Sky channel numbers change in August

During August 2014, some services on Sky will be changing channel numbers. This affects both free and pay TV channels.

The move comes as more sections of the Sky channel guide or Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) begin to overspill and as new services prepare to launch.

Viewers are not required to do anything with their Sky box - but may need to remember some new channel numbers.

There are two change dates:

From 12th August 2014, the sports section has the following changes, following the rebrand of Sky Sports News HQ:

Old
New
Channel Name
405
401
Sky Sports News HQ
401
402
Sky Sports 1
402
403
Sky Sports 2
403
404
Sky Sports 3
404
405
Sky Sports 4
407
406
Sky Sports 5
406
407
Sky Sports F1

HD viewers will see the HD versions of these channels occupy the slots above. For HD viewers, Sky Sports News HQ standard definition is at 408, Sky Sports 1 standard definition at 409 and other Sky Sports channels from 435 in standard definition.

Then on the 19th August 2014, further changes to the Sky EPG will occur. In most places, any gaps in the channel numbering system will be filled in, with stations moving up. a516digital understands that the changes will take place during the early morning.

In the entertainment genre, there are some mostly minor changes to the bottom end of the channels. Notably, Channel 4 HD moves from Sky channel 230 to channel 227.

Otherwise, there are some changes to SD/HD channel swaps. The version applicable to your subscription (e.g. whether you have HD or not) is usually listed first in the Sky Guide; for example: If you have HD, the HD version takes the place of standard definition version, the standard definition version is found lower down the channel list. So for example, Sky HD viewers will continue to receive ITV Encore HD on channel 123, but the standard definition version - the swapped channel - changes from 298 to 263.

Entertainment changes:

Old
New
Channel Name
227
224
RTÉ 2 HD/SD swap (Northern Ireland viewers)
228
225
ITV4 HD/SD swap
(the main ITV4 channel for your subscription type stays on channel 120)
229
226
Alibi HD/SD swap
(the main Alibi channel for your subscription type stays on channel 132)
230
227
Channel 4 HD
231
228
Sky Atlantic HD/SD swap
(the main Sky Atlantic channel for your subscription type stays on 108 )
233
229
E!+1
235
230
Sky Living HD/SD swap
(the main Sky Living channel for your subscription type stays on 107)
236
231
More 4 HD/SD swap
(the main More 4 channel for your subscription type stays on 138)
237
232
AIT Int’l
238
233
DMAX+1
239
234
TLC HD/SD swap
(the main TLC channel for your subscription type stays on channel 125)
290
235
ABN TV
291
236
Lifetime HD/SD swap
(the main Lifetime channel for your subscription type stays on channel 156)
292
237
FilmOn.TV
293
238
Showcase 2+1
294
239
E! HD/SD swap
(the main E! channel for your subscription type stays on channel 151)
296
261
True Entertainment +1
297
262
Sky Arts 2 HD/SD swap
(the main Sky Arts 2 channel for your subscription type stays on channel 130)
298
263
ITV Encore HD/SD swap
(the main ITV Encore channel for your subscription type stays on channel 123)
299
264
Forces TV
395
265
Info TV+1
 
The lifestyle genre, home to channels including "Food Network" will start to be phased out, with the lifestyle tab scheduled to be removed from viewer's EPGs over the coming weeks into the autumn. Lifestyle channels will be incorporated into the main Entertainment section of the EPG:


Old
New
Channel Name
246
243
Home
247
244
Good Food (HD)
248
245
Really
249
246
Home+1
250
247
Good Food+1
251
248
Food Network
252
249
Travel Channel
262
250
Food Network+1
263
251
Travel Channel+1
267
252
?TV
280
253
Horse and Country TV
282
254
FAB TV
283
255
Good Food (SD version if Sky HD subscriber)
284
256
Holiday & Cruise


In sports, in addition to the changes occurring 12th August, channels 401-489 will be officially assigned to free and pay TV sports channels. Channels 490-499 are for pay-per-view sports channels.

There are minor changes to some religious channels, with some shuffling up to fill gaps between channels 582 and 596.


Old
New
Channel Name
583
582
TBN Europe
584
583
Daystar
585
584
UCB TV
587
585
Inspiration
588
587
Gospel Channel
590
588
Word Network
591
590
Faith World TV
592
591
KICC TV
593
592
Believe TV
594
593
Olive TV
597
594
Son Life
598
595
Flow TV
599
596
ACBN
 
Children's TV will be expanded to cover channels 601-649, although current children's channel numbers remain the same, there's more room for future expansion.

This means that shopping channels will move down the list and start from channel 650 with QVC. In many cases, viewers can add 10 to the current shopping channel number to get the new number:


Old
New
Channel Name
640
650
QVC
641
651
JML Direct
642
652
JML Store
643
653
TV SHOP
644
654
Ideal World
645
655
Gems TV
646
656
Tristar
647
657
Retail TV
648
658
High Street TV
649
659
Best Direct
650
660
Jewellery Channel
651
661
Ideal Extra
652
662
Equal World
653
663
Home Store
655
665
Jewellery Maker
656
666
High Street Xtra
657
667
TV Warehouse
658
668
QVC Beauty
659
669
Pavershoes.tv
660
670
Thane
664
671
V Channel
666
672
Rocks & Co 1
667
673
QVC Extra
668
675
Craft Extra
671
674
Create & Craft
681
676
The Dept Store
682
677
The Mall
683
678
QVC Style

The international section will also be tidied up. From channel 794 upward, most (but not all channels will be shuffled to fill gaps:

Old
New
Channel Name
796
794
Abu Dhabi TV
798
795
Lamhe
799
796
TV5
800
798
Sony Max
802
799
DM Plus TV
803
800
Hidayat TV
801
801
Record TV
806
802
ARY News
810
803
PTV Global
813
806
Islam Channel
815
807
GEO UK
816
810
SONY SAB
817
811
ABP News
819
812
Noor TV
820
813
Peace TV
822
815
PTC Punjabi
824
816
GEO TEZ
825
817
GEO News
826
819
IQRA TV
828
820
Ummah TV
829
821
COLORS
831
822
Rishtey
832
823
Glory TV
833
824
Brit Asia TV
834
825
IQRA BANGLA
836
826
Ahlebait TV
838
828
Madani Channel
840
829
Sikh Channel
841
830
Peace TV Urdu
842
831
Ahlulbayt TV
843
832
Samaa
844
833
Channel i
845
834
Takbeer TV
846
835
Zee Punjabi
847
836
Sangat
849
837
Aastha
852
838
NTV
854
839
Star Plus HD/SD swap
855
840
Sky News Arabia
856
841
Zee News
857
842
TV 99
858
843
Akaal Channel
859
844
HUM Europe
860
845
British Muslim
876
847
Safeer TV




Update: On the 27th August, viewers without a Sky HD subscription saw BBC Three SD/HD, BBC Four SD/HD and BBC News SD/HD swap places in the EPG.






Last updated: 28/08/2014
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9 comments:

  1. Barmy number changes. So why do they put Sky Sports 1-5 under 402-406 instead of 401-405. Easier to put Sports News under 407.

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  2. Very clear explanation, as ever. The international and a couple of shopping numbers need checking against Sky's published list. Also the HD swap does not apply in Ireland for E! ITV4, ITV Envore and Channel 4 are UK numbers only. RTE 2 on 224 is an HD swap in NI. Star Plus is an HD swap.

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  3. I'm pleased to confirm that some of the provisional data, which appeared on this page at the beginning of the month has now been revised now that the final list has been published.

    Unless there's any last minute changes, this is how the Sky channel list should look from August 19th. If you think otherwise, please drop a line.

    @Andy
    Thanks for the information. Now that the provisional data has been replaced, it should match the recent information issued by Sky. Please note that at the moment, this website only lists changes for the UK. Irish viewers can discuss changes over at boards.ie

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  4. Thanks. My main point about Ireland was that the note you have on relation to More4 HD seems to apply equally to E! HD.

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  5. @Andy
    Point taken. The data string for More4 HD has been edited.

    @Everyone:
    The international list has been tweaked, removing the corruption that occured when the provisional data was replaced by the latest data.

    If you think something's not right - and not necessarily the position of Sky Sports News HQ on the EPG, do comment.

    Article open for comments until 19th August, may be extended if there's demand.

    Comments may be pre-moderated and as such may not appear immediately.

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  6. The information all looks correct to me - many thanks. There are a couple of minor inconsistencies. In shopping you have generally ordered by new channel number apart from two channels towards the bottom. And in most genres you have omitted channels that are not moving except international where you have listed most of these except Channel S (814) and Aaj Tak (818). Hope that helps

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  7. The rows containing Aaj Tak and Channel S were "overwritten" during when the provisional list was removed and I didn't intervene to add them back on as their numbers weren't changing.

    Because of the scope of the changes to the international section, there was a debate whether to leave them in so as to show the full line-up from 19th August. On reflection, and based on consistency, all channels that are staying the same are removed.

    You'll see that without these channels, the listing is per old channel number, from the perspective that the majority of users visiting this page will probably know the old number and will want to know where channels have moved to. This also fits in with the narrative between the channel change tables.

    For Sky Sports, the opposite is true: they're listed according to the new channel order. This was done because I thought it was the best way to help explain the changes to Sky Sports due to Sky Sports News HQ and links in with the text immediately above the table.

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  8. Am I right in assuming that as no frequency changes are mentioned these changes are purely to do with the epg numbering which makes no difference to those of us using receivers not supplied by Sky?

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    1. Correct. These changes affect Sky box owners only.

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