Several changes to the Sky lineup will be taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 1st February.
Sky customers will find Living, Living HD, Living ROI, Living +1, Livingit, Livingit +1, Challenge and Challenge +1 off-air between approximately 2am and 4am. Sky advise “during this period, there will be brief outages and you will see a placeholder banner advising you that no programmes are being broadcast. You do not need to adjust your TV set or Sky box”. Virgin Media customers should be unaffected.
Channel One will cease broadcasting permanently at 6am on all TV platforms including Sky and Virgin Media (Channel One +1 will end an hour later at 7am). Channel One on Freeview will be replaced with Challenge.
All of the Living channels will be rebranded as Sky Living (Sky Living, Sky Livingit, etc).
Sky advise “HD customers will notice that some HD channels now have the same channel numbers as their standard definition counterparts”.
Sky Atlantic will launch at 9pm on Sky channel 108. A special pre-launch show advertising the launch of Sky Atlantic will air 8pm-9pm on Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Sky 2, Living, Living it, Living Loves, Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2.
Click here for the official “timeline of changes” page at Sky.com.
Sky are running another Free Weekend Pass event on Sky3 from Friday 11th February through to close of play on Sunday 13th February.
During this time Sky3 will air a selection of programmes from other channels to give people a taster of what’s on offer on Sky.
Programmes will include An Idiot Abroad & Got To Dance from Sky1, and 30 Rock & The Office from Comedy Central.
For the full schedules click here for Friday 11th February and click here for Saturday 12th February & Sunday 13th February.
The Free Weekend Pass will be available to all Freeview, Sky and cable viewers.
Challenge will be on Freeview channel 46 when it arrives on the 1st February.
Channel One will close down on Freeview channel 20 the night before.
Sky3 and Sky3 +1 will rebrand as Pick TV and Pick TV +1 on the 28th February.
Programming is likely to remain the same as Sky3’s current lineup.
Five will rebrand as Channel 5 on the 14th February.
It’s been referred to as Channel 5 in newspapers for a while now, but the on-screen rebrand will finally take place next month.
The main MTV channel will be moving from the music section of the Sky EPG (channel 350) to the entertainment section (channel 126) on the 1st February.
This is part of other channel number changes coming up on Sky in February.
A new music-only channel called MTV Music will launch on the 1st February on MTV’s current slot (channel 350). The official website for MTV Music can be found at www.mtv.co.uk/music. MTV Music will replace MTV Shows, which closes down on the same day.
Channel One’s official website confirms the channel will cease broadcasting on the 31st January.
As it was only rebranded from Virgin 1 to Channel One on the 3rd September 2010 this makes it one of the shortest UK television brands in history.
Sky have decided to close the channel – part of the Living TV Group which they bought from Virgin Media – to concentrate on Sky-branded channels including the soon-to-launch Sky Atlantic and the soon-to-be-rebranded Sky Living.
Challenge (another Sky-owned channel) will take Channel One’s place on Freeview.
ITV1 +1 has launched today on Freeview channel 33, Sky channel 131 and Virgin Media channel 114.
If you have Freeview you may need to rescan your box to receive the new timeshift channel. You’ll also need to rescan to keep receiving ITV2 +1 as this moves to a new multiplex and is now available 7pm-4am instead of being a 24 hour channel. After a rescan ITV2 +1 will move to channel 27, and ITV1 +1 appears on channel 33.
The following channels have ceased broadcasting today, 1st January 2011;
Bravo (Sky channel 123, Virgin Media channel 136)
Bravo +1 (Sky channel 124, Virgin Media channel 137)
Bravo 2 (Sky channel 153, Virgin Media channel 138)
Challenge Jackpot (Sky channel 867, Virgin Media channel 141)
The channels have been closed down as Sky bought the Living TV Group in 2010, and announced they would close the Bravo slate of channels, Challenge Jackpot, and they will also be rebranding Living as Sky Living in 2011.
Challenge Jackpot’s website is still working (challengejackpot.com) and Bravo’s website (bravo.co.uk) now redirects to a sky.com page saying programming from the channel will appear on other Sky channels in due course.
The Living TV Group’s official website (livingtvgroup.co.uk) now redirects to a sky.com page.