Back in July, it was announced that Sky would soon lose two popular channels. Both will migrate to Disney+. For Sky users, this is nevertheless annoying.
The content battle is hitting Sky particularly hard. While classic streaming services “only” have to contend with series and movie competition, the pay TV provider is also taking fire from sports competitors. The latter has already cost Sky the broadcasting rights to the UEFA Champions League and parts of the Bundesliga. In the battle for series and movies, the competition is now poaching Sky and pulling the Fox channel, which was previously included in the basic package. Like “Disney Junior,” it is moving to Disney+.
Fox and Disney+ to be with competitor in future
Popular series such as “Navy CIS: L.A.,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Death in Paradise” run on the linear TV channel “Fox.” A Sky spokesperson confirmed to atechbook: “The Fox channel will only be broadcast in German-speaking countries and on the Sky platform until September 30, 2021.”
This is why Fox and Disney Junior are disappearing from Sky
The reasons for the removal of Fox and Disney Junior on Sky are obvious. For two years, the Disney Group has held large parts of the FOX Group, including production companies and stations. Disney Junior even comes from its own pen. What could be more obvious than to shift more and more of the programming of both TV channels to the company’s own streaming service Disney+? Competitors like Netflix, which lost the licenses to the Marvel series, for example, also had to suffer from this approach. Incidentally, the Fox channel will run on Disney+ Star in this country in the future.
What does Sky say about the loss?
A Sky spokesperson tells atechbook, “Sky-Q users will then be able to watch many titles on Star with a corresponding Disney+ subscription from October.” Sky customers will not receive direct compensation. These assures Sky on our inquiry, however: “We will continue to offer our customers a strong entertainment and film offer, supported by strong partnerships and a targeted, continuous development of our program portfolio. Among other things, with the new channel brands Sky Comedy and Sky Crime as well as Sky Nature and Sky Documentaries.”