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ITV Encore closes: what happens next?

In November 2017, ITV first announced that it would be closing down its premium drama channel ITV Encore in favour of offering content on-demand.

The last programmes on the linear ITV Encore channel will be broadcast on Monday 30th April 2018 after nearly four years on-air.

ITV Encore was part of a partnership with Sky, which exclusively offered the channel to its satellite and internet subscribers through Sky Go and Now TV, and marked ITV's return to the pay-TV market, over a decade after the collapse of terrestrial pay-TV service ITV Digital.

On the 1st May 2018, Sky channel 123 will switch to carrying Sky 2 instead.

How will viewers continue to watch the dramas that were previously shown on ITV Encore?
A new premium drama box-set service replacing the linear ITV Encore service will commence on 1st May 2018, according to ITV.
  • Sky says that box-sets of the dramas previously shown on Encore, such as Broadchurch and Vera will continue to be available on-demand via its platform. But: to access box sets, viewers will need to have the appropriate subscription.
  • Now TV says Entertainment Pass users will also continue to be able to watch ITV drama box-sets through the on-demand part of the service.
  • ITV has also confirmed it will begin to make the new drama box-set service available across a number of platforms for the first time, as the company moves to grow its subscription on-demand offering alongside its free-to-access ITV Hub.

On traditional, linear TV, ITV3 once more becomes ITV's sole drama channel.