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SkyHD Channel Line-Up Changes

David Gilbert


SkyHD Channel Line-Up Changes

Memorising channel numbers is a challenge to some people. Go into the home of one of these people and without even asking "is there anything on TV?", they will want to astound you by showing they know the EPG number to every one of Sky’s 17,567 channels. While news of Sky’s decision to regularise the HD channel line up may come as a bitter blow to these people, for the rest of us it’s pretty good news.

Sky today announced that for its HD customers the position of 40 HD channels will be swapped with their Standard Definition (SD) counterpart from 1 February. Therefore Sky 1 HD will now occupy channel 106 with the SD version heading to the nether regions of channel 170, never to be seen again. Something similar will happen for all 40 channels in Sky’s HD package, which Sky says will “make it even easier for customers to discover and enjoy the best in pay television.” However those of you still watching in SD won’t see any change in the EPG in relation to these channels.

There will also be some other movement within the EPG with some channels getting a more prominent position. For example Comedy Central will move up 14 places from 126 to 112 with MTV filling the void, making a big step up from channel number 350. Check out the source link below for the full list of channel changes.

For all those people wanting to soak up Don Draper and his chain-smoking, vodka-swilling friends from Mad Men (along with a host of other HBO shows), you will be able to check them out on Sky Atlantic from 1 February. Sky Atlantic will be situated at channel 108 for both SD and HD subscribers – with the prominent channel position reflecting the growing following Mad Men, The Wire and other HBO shows have on this side of the Atlantic.

Source: Sky


January 18, 2011, 9:45 pm

So then,

I have two HD boxes with multiroom and only 1 HD subscription (I refuse to pay twice for a subscription in one household). Already on the additional box I lose most of the anytime shows as they default to the HD channels (that I canot view on this box) - does this now mean that I will have to hunt around in the depths of the EPG to watch the regular channels too now? Great Sky - you plonkers!

Why not just put all the HD channels together in one nice organised area in the EPG.. oh wait, you already did do that.........


January 18, 2011, 9:50 pm

As a Sky HD subscriber this is very welcome. One minor gripe - I've an old Thompson HD box (infamous for PSU issues) and I often have to record the SD transmission rather than the HD otherwise my poor box just crawls to a halt. Hopefully the SD channels wont disappear entirely from the EPG!


January 18, 2011, 11:20 pm

@japester: I'm in the same boat, 2xHD boxes with 1xHD subscription. I wouldn't be surprised if that ends up being exactly what happens, as you describe.

Sky are really making it difficult to operate an HD box with an SD subscription, which is silly considering they have plans to offer only HD boxes to new customers in future, regardless of what their TV is capable of.

If I were cynical I'd say they were doing it on purpose to inconvenience people without HD subscriptions. Good thing I'm not that cynical...


January 18, 2011, 11:52 pm


Um, Mad Men is made by AMC! Funny how everyone always assumes that the good shows must be made by HBO though. I'm looking forward to HD Entourage and Sapranos.

Lee Marshall

January 19, 2011, 1:47 am

Surely it cannot be that hard to just have both SD and HD versions sharing the same channel number with the box then giving you the best picture depending on your TV and subscription?


January 19, 2011, 4:21 am

Sigh! Although its probably a good thing overall, I've only just fully got used to 408 instead of 401!


January 19, 2011, 5:14 am

I'm pleased about this - despite having one HD & one SD subscription (ditto not paying twice for HD, this must change) - but Sky isn't swapping over terrestrial channels BBC 1, ITV, Ch4 or 5 which seems ridiculous. They must be among the most watched... or just Sky rivals?


January 19, 2011, 12:22 pm

Hope virgin do something similar soon {or make it more obvious if there is an HD version of the current channel}

A downside is that you will also record the HD channel. Don't know about sky, but recording a 1 hour HD programme on virgin uses ~5 hours of disc space - whack on a few series records and say adious to your 80 hours capacity

Chris F

January 19, 2011, 2:41 pm

It does seem a bit short-sighted to not swap over simulcast HD "terrestrial" channels on Sky, however maybe there is the issue of local programming (e.g. news bulletins) not being broadcast over the HD terrestrial channels currently? Would still prefer BBC1 HD, which I watch most, to be on 101 ...


January 19, 2011, 3:30 pm

Gordon, rather than it just being a case of Sky being awkward, I think Chris F is right. I too heard that channels with regional variations will not swap over. Saying that, do Ch4 and Ch5 have local bulletins etc.?


January 19, 2011, 8:21 pm

I've got a simpler solution - stop charging for HD channels and then we'd all watch the HD channels and the SD channels could disappear into the nether regions of the EPG altogether. We all know it's going to happen at some point anyway. In fact, if you mugs stopped paying for it, it might happen sooner rather than later.


January 19, 2011, 8:36 pm

The numeric keys on the remote are there for a reason :)

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