Sky has gone public with detailed plans of its proposed pay TV offering on digital terrestrial television.
The move comes shortly before Ofcom's planned public consultation on Sky's proposal to replace its free channels - including Sky News
- on digital terrestrial with pay services.
The service, were it to be approved by Ofcom, would be called Picnic and would initially offer three MPEG-2 streams, which at different times of day would carry Sky Sports 1, Sky Movies, Sky One, a children's channel and a factual channel. Sky is also seeking Ofcom approval to move to the newer MPEG-4 compression standard; if approved, Sky would then offer a fourth channel broadcasting Sky News
on a 24 hour basis.
Sky plans to work with multiple manufacturers - at launch, primarily Sagem - to offer Picnic boxes that would be capable of receiving both MPEG-4 and existing MPEG-2 channels.