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FAQ: Sony Crime Channel

Sony Crime Channel is a new channel dedicated to crime drama, available free-to-air across all major TV platforms.

Schedule highlights include the free-to-air premiere of Orange is the New Black as well as old favourites Hustle and CSI.

The channel replaces the former Sony Channel feed on Sky and Virgin Media and the former True Crime channel on Freeview.

Where do I find Sony Crime Channel?
  • Sky channel 157 (+1 on channel 181)
  • Freeview channel 60* (+1 on channel 69**)
  • YouView/BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Plusnet TV, EE TV channel 60*** (+1 on channel 69**)
  • Virgin Media channel 193 
  • Freesat launches 13th February on channel 143.

Is Sony Crime available in HD?
No. The channel is currently standard definition only.

Can I watch Sony Crime online?
Online streaming service TVPlayer (available at or via the app) offers the channel as a live stream.

a516digital checked on launch day (06/02/18), and despite going free-to-air on other platforms, Sony Crime is still part of the TVPlayer Plus Max subscription pack, and still labelled as "Sony Channel".

I read Sony Crime wasn't going on Virgin Media?
Having suddenly erased all references to Virgin Media from its website and social media feeds and posts within days of announcing the launch, due to an unspecified issue between Sony and Virgin Media, the channel has secured a late carriage deal, allowing cable viewers to access the channel. Virgin users spotted their EPG being updated for the first time with Sony Crime listings late last week, having been shown an alternative schedule until then, but Sony Crime only re-acknowledged Virgin Media in its publicity material on launch day.

How can I manually tune in the channel on my satellite receiver?
Available via the Astra 2 satellite cluster (28.2°E), you will need to enter the following parameters into your receiver:
Frequency:    11306
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate:  27500
FEC:          5/6
Mode:         DVB-S, QPSK
Service ID:   53385 
              (Sony Crime)
              (Sony Crime+1)

Sony Crime 2
What is Sony Crime 2?
While the main channel features a drama-rich schedule, Sony Crime 2 focuses on factual and reality crime programmes. Sony Crime 2 replaces the True Crime feed on satellite.

Where do I find Sony Crime 2?
The standard definition only channel is available in the following places:
  • Sky channel 184
  • Freesat channel 143 (until 13th February)

*Retune to watch following technical changes on Freeview on Tuesday 6th February 2018.
** Available in local TV coverage areas only (the +1 is not being broadcast on the national Freeview network)
*** Subject to local Freeview coverage. You are receiving this channel via the Freeview tuner in your box.