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Sky is a subscription satellite TV/cable TV network; originally pan-European until 1989, but now available legally only in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It forms the cornerstone of Sky Television (a British satellite service now known as British Sky Broadcasting) and belongs to UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch. Essentially Creator/{{Fox}}'s UK counterpart; during the early years they shared much of the same programming and ''The Simpsons'' is still a part of [=Sky1's=] lineup, while Sky News and Fox News frequently team up to cover global news.

The network includes the channels:
* [=Sky1=] (the flagship channel showing most of the original programmes and their bigger US imports)
* [=Sky2=] (basically a catch-up service for [=Sky1=], showing the same shows at different times)
* Pick TV (formerly [=Sky3=], one of the network's two free-to-air stations, effectively an advert for a full Sky TV package)
* Sky Living and [=LivingIt=] (formerly just Living, airs ABC and CBS content)
* Sky Atlantic (which airs HBO/Showtime/etc content, as well as British originals [[NetworkDecay for some reason]])
* Sky Arts 1 and 2 (airing shows about contemporary and classical art respectively)
* Sky News (the network's other free-to-air station, and pretty much Murdoch's only TV news network that's impartial)
* Also contains two multipack networks:
** Sky Sports (contains Sky Sports News and channels dedicated to specific sports. Sky Sports News was free to air until 2010)
** Sky Cinema (formerly Sky Movies, split into channels based on specific genres, as well as the occasional temporary channel dedicated to a specific franchise like ''Flim/JamesBond'' and ''Film/StarWars''. Airs films uncut and ad-free, and requires the user to enter a customisable PIN, done so it can get around {{Watershed}} restrictions)

Most of Sky's channels are also carried by cable operators like Virgin. Pick TV and Sky News can also be seen on broadcast (Freeview). The exception is Sky Atlantic, launched as a Sky-exclusive showcase channel, though rumors have swirled about other services carrying it.

Other Sky-branded TV services are available in Italy and Germany; a similar service is available via both cable and satellite in Australia called Foxtel (up until the 2013 split of Murdoch's entertainment and print assets, they also owned NDS, the people who made the encryption software; hence the services also share similar equipment and on-screen guides). Murdoch also tried a few times to enter the US market; both attempts failed.[[note]] His first attempt was in 1990, with his planned ''Sky Cable'' operation alongside Hughes Electronics, Cablevision Systems and Creator/{{NBC}}. [[TechnologyMarchesOn The plan called for a 108-channel service with HDTV capabilities and 12-to-18 inch satellite dishes to be launched by 1993.]] [[ExecutiveMeddling However, due to NBC and Fox both fearing upset affiliates if they were to provide their feeds, cable providers not wanting the operation to carry cable networks, and News Corp's financial drain related to [=BSkyB=] and Murdoch's acquisition of TV Guide]], the project was abandoned by early 1991. (Hughes would later launch their own service, [=DirecTV=] in 1994 (since acquired by AT&T); News Corp. from 2003 to 2006 held a 38% stake of [=DirecTV=], several of [=DirecTV=]'s foreign operations use Sky branding, and [=DirecTV=] also owns some former Fox Sports Networks stations under the branding of Root Sports.) 1996 saw the planned ''American Sky Broadcasting'' or ''[=ASkyB=]'', a joint venture between News Corp. and MCI Communications. At one point, a merger between [=EchoStar=]- owners of Dish Network- and [=ASkyB=] was near completion (with plans calling [[WhatCouldHaveBeen for Dish Network to be rebranded as Sky]]), but the merger fell apart for various reasons, including [[HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee Congressional opposition to [=ASkyB=]'s planned carriage of local TV stations]] and [=EchoStar=]'s founder Charlie Ergen repeatedly clashing with News Corp. executives. The satellites were sold to [=PrimeStar=] (which had briefly planned to merge with [=ASkyB=], but did not [[RightHandVersusLeftHand due to the cable operators who owned Primestar unable to come to an agreement]]), who [[ShaggyDogStory planned to use the satellites but went out of business shortly after]] (the assets went to [=DirecTV=]). Meanwhile, the 110-degree orbital slot and the uplink facility in Gilbert, AZ were sold to [=EchoStar=], who would use the orbital slot to launch their new ''Dish 500'' service.[[/note]]

Not to be confused with ''Sky One'', which is the name of a submarine-launched fighter aircraft in Creator/GerryAnderson's ''{{Series/UFO}}''.

In the UK, Sky means:
[[index]]
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' [[note]]InternationalCoproduction with CBS[[/note]]
* ''Series/BaddielsSyndrome''
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' [[note]]Co-financed the first season. It even got to [[ShortRunInPeru show most seasons before it aired in North America]].[[/note]]
* ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse''
* ''Series/TheBritish''
* ''Series/TheCafe''
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' made for TV movies:
** ''Film/{{Hogfather}}''
** ''Film/TheColourOfMagic''
** ''Film/GoingPostal''
* ''Series/TheDJKatShow''
* ''Series/DreamTeam''
* ''Series/{{Guerrilla}}''
* ''{{Series/Hex}}''
* ''{{Series/Hunderby}}''
* ''Series/AnIdiotAbroad''
* ''Series/ALeagueOfTheirOwn''
* ''Series/MadDogs''
* ''Series/MileHigh''
* ''Series/MooneBoy''
* ''{{Series/Parents}}''
* ''Series/PennyDreadful''
* ''{{Series/Spy}}''
* ''Series/StanLeesLuckyMan''
* ''{{Series/Starlings}}''
* ''Series/StellaUK''
* ''Series/TheStrangerers''
* ''Series/TimeGentlemenPlease''
* ''{{Series/Trollied}}''
* ''[[Series/YouMeAndTheApocalypse You, Me And The Apocalypse]]''
[[/index]]

As well as various US imports, either first-run or bought from other networks:
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* ''Series/TwentyFour''
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
* ''Series/NipTuck''
* ''Series/LasVegas''
* ''Series/RescueMe''
* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}''
* ''Series/LieToMe''
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
* ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw WWE RAW]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown!]]''
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' (seriously, Sky showed the first season before Creator/Channel4)
[[/index]]

Sky has also become famous to fans of game shows ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' and ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'' for airing low-budget versions in 1989 that, despite being short-lived, nonetheless have their fans.
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