Sky is to revamp its Freeview channel offering later this month with the arrival of Sky Mix, replacing Pick.
- Sky Mix will launch on Freeview channel 11, while Sky Arts moves down the channel list.
- Test transmissions indicate the new Sky Mix will be offered in HD on satellite.
- Sky Mix will show a blend of recent premium shows and Sky Originals.
Sky Mix will launch at 11am on Wednesday 18th October, as an effective rebrand of Pick. The channel will appear on channel 11, while Sky Arts moves down to channel 36.
Viewers will still see the same mix of reality series featuring border control and traffic police shown on Pick during the day, but Sky Mix promises to offer a greater taste of recent titles shown on Sky’s premium entertainment channels.
On occasion, Sky Mix will also simulcast new Sky Arts programmes, meaning some of the broadcaster’s high profile cultural shows will still be seen on a higher ranking channel slot.
▶ Sky Mix first day – primetime, Wednesday 18th October 2023
20:00 Magnum P.I. The Long Sleep (S4, ep19)
21:00 Liverpool Narcos Documentary about the drugs trade in 1980s Liverpool.
22:00 Bruno v Tyson The story of the boxing rivalry between Frank Bruno and Mike Tyson (from Sky Documentaries)
On other platforms
Sky Mix will be available on all platforms where Pick is currently available.
Test broadcasts on satellite indicate Sky Mix will be distributed in HD, although the Freeview outlet will remain standard definition only.
Freesat is yet to confirm if the HD version of the channel will launch on its platform.
Sky Mix is not to be confused with Sky Max, the premium entertainment channel that together with Sky Showcase replaced Sky One.