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  • I'm not a customer, but I was made aware of this earlier tonight, so I'll post it.


    Smithsonian Channel is moving from 195 to 160 on the Sky EPG from this Monday (9th).


    A quick search suggests this was the former VH1 slot, so this is ViacomCBS shuffling their own services again, like they did recently with Smithsonian and 5Spike on Freeview.


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  • The long awaited HDR feature will now be rolled out on the latest Sky Q boxes tomorrow (Wednesday) it is anticipated. It will be available on some on demand services, not on live tv.


    https://www.tvbeurope.com/medi…ected-to-happen-this-week


    Sky is expected to launch content in High Dynamic Range from this Wednesday.

    According to ISPReview, the HDR launch will coincide with the debut of the broadcaster’s new channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature.


    Sky is expected to introduce HDR using the HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) standard. The vast majority of HDR TVs in use already support HLG, which has been trialled by the BBC on iPlayer, alongside HDR10.


    However, the HDR content is not expected to be available for all of Sky’s customers. According to Forbes, the new 1TB and 2TV Sky Q boxes will support HDR, but older Sky Q boxes will not.


    It’s also thought HDR will only be available on VoD downloads, not as part of any linear live transmission.


    Sky hasn’t officially confirmed the launch, but it also hasn’t denied it.

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  • I wonder if that includes the new Dplay streamer which is still missing from the firesticks?

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  • I wonder if that includes the new Dplay streamer which is still missing from the firesticks?

    That's what I wondered as well.

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  • I'm getting ahead here, but I just saw the Sky Forum post for changes coming up in August.


    Wednesday 5th

    NOW 90s (368) moves to EPG number (372)
    Clubland (372) moves to EPG number (373)
    NOW 70s (373) moves to EPG number (368)


    So now the NOW channels will be in ascending year order...though not all next to each other, yet.

  • Pick HD is closing on Sky tomorrow (4th) , so they aren't even keeping it on their own.


    Source: Sky Changes for August thread on official Sky Forums

  • Apparently Smithsonian Channel is moving from 173 to 171.

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    https://twitter.com/Smithsonia…tatus/1295340448526086149

    This stuck me as odd for a few reasons. First if you look futher up this thread it moved to 160 in March. What I hadn't realised was it moved to 173 at the same time BET moved to 195 in April, so it was only at 160 for a matter of weeks.


    Second, 171 was Discovery History until June, when it decided to move itself to a worse position alongside Discovery Home & Health and left 171 empty. Why would Discovery vacate a better number, leave it empty for a couple months, then give/sell it to a rival?

  • Maybe we will never know!

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  • Sky is launching more 4K TV series in HDR over the coming weeks.


    https://www.whathifi.com/news/…-slate-of-tv-shows-in-hdr


    Sky has launched its next slate of on-demand programming in high dynamic range, with more scheduled to arrive in the next month.


    Following the three Sky Nature documentaries that landed on the platform in HDR in May, the second season of Sky Atlantic drama Britannia and Sky Original political drama Cobra are now available in the superior picture format.


    In the following weeks, four more Sky Originals with be available in HDR: season two of Bulletproof will arrive on 13th August and Save Me Too is slated for "late August", while A Discovery of Witches and the second season of Brassic are pegged for September and "late September" respectively.


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  • The Smithsonian Channel moved to 171 as expected.


    What I wasn't expecting was BET moved to 173 at the same time.


    It was those two that got moved to poorer slots back in April, so this is a partial reversal.


    Still makes no sense why Discovery did what they did with their channels, and Viacom channels benefit.

  • Money? Maybe Discovery believe that people go to their content as opposed to via channel hopping and Viacom believe otherwise for their channels, so were prepared to pay for a better EPG position?

  • I'm expecting Lifetime and Discovery Shed to creep up the EPG at some point, or closed down. They've been low for a while, for "well known channels".


    Shed in particular is an odd one. Discovery have had that way down the EPG for ages, which you would think suggested closure and then closed Travel Channel which was about 20ish places higher. At this point you'd have at least thought Discovery would move Shed up into Travel Channel's old slot, it looked an obvious move. But no.


    As others have said, there will be money and contract reasons I'd imagine, but we'll likely never know.

  • Courtesy of the regular Sky Guide Changes thread on their official forums, more changes in a few days.


    Thursday 27th


    • Sky Sports Mix (145) moves to EPG number 416.
    • Sky Two (168) moves to EPG number 145 and renames to Sky Replay.
  • Sky Arts (122) has went FTA early. My Ye Olde ancient Sky box is showing it. Not officially meant to go FTA until 17th.

  • Sky Arts (122) has went FTA early. My Ye Olde ancient Sky box is showing it. Not officially meant to go FTA until 17th.

    I suspect that the encryption contract ended before they were ready to do an official FTA launch on all the various platforms.

  • Taken from Sky Official Community Forum. Posted there by regular Chloe-W22, a Sky employee.


    Changes on 1st October 2020.

    • Disney Jnr HD (607) closes permanently
    • Disney Jnr+ (608) closes permanently
    • Disney Channel HD (609) closes permanently
    • Disney Channel+1 (610) closes permanently
    • Disney XD HD (611) closes permanently
    • Disney Junior SD (643) closes permanently
    • Disney Channel SD (644) closes permanently
    • Disney XD SD (645) closes permanently
    • CBBC (613) moves to EPG number 607
    • CBeebies (614) moves to EPG number 608
    • CBBC HD (646) moves to EPG number 643
    • CBeebies HD (647) moves to EPG number 644
    • BBC Alba (141) moves to EPG number 117 in Scotland only
  • Several new regions are now testing in HD. These are: Meridian South, Yorkshire East, Meridian North, Anglia West and Central East.


    Once they launch, Border Scotland and Channel TV will be only regions not available in HD on satellite.

  • Sky and Freesat are getting more ITV HD regions. Official tweet confirms Meridian for the West, South East and Thames Valley.

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