Sky Mix
Logo used since 2023
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Programming
Picture format1080p HDTV (Sky Glass)
1080i HDTV (Astra 2 satellite)
16:9 576i SDTV (Freeview)
Timeshift servicePick +1 (2010–2022)
Ownership
OwnerSky Group (Comcast)
Sister channelsList of Sky UK channels
History
Launched31 October 2005; 18 years ago (2005-10-31)
Former namesSky Three (2005–2008)
Sky3 (2008–2011)
Sky 3 (February 2011)
Pick TV (2011–2013)
Pick (2013–2023)
Links
Websitewww.sky.com/watch/channel/pick
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 11
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
NowWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV GoWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (Ireland only)

Sky Mix (formerly Sky Three, Sky3, Sky 3, Pick TV and Pick) is a British free-to-air television channel, owned by Sky UK. Despite being a brand new channel, this is the second time that the name "Sky Mix" has been used by Sky. Among multiple previous names, Sky Replay was previously known as 'Sky One Mix' and 'Sky Mix' from 2004 to 2005.

History

Sky Three launched on 31 October 2005. It was essentially a barker channel for Sky's main entertainment channel Sky One and its other subscription services, which served to "offer digital terrestrial viewers the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of popular programmes from Sky". From its launch on 31 October 2005 until 24 June 2010, the channel carried Sky Travel's commercial presentations selling holiday deals for a number of providers.[1]

Early highlights from the channel's schedule included Futurama, Cold Case, Tru Calling, Relic Hunter, Road Wars, the Inside strand of documentaries, Brainiac: Science Abuse, Airline, and 35mm from Sky Movies (which looks at upcoming films in the cinema and on Sky's premium movies service Sky Movies) and Dream Team. The channel has also shown the free-to-air premieres of some of Sky One's more prestigious shows such as series 3 and 4 of 24, Rescue Me, The 10th Kingdom, Hex and the latest remake of Battlestar Galactica. The channel also showed series 3 and 4 of Prison Break in 2010, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Since its rebrand to Pick TV in February 2011, recent Sky One shows such as UK Border Force, Pineapple Dance Studios and documentary series hosted by Ross Kemp such as On Gangs and In Search of Pirates were shown. In recent years, Sky has spent more on the channel, with an increased focus on airing Sky Showcase and Sky Witness programmes 12–18 months after their original broadcasts, and content tailored towards Pick.

On 1 February 2011, Sky Atlantic launched on Sky channel 108, which had originally been occupied by Sky 3.[2] Sky 3 was renamed Pick TV on 1 March 2011, to disassociate the channel with Sky as it began to air more programmes from the former Channel One and Bravo.[3][4] On Monday 7 October 2013, Pick TV became Pick introducing a new look and logo for the channel. On 28 June 2016, another new logo was announced which also included a brand new look.

In May 2012, Pick TV started broadcasting some older Sky1 and Sky Living shows, and the former Channel One and Bravo shows.

Between June and July 2020, when the Premier League resumed after lockdown, all of the remaining matches were televised due to fans not being allowed in the stadiums. 25 of these matches were televised on Pick.[5]

On 3 October 2023, it was announced that Pick will rebrand on 18 October 2023 as Sky Mix.[6] This relaunch will see the channel return to its original Freeview channel number on channel 11, and it will notably be airing the first series of the HBO drama True Detective.[7][8]

In 2024, Sky Kids became a block on the Sky Mix channel that aired from 8am to 9am.

Former logos

Freeview and rebrands

Sky Three was the first free-to-air general entertainment channel from Sky since Sky One became a pay channel in 1993. It launched on 31 October 2005, replacing the Sky Travel's EPG slot on Freeview in a bid to attract more subscribers to Sky's satellite service. Due to its wider availability on Freeview channel 11, the channel constantly had higher ratings than Sky Two where Sky Three was achieving on average a 1% share compared to Sky Two's 0.1–3% share. Instead of Sky selling on the terrestrial free-to-air rights for their programmes to another broadcaster, these rights are usually retained to remain exclusive to Sky. In 2008, Sky's entertainment channels changed the wording in the logos to numbers, hence Sky Three became Sky 3.

On 23 August 2010, Sky Sports News became a pay-TV channel, which was replaced on Freeview by a one-hour timeshift version of Sky 3.[9] Sky 3 +1 also launched on Sky channel 223 on the same day. A final rebrand took place in early 2011 and saw Sky 1, 2 and 3 gain similar rectangular logos to Sky News and Sky Sports.

The channel was rebranded as Pick TV (and Pick TV +1) on 28 February 2011. Only the name was changed, as the channel retained the look of the most recent rebrand which occurred a few weeks earlier. Sky's acquisition of Challenge saw quiz and gameshow type programming move off Pick TV. On 20 September 2011 at 14:00, Pick TV +1 was removed from Freeview.[10] This was so that all of the channels owned by BSkyB could be on multiplex C and Challenge could broadcast for 24 hours a day in Wales on the platform, in-line with the rest of the UK. On 1 March 2018, Pick +1 was added back on Freeview as a FreeviewHD service. A while later the channel moved from channel 97 to 92 on Freeview.

Since its rebrand to Pick, it is fairly common for Pick and Challenge to cross-promote its programmes to viewers. These include regular trailers in between shows, and when a certain show finishes, the continuity announcer will usually tell viewers what is coming up next on both channels.

On 18 June 2020, Pick +1 was removed from Freeview channel 92.[11]

References

  1. ^ Plunkett, John. "Sky Three to launch on Freeview", MediaGuardian, 22 September 2005. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Sky confirms strengthened entertainment line-up". British Sky Broadcasting. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
  3. ^ Farber, Alex. "Sky 3 to relaunch as Pick TV". Broadcast. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  4. ^ Lane, Alex. "Sky3 to become Pick TV". What Satellite and Digital TV. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  5. ^ Mitchelmore, Ian (19 June 2020). "What channel is Sky Pick and which Premier League matches are free". WalesOnline. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Sky Mix: 2023 Presentation". The Ident Gallery. 7 October 2023. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  7. ^ TVZone (3 October 2023). "SKY TO LAUNCH NEW CHANNEL SKY MIX, PICK CHANNEL TO CLOSE". TV Zone UK. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  8. ^ Newsdesk1, RXTV (3 October 2023). "Sky launching new Freeview channel > RXTV info". RXTV info. Retrieved 3 October 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Sky Sports News to get bigger and better as a pay TV channel". British Sky Broadcasting. 17 June 2010. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  10. ^ "Pick TV+1 leaves Freeview channel 44". Freeview. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Pick+1 removed from freeview". 18 June 2020. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2020.