Which Sky packs should I subscribe to?

by | Mar 30, 2023 | TV

Sky encourages their TV customers to build a custom package, combining the 300+ plus channels included in a Signature subscription with any combination of Sky packs. Each channel pack adds new, premium channels to your subscription, and some come with free extras like streaming service subscriptions or exclusive apps.

From the names alone, it’s not always clear which channels and extras are included in each of the Sky packs. We’ve broken down each of Sky’s channel packs below, listing the top channels included and any bonus features.

One thing you should be aware of – Sky regularly changes the names of some of its channels for seasonal events. Earlier this month, for example, Sky Cinema featured a dedicated Oscars channel for award season. That means that though you may see some different channel names when you check your TV guide, you’re subscribed to the same channel packs we talk about below.


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Sky Signature  + Ultimate TV
Best for everybody

Sky Signature is the base for every Sky TV package and now includes the Ultimate TV add-on as standard. The pack includes more than 300 TV Channels and three streaming services – Discovery +, Sky Go and Netflix. Sky Go is available exclusively to Sky subscribers and lets you stream box sets and watch catch-up TV on your phone, tablet, games console or other smart devices.

  • 300+ channels

  • Sky Go

  • Netflix

  • Discovery +

You can see the full list of channels included in Sky’s signature package here, but some of the most popular include:

Sky Atlantic, Sky Max, Sky Showcase, Sky Comedy, Sky Witness, Sky History, Sky Crime, Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature, National Geographic, Discovery, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Racing, Sky Sports Mix, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, Zee TV, Utsav, B4U, MTV Base, MTV Hits, MTV Music, MTV Classic

A wall mounted TV showing the Sky Go home page

Every Sky TV subscriber gets access to Sky Go where they can stream the shows and movies from their Sky packs any time, any place


Watch new and trending shows with Sky Signature

Sky is famous for being the home of some of the best TV shows in the world, particularly premium US dramas. The Last of Us may have just finished airing its first season on Sky Atlantic, but if you missed the post-apocalyptic story everyone’s been obsessed with when it premiered you can now stream every episode on Sky Go.

If you prefer home-grown shows, Lily Allen and Freema Agyeman star in Dreamland, which will air on Sky Comedy this April. Based on the BAFTA award-winning short film of the same name, the six-part series is set in the seaside town of Margate. Third-time mum Trish (Agyeman) gathers three generations of her family together in an attempt to manifest a daughter, but the plan is interrupted by the return of her sister Mel (Allen). The show may be airing on Sky’s Comedy channel, but things also look set to get pretty tense, with the trailer promising sun, sea… and secrets.

One of the most hotly anticipated final seasons in recent years, Succession season 4 will air exclusively on Sky Atlantic in the UK, starting March 27th. Sky Atlantic is included in the Signature channel pack that’s part of every Sky TV package, which means every Sky subscriber will be able to watch new episodes as they air live, simultaneous with the US premier. For those less concerned with spoilers than getting a good nights sleep – the local UK airing time is 2am – the episodes will be released on Sky Go as soon as they air to be streamed at your leisure.


Sky Sports
Best for sports

The Sky Sports pack is a must-have for any serious sports-watching household. As well as showing the majority of televised Premier League matches, Sky Sports has 8 exclusive channels – in addition to the three included in the signature package – broadcasting matches from the NFL and NBA, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Rugby League, Netball and more.

  • Approximately 65% of Premier League football matches, with Sky airing 128 out of 200 matches in the 2022/23 season on their dedicated Sky Sports Premier League channel.

  • Sky Sports F1

  • Sky Sports Cricket

  • Sky Sports Football, airing matches from the WSL, EFL, SPFL, Bundesliga and more

  • Sky Sports Action

  • Sky Sports Arena, which airs NBA matches

  • Sky Sports Golf

  • Sky Sports Main Event

  • Seasonal channels including Sky Sports NFL


BT Sports
Best for Premier League lovers 

One of the channel packs available to add to your Sky subscription isn’t actually from Sky. Adding BT Sports to your subscription lets you watch most Premier League games not shown by Sky, excluding the 10% that now stream on Amazon Prime. BT Sport also broadcasts Rugby Union, Cricket, UFC, boxing, moto GP and more.

  • Approximately 25% of Premier League games, with BT Sport airing 52 out of 200 matches in the 2022/23 season*

  • BT Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4


*The other 10% – 20 matches – aired on Amazon Prime

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Sky Cinema
Best for movies

The essential Sky channel pack for any film lover, with 11 dedicated movie channels. Sky Cinema is home to a new premiere every day. March sees the small-screen debut of Elvis, Where The Crawdads Sing, The Black Phone and Minions: the Rise of Gru, among many others.

Sky Cinema is also a great add-on for streaming fans, giving subscribers access to both the cinema-centric streaming service Paramount+ and more than a thousand films on demand through Sky Go.

  • Paramount+

  • 1000+ movies on demand through Sky Go

  • Sky Cinema Premiere and Premiere +1

  • Sky Cinema Action

  • Sky Cinema Animation

  • Sky Cinema Comedy

  • Sky Cinema Drama

  • Sky Cinema Family

  • Sky Cinema Greats

  • Sky Cinema Hits

  • Sky Cinema Sci-Fi Horror

  • Sky Cinema Select

  • Sky Cinema Thriller

  • Seasonal channels including Sky Cinema Oscars


Sky Kids
Best for families

If you’re sharing – or trying to share – your TV with children, the Sky Kids channel pack means they’ll never run out of options. As well as top children’s channels, you’ll also get access to the Sky Kids app with hundreds of on-demand episodes, easy access to their favourite channels and fun games.

  • Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. And Nicktoons

  • Cartoon Network

  • Cartoonito

  • Boomerang

  • Baby TV

  • Exclusive Sky Kids App


Other Sky TV Extras
Best for getting the most from your TV

Outside of extra channels, there are some Sky TV extras available to enhance your watching experience.

  • The HD and HD & UHD pack let you view more channels in High Definition and Ultra High Definition.

  • Multiscreen adds mini sky boxes to your order so you can watch live programming on more TVs.

  • Subscribe to Disney+ through your Sky package and handle all your entertainment in one bill.


 Tips for building your perfect Sky package 

  • The more you add the more you save, with extra discounts available when you subscribe to multiple channel packs or add other Sky services.

  • Prefer to stream? You can use Sky Go on all your favourite devices to watch the content you subscribe to on demand.

  • Sky saves its best introductory prices for new customers, so it might cost more to add a channel pack partway through your contract.


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