|Launched||9 June 2014|
ITV Digital Channels Ltd|
16:9 576i (SDTV)|
0.01% (+1) (October 2015 , BARB)
|Slogan||Where Drama Lives.|
|Timeshift service||ITV Encore +1|
Channel 123 (SD/HD)|
Channel 208 (+1)
Channel 269 (SD)
(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 Go, Now TV and Sky Store.
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 over eight years, and forms part of a wider four year partnership with Sky - ITV's largest ever with a platform operator.
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 took its old place).
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.
- Gracepoint (2015)
- Jordskott (2015–present)
- The Americans (2015–present; previously shown on ITV from 2013–2014)
- Ängelby (2016–present)
ITV dramas (Re-runs)
- "We are proud to announce the new pay channel, ITV Encore.". ITV Media. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
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- "ITV to launch pay-TV drama channel". BBC. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- "ITV confirms ITV Encore launch date". ITV Media. Retrieved 3 April 2014.