Sony Channel (UK and Ireland)

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Sony Channel
Sony Channel logo.png
Launched7 April 2011
Closed6 February 2018
Owned bySony Pictures Television
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share0.07%
0.01% (+1) (September 2016 (2016-09), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom, Ireland
Formerly calledSony Entertainment Television (2011–2016)
ReplacedFilm 24 (SET)
Open Access 3 (SET +1)
Replaced bySony Crime Channel
Sister channel(s)Chart Show Hits
Chart Show TV
Pop Max
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Starz TV
Tiny Pop
True Entertainment
True Movies
The Vault
Timeshift serviceSony Channel +1
SkyChannel 157
Channel 181 (+1)
Virgin MediaChannel 193
TalkTalk TVChannel 331
BT TVChannel 331
PlusnetChannel 331
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Sony Channel was a general entertainment channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which launched on 7 April 2011.[1]


Sony Channel was made possible after Sony Pictures Television acquired channel 157 on Sky's EPG, previously owned by Film 24, in November 2010.[2] A one-hour timeshift channel was also available from launch after the purchase of Open Access 3's Sky EPG slot on channel 190. Both Film 24 and Open Access 3 closed on 4 April 2011, to make way for previews of Sony Entertainment Television. On 15 December 2011, Sony Entertainment Television was added to Virgin Media.[3] On 2 April 2012, Sony Entertainment Television +1 moved to Current TV's former Sky EPG slot on channel 183, with channel 190 used to launch Men&Movies +1. On 3 July 2012, Sony Entertainment Television +1 moved to channel 181.

Logo as SET, 2011-2016

BT agreed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to offer its Sony Entertainment Television and Sony Retro programming on-demand on BT Vision from 1 March 2010.[4] The move marked Sony Entertainment Television's debut in the UK market, over a year ahead of the launch of the Sony Entertainment Television channel. Sony Entertainment Television and Sony Retro programming also appeared on TalkTalk TV during the YouView platform launch in 2012, but was later removed.

On 12 January 2016, the channel was rebranded as Sony Channel.

On 6 February 2018, the channel was closed and replaced by Sony Crime Channel on Sky and Virgin Media. The last programme on the channel was an episode of Saving Hope.


The channel was aimed at women aged between 25 and 54 and broadcasts a range of dramas and comedies, including Hawthorne, Huff, and 'Til Death.[5] Sony Entertainment Television also brings UK series Hustle and Hotel Babylon, along with the last ever season of Las Vegas and reruns of Crossing Jordan, Dawson's Creek, My Boys, Ned and Stacey, and NewsRadio.[6] It also shows movies from SET's parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment, such as The Da Vinci Code, All the King's Men, Marie Antoinette, and Philadelphia. From September 2011, Holby City began airing on Sony Entertainment Television.[7] From 16 May 2012, Sony Entertainment Television will show BBC Spy drama Spooks from series 1.[8] It was announced on 2 August 2012, that Sony Entertainment Television acquired the rights to broadcast Hot in Cleveland in the UK and Ireland, as it will show season 3 on 14 September 2012, season 1 and season 2 have already been broadcast on Sky Living.[9] The channel also broadcast the American sitcom Community [10], ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the BBC's highly successful Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars. The channel started to broadcast the UK TV premieres of various other programmes including The Night Shift, Saving Hope, Younger, Satisfaction and Orange Is The New Black. Paranormal content on the channel included Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International and Celebrity Ghost Stories. Starting in 2017, the channel began to broadcast repeats of America's Got Talent.


  1. ^ "Sony to launch UK channel". Broadband TV News. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Sony acquires Film24's Sky EPG slot". Digital Spy. 19 November 2010.
  3. ^ "SET comes to Virgin media platform!". Sony Entertainment Television. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  4. ^ "SPT channels on BT Vision". Broadband TV News. 4 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Sony to launch new TV channel in April". Digital Spy. 9 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Sony TV launches in the UK, and becomes the first branded TV station to do so". The Hollywood News. 15 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Holby City comes to Sony". Sony Entertainment Television. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Spooks to be broadcast again from the very start". Radio Times. 30 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Sony Entertainment Television Acquires UK Rights To Hot In Cleveland Season Three". TVWise. 2 August 2012.
  10. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (25 February 2015). "Community season 6 to air on broadcast TV in UK". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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