19 March 2013
SKY customers will soon be advised of changes to the current channel numbering that will take place on May 1 2013.
The changes will see some channels given new numbering while, going forward, channels will be grouped by genre. Importantly, the numbering will allow for growth with space for new channel launches and special events.
John Fellet, SKY’s Chief Executive commented;
“A change like this is a significant one and the decision to make these changes was not taken lightly. We appreciate just how familiar SKY customers tend to be with our channel numbering. However, the change is born out of a fantastic growth story, we’ve introduced more than 10 new channels since the last change to channel numbering in 2007 and we have firm plans to continue introducing compelling new channels. JONES! is our latest channel announcement and more will follow.
“We’re taking special care to clearly communicate the changes to our customers who can all expect to hear from us soon. There will plenty of information distributed over every form of media including TV, email, websites and our phone messages.”
The change will see the expansion of the general entertainment, movie and sport categories. Pop Up channels have recently featured as an addition to SKY Sport coverage including the Australian Open tennis and V8 Supercars. SKY will continue to offer additional content in this ‘Pop Up’ format to the Sport and Movie tiers.
Details can be found at sky.co.nz from April 1 2013
Key changes to SKY’s channel numbering from May 1 include:
• General Entertainment & Lifestyle channels extend to button 29
• Movies commence at channel 30 – expanded to 20 channels
• Sport commences at channel 50 – expanded to 20 channels
• Allowance for ‘Pop Up’ channels within Sport and Movies
• Factual and News commence from channel 70
• Family & Music commence from channel 100
• SKY Box Office Movies (SBO) commence at channel121 with 3 channels also available on channels 40, 41 and 42 within the Movies grouping