Creator / Sky
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 Rupert Murdoch
. Essentially 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)
- Sky 2 (basically a catch-up service for Sky1, showing the same shows at different times)
- Pick TV (formerly Sky 3, the network's only free-to-air station apart from Sky News, 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 for some reason)
- Sky Arts 1 and 2 (airing shows about contemporary and classical art respectively)
- A channel for News, several for Sports and lots for Movies
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, although as of mid-2013 cable operators are reportedly in negotiations to carry 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.
Not to be confused with Sky One
, which is the name of a submarine-launched fighter aircraft in Gerry Anderson
In the UK, Sky means:
As well as various US imports, either first-run or bought from other networks:
Sky has also become famous to fans of game shows The Price Is Right
and Sale Of The Century
for airing low-budget versions in 1989 that, despite being short-lived, nonetheless have their fans.