Sky has started to roll-out a dramatic reshuffle to its television channels on Sky HD and Sky Q
Sky has started to roll-out a dramatic reshuffle to its television channels to both Sky+ HD and Sky Q viewers.
The UK broadcaster has swapped a number of popular channel numbers, as well as launch a handful of brand new sections in the TV Guide menu.
The changes will see Documentaries promoted in the TV Guide, will group all +1 catch-up channels into a designated section, and will favour HD channels for most viewers.
The channel changes make a lot of sense, and should help you quickly navigate to your favourite channel with the keypad in the future.
We’re making some changes to the way we list the channels in the TV Guide to help improve your viewing experience
But for now, there’s likely to be a fair amount of confusion.
“We’re making some changes to the way we list the channels in the TV Guide to help improve your viewing experience,” Sky announced.
“This will make it even easier to find the programmes you love.
“You don’t need to do anything to your Sky box, as the changes below will happen automatically on the morning of 1 May.”
Both Sky HD and Sky Q customers will see an update to the TV Guide on May 1st 2018
Perhaps the biggest change will see Documentaries bundled in with the regular Entertainment channels in the TV Guide.
The dedicated Documentaries tab in the TV Guide isn’t going anywhere, so those who use that tab to locate their favourite Nat Geo HD, History HD and Discovery HD shows won’t be affected by the change.
Sky says it has decided to make this change because “the distinction between the programming on Documentaries channels and general entertainment programming has become less defined as more factual and factual-entertainment programmes are shown on the mainstream channels”.
Those who have documentary channels saved in their Favourites need not worry – these will still in the menu as normal, with the channel numbers simply changing in the background.
Likewise, any Series Link recordings will continue as normal.
Sky has set the 1 catchup channels to correspond the live channel numbers
The next channel change was long overdue.
Sky has grouped together – rather than peppered across the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) – and moved into a dedicated section of Sky’s TV Guide menu.
To make the +1s easier to locate on the remote’s numerical keypad, Sky will align the channel numbers for the live television channel (typically in the 100s) and the +1 catch-up associated with it (in the 200s, following the change).
For example, where Sky One is at 106, Sky One+1 will be found at 206.
However, those who prefer to use the menus will find a new +1 menu in the TV Guide.
The +1 menu will list all +1 channels from every genre. This will be updated automatically in the background, and doesn’t require any input from Sky customers.
As before, Sky says Series Link recordings you’ve previously set will continue to record as normal.
Channels Sky subscribers have chosen for their Favourites menu will be listed as normal, with their new numbers.
High Definition, Standard Definition Swaps
Sky is being a little bit smarter about how it handles High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) channels in the TV Guide.
In a nutshell, if you have a subscription that allows access to HD content – this is the channel you will see in the main TV Guide by default, with the SD version of it relegated to a new section in the 800s.
Those who only have access to SD channels will see the opposite in their TV Guide.
Where a channel is unable to present HD first due to regionalised programming, Sky will continue to present the standard definition version first and list the HD version in the main section of the TV Guide.
Sky is also giving international channels a slight bump up the TV Guide.
Subscribers will also notice a number of shifts in the Movies, Music, Sports, News, Kids and Religion sections.
Furthermore, ITV Encore will no longer be available on Sky.
The channel will be dropped entirely from the TV Guide, however, customers will continue to be able to watch the likes of Broadchurch, Victoria, Vera and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher on-demand.