ITV has announced that it would be launching ITV Encore this year, a new pay channel dedicated to the very best of the broadcaster's great British drama.
ITV Encore, which will be available on Sky's platforms, will be ITV's first brand new channel launch in eight years and forms part of a wider four year partnership with Sky.
In addition, as part of the wider deal with Sky, ITV content will be made available through Sky's range of connected platforms including Sky+HD, Sky Go, NOW TV and Sky Store.
Adam Crozier, ITV Chief Executive, said: "A key part of our strategy is to become the most watched, most loved and most talked about family of free and pay channels for every household and every advertiser in the UK. ITV's brilliant dramas contributed to a fantastic on-screen performance last year—we had three out of the top five dramas in 2013, which helped us increase our share of viewing on the main channel for the first time in a decade."
Jeremy Darroch, Sky Chief Executive, said: "Our customers love great drama and so we are delighted to bring them exclusive access to a new channel from one of the best loved brands in TV. The wider availability of ITV programmes on our fast-growing connected TV services, including Sky Go, Sky Store and NOW TV, will make Sky stand out as a great place to enjoy ITV, on multiple devices, both at home and on the go. This is good news for Sky customers and a positive way for us to work with ITV in a broad, mutually beneficial partnership."
In addition to being available on Sky's satellite platform, ITV Encore will also be available on NOW TV, Sky's internet TV service.
DTG Staff | 29.01.2014