Sky to add Sky Crime and Sky Comedy channels

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by Andy Bassett
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Sky to add Sky Crime and Sky Comedy channels
No doubt aware of streaming developments going on in the ultra competitive world of TV broadcasting, Sky has announced two new channels, Sky Crime and Sky Comedy, for its subscribers.
The new channels will come at no extra cost and be available to all Sky customers via linear and on demand avenues. They will also make their way to NOW TV customers as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.

Sky Crime will launch in October 2019, while humour fans will have to wait a little longer for Sky Comedy which will hit screens in February 2020. This will take the current portfolio of Sky’s own branded channels to 6 (adding to One, Witness, Atlantic, Arts) alongside Sky Cinema, Sky Kids, E!, Pick SYFY and Challenge.

Sky Crime will provide a home for US true crime series examining solved and cold cases, including, I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, both based on recent high profile cases. Additionally, shows like Kemper on Kemper, Britain’s Most Evil Killers and the In Defense Of series will shine a light on those that perpetrated terrible crimes.
Sky to add Sky Crime and Sky Comedy channels
Providing a welcome break from grisly true life crime, Sky Comedy will bring together premium US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime and offer a range of returning favourites such as, Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson, as well as brand new scripted shows including Mrs Fletcher, and Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman and Danny McBride. Additionally, US late night talk shows, current affairs and sketch shows will be present in the form of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (currently on Sky Atlantic) and comedy institution Saturday Night Live. There will also be access to a library of favourites like Will & Grace and Parks and Recreation.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: “Sky Crime, the home of premium true crime, will complement Sky Witness perfectly, while Sky Comedy is an exciting new proposition for Sky customers, offering them a daily dose of the best US comedy which will sit alongside our expanding slate of Sky Original comedy on Sky One.”

Bennett continued, “By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”

Sky has recently had commercial and critical success with original programming such as Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, and Gomorrah. In order to continue to provide quality content for their 24 million subscribers across seven countries, the company has announced plans to double their investment in original drama and comedy over the next five years via the recently launched Sky Studios.


Will the addition of two extra channels get AVForums Sky subscribers interested or is it just titivating around the edges? What about Sky’s investment in new programming like Chernobyl, would more Sky originals like these satisfy the need for new content? Chat to others about this topic in the discussion thread.

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