Sky Living

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Sky Living
Living logo
Launched 1 September 1993
Owned by Sky plc
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.4%
0.1% (+1) (September 2014 (2014-09), BARB)
Slogan TV to talk about
Formerly called UK Living (1993–1997)
Living TV (1997–2004)
LIVINGtv (2004–2007)
Living (2007–2011)
Sister channel(s) Challenge,
Pick,
Sky 1,
Sky 2,
Sky Arts,
Sky Atlantic,
Sky Livingit,
Sky Movies,
Sky Movies Box Office,
Sky News,
Sky Sports,
Sky Sports F1,
Sky Sports News HQ
Timeshift service Sky Living +1
Website skyliving.sky.com
Availability
Satellite
Sky Channel 107 (SD/HD)
Channel 122 (+1)
Channel 230 (SD)
On Demand
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 111
Channel 112 (HD)
Channel 140 (+1)
Sky Anytime
Smallworld Cable Channel 109 (SD/HD)
Channel 135 (+1)
WightFibre Channel 71
Channel 62 (+1)
UPC Ireland Channel 124
Channel 125 (+1)
Channel 144 (HD)
IPTV
Freewire Channel 140
TalkTalk Plus TV Channel 403
Streaming media
Sky Go Watch live (UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)
Now TV Watch live (UK only)

Sky Living is television brand and channel owned by Sky plc available in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Sky plc (previously BSkyB) which bought the Living TV Group group in 2010. Originally launched as UK Living in 1993, the channel changed its name to Living TV in 1997 and then to Living in 2007. On 1 February 2011 Living changed its name to Sky Living. The channel's programming was aimed mainly at women and young adults, but with new shows such as CSI, Close to Home and Boston Legal, the channel is now broadening its audience reach to a wider range of demographics including men aged 18–45.

History[edit]

UK Living began broadcasting on 1 September 1993, as part of the Sky Multichannels network.

UK Living was originally owned by a three way partnership; former ITV London franchise holder Thames Television, Tele-Communications Inc. and fellow cable communications company Cox Enterprises, with a budget of £25million.[1] The channel was mainly aimed at women aged between 25 and 45, broadcasting films, dramas, chat shows and soap operas. Most of its original programming came from the programme libraries of Thames Television and the BBC. A unique aspect was the repeats of programmes such as Kilroy, Anne and Nick, and Floyd, which were all shown within a week of being transmitted on mainstream television.

By January 1994, Flextech (later known as Virgin Media Television and Living TV Group), took over TCI's shares in UK living as part of a deal between the two companies[2][3]

By 1996, Telewest's Flextech division gained full control, after buying out the now-defunct Thames and Cox Enterprises.[4][5][6] Shortly afterwards the channel moved away from it reliance of BBC programming, and increase its output of American programming.

In 1997, when the BBC and Flextech launched the UKTV Network: UK Style, UK Horizons and UK Arena, it was decided that UK Living would remain a separate channel. As such, it had to remove the 'UK' branding to avoid being confused with the UKTV services; thus UK Living became Living.

Sky ownership[edit]

BSkyB announced on 25 October 2010, that Living would be rebranded as Sky Living in early 2011 and moving EPG positions on Sky from channel 112 to 107, between Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic, to improve their entertainment line-up.[7] As part of an attempt to appeal more to men, the channel's pink branding were replaced by a blue and silver logo in September 2013.[8]

Programming[edit]

The most watched shows on the channel are Ghost Whisperer, Cougar Town, Criminal Minds, America's Next Top Model, Hot in Cleveland, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. The channel is set to broadcast the first episode of the seventh series of Bones on 16 November[year needed].

The channel has also aired Yvette Fielding's Most Haunted and Most Haunted Live!, in which Fielding and the team, that at one point included medium Derek Acorah, investigating haunted locations in the UK and abroad. The show had brought some of the channel's biggest ratings to date.

In 2001, the channel helped to launch a whole new genre of paranormal programming with such shows as Crossing Over with John Edward, 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry, Scream Team, Jane Goldman Investigates, Dead Famous, I'm Famous and Frightened! and Most Haunted, which continued to be popular.

The channel has also launched a number of successful US television shows in the UK market. Past successes include Charmed, Will & Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Miss Match, Joan of Arcadia, CSI, and Just Shoot Me!. At present the channel currently has first run UK rights to Boston Legal, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, The L Word, Men in Trees and the Australian comedy Kath & Kim. In 2008 the channel also debuted the first seasons of Army Wives, Lipstick Jungle, and Viva Laughlin.

Brian Dowling was put forward as one of the public figures to represent the channel – by presenting programming including Celebrity Extra, Trolley Dollies, and a spin-off to I'm Famous and Frightened!. However in recent years, he has been mostly absent from the channel apart from the occasional Celebrity Extra presenting duties. Instead fellow Big Brother contestant Jade Goody became the channel's newest public face, with three different shows devoted to her life, Jade's Salon, Just Jade and Jade's PA, but in January 2007, she was dropped due to the racist row on Celebrity Big Brother. In 2009, when Jade discovered that she had terminal cancer, the channel acquired the exclusive rights to film a documentary through her final days followed by the show producing two-hour long tribute shows a week after her death followed by a further two tribute shows in 2010 and 2011.

To continue the list of Reality TV stars hosting programmes, Jodie Marsh announced that she would be presenting a new programme called Get A Life starting on 1 March 2007. However, the channel announced that the show was to be cancelled and discussions got under-way as to whether the remaining four episodes would be aired.[9]

The channel announced in February 2007 that Abigail Clancy, the runner up Britain's Next Top Model (cycle 2) signed a deal with the channel to make a new reality show with Janice Dickinson as her mentor, on trying to crack into America.[citation needed]

The channel announced in June 2010 that model Katie Price had signed a £5 Million, 2-year contract to make and broadcast Series 3 and 4 of her fly on the wall show, What Katie Did Next after turning down a weaker offer from rival channel, ITV2 to continue making further series of the show. This will be the first time that her show will be broadcast in HD.[10]

Sky Living in Ireland[edit]

Sky Living is also available in the Republic of Ireland via Sky and UPC Ireland[11] and UPC Digital.[12] The Irish opt-out feed features localised advertising and sponsorship. The channel has been further trying to appeal to the Irish market with outdoor advertising in urban areas. Previously, Irish television channel TV3 were in charge of overseeing the Irish advertising, but Sky Media Ireland now operates the Irish opt-out feed.[13]

Broadcasting[edit]

Living launched its website in 2001 as livingtv.co.uk, prior to the channel being renamed LivingTV in early 2002. This was initially represented on-screen by the addition of the letters 'TV' to the established logo. In a 2004 branding relaunch, the way the name was displayed changed to LIVINGtv.

In a further change in 2007, the channel name reverted from LIVINGtv back to LIVING (still officially spelt all in capitals, though some media write the name in normal case). In 2009, the idents were changed to a 3D logo, with glass on the side of the 'L' in either pink or blue. Other idents show the logo covered in paint, while Livingit adopted a slightly different appearance.

On Demand[edit]

Living has a on demand service which is available on satellite and cable. It offers access to a number of shows which viewers may have missed first time around.

On demand content from Living was added to BT Vision's library on 15 January 2009. 38 hours of programming from six of the channel's shows; Extreme: Skinny Celebrities, Dirty Dancing, Living with the Cheeky Girls, Ibiza 2008 and Most Haunted were available from launch. Subscribers to BT Vision taking the TV and Value Packs were able to access the content with no additional cost; others were able to view it on a pay per view basis with prices starting at 77p.[14] Living programming was removed from BT Vision on 13 January 2010.[15]

The channel's on-demand offering was revamped during Autumn 2009 as Living Player on Virgin Media.[16] Living Player offers dedicated seven-day catch-up on shows such as Ghost Whisperer and Grey's Anatomy, as well as hours of archive content previously shown on the channel. Living Player will be made available on PCs, the player will also offer HD programming for free to all customers on the Virgin Media's XL TV package. Original commissions will be made available longer term.[17]

Living +2[edit]

Living +2, a two-hour timeshift of the channel ran from 1 April 2009, after replacing Trouble,[18] until 1 July 2010, ahead of the launch of Living Loves.[19]

Sky Living HD[edit]

On 12 June 2009, Virgin Media managing director Johnny Webb revealed that a high-definition version of the channel would be rolled out during 2009 as part of a cross-platform strategy to boost the channel's brand and said that taking it into HD was "an absolute priority", to kickstart a HD roll-out of all of the Virgin Media Television channels.[20]

On 13 August 2009, Virgin Media added a placeholder for Living HD on channel 110, however it only showed a static 'coming soon' slate.[21] A standard-definition preview was added on 20 August 2009.

The channel launched on 6 October 2009 exclusively on Virgin Media.[22] The channel shows programming such as Criminal Minds, CSI, Ghost Whisperer and Private Practice in HD and is "a significant step forward in Virgin Media Television's cross-platform entertainment strategy".[23]

On 2 September 2010, it launched on Sky channel 224.[24]

On 1 February 2011, the Living HD channel was relaunched as Sky Living HD. It now broadcasts on channel 107 for Sky+ HD customers with the HD channel swap. It continues to broadcast on Virgin Media, although, since July 2014, its channel number has changed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thames-television-plans-satellitecable-channel-launch--3870
  2. ^ "Merger Plans For Flextech". The New York Times. 3 January 1994. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Flextech Set To Acquire TCI Programming". Telecompaper. 21 December 1993. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Williams, Martyn (14 August 1996). "TS News – Flextech Reveals BBC, UK Gold Talks". Sat-net.com. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Horsman, Mathew (30 October 1996). "Flextech ties up pay-TV deal". The Independent. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Flextech Set To Agree Channels Deal With BBC". Telecompaper. 16 August 1996. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sky confirms strengthened entertainment line-up". British Sky Broadcasting. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Halliday, Josh (24 August 2013). "Sky Living director: 'I am de-pinking the channel'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Living gives Jodie's show the axe Digital Spy, 16 June 2007
  10. ^ Katie Price signs multi-million pound TV deal[dead link] Yahoo! TV, 24 June 2010
  11. ^ "Basic TV Pack". UPC Ireland. NTL Ireland. 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "Go Digital TV Pack". UPC Ireland. UPC Ireland. 2008. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008. 
  13. ^ More channels in the picture as TV ads competition hots up Irish Independent, 27 July 2006
  14. ^ Living TV joins BT Vision's VOD service Digital Spy, January 2009
  15. ^ Living TV ends on Vision tomorrow! Digital Spy, January 2010
  16. ^ "Living Player coming to Virgin Media". Digital Spy. 27 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Living boosts its on-demand service". Broadcast. 27 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "Trouble to be axed next month". Digital Spy. 24 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "VMtv to launch Living Loves channel". Digital Spy. 24 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "Living primed for HD roll-out". Broadcast. 12 June 2009. 
  21. ^ "Living HD placeholder now on Virgin Media". Digital Spy. 13 August 2009. 
  22. ^ "LIVING in HD with Virgin Media". Virgin Media. 25 September 2009. 
  23. ^ "Living HD launch confirmed". Digital Spy. 13 July 2009. 
  24. ^ "Living HD launches on Sky". Digital Spy. 2 September 2010. 

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