ITV Encore

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ITV Encore
ITV Encore logo.png
Launched 9 June 2014 (2014-06-09)
Owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd
(ITV plc)
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.11%
0.02% (+1) (April 2015 (2015-04), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Sister channel(s) ITV
ITV2
ITV3
ITV4
ITVBe
CITV
The Store
Timeshift service ITV Encore +1
Website itv.com/encore
Availability
Satellite
Sky
(UK only)
Channel 123 (SD/HD)
Channel 263 (SD)
Channel 208 (+1)
Streaming media
Sky Go Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)
Now TV Watch live (UK only)

ITV Encore, is a British drama television channel in the United Kingdom that is owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc. The channel is exclusive to Sky's satellite platform as well as Sky+ HD, Sky Go, Now TV, and Sky Store.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Launch[edit]

ITV Encore launched at 7pm on 9 June 2014. The first programme to be shown on the channel was an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

The channel is ITV's first new channel launch in eight years, and forms part of a wider four year partnership with Sky - ITV's largest ever with a platform operator.[1]

ITV Encore HD[edit]

A high-definition service also launched on Sky channel 298 on the same day as ITV Encore. It broadcasts viewers' favourite ITV dramas in high-definition. ITV Encore HD moved to Sky channel 263 on 19 August 2014 following more spaces in the Entertainment genre to be added and the Lifestyle genre being shortened.

ITV Encore +1[edit]

A one-hour timeshifted variant of ITV Encore launched alongside the parent channel, broadcast on Sky 193 (a channel slot ITV had acquired from the Information TV group). This +1 slot was withdrawn in October 2014 to release an SD slot on the Sky guide for ITV Be. ITV Encore +1 was re-added to the channel lineup on 15 December 2014, the same day ITV Be +1 was added to the Sky and Freesat platforms.

Programming[edit]

The new channel broadcasts some of ITV's most successful drama series of recent years. From January 2015, ITV Encore will show original drama, commissioned for the channel. This move is to attract new viewers to the channel, and to the Sky TV platform. [4]

First Run[edit]

  • Gracepoint (2015-present)
  • Jordskott (2015-present)

ITV dramas (Re-runs)[edit]

Original commissions[edit]

More original commissions air on ITV Encore from 2015.

  • The Encore Hour (airing each day from 6am - 12noon)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "We are proud to announce the new pay channel, ITV Encore.". ITV Media. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Eames, Tom (29 January 2014). "ITV announces new drama pay channel Encore for Sky". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "ITV to launch pay-TV drama channel". BBC. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "ITV confirms ITV Encore launch date". ITV Media. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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