Sky will roll-out a drastic change that is set to affect a huge slew of television channels.
The UK broadcasters plans to reshuffle almost every channel in the TV Guide.
The changes will be available to subscribers tomorrow, and will affect Sky subscribers running both Sky+ HD and Sky Q hardware.
Sky’s reshuffle is set to promote Documentaries in the rundown of channels in the TV Guide menu, will group all +1 catchup channels into a designated section, and will favour HD channels for most viewers.
“We’re making some changes to the way we list the channels in the TV Guide to help improve your viewing experience,” Sky announced.
“This will make it even easier to find the programmes you love.
“You don’t need to do anything to your Sky box, as the changes below will happen automatically on the morning of 1 May.”
Sky+ HD and Sky Q customers will need to relearn the channel numbers associated with their favourite satellite channels.
The TV Guide menu will be updated automatically to reflect the changes tomorrow morning.
From next month, Documentaries (including the likes of Nat Geo HD, History HD and Discovery HD) will be moved-up higher in the TV Guide to sit alongside Entertainment channels.
Sky says it has decided to make this change because “the distinction between the programming on Documentaries channels and general entertainment programming has become less defined as more factual and factual-entertainment programmes are shown on the mainstream channels”.
Meanwhile, catch-up +1 channels will be grouped together – rather than peppered across the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) – and moved into a dedicated section of Sky’s TV Guide menu.
To make the +1s easier to locate on the remote’s numerical keypad, Sky will align the channel numbers for the live television channel (typically in the 100s) and the +1 catch-up associated with it (in the 200s, following the change).
For example, where Sky One is at 106, Sky One+1 will be found at 206.
However, those who prefer to use the menus will find a new +1 menu in the TV Guide.
The +1 menu will list all +1 channels from every genre. This will be updated automatically in the background, and doesn’t require any input from Sky customers.
Sky says Series Link recordings you’ve previously set will continue to record as normal.
Channels Sky subscribers have chosen for their Favourites menu will be listed as normal, with their new numbers.
The update on May 1st 2018 will also see duplicated High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) channels moved to a new section in the menu.
Currently, most HD channels in the TV Guide are listed alongside the SD version of the same channel.
From next month, the HD Channel Swap feature will ensure Sky subscribers always receive the best quality version of a channel at the higher position in the TV Guide – if they have access to the HD version, Sky will give them the HD version first by default.
If not, the standard definition channel will remain in the main section of the TV Guide, while the HD channel is moved to the 800s.
Where a channel is unable to present HD first due to regionalised programming, Sky will continue to present the standard definition version first and list the HD version in the main section of the TV Guide.
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