Sky One axed after 40 years in major shake up at sat broadcaster

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Satellite broadcaster Sky said it will scrap its Sky One branded channel and introduce two new channels in its place.

Sky One to end

It said it plans to replace the SkyOne brand in September with Sky Showcase, which will take the incumbent’s place on the 106 slot on the Sky channel selector, and it will also launch Sky Max. 

The move, said Sky is to help customers easily find programmes that they love and to discover new shows. 

From September, the Sky One brand will disappear and be replaced with a new flagship brand Sky Showcase, as well as launching the Sky Max service. 

The changes include launching the newly branded Sky Showcase channel, a linear only main event channel that will curate a selection of the top shows from across Sky’s portfolio of entertainment brands. 

So when you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, Sky Showcase is the place to go to find something new to watch

Sky Max will also be a linear channel and on demand service, that is the new home for Sky’s blockbuster entertainment, including Sky favourites such as original dramas A Discovery of Witches and COBRA and original comedy entertainment including panel shows like A League of Their Own and the return of Never Mind The Buzzcocks. 

Sky Max is where you’ll now find all the addictive blockbuster entertainment you know and love.

Sky Comedy is also being updated so it now becomes the home of Sky Original Comedy including shows such as Code 404 and Hitmen Reloaded, that were previously on Sky One, alongside the Best of US comedy such as The Office US, PEN15 and Miracle Workers. 

So if you’re after a laugh, Sky Comedy is the place to go.

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New showcase: Sky shakes up network for a new era.

Sky Showcase

Sky Showcase will be Sky’s flagship channel, replacing the Sky One brand at 106 on the electronic programme guide, and it will feature a selection of programmes from across Sky’s portfolio of channels – airing content from Sky Witness, Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime, Sky Nature, Sky Arts, Sky Max, Sky Comedy, Sky History, Sky Kids, SyFy and E!. 

It will also air selected highlights from Sky Cinema and Sky Sports. 

At launch Sky Showcase will hero all new Sky Original drama Wolfe, documentaries such as Hawking and The Bambers: Murder at the Farm; high profile original nature series such as Shark with Steve Backshall, as well as the best of the US including Young Rock and SWAT.

Sky Max’s launch schedule will include blockbuster entertainment such as the return of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Russell Howard Hour and DC Superheroes.

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Max TV: Sky will house blockbusters and original drama on its Max channel, which will also be on demand.

Sky Atlantic will remain the exclusive home of high-concept original dramas such as Landscapers, I Hate Suzie, Gangs of London and Chernobyl, as well as being the home of drama from HBO and Showtime.

The changes will come into effect from 1 September.

Commenting on the channel shake-up, MD of Content Sky UK & ROI, Zai Bennett said: “In this golden age of television, the sheer volume of incredible programming can be overwhelming. 

“Over the last 12 months we’ve been making it easier for people to find what they want to watch. 

“From September those looking for the very best of Sky will find it at the top of their programme guide on Sky Showcase, while Sky Max will become the new home of blockbuster entertainment joining the host of genre-led channels launched in the past year – so whether you’re in the mood for true crime, a documentary or just a laugh there’s always a channel to suit. 

“And if you’re not sure what to watch Sky Showcase will curate some of the highlights from our line-up so you can find something new to watch.”

The channels will be available to Sky customers at no extra charge. They will also launch on streaming service NOW and on Virgin and BT.