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zeebre12133 posts since 31 Dec 2017
It's weird since Comcast took over Sky they seem to be on for launching linear channels in the UK where as in the last few years in the US they have been culling several channels. With everything going on demand/streaming it odd that they are launching new pay TV channels whatever about FTA ones.
Plektrum14 posts since 21 Sep 2019
Central (East) East Midlands Today
It's weird since Comcast took over Sky they seem to be on for launching linear channels in the UK where as in the last few years in the US they have been culling several channels. With everything going on demand/streaming it odd that they are launching new pay TV channels whatever about FTA ones.


It is a (kind of) streaming tactic in my opinion.

You have to imagine that Sky are expecting an overall reduction in linear channels over the next few years... as some of the larger groups start focusing or relying on their on-demand propositions. As a result Sky will have to do the same as a result and both create more programming and acquire more programming too and serve them to both their linear viewers and their on demand customers.

As a result the new channels fulfil two objectives - 1) They will continue to serve that traditional pay tv base with a broad portfolio of channels with their own brands as the main proposition and 2) they have a large range of programming that serves an on demand audience and those brands help curate the library.
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Plektrum14 posts since 21 Sep 2019
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Where are Sky getting content to fill a 24/7 Documentary channel?


They’re also going to be pushing back into originals as well.

https://deadline.com/2020/01/sky-to-launch-sky-documentaries-sky-nature-1202842516/

Sky Documentaries will feature up to 30 original single documentaries a year, as well as 18 multi-part series. This will sit alongside acquisitions like Mark Wahlberg’s HBO show McMillions and Showtime’s The Kingmaker.
Brekkie33,330 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Suspect Sky are considering making at least Now TV a Sky channel only service, or a two-tier service with Sky channels then non-Sky channels for an extra fee. I think they'd like to make that the entry point for entertainment on Sky itself as well, but may get into anti-competition trouble.
It's great that everybody gets sarcasm.