ITV Encore

itv-encoreITV Encore is a British drama television channel that is owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc. The channel launched on Sky Channel 123, on 9 June 2014 at 19:00 and is exclusive to Sky’s satellite platform as well as Sky+ HD, Sky Go, Now TV, and Sky Store.
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. The first programme to be shown on the channel was an episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

The channel was 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.
ITV Encore is encrypted and not available on Freeview, YouView, Virgin Media or Freesat.

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.

ITV Encore +1
A one-hour timeshifted variant of ITV Encore launched alongside the parent channel, broadcast on Sky 193 (a channel slot ITV had acquired from the Information TV group).
This +1 slot was withdrawn in October 2014 to release an SD slot on the Sky guide for ITV Be. ITV Encore +1 was re-added to the channel lineup on 15 December 2014, the same day ITV Be +1 was added to the Sky and Freesat platforms.


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