Sky is shaking up its channel portfolio. The premium pay TV operator is putting Sky One out to pasture, and introducing two new channels in its place: Sky Max and Sky Showcase.
Described as its new flagship brand, Sky Showcase is a linear only main event channel that will feature a variety of shows from across Sky’s diverse portfolio. It will take over Sky One’s channel 106 slot.
Sky Showcase will curate 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.
The broadcaster will also use Sky Showcase to promote incoming prestige shows, like drama Wolfe, documentaries such as Hawking and The Bambers: Murder at the Farm, as well as key US acquisitions, including Young Rock and SWAT.
Sky Max is both a linear channel, and an on-demand service. It will be the new home to original dramas like A Discovery of Witches and COBRA, and light entertainment like A League of Their Own and the reboot of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
The broadcaster will also use Sky Showcase to promote incoming prestige shows, like drama Wolfe…
Never Mind the Buzzcocks is due to return as an eight episode series, plus a one-off Christmas special. The show will be hosted by Greg Davies, with Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) taking on fellow team captain Daisy May Cooper (This Country), with Jamali Maddix (Hate Thy Neighbour) featuring as a regular guest.
Sky Max will also transmit Sky’s DC superhero TV shows (once the Arrowverse), such as The Flash.
Sky Original comedy shows that were on Sky One, like Code 404 and Hitmen Reloaded, will shift to Sky Comedy, along with The Office US, PEN15 and Miracle Workers.
The brief for Sky Atlantic remains unchanged. It will still feature high-concept original dramas such as Landscapers, I Hate Suzie, Gangs of London and Chernobyl, as well as drama from HBO and Showtime.
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. All changes come into effect September 1.
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