The proposed upcoming digital terrestrial pay TV service from Sky – called Picnic – has been scrapped. Media Guardian reports “Sky first started developing plans for the service, called Picnic, 18 months ago but has been unable to launch because Ofcom has not completed its regulatory investigation” and “Sky is understood to have considered launching an internet version of Picnic, an IPTV service. However, all options have now been shelved”.
This now means that – for the time being at least – the existing Sky channels will remain free on digital terrestrial (Sky Three, Sky News and Sky Sports News). If Picnic would have launched, those three channels would have been replaced with pay TV channels for a subscription fee. The subscription channels would have likely been Sky 1, Sky Sports 1, Sky Movies, Disney Channel and Discovery Channel. The subscription channels wouldn’t have been available 24 hours a day, as some would have timeshared together. Any plans for Picnic telephone and broadband services have also been scrapped.