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For the American service, see The Movie Channel

Sky Movies Premiere +1
Launched 25 March 1990
Owned by BSB (Later BSkyB)
Formerly called The Movie Channel (1990-1997),
Sky Movies Screen 2 (1997-1998),
Sky Premier (1998-2001),
Sky Movies Max (2001-2003),
Sky Movies 2 (2003-2007)
Analogue Marcopolo 1, 12.0919 between 1990-1992
Astra 1b 11479 V between 1990-2001
Sky Digital Channel 302
Cable Available on some services
Virgin Media Channel 402
UPC Ireland Channel 302
TalkTalk TV Channel 212

The Movie Channel was a British television channel, which, true to its name, only showed movies. Launched on BSB in 1989, The Movie Channel was a predecessor of some of the Sky Movies channels, having survived the merger with Sky Television, another satellite service launched by Rupert Murdoch's News International in 1990 to form British Sky Broadcasting.

After the merger, The Movie Channel and The Sports Channel continued to broadcast until 1997 when it was rebranded as Sky Movies Screen 2, Sky Moviemax, Movies Max, Sky Movies 2 and now Sky Movies Premiere +1, the timeshift channel to Sky Movies Premiere.


The Movie Channel began in 1990 as one of the channels of British Satellite Broadcasting, a consortium formed in 1986 by Granada Television, Pearson, Virgin, Anglia Television and Amstrad. One of its first film premieres was the James Bond film, The Living Daylights, starring Timothy Dalton[1].

In 1990, BSB and Sky Television suffered heavy losses and merged, operating as the newly-formed British Sky Broadcasting. The Movie Channel, along with The Sports Channel, remained on air, keeping its name, though in 1993 it was sometimes called Sky The Movie Channel. The Movie Channel was rebranded in 1997 as part of a rebranding exercise, in which Sky required all of its channels to have their own unique look and identification. It has since been rebranded as Sky Movies Max, Sky Movies 2, and currently Sky Movies Premiere +1, the timeshift channel to Sky Movies Premiere.



  1. ^ BSB TV Month. April 1990. 


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