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ITV Encore

ITV Encore
Launched 9 June 2014 (2014-06-09)
Owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd
(ITV plc)
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.12%
0.02% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Sister channel(s) ITV
ITV2
ITV3
ITV4
ITVBe
CITV
The Store
Timeshift service ITV Encore +1
Website /encore.comitv
Availability
Satellite
Sky
(UK only)
Channel 123 (SD/HD)
Channel 208 (+1)
Channel 269 (SD)
Streaming media
Sky Go Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)
Now TV Watch live (UK only)

ITV Encore, is a British drama television channel in the United Kingdom that is owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc. The channel is exclusive to Sky's satellite platform as well as Sky+ HD, Sky Go, Now TV, and Sky Store.[1][2][3]

History

Launch

ITV Encore launched at 7pm on 9 June 2014. The first programme to be shown on the channel was an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

The channel is ITV's first new channel launch in eight years, and forms part of a wider four year partnership with Sky - ITV's largest ever with a platform operator.[1]

ITV Encore +1

A one-hour timeshifted variant of ITV Encore launched alongside the parent channel, broadcast on Sky channel 193 (a channel slot ITV had acquired from the Information TV group). ITV Encore +1 temporarily closed on 1 October 2014 (ITV3 +1 took its old slot), to make space for ITVBe, which launched on channel 179. ITV Encore +1 was re-added to the channel lineup on 15 December 2014 on channel 208, the same day ITVBe +1 was added to the Sky and Freesat platforms.

ITV Encore HD

A high-definition service also launched on Sky channel 298 on the same day as ITV Encore. It broadcasts viewers' favourite ITV dramas in high-definition. ITV Encore HD moved to Sky channel 263 on 19 August 2014 following more spaces in the Entertainment genre to be added and the Lifestyle genre being shortened. On 15 December 2014, it moved again to Sky channel 269 to make space for ITVBe +1 and ITV Encore +1 (as ITV3 HD takes its old place).

Programming

The new channel broadcasts some of ITV's most successful drama series of recent years. From January 2015, ITV Encore will show original drama, commissioned for the channel. This move is to attract new viewers to the channel, and to the Sky TV platform. [4]

First Run

ITV dramas (Re-runs)

Original commissions

More original commissions air on ITV Encore from 2015.

  • The Encore Hour (airing each day from 6am - 12noon)

References

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