Sky has confirmed that it will be implementing changes to its International category on the EPG in June 2019.
Sky received a number of representations from broadcasters in response to the consultation over the last four months. Sky believes that the proposed changes will help simplify the EPG and make it easier for viewers to find the content they enjoy.
Sky has decided to implement the proposal to change the way it lists channels in the International genre, namely:
◘ Where there are multiple channels for a particular language – Sky will group these channels together in dedicated number ranges for each language (e.g. “Hindi”, “Urdu”, etc.) whilst leaving space at the end of each number range for new launches in that language; and
◘ Where there is only one channel for a particular language – Sky will group these channels together in a single number range for “Other languages”.
Sky has reserved number ranges within the number range for the International genre for the following languages: Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and Arabic. Sky has also reserved a number range for “Other languages”(i.e. languages without a dedicated language number range, usually where there is only one channel listed in the EPG in that language). When allocating a new channel number for a channel in the International genre, Sky will allocate the next available number in the appropriate number range on a first come first served basis.
Sky also confirmed that it will be putting in a place a temporary platform freeze in the International genre between 18th April and 11th June to confirm the new EPG channels. On 22nd April, Sky will issue new channel numbers for affected broadcasters and the dedicated number ranges for each language. The new International category will be rolled out on 11th June 2019.