The changes announced by Sky in November will not come into effect tomorrow as originally planned.
It’s thought the channel moves and changes will now take place on Tuesday 21st February instead.
For more information on the planned changes to Sky’s channels please click here.
Sky have plans to make several changes to their channels on the 24th January 2012.
Sky HD customers will only see the HD versions of Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2. Also, Sky Arts 1 HD will move futher up the EPG to channel 129, and Sky Arts 2 HD will also move up to channel 130.
Sky 2 will be moved down the EPG from channel 129 to channel 121.
Sky Living Loves will be closed down on the same day, and Sky Living +1 will move from channel 121 to channel 123.
Sky 3D (only available for Sky HD customers with a 3D-capable TV) will be moving from channel 217 to channel 170.
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.
Living will be rebranded as Sky Living from early 2011.
The name change will take place following Sky’s acquisition of the Living TV Group of channels from Virgin Media earlier this year (first resulting in the recent Virgin1 rebrand to Channel One – the channel which is now facing the axe in the coming months along with Bravo).
A new channel called Sky Atlantic will also launch early next year.
Sky Living will appear next to Sky1 on the Sky EPG on channel 107 and Sky Atlantic will appear next to it on channel 108. Sky Living and Sky Atlantic will both be available in HD as well.
The name change for Living will also take place on Virgin Media’s TV platform. It’s unknown whether Sky Atlantic will appear on Virgin Media’s TV service, but it’s likely that it will at some stage, if not from the initial launch.
The official press release from Sky says:
“Sky Living – Living, the home of programmes such as Britain’s Next Top Model, Four Weddings, Chuck and upcoming UK drama series Bedlam, was acquired by Sky from Virgin Media earlier this year. To build on the channel’s success as one of the UK’s leading pay TV channels, it will re-brand as Sky Living from early 2011 and benefit from a 25% increase in on-screen investment. It will move to a new slot of #107on the Sky EPG from its current position at #112”.
“Sky Atlantic – From early 2011, the brand new channel will provide an exclusive home to some of the most eagerly anticipated shows intelevision, including all of HBO’s new series such as the already critically acclaimed Boardwalk Empire and the forthcoming Game of Thrones, Luck and Tremé. Sky Atlantic will also be the exclusive home of Mad Men from 2011”.
Click here to read the Sky press release in full.