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Sky Witness
Sky Witness (2020).png
Logo used since 2020
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed.)
Timeshift serviceSky Witness +1
Ownership
OwnerSky Group (Comcast)
Sister channelsBlaze
Challenge
Crime & Investigation
Pick
Sky Arts
Sky Atlantic
Sky Cinema
Sky Comedy
Sky Crime
Sky Documentaries
Sky Showcase
Sky History
Sky History 2
Sky One (until 2021)
Sky Max
Sky Nature
Sky News
Sky Replay
Sky Sci-Fi
Sky Sports
Sky Sports Box Office
Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports News
Sky Sports Racing
History
Launched6 August 2018; 4 years ago (6 August 2018)
ReplacedSky Living
Links
Websitehttps://www.sky.com/watch/channel/sky-witness
Availability
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live (UK, Ireland and EU)
Now TVWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Sky Witness is a British pay television channel owned and operated by Sky, a division of Comcast. The channel primarily broadcasts drama shows from the United States, aimed at the 18–45 age group. An Italian version of Sky Witness, named Sky Investigation, launched on 1 July 2021.[1]

History

Sky Witness' history can be traced back to 1993 when UK Living began broadcasting on 1 September 1993. The channel was purchased by BSkyB in 2010 and announced on 25 October 2010, that Living would be rebranded as Sky Living in early 2011 to improve their entertainment line-up.[2]

On 8 June 2018, Sky announced that Sky Living would be closed and replaced on 6 August by a new channel Sky Witness, bringing an end to the Living brand after 25 years.[3][4]

Following the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, which already operated Universal TV, much of the programming previously screened on Universal TV, particularly first-run acquired series, transferred to Sky Witness, allowing Universal to be closed and replaced by Sky Comedy.

Sky Witness will be relaunched as Sky Investigation in February 2023 to align with the Italian channel.

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Comcast

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Programming

US programming

Sky Witness in Ireland

Sky Witness is also available in Ireland via Sky Ireland and Virgin Media Ireland.[5] The Irish opt-out feed features localised advertising and sponsorship.

The same Sky Witness schedule, shown in both the UK and Ireland, also includes a selection of documentary programming from both the Irish Broadcasters, RTE and TV3/Virgin Media Television Ireland (the Irish broadcaster now owned by the cable TV company of the same name in Ireland, not to be confused with the earlier Flextech version of Virgin Media Television). Also there is some independently produced series, some commissioned directly by Sky, focusing on Ireland's various emergency services, medical, and certain Government of Ireland agencies, such as the Revenue Commissioners. The selection is similar to the genres focusing on other countries equivalent agencies, also shown on Sky Witness.

Sky Investigation

An Italian version of Sky Witness called Sky Investigation launched on 1 July 2021 with programming such as The Equalizer, Without a Trace, Unforgettable, The Blacklist, Coroner, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Bull, Private Eyes, Elementary and NCIS.

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Source: "Sky Witness", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, December 3rd), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_Witness.

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References
  1. ^ "Sky presenta quattro nuovi canali di serie tv e factual entertainment, in onda dal 1° luglio".
  2. ^ "Sky confirms strengthened entertainment line-up". British Sky Broadcasting. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
  3. ^ Sky Living to become Sky Witness a516digital, 8 June 2018
  4. ^ Clarke, Stewart (8 June 2018). "Sky Rebrands U.S. Drama Channel, Lands MGM's 'Harry Quebert'". Variety.
  5. ^ "Buy A Television Package". Virgin Media Ireland. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
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