Sky Showcase and Sky Max: A guide to Sky's new channels

The two channels will broadcast a mix of original series, popular re-runs, films and sports highlights.

From 1st September 2021, Sky will retire Sky One after almost 40 years of it being on the air and replace it with two new channels called Sky Showcase and Sky Max. 

This guide will explain all you need to know about them both including exactly how you can watch, with and without a Sky subscription, as well as what kind of content they’ll broadcast.

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What is Sky Showcase?

Described as Sky’s new flagship channel, Sky Showcase will serve as a kind of highlight reel and broadcast a selection of the best content from across the Sky portfolio. 

This includes films from Sky Cinema, highlights from Sky Sports along with a variety of content from Sky Witness, Sky Crime, Sky Documentaries, Sky Arts, Sky Nature, SyFy. Sky Comedy, Sky Max, E!, Sky History, and Sky Kids.

What is Sky Max?

Sky Max is your brand-new destination for blockbuster entertainment where you can enjoy a mix of brand-new originals and hit series from Sky One like A Discovery of Witches, Brassic, A League of Their Own, The Flash and Manifest

One of its first original series will be the stylish six-part drama Wolfe which follows the titular forensic scientist (Babou Ceesay) and his team as they attempt to get to the bottom of several mysterious crimes. 

Coming soon is also the planned reboot of BBC panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks hosted by Greg Davies with This Country’s Daisy Cooper and Noel Fielding as team captains.  

How do I get Sky Showcase and Sky Max?

You don’t need to purchase anything extra in order to get Sky Showcase and Sky Max. Customers will see the two channels automatically appear in their Sky EPG from 1st September 2021.

Can I watch Sky Showcase and Sky Max on demand?

Sky Showcase is exclusively a live channel but content from Sky Max is available to watch on-demand as part of your base Sky Signature deal. 

You’ll also be able to view these programs on the go via the Sky Go and Sky Go Extra apps on various smart devices. These are available for free as part of Sky Signature and with the Sky Multiscreen add-on respectively.

Where can I watch the rest of Sky One’s content?

The majority of Sky One’s original comedy series like Bloods, Intelligence, Code 404 and Hitmen: Reloaded will move across to the standalone Sky Comedy channel. 

Here they’ll sit alongside hilarious offerings from the US like Young Rock, PEN15, The Office US, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, A.P Bio and Saturday Night Live

Can I get Sky Showcase and Sky Max on NOW?

Sky Showcase and Sky Max are now included as part of the NOW Entertainment Membership. This allows you to stream both of them as live TV channels and enjoy the boxsets of the many shows available from Sky Max. 

Can I get Sky Showcase and Sky Max on Virgin Media?

Certain Virgin Media customers will also see Sky Showcase and Sky Max automatically added to their EPEG from 1st September. This is those with the Big Bundle and above, the Mix TV pack and above or Mixit with an added pick other than Kids. 

Can I get Sky Showcase and Sky Max on BT TV?

BT TV customers can access Sky Showcase and Sky Max via the NOW Entertainment Membership which is included in the Entertainment and Big Entertainment deals. 

If you’ve got another one of their flexible TV deals, you can opt to purchase the NOW Entertainment Membership as an add-on for £9.99 a month. 

Can I get Sky Showcase and Sky Max on TalkTalk?

Sky Showcase and Sky Max is available to TalkTalk TV customers through the NOW Entertainment Membership which you can add on for £9.99 a month. 

Can I get Sky Showcase and Sky Max on Plusnet?

Customers are no longer able to renew their YouView TV deal with Plusnet. 

If you’re somebody that took the service before 7th February 2021 however, you can again stream Sky Showcase and Sky Max through the NOW app on your YouView box. 

Has Sky Atlantic been affected by these changes?

Sky Atlantic will remain the same and continue to broadcast its usual premium mix of the latest acclaimed shows from the UK and the US.

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