Sky Atlantic is a British pay television channel owned by Sky Group Limited broadcast in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel is primarily dedicated to imported programmes from the United States, and holds the domestic rights to HBO programming until 2025 (this does not cover HBO Max Original programming). It also broadcasts many original British produced Sky dramas. It is exclusively available on the Sky satellite TV platform (including Sky Go) and Sky's Now TV platform. Unlike the other channels from Sky Group, Sky Atlantic is not on Virgin Media.
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed.)
|Timeshift service||Sky Atlantic +1|
|Owner||Sky Group (Comcast)|
|Sister channels||List of Sky UK channels|
|Launched||1 February 2011|
|Sky Go||Watch live (UK and Ireland only)|
|Now TV||Watch live (UK and Ireland only)|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed.)
|Owner||Sky Group (Comcast)|
|Launched||25 July 2017|
|Closed||12 June 2019|
Sky Deutschland broadcasts a German-language version of the channel in Germany and Austria, while Sky Italia broadcasts an Italian-language version of the channel in Italy. Their programming is also dominated by HBO and Showtime series, usually dubbed in the domestic language. The Italian channel also premieres Sky Originals produced in the country, like The Young Pope and Gomorrah.
Sky Atlantic launched on 1 February 2011 on Sky in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Separated channels with the same name operate in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Sky Atlantic is available in both standard definition and high definition, the latter on Sky Atlantic HD. Stuart Murphy extended his responsibilities to become director of programmes for Sky One, Sky Two, Pick and Sky Atlantic. On 5 May 2011, Elaine Pyke, the head of drama at Sky, was promoted to director of Sky Atlantic, reporting to Murphy.
Programmes on the channel are also offered to Sky customers via on-demand channels including the On Demand and Sky Go services and Now TV. Both BT TV and Virgin Media had held talks with Sky over the new channel but have been unable to agree a carriage deal, in Virgin's case due to pricing.
It was announced on 25 October 2010 that Sky Atlantic would launch on Sky channel 108, which was previously occupied by Sky 3. Sky Atlantic also utilises the HD swap bouquet system developed by Sky, which switches SD channels with HD channels for HD Pack subscribers, meaning Sky Atlantic HD is on channel 108 and the standard definition version appears on channel 808.
Sky Atlantic +1Edit
A one-hour timeshift of Sky Atlantic started broadcasting on 20 September 2012 on channel 173. It moved to channel 170 on 9 June 2015 as part of a reshuffle which also included the closure of Sky 3D, Sky Livingit becoming Real Lives and Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 merging to become simply Sky Arts. It moved to channel 217 on 18 July 2017 as part of the Sky Sports reshuffle which included Sky Sports Mix moving to entertainment, and again to 208 on 1 May 2018 as part of Sky's major EPG reshuffle due to Sky Atlantic being channel 108.
Sky Atlantic VIPEdit
Sky Atlantic VIP was a rewards channel for subscribers of Sky TV who had been with Sky for 2 or more years and for subscribers who had the Sky Original Bundle (later Sky Entertainment pack, then Sky Signature pack). The HD version also required the HD pack in the UK and the Sky Box Sets pack in Ireland.
The channel only broadcast brand new episodes of a popular show a week or so before being shown on the main Sky Atlantic channel. An example of this is when episodes of Riviera were shown first on Sky Atlantic VIP, then a week or so later on Sky Atlantic. Sky Atlantic VIP was under Sky VIP's "See-It-First" offer. Sky VIP is a rewards programme for long-term Sky subscribers.
When the channel was not broadcasting a brand new episode of a programme, the channel was off-air resulting in the channel being on-air only for a few hours per week. The channel only broadcast adverts for programmes on Sky channels. The SD version was on Sky channel 994 with the HD version on channel 995. The channel closed on 12 June 2019.
|Gangs of London||Action crime drama||April 23, 2020||2 series, 17 episodes||53 – 93 min.||Renewed||Co-production with Cinemax (Series 1) and AMC (Series 2–present).|
|Domina||Historical drama||May 14, 2021||1 series, 8 episodes||48 – 55 min.||Renewed||Co-production with Sky Atlantic (Italy) and MGM+ (Series 2).|
|I Hate Suzie||Black comedy||August 27, 2020||2 series, 11 episodes||32 – 41 min.||Pending|
|The Lovers||Romance drama||2023||1 series, 6 episodes||TBA||Pending|
|Dreamland||Comedy||2023||1 series, 6 episodes||TBA||Pending|
|Mary and George||Historical drama||2023||8 episodes||TBA||Pending||Co-production with AMC.|
|Hit & Miss||Crime drama||2012||1 series, 6 episodes|
|The British||Docudrama||2012||1 series, 7 episodes|
|Fortitude||Psychological thriller||2015–18||3 series, 26 episodes|
|Riviera||Crime drama||2017–20||3 series, 28 episodes|
|Tin Star||Crime drama||2017–20||3 series, 25 episodes|
|Save Me||Mystery drama||2018–20||2 series, 12 episodes|
|Little Birds||Historical romance drama||2020||1 series, 6 episodes|
|This England||Biographical drama||2022||1 series, 6 episodes|
|This is Jinsy||Comedy||2011–14||2 series, 17 episodes||Previously aired the pilot episode on BBC Three|
|Walking and Talking||Teen comedy||2012||1 series, 4 episodes|
|Hunderby||Historical black comedy||2012–15||2 series, 10 episodes|
|Mr. Sloane||Historical comedy||2014||1 series, 6 episodes|
|Camping||Comedy||2016||1 series, 6 episodes|
|The Trip (series 3)||Sitcom||2017||1 series, 6 episodes||Previously aired on BBC Two for series 1–2. Moved to Sky One for series 4.|
|Thronecast||Talk show||2011–19||8 series, 77 episodes||Aftershow for Game of Thrones|
|The Devil's Dinner Party||Game show||2011–12||1 series, 20 episodes|
|Cleverdicks||Game show||2012||1 series, 30 episodes|
|Falcón||Crime drama||2012||4 episodes||Co-production with Canal+ and ZDF.|
|The Tunnel||Crime drama||2013–17||3 series, 24 episodes||Co-production with Canal+.|
|Penny Dreadful||Dark fantasy drama||2014–16||3 series, 27 episodes||Co-production with Showtime.|
|The Last Panthers||Crime drama||2015||6 episodes||Co-production with Canal+.|
|Guerrilla||Historical drama||2017||6 episodes||Co-production with Showtime.|
|Britannia||Historical fantasy||2018–21||3 series, 27 episodes||Co-production with Amazon Prime Video (Series 1) and Epix (Series 3).|
|Patrick Melrose||Drama||2018||5 episodes||Co-production with Showtime.|
|Sally4Ever||Comedy||2018||1 series, 7 episodes||Co-production with HBO.|
|Chernobyl||Historical drama||2019||5 episodes||Co-production with HBO.|
|Catherine the Great||Historical drama||2019||4 episodes||Co-production with HBO.|
|Upright (series 1)||Comedy drama||2019||1 series, 8 episodes||Co-production with Fox Showcase. Moved to Sky Comedy for series 2.|
|The End||Drama||2020||1 series, 10 episodes||Co-production with Fox Showcase.|
|The Third Day||Psychological thriller||2020||6 episodes||Co-production with HBO.|
|Landscapers||True crime comedy drama||2021||4 episodes||Co-production with HBO.|
|The Baby||Horror comedy||2022||8 episodes||Co-production with HBO.|
Sky Atlantic relies heavily on screenings of US television programmes, with more than 50% of all programming coming from HBO. Although the channel mainly screens dramas, blocks in the channel's schedule are dedicated to comedies and movies. The launch of Sky Atlantic in 2011 followed the broadcaster's £150m, five-year deal to buy exclusive UK and Irish TV rights to HBO's entire archive, new HBO programming and a first-look deal on all co-productions.Although it has been renewed since, the exclusivity deal with HBO is currently set to expire by the end of 2025, allowing for the launch of HBO Max in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.
In January 2016, Sky expanded the acquired programming on Atlantic after purchasing the exclusive rights to Showtime programming; however, Sky Atlantic does not broadcast all Showtime programmes, as some series would later air on Channel 4.The exclusivity deal with Showtime expired in December 2021, with future series becoming exclusive to Paramount+.
Starting in 2020, select HBO Max programming would also be acquired.
- Barry (seasons 1–2)[a]
- Big Little Lies
- Big Love (season 5)
- Boardwalk Empire
- Bored to Death
- The Brink
- The Comeback (season 2)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 9)[b]
- The Deuce
- Encourage (seasons 7–8)
- Funny or Die Presents
- Game of Thrones
- The Gilded Age
- Hello Ladies
- Here and Now
- High Maintenance
- House of the Dragon
- How to Make It in America
- I Know This Much Is True
- Insecure (seasons 1–3)[c]
- In Treatment (season 4)
- Irma Vep
- The Last of Us
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (seasons 3–6)[d]
- The Leftovers
- Lovecraft Country
- Mare of Easttown
- Mildred Pierce
- The Nevers
- The Newsroom
- The Night Of
- Olive Kitteridge
- The Outsider
- Perry Mason
- The Plot Against America
- Real Time with Bill Maher (seasons 14–17)[e]
- The Rehearsal
- Room 104
- Scenes from a Marriage
- Sharp Objects
- Show Me a Hero
- Silicon Valley
- The Time Traveler's Wife
- True Detective
- The Undoing
- We Own This City
- Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
- The White Lotus
- Vice Principals
HBO Max programmingEdit
- The Affair
- American Rust (season 1)[f]
- Black Monday (season 1)[g]
- City on a Hill (seasons 1–2)[h]
- The Comey Rule
- Dexter: New Blood
- Escape at Dannemora
- The Good Lord Bird
- House of Lies
- I'm Dying Up Here
- The Loudest Voice
- The L Word: Generation Q (seasons 1–2)[h]
- Nurse Jackie (seasons 3–7)
- Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
- Ray Donovan
- Twin Peaks: The Return
- White Famous
- Your Honor (season 1)[i]
Most watched programmesEdit
The following is a list of the ten most watched programmes on Sky Atlantic (all of them being episodes of Game of Thrones), based on Live +7 data supplied by BARB up to 20 May 2019. The number of viewers does not include repeats or Irish ratings. Additionally, all of these episodes were the most viewed programme of the week on non-terrestrial television in the UK. Game of Thrones is Sky's most popular show.
|1||Game of Thrones||8.04 – The Last of the Starks||5,430,451||6 May 2019|
|2||8.02 – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms||5,266,034||22 April 2019|
|4||8.05 – The Bells||5,039,355||13 May 2019|
|3||8.06 – The Iron Throne||5,011,277||20 May 2019|
|5||8.03 – The Long Night||4,983,910||29 April 2019|
|6||8.01 – Winterfell||4,380,834||15 April 2019|
|7||7.07 – The Dragon and the Wolf||3,535,000||28 August 2017|
|8||7.01 – Dragonstone||3,487,000||17 July 2017|
|9||7.05 – Eastwatch||3,420,000||14 August 2017|
|10||7.03 – The Queen's Justice||3,263,000||31 July 2017|
- ^ Moved to Sky Comedy for seasons 3–4
- ^ Moved to Sky Comedy for seasons 10–12
- ^ Moved to Sky Comedy for seasons 4–5
- ^ Moved to Sky Comedy for seasons 7–10
- ^ Moved to Sky Comedy for seasons 18–22
- ^ Moved to Amazon Freevee for season 2
- ^ Moved to Sky Comedy for seasons 2–3
- ^ a b Moved to Paramount+ for season 3
- ^ Moved to Paramount+ for season 2
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