List of line-up changes on Sky (UK and Ireland) from 1982 to 1999

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Satellite Television Ltd. (SATV) was set up in November 1980 by Mr. Brian Haynes. In 1982, SATV launched "Satellite Channel", a pan-European channel. Sky Television bought Satellite Television Ltd. in 1984 and renamed Satellite Channel to Sky Channel (later Sky One).

British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) was founded on 11 December 1986, but launched its four channels in early 1990. By the end of 1990, Sky Television and BSB merged together to become British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB). BSkyB launched Sky Multichannels (also known as Sky Analogue) and stopped broadcasting in 2001. BSkyB created Sky Digital in 1998, as a replacement to Sky Multichannels. In 2006, Sky Digital became Sky with its launch of Sky+ and Sky+HD services.

Timeline overview

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Sky logos

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Channel Changes

Satellite Television Ltd.

Date EPG No. SD boxes EPG No. HD boxes Channel name Type of change New EPG number SD boxes New EPG number HD boxes New channel name Region (UK & Ireland unless stated) Notes
25/03/82 ??? ??? Satellite Television Launch

Sky Television

Date EPG No. SD boxes EPG No. HD boxes Channel name Type of change New EPG number SD boxes New EPG number HD boxes New channel name Region (UK & Ireland unless stated) Notes
1984
16/01/84 ??? ??? Satellite Television Rename Sky Channel
29/03/84 ??? ??? Music Box Launch
29/03/84 ??? ??? Screensport Launch
29/03/84 ??? ??? The Entertainment Network Launch
01/09/84 ??? ??? The Children's Channel Launch
1985
02/06/85 ??? ??? The Entertainment Network Removal Replaced by Mirrorvision
02/06/85 ??? ??? Mirrorvision Launch
30/10/85 ??? ??? Lifestyle Launch
31/12/85 ??? ??? Bravo Launch
1987
30/01/87 ??? ??? Music Box Removal Replaced by Super Channel
30/01/87 ??? ??? Super Channel Launch
01/08/87 ??? ??? MTV Launch
1989
05/02/89 ??? ??? Sky News Launch
05/02/89 ??? ??? Sky Movies Launch
05/02/89 ??? ??? Eurosport Launch
31/07/89 ??? ??? Sky Channel Removal Sky One
??/07/89 ??? ??? Premiere Removal
??/??/89 ??? ??? The Arts Channel Removal
1990
10/04/90 ??? ??? TV Asia Launch
10/04/90 ??? ??? The Computer Channel Launch

British Satellite Broadcasting

Date EPG No. SD boxes EPG No. HD boxes Channel name Type of change New EPG number SD boxes New EPG number HD boxes New channel name Region (UK & Ireland unless stated) Notes
25/03/90 ??? ??? The Movie Channel Launch First of the five channels to launch. They were launched on five consecutive nights one at a time. Featured on Engineering Announcements 27 March 1990.
26/03/90 ??? ??? Galaxy Launch Second of the five channels to launch. They were launched on five consecutive nights one at a time. Featured on Engineering Announcements 27 March 1990.
27/03/90 ??? ??? The Sports Channel Launch Third of the five channels to launch. They were launched on five consecutive nights one at a time. Featured on Engineering Announcements 27 March 1990.
28/03/90 ??? ??? Now Launch Fourth of the five channels to launch. They were launched on five consecutive nights one at a time. Featured on Engineering Announcements 27 March 1990.
29/03/90 ??? ??? The Power Station Launch Last of the five channels to launch. They were launched on five consecutive nights one at a time. Featured on Engineering Announcements 27 March 1990.


British Sky Broadcasting

British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) is the merger between British Satellite Broadcasting and Sky Television.

Date EPG No. SD boxes EPG No. HD boxes Channel name Type of change New EPG number SD boxes New EPG number HD boxes New channel name Region (UK & Ireland unless stated) Notes
1990
29/11/90 ??? ??? The Computer Channel Removal
01/12/90 ??? ??? Now Removal Replaced with Sky News
02/12/90 ??? ??? Galaxy Removal Transponder space handed to Sky One
??/??/90 ??? ??? Sky Movies Rename Sky Movies Plus
1991
08/04/91 ??? ??? The Power Station Removal Transponder space handed to Sky Movies.
20/04/91 ??? ??? The Sports Channel Rename Sky Sports
03/11/91 ??? ??? The Comedy Channel Launch


1992
30/09/92 ??? ??? The Comedy Channel Removal Replaced with Sky Movies Gold
01/10/92 ??? ??? Sky Movies Gold Launch
??/10/92 ??? ??? CMT Launch
31/12/92 ??? ??? Sky Arts Removal Marcopolo satellites sold and signals shut.
1993
24/01/93 ??? ??? Lifestyle Removal Astra transponder 5 becomes Vox
24/01/93 ??? ??? Lifestyle Satellite Jukebox Removal Astra transponder 5 becomes Vox
01/03/93 ??? ??? Screensport Removal Merged with Eurosport.
01/09/93 ??? ??? The Family Channel Launch
01/09/93 ??? ??? Nickelodeon Launch
01/10/93 ??? ??? QVC Launch
02/10/93 ??? ??? Super Channel Rename NBC Super Channel
??/??/93 ??? ??? UK Gold Launch
1994
05/09/94 ??? ??? The Learning Channel Launch
19/09/94 ??? ??? Sky Sports 2 Launch
03/10/94 ??? ??? Sky Soap Launch
03/10/94 ??? ??? Sky Travel Launch
10/10/94 ??? ??? VH1 Launch
1995
27/02/95 ??? ??? European Business News Launch
01/10/95 ??? ??? The Disney Channel Launch
01/11/95 ??? ??? The Paramount Channel Launch
01/11/95 ??? ??? Sci-Fi Channel Launch
01/11/95 ??? ??? Sky Sports Gold Launch
12/06/95 ??? ??? L!VE TV Launch
11/03/95 ??? ??? European Business News Rename CNBC Europe
1996
16/03/96 ??? ??? Sky Box Office Launch
16/08/96 ??? ??? Sky Sports Gold Remove
01/09/96 ??? ??? The Computer Channel Launch
01/09/96 ??? ??? Sky 2 Launch
01/09/96 ??? ??? The Weather Channel Launch
01/09/96 ??? ??? Sky One Rename Sky 1


09/09/96 ??? ??? NBC Super Channel Rename NBC Europe
19/10/96 ??? ??? Fox Kids Launch
01/10/96 ??? ??? Granada Talk TV Launch
01/11/96 ??? ??? Sky Scottish Launch
1997
01/01/97 ??? ??? TV Asia Removal Sold to Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Replaced with Zee TV.
01/01/97 ??? ??? Zee TV Launch
03/02/97 ??? ??? Trouble Launch
03/02/97 ??? ??? The Family Channel Rename Challenge TV
03/04/97 ??? ??? The Learning Channel Rename Discovery Home & Leisure
01/09/97 ??? ??? National Geographic Channel Launch
01/11/97 ??? ??? UK Arena Launch
01/11/97 ??? ??? UK Horizons Launch
01/11/97 ??? ??? UK Style Launch
01/11/97 ??? ??? Sky 1 Rename Sky One
01/11/97 ??? ??? Sky Movies Rename Sky Movies Screen 1
01/11/97 ??? ??? The Movie Channel Rename Sky Movies Screen 2
22/11/97 ??? ??? Rapture TV Launch
31/08/97 ??? ??? Granada Talk TV Removal
31/08/97 ??? ??? Sky 2 Removal Closed due to poor viewing figures.
1998
31/03/98 ??? ??? CMT Europe Removal
03/04/98 ??? ??? The Children's Channel Removal
??/04/98 ??? ??? The Weather Channel Removal
31/05/98 ??? ??? Sky Scottish Removal Closed because it fails to meet its financial targets.
30/06/98 ??? ??? NBC Europe Removal
10/09/98 ??? ??? Sky Movies Screen 1 Rename Sky Premier
10/09/98 ??? ??? Sky Movies Screen 2 Rename Sky MovieMax
10/09/98 ??? ??? Sky Movies Gold Rename Sky Cinema
01/10/98 ??? ??? Sky Sports News Launch
02/10/98 ??? ??? UK Gold Classics Launch
10/10/98 ??? ??? UK Play Launch

Sky Digital

Date EPG No. SD boxes EPG No. HD boxes Channel name Type of change New EPG number SD boxes New EPG number HD boxes New channel name Region (UK & Ireland unless stated) Notes
1998
01/11/98 ??? ??? S4C Digidol Launch
01/11/98 ??? ??? Film4 Launch
1999
30/04/99 ??? ??? Sky Soap Removal Due to low ratings
01/06/99 ??? ??? BBC Knowledge Launch
01/07/99 ??? ??? VH1 Classic Launch
01/07/99 ??? ??? MTV Base Launch
01/07/99 ??? ??? MTV Extra Launch
01/09/99 ??? ??? Nick Jr. Launch
15/09/99 ??? ??? S4C2 Launch
15/09/99 ??? ??? TNT Removal Replaced with Turner Classic Movies.
15/09/99 ??? ??? Turner Classic Movies Launch
05/11/99 ??? ??? L!VE TV Removal

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