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Sony Crime Channel to launch in February

Sony Pictures Television are replacing the True Crime channel on Freeview with a second Sony branded free-to-air network.

The free-to-air crime channel, which is available on Freeview channel 60 in some parts of the UK, will be replaced by "Sony Crime Channel" on Tuesday 6th February 2018 and will feature dramas including Orange is the New Black and CSI alongside 'real life' documentaries.

For Sky viewers, the new channel will take the slot currently used by the Sony Channel - Sky 157.  Through Freeview, the channel will reach homes with YouView, subject to Freeview coverage.

Sony Crime Channel: updated information on how to receive

Aimed at a predominately female audience, the channel's opening night will be simulcast on sister channels True Entertainment and TruTV from 9pm.

Launch night - 6th February 2018
9:00pm Person of Interest (series 1, episode 1)
10:00pm CSI (series 11, episode 1)
11:00pm Orange is the New Black (free-to-air premiere; s1, ep1)

Sony Pictures Television already operates the free-to-air Sony Movie Channel via Freeview, but not Freesat. The broadcaster also owns "True Channels" - with a portfolio including True Entertainment and True Movies, following its acquisition of CSC Media in 2014.

The media group hasn't indicated whether it will make the new channel more widely available on Freeview - the current service found on channel 60 is currently only available in those parts of the UK covered by a local TV service - it is one of a number of Sony Pictures Television channels that piggybacks off the local TV Freeview multiplex signal. True Crime has only been on air since March 2016.