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Sky Documentaries, History and Nature now launched

ZE
zeebre12
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.
PL
Plektrum 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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LL
London Lite Recently warned London London
It may be Sky's strategy to provide more of the niche output themselves, so you don't end up in disputes with the likes of Discovery and UKTV when it comes to contract renewal.
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BR
Brekkie Recently warned Wales Wales Today
So what happens to History and History 2 then?

They'd be history.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
ZE
zeebre12
Where are Sky getting content to fill a 24/7 Documentary channel?
SH
Sh1ruba Banned for 1 week Central (West) Midlands Today
Where are Sky getting content to fill a 24/7 Documentary channel?

From NBC, HBO and Showtime
PL
Plektrum 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.
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
So what happens to History and History 2 then?

There's a History 2?
It's actually called H2. Used to be the Military History channel.



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MI
TheMike Central (East) East Midlands Today
JAS84 posted:
So what happens to History and History 2 then?

There's a History 2?
It's actually called H2. Used to be the Military History channel.




H2 has actually rebranded back to HISTORY 2
https://www.skymedia.co.uk/channels/history-2/
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Ack, Logopedia must've been out of date then. Embarassed
BR
Brekkie Recently warned 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.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.

15 days later

TC
TCOTV
Rxtvlog is reporting that sky documentaries will launch on sky channel 114. No news about SyFy.

https://www.rxtvlog.com/2020/02/sky-documentaries-launch-date-and.html

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