Sky One is officially gone. After almost 40 years of success on our screens, Sky One will be replaced by two new channels.

Don’t worry though, not everything is changing; some Sky channels will stay unchanged, such as Sky Atlantic, the hub of original dramas with shows from HBO and Showtime.

Sky Max and Sky Showcase launched yesterday, Wednesday 1st September, and it left avid watchers scratching their heads confused as to what had happened to their TV guide.

What happened to Sky One?

  • After 39 years on our TV guides, Sky One has been axed and replaced by two new channels – Sky Showcase and Sky Max.

Sky One was launched in 1982 and is one of the oldest non-terrestrial TV channels in the UK, however, it is now time for it to be replaced.

Managing director of content Sky UK and Ireland, Zai Bennett, confirmed “From September those looking for the very best of Sky will find it at the top of their programme guide on Sky Showcase, while Sky Max will become the new home of blockbuster entertainment joining the host of genre-led channels launched in the past year .”

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Sky One has been home to lots of fan favourites including Ricky Gervais’ An Idiot Abroad, Brainiac, A League Of Their Own and Trollied.

New Sky channels explained

Sky Showcase will be a linear-only channel that is intended to “curate a selection of the best TV shows from across Sky’s portfolio of entertainment brands.”

Sky Max is not only a channel but also an on-demand service, this will be the hub for Sky original dramas and entertainment shows.

The 106 place on Sky One will be filled with Sky Showcase, which will air shows from Sky Witness, Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime, Sky Nature, Sky Arts, Sky Max, Sky Comedy, Sky History, Sky Kids, SyFy and E! along with Sky Sports highlights and the beloved Sky Cinema.

Sky’s Director of Programmes for UK & Ireland Jamie Morris spoke on the success of the channel “Sky One had a brilliant year, from A Discovery of Witches at the beginning of the year to Flight Attendant to the Friends Reunion so we know that it’s in rude health content-wise – but I think it is time for a reset,” he told RadioTimes.com.

Jamie said that Sky Max differs from Sky Showcase as it will be “a little bit more laser-focused” but it has no resemblance to HBO Max in the US.

“HBO Max is HBO content and this is very much a Sky proposition and it is pure blockbuster entertainment,” he said. “I’m hoping it’ll be a very unique brand to itself.”

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