Pick (TV channel)
|Launched||1 November 2005|
|Owned by||British Sky Broadcasting|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)|
~0.0% (+1) (December 2013, BARB)
|Country||United Kingdom, Ireland|
|Formerly called||Sky Three (2005–2008)
Pick TV (2011–2013)
Sky Movies Box Office
Sky Sports F1,
Sky Sports News
|Timeshift service||Pick +1|
Channel 153 (+1)
|Astra 1N||12207 V 27500 2/3
12207 V 27500 2/3 (+1)
|Virgin Media||Channel 180|
|Smallworld Cable||Channel 151
Channel 163 (+1)
|UPC Ireland||Channel 133|
Channel 21 (+1)
Pick is a British television channel, available free-to-air on Freesat,1 Freeview, and via subscription on Sky and Virgin Media. The channel was originally launched on 1 November 2005 as Sky Three. From Thursday 24 June 2010, programming from Sky Travel Shop was dropped from the schedules being replaced with programming from Sky Real Lives, which was closed in 2010 to enable Sky to invest in Sky1 and Sky2. On 1 February 2011, Sky Atlantic launched on Sky channel 108, which had originally been occupied by Sky3.2 Sky rebranded Sky3 as Pick TV on 28 February 2011.34 On Monday 7 October 2013, Pick TV became Pick introducing a new look and logo for the channel.
The channel was originally launched in 2005 as Sky Three. It was essentially a "shop window" service for Sky's main entertainment channel Sky1 and its other subscription services, which served to "offer digital terrestrial viewers the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of popular programmes from Sky".5 From its launch on 1 November 2005 until 24 June 2010, the channel carried Sky Travel's commercial presentations selling holiday deals for a number of providers.
Early highlights from the channel's schedule included Futurama, Cold Case, Tru Calling, Relic Hunter, Road Wars, the Inside strand of documentaries, Brainiac: Science Abuse, Airline, and 35mm from Sky Movies (which looks at upcoming films in the cinema and on Sky's premium movies service Sky Movies) and Dream Team. The channel has also shown the free-to-air premieres of some of Sky1's more prestigious shows such as series 3 and 4 of 24, Rescue Me, The 10th Kingdom, Hex and the latest remake of Battlestar Galactica. The channel also showed seasons 3 and 4 of Prison Break in 2010.
In recent years, the number of well known Sky1 shows being shown on Sky3/Pick TV has declined. The channel is well known for airing repeats of Road Wars and Airline whilst other shows such as Coach Trip and It's Me or the Dog are also shown regularly, the closure of Sky Real Lives responsible for the increase in lifestyle programming. The number of American shows airing on the channel has declined rapidly, with Prison Break the last major U.S. Sky1 drama to be shown on the channel in 2010. Since its rebrand to Pick TV, recent Sky1 shows such as UK Border Force, Pineapple Dance Studios and documentary series hosted by Ross Kemp such as gangs and in search of Pirates have been (or currently are being) aired. The most recent major U.S. series to be shown on Pick TV is Glenn Martin, DDS, being broadcast since September 2010. As of 5 October 2011, the first season of the U.S. drama Lie to Me is being shown.
In May 2012, Pick TV started broadcasting some older Sky1 and Sky Living, and former Virgin1 and Bravo shows. The following programmes are currently airing on the channel, with the producer listed if the programme doesn't originate from the BSkyB programme archives:
- When Vacations Attack (US import from Travel Channel)
- An Idiot Abroad
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (US import from syndication)
- Star Trek: Voyager (US import from UPN)
- Futurama (US import from Fox and Comedy Central)
- Charmed (US import from The WB)
- Modern Family (US import from ABC)
- Most Haunted
- The Middle (US import from ABC)
- A League of Their Own
- The Hunks
- Dog The Bounty Hunter (US import from A&E)
- Border Security: Australia's Front Line (Australian import from Seven Network)
- Lie to Me (US import from Fox)
- Sexcetera (US import from Playboy TV)
- Dating in the Dark
- The Glee Project (US import from Oxygen)
- The Biggest Loser USA (US import from NBC)
- Caribbean Cops
- Four Weddings
- Sun, Sea and A&E
- Brit Cops
- Stargate Universe (US import from Syfy)
- Stargate SG-1 (US import from Showtime and Sci-Fi)
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand (US import from Starz)
- Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (US import from Starz)
- Children's Hospital (as seen on ITV in 2010)
- Glee (US import from Fox)
- Brighton Beach Patrol (as seen on Channel 5 in 2010)
- A Haunting (US import from Discovery Channel and Destination America)
- Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders (part of Pick Or Treat Week only)
- Most Haunted: Unseen (part of Pick Or Treat Week only)
- Living with the Dead (part of Pick Or Treat Week only)
Sky Three was the first free-to-air general entertainment channel from Sky. It launched on 1 November 2005, replacing the Sky Travel's EPG slot on Freeview in a bid to attract more subscribers to Sky's satellite service. Due to its wider availability on Freeview channel 11, the channel constantly had higher ratings than Sky2 where Sky3 was achieving on average a 1% share compared to Sky2's 0.1-3% share. Instead of Sky selling on the terrestrial free-to-air rights for their programmes to another broadcaster, these rights are usually retained to remain exclusive to Sky. In 2008, Sky's entertainment channels changed the wording in the logos to numbers, hence Sky Three became Sky3.
On 23 August 2010, Sky Sports News became a pay-TV channel, which was replaced on Freeview by a one-hour timeshift version of Sky3.6 Sky3 +1 also launched on Sky channel 223 on the same day. A final rebrand took place in early 2011 and saw Sky1, 2 and 3 gain similar rectangular logos to Sky News and Sky Sports.
The channel was rebranded as Pick TV (and Pick TV +1) on 28 February 2011. Only the name was changed, as the channel retained the look of the most recent rebrand which occurred a few weeks earlier. The launch of Challenge saw quiz and gameshow type programming move off Pick TV. On 20 September 2011 at 14:00, Pick TV +1 was removed from Freeview.7 This was so that all of the channels owned by BSkyB could be on multiplex C and Challenge could broadcast for 24 hours a day in Wales on the platform, in-line with the rest of the UK.
On the weekend of 18–20 September 2009, the channel showed a selection of programmes normally only available to paying Sky subscribers instead of the channel's usual schedule as a "taster" of what is available on the subscription-based Sky to viewers of Freeview, TalkTalk TV, and Freesat from Sky. Channels not available to Freeview and Freesat from Sky viewers, such as Sky1, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Living, ESPN and MTV contributed programming to the weekend. Sky showed a second Free Weekend Pass event on 17–18 April 2010 and a third event between 11–13 February 2011.
Pick TV showcased some of Sky's premium entertainment content once a week from 24 January 2013 for 12 weeks. 'Sky Thursdays' was a branded segment that offered selected episodes of some of Sky's most popular programmes, usually only available on its pay TV channels. Pick TV is Sky's main entertainment channel on both Freeview and Freesat, so they hoped to entice more viewers to switch to Sky as a response to the weekly appetisers.
Sky Thursdays kicked off on 24 January with the first episode of comedy series Modern Family at 7pm. Sky's recent documentary on cyclist Bradley Wiggins was shown at 7:30pm. America's answer to Sherlock, Elementary followed at 9pm and the evening ended with the first episode of Sky Atlantic's Game of Thrones at 10pm.
During subsequent weeks, selected episodes of shows like Boardwalk Empire, An Idiot Abroad, Michael Parkinson's Masterclass and Mad Dogs were shown. Excluding An Idiot Abroad, There is no indication that the full set of episodes for any of these programmes will air on Pick TV.
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