TCM HD service to end on Sky

(updated) Classic movie channel TCM is to become the latest provider to withdraw its HD channel from Sky audiences.

On 25th July 2019, TCM HD will cease to be broadcast on Sky. The HD channel will be demoted to 854 prior to the closedown, according to Sky, ahead of its complete removal on Thursday. Viewers will continue to be able to receive the standard definition version of the channel in its place on 315. The HD/SD swap channel on 854 will vanish following the end of the current carriage agreement.

TCM follows in the footsteps of channels including Lifetime and Vice who have also ended their HD broadcasts on Sky, despite HD TV reception becoming the norm among Sky subscribers and despite continued increases in the number of UK households owning equipment able to receive HD broadcasts.

TCM HD is currently being hosted on Sky's own satellite capacity and the move to close TCM HD comes as Sky is continuing to consolidate its own satellite transponder capacity, with observations showing how Sky is fitting more channels per transponder than before. Some channels are using HD as an additional leverage in carriage negotiations, leading to some HD exclusive channels appearing on some platforms and not others.

As some HD channels withdraw from Sky, new channels, including CNBC HD and regional encrypted variants of STV HD have launched on Sky's transponder capacity in recent months.

  • TCM HD reception on other platforms is not affected.