Reminder: Free Weekend Pass starts tomorrow

Sky are having another Free Weekend Pass event as we previously reported.

The Free Weekend Pass starts tomorrow (Friday 11th February) on Sky3 and runs through to the end of Sunday 13th February.

Programmes will be showcased from many Sky channels. Programmes include An Idiot Abroad (from Sky1), Cougar Town (from Sky Living), Got To Dance (from Sky1), Disney shows in the morning, Mad Dogs (from Sky1), the film Body Of Lies (from Sky Movies), Soccer AM (from Sky1), Gillette Soccer Saturday (from Sky Sports) and Boardwalk Empire (from Sky Atlantic).

The Free Weekend Pass will be available to everyone who can currently receive Sky3.

Click here for more information at and click here for the official Free Weekend Pass website.

Free Weekend Pass

Bravo and Channel One to close

Bravo and Channel One will cease broadcasting on all platforms soon as Sky want to concentrate on their other channels.

Sky recently acquired Bravo, Virgin1, Living and the other channels in the Virgin Media TV group from Virgin Media. The group of channels is now known as the Living TV Group. Sky quickly renamed Virgin1 to Channel One as they didn’t buy the Virgin branding rights.

The Guardian reports “it was decided that Channel One [snip] was too similar to Sky3… BSkyB intends to “redeploy” the channels’ programming, with pay-TV shows moving to other Sky channels and free-to-air fare mostly moving to Sky3″.

Channel One will be replaced by Challenge on the Freeview platform.

Sky’s acquisition of the Virgin Media TV group of channels was cleared by The Office Of Fair Trading this week.

A precise date for the closure of Bravo and Channel One is yet to be announced.

Bravo and Channel One

Five HD will launch exclusively on Sky this July

Sky have announced Five HD will launch exclusively on Sky this July. Sky+ HD customers will be able to watch programming from Five in high definition for the first time. The official Sky press release says “Five HD will be available without additional subscription to viewers with Sky+HD boxes, a Sky viewing card and an HD-ready television set”. This news comes after it was announced that Five HD would no longer launch on Freeview this year.

Click here to read the full Sky press release.