Welcome to our section about the former movie channel Sky Movies

 

On the Air 5th February 1989 - 8th July 2016
Owned by British Sky Broadcasting
Replaced The Power Station (on BSB)
Replaced By Sky Cinema
Sister Channels Sky 1
Sky 2
Sky 3D
Sky Atlantic
Sky Living
Sky Living Loves
Sky Movies Gold

Sky News
Sky Real Lives
Sky Sports
Sky Sports News
Sky Travel
Sky Witness
Address Grant Way
Isleworth
Brentford
TW7 5QD

Tel 0333 759 1018
Website http://www.sky.com

  • Sky Movies was originally a single movie channel offered by Sky as part of their analoue satellite channel package(digital was not available at that point) alongside Sky News, Eurosport and Sky Channel.
  • Sky Movies had the selling point over its competitors in that it offered a movie subscription service which meant no adverts during the films as there was on terrestrial TV, Sky had also been out to major film distributers to negotiate deals to get the films first before their competitors
  •  The first film to be shown was Project X which was broadcast at 6pm on the 5th February 1989. The channel was intially free to air however on the channel's first birthday Sky made it the first channel to be scrambled using VideoCrypt and required viewers to take out a subscriptions to obtain a smart card to view the service. Towards the end of the year Sky Television had merged with their rival British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) to form British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB). This lead to the new company replacing BSB's music channel "The Power Station" with Sky Movies in 1991. It was also 1991 when the channel started broadcasting a 24 hours per day service where previously it had been on air from the early afternoons.
  • During the early 1990s the channel would show some sporting events such as World Wrestling Federation events or boxing, this changed on the 1st September 1992 when Sky Sports became a pay channel and those events moved there.

 

 

SKY MOVIES TRAILER - TONIGHT - 1992

An example of a trailer looking at the films available across the three sky movie channels, sorry the video clip is not currently available but we will include it as soon as we can

 

 
   
  Sky Movies Trailer
Tonight
1992
British Sky Broadcasting

 

  • In 1993 Sky started using their own rating system for films rather than using those from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) which they kept in place until the end of October 1997 when they reverted back to the BBFC classifications. The system that Sky used had the U and PG ratings the same as BBFC however rather than an age they gave films a number rating in which it was the earliest time it could be transmitted. Sky used 7,8,9,10 and 11 with 11 being for more explicit types of films.
  • On the 1st November

 

SKY MOVIE CLASSIFICATION - 1990s

 

 
   
  Sky Movies Classification
1990s
British Sky Broadcasting

 

 

SKY MOVIES PLUS BREAK BUMPER - 1994

 

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      Play Video
    Sky Movies Plus Break Bumper
    1994
    British Sky Broadcasting

 

SKY MOVIES PLUS TRAILER - KING OF NEW YORK - 1994

 

 

   
  Play Video
Sky Movies Plus Trailer
King Of New York
1994
British Sky Broadcasting

 


On the 1st November 1997 the channel was rebranded as Sky Movies 1 while sister channel The Movie Channel became Sky Movies Screen 2. Less than a year later on the 10th September the channel was again rebranded becoming Sky MovieMax. In October 1998 Sky Digital launched from the new Astra satellite resulting in a major expansion of channels. For Sky Movies this would result in both MovieMax and Premier (the rebranding of Sky Movies Screen 2) getting two additional channels each and Sky Cinema, which had previously been Sky Movies Gold, getting a second channel alongside the launch of a widescreen channel called Sky Premier Widescreen.


 

SKY MOVIES TRAILER - CHRISTMAS - 2001

This trailer was shown across various Sky channels adverting what movies were available on their movie channels over the festive period

 

 
   
  Play Video
Sky Movies Trailer
Christmas Eve
2001
British Sky Broadcasting

 



The Sky MovieMax channels would become Sky Movies Max on the 1st July 2002 following a rebranding of the movie channels, the following year they were rebranded again with all the Movie Max and Premier channels using the Sky Movies name and a number from 1 to 9. A later 10th channel was added in 2006 while Sky Movies Cinema was rebranded as Sky Cinema. Sky Movies 9 and 10 would be PIN protected so viewers could watch higher rated films earlier in the day.

On the 4th April 2007 the channels were revamped once more, this time each was given a genre of film which were#
 - Premiere
 - Action and Adventure
 - Classics
 - Comedy
 - Drama
 - Family
 - Indie
 - Modern Greats
 - Sci-Fi and Horror

In addition there were two additional High Definition channels.

In October of 2008 many of the channels would also be available in HD with Sky Movies Indie being the last to launch in HD toward the end of October the following year.

More changes happened in 2013 when Sky agreed a five year deal with Disney to create Sky Movies Disney which in effect replaced the Disney Cinemagic channel, showing Disney films around 6 months after being in the cinema. The channel would close when Disney + streaming service was launched.

On the 8th July 2016 Sky rebranded their movie channels as Sky Cinema

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