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3rd refresh of their channels in 18 months (July 2019)

The new websites are starting to take shape:

The branding and promo trailers look good.
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Apparently Sony Christmas Movies is launching on Sept 10th. I didn't know Christmas had moved to September.
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JasonB London London
Apparently Sony Christmas Movies is launching on Sept 10th. I didn't know Christmas had moved to September.

I’m pretty sure they launched in October last year. We might as well get the Christmas decorations out after Easter.
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james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Why bother putting them away at all?
PFMC84 UTV Newsline
And come January 2020 it will become Sony Movies Classic.

Annoyingly though, they are following the trend of showing a movie news update in the middle of the film, which created a separate EPG listing. Almost every second programme on the channel over the course of a day is a movie news update. Bloody hell.
Rexogamer and Brekkie gave kudos
Apparently Sony Christmas Movies is launching on Sept 10th. I didn't know Christmas had moved to September.

I’m pretty sure they launched in October last year. We might as well get the Christmas decorations out after Easter.

Christmas seems to start earlier each year.

Until fairly recently, Christmas branding only ever seemed to appear in December, but more recently, it started appearing in November, and then October, and it also used to always end on or before New Year's Eve, but I remember it carrying on well into January on some channels this year.

Channel 5 even had most of their schedule dedicated to Christmas programming for a day in August a few years ago.
fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
There must be an appetite for Christmas movies no matter the time of year when you look at Movies 24 airing them through July, for some of these channels it could increase their small audience substantially, so they milk it for what it’s worth. Channel 5 do it, however they had Halloween related made for TV movies until the end of October and then Christmas films from November onwards last year.
Sony Channel weekday schedule:

6am The Waltons
7am Touched by an Angel
9am Highway to Heaven
12noon T.J. Hooker
2pm Hart to Hart
4pm Murder, She Wrote
6pm Charlie's Angels
7pm M*A*S*H
9pm Classic Who Wants to be a Millionaire

No sign of Starsky & Hutch.

Given that the majority of content is from the 1970s to early 2000s I think they should have called the channel Sony Classics - it's nothing like the former Sony Channel.

Due to the success of other channels airing archive content on a constant loop like Gold, ITV3 and Drama, I can see it doing quite well, but I'm not sure the brand is right.
A former member
Murder she wrote at 4pm? 5USA has it around that time and so does True channel.
Murder she wrote at 4pm? 5USA has it around that time and so does True channel .

Sony Channel is a re-brand of True Entertainment.
A former member
Deffo the 10th September

Movies 4 Men is become Sony movie action, Where has true Entertainment gone? has it changed its Freq band?

Edit: I'm just trying to catch up with this rebrand!

Last edited by A former member on 2 September 2019 11:55pm - 2 times in total
New channel descriptions added to the websites:

Sony Channel

Sony Channel showcases the best collection of classic entertainment from the UK and the US.

Do you remember the joy of watching the original run of classics such as M*A*S*H, TJ Hooker, Hart to Hart, Starsky & Hutch, Charlie's Angels and Murder, She Wrote? Do you want to go back to that golden era of British and American television? They haven’t invented time machines yet, but Sony Channel is the next best thing until then.

Sony Channel is a carefully curated channel, run by a team of TV experts who have dug out the finest television from the vault, showcasing the best classic and vintage entertainment from the UK and across the pond. With retro classics, much-loved cult favourites, and non-stop nostalgic boxsets, Sony Channel is the channel that is as warm and cosy as a hot water bottle.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy a large helping of Sony Channel.

Where can I find Sony Channel?

Freeview 48 in selected areas, Sky 157, Virgin 189, Freesat 142.

Sony Movies

From one of Hollywood’s biggest studios bring you Sony Movies offering great choices selected from a large, contemporary film library, Sony Movies has something for everyone, including the best Hollywood blockbusters, family favourites, guilty pleasures, and cult classics. Covering the full range of genres – from rom-com to sci-fi, summer blockbusters to critically-acclaimed indie darlings – Sony Movies provides an ever-changing mix. Get comfortable and immerse yourself in a carefully curated film every Friday night with our Friday Night Film Club, or settle down on the sofa for the afternoon with Showtime Sunday. Most of all, come for the love of movies.

Freeview 32 | Freesat 302 | Sky 321 | Virgin 425

Sony Movies Action

Sony Movies Action is the home of high-octane action, featuring the best of war films and westerns, as well as Hollywood blockbusters and classic cinema.

In the pursuit of no-holds-barred, high-octane thrills, Sony Movies Action is leading the charge. Featuring the finest films from the Golden Age of Cinema, through the maverick movies of the New Hollywood, to twenty-first century showpieces, Sony Movies Action is the perfect channel for cinematic thrill-seekers and entertainment adrenaline junkies. The home of action icons such as John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, Sony Movies Action transports you from your sofa to the heart of the action. This is addictive cinema delivered as a shot of pure adrenaline.

Freeview 40 | Freesat 305 | Sky 323 | Virgin 426

Sony Movies Christmas

Sony Movies Christmas is the home of Christmas – starting in September! Underneath the Sony tree it’s fit to burst with great Christmas films, ranging from Christmas classics to hidden festive treats.

Santa and his elves aren’t the only people working hard up until Christmas. Over at Sony we’ve been working our stockings off to make sure that our brand new Sony Movies Christmas channel has enough Christmas content to keep you in the festive spirit before the big day.

In fact, we believe it’s never too early to feel the festive spirit, and Sony Movies Christmas has you covered from September onwards. If you’re the kind of person who has already started their Christmas shopping in September and doesn’t mind seeing the advent calendars decorations on sale in Summer, then this is the place for you. Come along for a sleigh ride, because only on Sony Movies Christmas do you get full-day schedules of your favourite Christmas movies to get you in the holiday spirit.

Including films such as Christmas with the Kranks, Christmas Eve, A Golden Christmas, Back to Christmas, and The Christmas Contract, Sony Movies Christmas is the only place to go to get that Christmas fix this September-time. Ho ho ho!

Freeview 50 | Freesat 303 | Sky 179 | Virgin 424.

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