ONE of Britain’s best-known channels is to be replaced in a shake-up from September 1, Sky has announced.
Sky One, which has been part of the company since it’s inception in the 1980s, disappear from our screens on September 1 as the broadcaster replaces it with a new flagship brand.
Sky Showcase and Sky Max will serve as replacements for the channel which made its name in the 80s with American imports and cult hits such as DJ Kat.
Sky Showcase, a linear only main event channel will curate a selection of the top shows from across Sky’s portfolio of entertainment brands. So when you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, Sky Showcase is the place to go to find something new to watch
Sky Max, a linear channel and on demand service, is the new home for Sky’s blockbuster entertainment, including some of your Sky favourites such as original dramas A Discovery of Witches and COBRA and original comedy entertainment including panel shows like A League of Their Own and the return of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
Sky Max is where you’ll now find all the addictive blockbuster entertainment you know and love.
Sky Comedy will become the home of Sky Original Comedy including shows such as Code 404 and Hitmen Reloaded, that were previously on Sky One, alongside the Best of US comedy such as The Office US, PEN15 and Miracle Workers.
Sky Showcase will be Sky’s flagship channel, replacing the Sky One brand at 106 on the electronic programme guide, and it will feature a selection of programmes from across Sky’s portfolio of channels – airing content from Sky Witness, Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime, Sky Nature, Sky Arts, Sky Max, Sky Comedy, Sky History, Sky Kids, SyFy and E!.
It will also air selected highlights from Sky Cinema and Sky Sports. At launch Sky Showcase will hero all new Sky Original drama Wolfe, documentaries such as Hawking and The Bambers: Murder at the Farm; high profile original nature series such as Shark with Steve Backshall, as well as the best of the US including Young Rock and SWAT.
Sky Max’s launch schedule will include blockbuster entertainment such as the return of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Russell Howard Hour and DC Super Heroes.
Sky Atlantic will remain the exclusive home of high-concept original dramas such as Landscapers, I Hate Suzie, Gangs of London and Chernobyl, as well as being the home of drama from HBO and Showtime.
MD of Content Sky UK & ROI, Zai Bennett said: “In this golden age of television, the sheer volume of incredible programming can be overwhelming. Over the last 12 months we’ve been making it easier for people to find what they want to watch.
“From September those looking for the very best of Sky will find it at the top of their programme guide on Sky Showcase, while Sky Max will become the new home of blockbuster entertainment joining the host of genre-led channels launched in the past year – so whether you’re in the mood for true crime, a documentary or just a laugh there’s always a channel to suit.
“And if you’re not sure what to watch Sky Showcase will curate some of the highlights from our line-up so you can find something new to watch.”
The channels will be available to Sky customers at no extra charge. They will also launch on streaming service NOW and on Virgin and BT.