Sky to launch TWO new entertainment channels

Sky has announced the arrival of two new entertainment channels, to be available on Sky and Now TV in the coming months.

Sky Crime is to launch in October 2019, and will become the home of "premium US true crime" from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated home of first run content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Programmes will include I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Additionally, famous headline cases from the US and UK like Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers and the In Defense Of series will profile some of the most notorious killers of modern times.

The second new channel, Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside. Sky Comedy will also air all new series of returning hit US shows like Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. Popular NBC shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will also be featured, as well as comedy titan Saturday Night Live.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: 
Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows. Sky Crime, the home of premium true crime, will complement Sky Witness perfectly, while Sky Comedy is an exciting new proposition for Sky customers, offering them a daily dose of the best US comedy which will sit alongside our expanding slate of Sky Original comedy on Sky One. By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.

How to receive
Sky subscribers will gain access to these channel at "no extra cost", according to the pay TV operator. They will also become available on Now TV via the Entertainment Pass. Carriage on other platforms has not yet been confirmed.

The move to launch Sky Crime could be seen as being controversial, given the glut of real-life crime channels available to satellite viewers, and recent struggles surrounding Sony Crime and True Crime channels. Sky Witness will continue featuring crime-related dramas and fiction.

Channel numbers for the new services will be announced in due course. It is currently unclear if the new channel launches will in fact replace Real Lives and Sky 2 on the Sky EPG, as there has been speculation that these channels would not be continuing and they're not mentioned in Sky's publicity today.

The entertainment portfolio on Sky in UK and Ireland now includes six core Sky channel brands: Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness, Sky Arts, Sky Crime (coming Nov 2019) and Sky Comedy (coming Feb 2020), alongside the Sky Cinema and Sky Kids services. Sky’s other channel brands include E!, SYFY, Pick and Challenge.