was available on Virgin Media. The Nickelodeon channels available in the UK and in Ireland are operated through a joint venture with Viacom International Media Networks, Nick Jr. first appeared in the UK and Ireland from 1995, between 9am – 3pm on weekday school days on the main Nickelodeon UK channel.
On 1 September 1999, Nick Jr. launched on Sky, Nick Jr. shows programming aimed at pre-school children, which was previously shown during the daytime on the main channel, but this strand has long since been dropped. Nick Jr. originally timeshared with MTV Dance when that channel launched in early 2001, though this ceased some time ago, on 22 July 2002, Nicktoons was launched, airing Nicktoons cartoons, as well as other cartoons, throughout the day. SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents are part of the Nicktoons schedule, on 24 April 2006, Nick Jr.2 was launched. It broadcasts Nick Jr. shows on a different schedule to the main Nick Jr. channel, unlike the main Nick Jr. it does not broadcast 24 hours a day. On 1 September 1999, a timeshift of Nickelodeon was initially launched on Sky