Sky TV channels explained: What channels do you get with Sky TV and its add-ons?

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The best Sky TV deals and packages offer a variety of different content and it can be difficult to pinpoint the differentiations between each one at a glance. Luckily, we've delved into all the Sky TV channels you get dependent on which of its packages you go for.

From watching Sky on your TV to using Sky Go on your mobile, however you get to the channels, these are the answers you've been looking for.

Read on to see our questions and answers that cover off all the details of Sky TV channels.

What Sky TV channels do I get with the basic Sky TV package?

While it may be considered the basic package of Sky, Sky TV gets you a whole host of entertainment to watch, boasting over 300 channels to switch your way through. These include:

  • Sky One
  • Sky Atlantic
  • Fox
  • Comedy Central
  • Vice
  • MTV
  • Gold
  • TLC
  • National Geographic
  • Animal Planet
  • Eurosport 1&2
  • Sky News
  • Over 500 box sets
  • Asia channels

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What can I watch with Sky TV?

Sky Atlantic features lots of premium viewing shipping over from the subscription US-only channel HBO Max. That includes the likes of Westworld, The Time Traveler's Wife, Euphoria, Hausen and plenty more including older but still great shows like Game of Thrones.

Then there are 200+ Sky Originals in total and this gets you the likes of Chernobyl, Riviera, Delicious and A Discovery of Witches that are also all available to watch on Sky.

What Sky TV channels do I get with Sky Sports?

Sky Sports is an expansive platform that includes not only lots of sports but also plenty of channels with many dedicated to specific sports like Formula One and Golf. Channels included with Sky Sports, all in HD, are:

  • Sky Sports Main Event
  • Sky Sports Premier League
  • Sky Sports Football
  • Sky Sports Cricket
  • Sky Sports Golf
  • Sky Sports Racing
  • Sky Sports F1
  • Sky Sports NFL
  • Sky Sports Arena
  • Sky Sports News
  • Sky Sports Mix

What can I watch with Sky Sports?

A lot of the Sky Sports channels explain themselves in the name but diving into each in more detail we find Sky Sports Football, for example, offers 146 live Premier League games this season, in HD. But you also get EFL, Scottish Premiership and Carabao Cup games. There's even LFCTV and MUTV, each dedicated to Liverpool and Manchester United football club specific content.

For Sky Sports F1 you get every practice, qualifying and race, live. 

Sky Sports Golf offers the Ryder Cup live as well as every major. 

Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena offer live NBA, NFL, Netball, Boxing, Rugby Darts and more.

Sky Sports Cricket gets you England, India home internationals, IPL and more.


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What Sky TV channels do you get with Sky Cinema?

Sky Cinema is another area that encompasses a host of channels, each dedicated to its genre of movies, helping make the huge selection easier to navigate. Included with Sky Cinema are:

  • Sky Cinema Action
  • Sky Cinema Animation
  • Sky Cinema Comedy
  • Sky Cinema Drama
  • Sky Cinema Family
  • Sky Cinema Greats
  • Sky Cinema Hits
  • Sky Cinema Premiere
  • Sky Cinema Premiere +1
  • Sky Cinema Sci-fi Horror
  • Sky Cinema Select
  • Sky Cinema Thriller

What can I watch with Sky Cinema?

Sky Cinema offers absolutely loads to watch, all included with the package including great new releases regularly. Plus you get reduced Sky Store rental rates for the very latest movies before they hit the mainstream.

There are plenty more Sky original movies to be found here along with big name hits like Le Mans '66, Bridesmaids, the Jumanji sequels, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby, Baby Driver, Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Soul, First Man and plenty more. 

There are lots of classics on there too like Saving Private Ryan, Blood Diamond, The Big Lebowski, Black Swan, Django Unchained, Kick-Ass, Predator, Carlito's Way, Die Hard, Once Upon A Time In The West and loads more.

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What other Sky TV channels can I add to my plan?

One of the big extra channels that Sky offers is BT Sport. This gets you all those FA Cup games which are exclusive to the channel that you wouldn't be able to watch without a specific subscription.

Kids is another channel selection worth adding if you've got little ones as it's not expensive and has lots of channels with over 5,000 episodes on demand. Channels include Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, BabyTV, Cartoonito and more. You can even create profiles for each child for specific content access. 

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Luke Edwards

Luke is a freelance writer and editor with over two decades of experience covering tech, science and health. Among many others he writes across Future titles covering health tech, software and apps, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and plenty more. He also likes to climb mountains, swim outside and contort his body into silly positions while breathing as calmly as possible.