Sky are closing Sky Arts as a linear channel in Germany with it content going on demand. Could Sky Arts be one of the linear channels Sky are talking about closing in the UK?
Its a unique channel, nothing else in the UK (it says here) comes close to it. I suppose BBC Four on occasion (and possibly BBC Two during Proms and the odd occasion when they air ballet or something) is the next best thing.
Remember of course the only reason the channel is still around is because Sky bought into it (it was on the verge of going out of business) and later bought it outright. That was somewhere like 15 years ago now so I'd have argued if it was going to close it would have done so by now (indeed Sky Arts 2 did close and all its content was moved to the first channel).
Viewing wise, well it attracts a higher percentage share than Sky 2 (and Mix) which I believe are now the two channels with the smallest monthly viewing percentage out of all the Sky owned channels (some of the individual Cinema channels and Sports channels rate less but they're propped up by the extra subscriptions).
In fairness to Mix, it came off worse during the last EPG
shuffle, being thrown into Entertainment where it previously lived next to the Sports channels and I dare say a lot of people thought it had closed. Sky 2 just seems to limp on regardless.