Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020. Both channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on demand, and as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.
Sky Crime will be based around US true crime from Oxygen – the channel owned by Sky’s parent NBC Universal – and HBO. Key programming will centre around accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved. There will also be headline cases from the United States and UK such as Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers.
Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside.
It will also feature The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: “Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows. 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.”
The entertainment portfolio on Sky in UK and Ireland also includes Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness (rebranded from Sky Living in August 2018), Sky Arts, Sky, alongside the Sky Cinema and Sky Kids services. Sky’s other channel brands include E!, SYFY, Pick and Challenge.