The pay-TV provider Sky is taking two television channels out of the program with immediate effect: The documentary channels NatGeo and NatGeo Wild, which belong to Disney, will no longer be included in the Sky offer.
The upheaval at Sky Deutschland is being pushed ahead: In addition to ongoing discussions about a possible sale of the Germany division of the pay TV provider, more and more channels have been removed from the range in recent weeks. After the end of the children’s channel Junior and E! Entertainment, the documentary channels NatGeo and NatGeo Wild belonging to Disney will be removed from the channel list as of today.
Sky announced the shutdown in December 2022 in an interview with the industry portal DWDL announced. In this, Sky Entertainment Vice President Christian Asanger argues that Sky has two of its own, very well-running channels on offer with “Sky Nature and Sky Documentaries”, which is why the partnership with NatGeo and NatGeo Wild will no longer be continued as of January 31, 2023.
The decision to withdraw the channels belonging to Disney’s National Geographic division is solely related to Sky’s new direction. According to this, the pay-TV provider wants to focus more on its own exclusive content in order to make the offer more attractive for customers in the future. In addition to Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, which are to serve as a replacement for NatGeo, the exclusive channels also include channels such as Sky Crime.
Since both NatGeo and NatGeo Wild are included in the portfolio of competing providers such as Magenta TV and Disney+, the desire for exclusive program offers will have been the decisive factor for the latest change in Sky programming. It is still unclear whether Sky will continue to restructure its program in the near future.
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