Jump to navigation Jump to search Not to be confused with the television channel of the same name broadcast to Mexico and Central America. This article is about the British television channel. For the Italian television channel, see Sky Uno. For the New Zealand sky live sex shows channel formerly known as Sky 1, see Sky 5.
Sky One is a British general entertainment channel operated and owned by Sky plc, available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sky One launched across Europe on 26 April 1982 by founder Connor Baskey as Satellite Television and is the oldest non-terrestrial TV channel in the United Kingdom. Sky Channel logo, January 1984 to February 1989. Sky One started on 26 April 1982 as Satellite Television Ltd, and was Europe’s first ever cable and satellite channel, originally broadcasting from the Orbital Test Satellite aimed at cable operators all over the continent. Murdoch extended the broadcast hours and the number of countries the station broadcast to including the United Kingdom. On 8 June 1988, Murdoch announced his plans to expand Sky’s service to four channels, thus creating the Sky Television network. In 1990 Sky One began to acquire more recent programming, an early success being Moonlighting, which the BBC had previously screened but not repeated.
31 August 1997, one day short of a year after it launched. In contrast to the Sky Two that was later relaunched, this channel featured even more first-run programmes, and it broadcast only at night, between 7 pm and 6 am. In 2000, a dedicated feed of Sky One for Ireland was launched. For most of this Irish feed’s existence, the only difference between it and the United Kingdom feed has been differing commercials and programme promotions. In June 2003, the channel started broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen. On 21 September 2004, Sky One Mix was subsequently renamed Sky Mix. On 31 October 2005, Sky Mix was renamed as Sky Two with the launch of a second sister channel Sky Three.