.tv (TV channel)
|.tv and Sky4|
.tv since in 1998 and Sky4 Logo since 2 September 2001
|Launched||2 September 2001 as Sky4|
|Closed||August 30 2014|
|Owned by||British Sky Broadcasting|
|Formerly called||The Computer Channel and .tv|
(at time of closure)
(until 5 April 2000)
|Astra 1E, 10.847V|
|Sky Digital||Channel 567|
Sky4 (Pronounced as 'Dot TV', referred to onscreen as .tv - the technology channel) was a British television channel dedicated to technology. .tv was owned and operated by British Sky Broadcasting. The channel began broadcasting on 1 September 1996 as The Computer Channel and broadcast between 18:00 and 20:00. The broadcasting hours were increased to midday-midnight when The Computer Channel (later .tv) started broadcasting on British Sky Broadcasting's digital satellite platform, Sky Digital in 1998. In 1999 the channel interviewed then Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
Towards the end of its run, .tv implemented several new shows heavily sponsored by online technology store dabs.com, promoting products which were available at that site. .tv was closed on 2 September 2001 because of low audience ratings. Most of the programmes were produced by Prospect Pictures and former programmes are removed and become Sky4.
- Buyers Guide - 20 minute weekday show that reviewed gadgets (such as PDAs and printers), computers and software (such as video games, operating systems and photo manipulation). Presented by Will Hanrahan. Guests included: Lydia Jones, Chris Long, and Ashley Jones.
- Chips with Everything - 20 minute weekday show presented by Kate Russell with guests trying to answer computer related questions that were sent in by viewers. Guests included: Roger Gann, James Morris, Simon Smart, Nigel Whitfield, Guy Clapperton, and Charles Bocock.
- Ex Machina - 30 minute weekly show that went behind the scenes of digitally produced entertainment (video games, films and television programmes).
- Game Over - (originally Games World) - variable-format video game magazine show.
- "404 Not Found" - An off beat news and reviews show with regular viewer letters and emails.
- Global Village - 30 minute weekly show that looked at how technology was revolutionising our homes from an international perspective. Presented by Will Hanrahan 
- Masterclass - 20 minute weekday show that gave tutorials on how to use features from programs like Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop and Nero Burning ROM. For the majority of the run, the show was presented by Richard Topping, affectionately known as "Toppers." He left the show to pursue a successful career in writing. His replacement was comedian Marc Haynes, who fronted the show until the channel closed.
Buyers Guide, Masterclass and Chips with Everything were repeated as omnibus editions (the weekday editions broadcast as one programme) on weekends.