Sky 1 is the flagship channel operated and owned by Sky plc. It is the general entertainment channel operated in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The channel first launched on 26 April 1982 as Satellite Television, and is the fourth-oldest TV channel in the United Kingdom, behind BBC One (2 November 1936), ITV (22 September 1955) and BBC Two (20 April 1964). S4C and Channel 4 began over 6 months later on the 1 and 2 November 1982 respectively.
In the United Kingdom the channel is available on digital satellite via Sky on channel 106 as well as through digital cable via Virgin Media and as well as through IPTV via Sky Go and TalkTalk TV. In Ireland the channel is available on Sky Ireland on channel 106, UPC Ireland on channel 114 and Magnet Networks.
Sky One launched a new look on Monday, 9th October 2017.
Sky1 unveiled a new look along with Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic on Tuesday 19th April 2016.
Sky Television plc was originally Satellite Television Ltd. (SATV), a consortium originally set up by Brian Haynes in November 1980. Brian Haynes was a former journalist employed at Thames Television. In 1979 he produced a documentary for the TV Eye strand...
On 8 June 1988 , Murdoch announced at a press conference his plans to expand Sky's service to four channels, thus creating the Sky Television network. Sky Channel alongside the other three channels would move to the Astra satellite system (intended for...
Sky One adopted a new look on 1st September 1993 as part of the launch of the new Sky Multi-Channels package.
A new corporate look was unveiled on the 1st September 1995 for all sky channels, with music composed by Russell Carline. The presentation was modified on 1st August 1996.
Umbrella ident and break-bumper added.
Sky One introduced a new look on 31st May 1998 featuring dozens of new people and scenery idents.
Sky One was given a refresh on 7th January 2002, to coincide with the launch of the station's Winter programming schedule.
Sky One presentation was updated on 5 January 2004 to coincide with the channel's new season.
A new look for Sky One was launched on 21st September 2004, designed by Stockholm based motion graphics agency Kaktus Film.
Sky One underwent a revamp on 15 February 2008.
'Sky One' was relaunched as 'Sky1' on 31 August 2008.
A new look for Sky1 was launched on 1 February 2011.