Channel changes for Sky this summer

Sky will be making several changes to way channels are listed on the EPG this month:

“During the summer we’ll be changing the way we list the channels currently included in the Lifestyle genre. As the Sky TV Guide on your Sky box is updated, the Entertainment and Lifestyle genres will be merged and channels that were a part of the Lifestyle genre will now be listed in the Entertainment tab”.

Changes will be coming on Tuesday 19th August with channel numbers changing in the entertainment, lifestyle, religion, shopping and international sections.

Sky explain the Lifestyle section will be removed from your Sky Guide “over the summer as your TV Guide is updated” and “for viewers with a standard definition Sky box or an older Sky+HD box, the Lifestyle genre will remain but channels will be removed from the Lifestyle genre and listed in the Entertainment genre at a later date, likely to be in September”.

Speaking of the channel number changes, Sky say:

“The genres affected are full or getting close to full, so we’re changing the listings to ensure that channels are placed within the correct genre, so you can find the channels you love more easily”.

The following changes will take place:

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Sky Sports News to rebrand as Sky Sports News HQ

Sky Sports News will undergo a rebrand on the 12th August to become Sky Sports News HQ it has been announced.

“Launched for the new football season, Sky Sports News HQ will put the viewer at the heart of sports news with a new schedule, upgraded studio and improved digital services including redesigned apps and integrated social media coverage.

Sky Sports News HQ will launch on Sky channel 401, providing viewers with an unrivalled sports news service plus a showcase of other content on the Sky Sports channels. Other Sky Sports channels will move one slot up the Sky digital EPG”.

In addition to the new channel name and number, Sky Sports News HQ will have a new schedule, new studio and other improvements.

The new channel numbers on Sky will be:

Sky Sports News HQ – 401
Sky Sports 1 – 402
Sky Sports 2 – 403
Sky Sports 3 – 404
Sky Sports 4 – 405
Sky Sports 5 – 406
Sky Sports F1 – 407


ITVBe to launch this October

ITV’s new free-to-air channel ITVBe will launch in October, it has been announced.

ITVBe launches on the 8th October on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

“The new channel will be dedicated to lifestyle and entertainment programming, celebrating real life and real people. ITVBe will be the exclusive home of The Only Way Is Essex as well as other UK original commissions and a range of American acquired shows as previously announced”.


Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD launching 1st July

It’s been announced that Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD will launch on Freeview on the 1st July.

Arqiva say “the channels are available to over 70% of the UK population from our newly launched Freeview HD multiplex. These new channels are additional HD Freeview services on the new ‘COM7’ multiplex and will join the HD channels we already offer including BBC News HD and Al Jazeera English HD”.

Channel 4It’s been confirmed Channel 4 +1 HD will be on Freeview channel 110 and 4seven HD on Freeview channel 111.

As per the other HD offerings on Freeview, you must have a Freeview HD box to receive these new channels.

It’s not yet known whether Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD will be available on other platforms, but at the moment it seems these launches will be exclusive to Freeview.

It’s possible the two new HD channel launches are placeholders for forthcoming Freeview HD services from Channel 4, such as possible launches of E4 HD and Film4 HD on Freeview.