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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 belonged (originally wholly, later in part) to Rupert Murdoch. In 2018 Murdoch's company made a bid to reacquire the shares they'd sold off, only to be outbid by Comcast, meaning Murdoch lost control of the company he largely created.

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)
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  • Sky2 (basically a catch-up service for Sky1, showing the same shows at different times)
  • Pick (formerly Sky3, later Pick TV; one of the network's two free-to-air stations, effectively an advert for a full Sky TV package; does not broadcast in HD)
  • Sky Witness and LivingIt (formerly just Living, and Sky Living airs ABC and CBS content)
  • Sky Atlantic (which airs HBO/Showtime/etc content, as well as British originals for some reason)
  • Sky Arts (and, for a time, Sky Arts 2) (airing shows about contemporary and classical art)
  • Sky News (the network's other free-to-air station, and pretty much (formerly) Murdoch's only TV news network that's impartial; started out looking cheap and cheerful, but is now considered an important part of Britain's TV news media)
  • 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)
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    • 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 James Bond and Star Wars. 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 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 

Not to be confused with Sky One, which is the name of a submarine-launched fighter aircraft in Gerry Anderson's UFO.

Series produced by Sky:

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.

Alternative Title(s): Sky 1, Sky One


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