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Sky readies docs, nature channels

Sky Documentaries original Tiger Woods: The Comeback 

Comcast-owned European satcaster Sky is preparing to launch two factual channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature.

Sky is looking to capitalise on factual content’s rising popularity by establishing the new dedicated channels, which will offer a range of premium, original and acquired content, as well as extensive on-demand library titles.

Sky Documentaries’ slate will range from sport content and feature-length docs to true crime titles and biopics, including Sky originals and programming from US partners HBO and Showtime.

The new Sky originals will include Bitter Pill: Primodos and Tiger Woods: The Comeback, alongside HBO exclusives McMillions and After Truth. Meanwhile, Showtime’s The Kingmaker will also air on the new channel, along with an extensive on-demand library of docs including What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali and Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.

Sky Nature will focus on natural history programming, “dedicated to exploring the beauty and wonder of the natural world,” according to the company.

The channel will feature Sky originals such as Extreme Animals: One Wild Day and Extreme Animals: Life’s First Steps, plus its titles featuring naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Two further premium originals are currently in development.

Sky Nature will also offer content from Canadian channel Love Nature, which is owned by Blue Ant Media. Titles include Amazing Animal Friends and Wild Tales From the Farm.

Both channels are set to launch in the spring and will be available to Sky subscribers via linear and on-demand platforms.

Zai Bennett, MD of content at Sky, said: “Premium documentaries and nature series are increasingly important to our customers, with them wanting to get to the shows they want as quickly as possible. That’s why we’re launching two new content brands, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature.

“These new channels will offer our customers an unrivalled destination for new, world-class documentaries and nature programming as well as an extensive on-demand library of the world’s best factual programmes.”

Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature are part of Sky’s plans to build a new studio and double its investment in original content over the next five years. They also follow the launch of dedicated channels Sky Comedy, which went live today, and Sky Crime in October 2019.

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