I wouldn’t be surprised if Pick is hasterly rebrand as ‘Sky Pick’ to drum home the message of where the free games are coming from.
They'll probably just hammer the Sky Sports branding, with lots of cross promotion to the paywalled games.
Only way to know whether it's a permanent or temporary removal is if it comes back later in the year after everything has settled down in the world. I do hope it comes back because it's such a simple channel to run since it's just the main channel delayed by one hour, meaning that all you're running is a duplicate feed on a one hour delay.
TBH, we don't know why the +1 has been closed, and given the really short time frame for it, it seems like it was a very last minute decision. You would expect that if a channel is being closed, there would be some sort of announcement somewhere (even just a tweet) to say why it's being removed. The fact it's so last minute would imply it is a temporary measure for whatever reason.
Indeed, just to check, the first post about closing down Challenge+1 was only mentioned just last Monday. To announce that you're closing down a channel literally the following week would imply that the change was made because of the recent announcement by the Government about sports and that they just scrambled to find a random channel that could be temporarily pulled
(All this is just my speculative opinion ofc)
Take Your Pick - yesterday afternoon I should mention...
They have also started closing down Ireland variants of their channels (including +1's) and replacing them with the standard UK ones.
Hi Andy, the +1 channels are becoming a little redundant with things like Catch Up & On Demand now. The decision was made to close the channel on June 1st, but please bare in mind everything available on +1 will still be available to download. Apologies for any inconvenience. ^CL https://t.co/GtFddYihHy— Sky Help Team (@SkyHelpTeam) June 2, 2020