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Sony Channel (UK and Ireland)

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Launched  7 April 2011
Language  English
Founded  2011
Country  United Kingdom
Owner  Sony Pictures Television
Replaced  Open Access

Owned by  Sony Pictures Television
Picture format  576i (16:9 SDTV) 1080i (HDTV)
Audience share  0.07% 0.01% (+1) (September 2016 (2016-09), BARB)

Sony Channel is a general entertainment channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which launched on 7 April 2011.



Sony Channel was made possible after Sony Pictures Television acquired channel 157 on Sky's EPG, previously owned by Film 24, in November 2010. A one-hour timeshift channel was also available from launch after the purchase of Open Access 3's Sky EPG slot on channel 190. Both Film 24 and Open Access 3 closed on 4 April 2011, to make way for previews of Sony Entertainment Television. On 15 December 2011, Sony Entertainment Television was added to Virgin Media. On 2 April 2012, Sony Entertainment Television +1 moved to Current TV's former Sky EPG slot on channel 183, with channel 190 used to launch Men&Movies +1. On 3 July 2012, Sony Entertainment Television +1 moved to channel 181.

BT agreed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to offer its Sony Entertainment Television and Sony Retro programming on-demand on BT Vision from 1 March 2010. The move marked Sony Entertainment Television's debut in the UK market, over a year ahead of the launch of the Sony Entertainment Television channel. Sony Entertainment Television and Sony Retro programming also appeared on TalkTalk TV during the YouView platform launch in 2012, but was later removed.

On 12 January 2016, the channel was rebranded as Sony Channel.


The channel is aimed at women aged between 25 and 54 and broadcasts a range of dramas and comedies, including Hawthorne, Huff, and 'Til Death. Sony Entertainment Television also brings UK series Hustle and Hotel Babylon, along with the last ever season of Las Vegas and reruns of Crossing Jordan, Dawson's Creek, My Boys, Ned and Stacey, and NewsRadio. It also shows movies from SET's parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment, such as The Da Vinci Code, All the King's Men, Marie Antoinette, and Philadelphia. From September 2011, Holby City began airing on Sony Entertainment Television. From 16 May 2012, Sony Entertainment Television will show BBC Spy drama Spooks from series 1. It was announced on 2 August 2012, that Sony Entertainment Television acquired the rights to broadcast Hot in Cleveland in the UK and Ireland, as it will show season 3 on 14 September 2012, season 1 and season 2 have already been broadcast on Sky Living. The channel also broadcasts the American sitcom Community and the BBC's highly successful Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars. Recently the channel has started to broadcast the UK premieres of various other programmes including The Night Shift, Saving Hope, Younger and Satisfaction.

Upcoming programming

  • Tiny Pop on Sony Channel (Block)
  • References

    Sony Channel (UK and Ireland) Wikipedia

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