True Movies

True Movies
Launched 29 April 2005
Owned by Sony Pictures Television
Audience share 0.05% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Formerly called Movies 333 (until 2005)
True Movies (2005–2010, 2015)
True Movies 1 (20102015)
Sister channel(s) Game Show Network
Chart Show Hits
Chart Show TV
Sony Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Starz TV
Tiny Pop
True Crime
True Entertainment
The Vault
Freeview UK Channel 74 (Local TV areas only)
Freesat Channel 302
Sky Channel 321
DStv Channel 138
Eutelsat 28A 11307 V 27500 2/3
Virgin Media Channel 424
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 329
WightFibre Channel 32

True Movies (still also known as True Movies 1) is a satellite and cable television film channel in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa, it is available on Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview as well as DStv in South Africa. It is the first channel from Moving Movies Ltd., majority-owned by CSC Media Group (formerly Chart Show Channels).

The channel is dedicated to true-to-life drama films, mostly made for TV. It shows movies from a range of cinematic genres including romance, crime, drama and docusoaps, mostly based on real-life events.

Prior to True Movies' launch on 29 April 2005,[1] the channel was previously an unnamed part-time service found on TWC Re:Loaded from 1 March 2005,[2] before being renamed as Movies 333 on 21 March 2005. The channel was renamed as True Movies 1 during November 2010.

Soon after its launch, True Movies topped all the movie channels in August, 2005, with a 0.5% audience viewing share, higher than the established subscription Sky Movies 1 (0.4%) and Turner Classic Movies (UK) (0.3%). With the arrival of other movie channels and services in 2006, its audience share dropped to between 0.1% to 0.2%. True Movies 1's sister channel, True Movies 2, was launched on 20 March 2006, with similar programming.

Reception of this channel does not require any special Sky or Freesat equipment, any free-to-air satellite or, where available, Freeview receiver.

Since 2013 the channel has temporarily rebranded around Christmas to True Christmas, mostly weeks before Hallowe'en.

On 6 September 2011 the channel was made available on UPC Ireland.[3]

On 26 October 2015 the channel was made available on Freeview channel 82 in areas that support local TV.


An example of some of the films shown on True Movies 1:


  1. "New name for Movies 333". Digital Spy. 25 April 2005.
  2. "TWC Reloaded becomes Movies 333". Digital Spy. 21 March 2005.
  3. "99pc of UPC broadband customers to upgrade to 20Mbps". Silicon Republic. 20 July 2011.
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