Lifetime will be removed from Sky, Virgin and YouView at the end of the month after a lengthy winding down period for the channel.
It was launched in 2013 as a replacement for Bio (Biography channel) and targeted a female audience with made for TV movies, crime stories and Judge Judy.
Operator AETN says programmes currently on Lifetime will continue on its other channels, including Blaze, Sky History and Crime+Investigation.
During the last three years, the channel has lost its +1 and, on satellite, its HD channel. In 2019, it was demoted to near the bottom of Sky’s entertainment channels. It never received the re-brand given to the US network of the same name. As licensing deals expired, new programmes disappeared from the channel. This meant that from last spring, the channel could no longer show new episodes of Judge Judy. Social media outlets closed last year.
Final day on Lifetime
Schedules published last week confirm the final day’s schedule on Sunday 28th February consists of back-to-back Police Patrol in the morning and Hardcore Pawn in the afternoon. 19 Kids & Outnumbered will take viewers through most of the evening. Episodes of Sex, Lies and Murder follow through until 4am on Monday 1st March. The channel will then be removed from Sky at 6am. Other platforms may vary.