BSkyB Launching Sky1+1 On November 12th, Channel Will Not Air ‘The Simpsons’

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BSkyB is launching a time-shifted service for its popular Sky1 channel. Sky1+1 is set to launch on Thursday November 12th and will reside at Channel 172 on Sky’s Electronic Program Guide (EPG).

As expected, the channel will offer almost all of Sky1’s programming on a one hour delay. The only exception is Fox’s long running animated series The Simpsons. BSkyB are prohibited from offering The Simpsons on the time-shifted channel per the current terms of their licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. When an episode of The Simpsons would air on the channel a message will instead appear on-screen stating “normal service continues on Sky1 and Sky1+1 will be back soon”. The launch of a time-shifted version of Sky1 had been expected for some time and follows on from the recent launch of the time-shifted service for Sky Atlantic (Sky Atlantic+1).