What channels do I get with Sky Stream Entertainment?

Dan Howdle | September 5th, 2023

Sky Stream

Sky Stream is slowly eating into the decades-long dominance of satellite as the primary means to receive Sky TV. Receiving Sky TV over the internet is just less fuss, less mess, far easier to install, will take up less space wherever you watch TV, and you won't need a (some would say) ugly satellite dish on the side of your home.

But Sky being Sky, it is less than clear about exactly what you get with Sky Stream. The channels you get, the channels you don't get and what, if anything, is missing when compared alongside Sky TV via a satellite dish (Sky Q). The truth is, Sky Stream is the future, and it does a heck of a lot very well and maybe one or two things not too well. Let's take a closer look at what you get.

Key feature comparison

Here's a big picture overview of Sky Stream Entertainment:

Feature Sky Stream Sky Glass
TV channels 140+ 140+
On-demand content 30,000+ TV shows 30,000+ TV shows
Contract length 18 months, 30-day rolling 48 months
Prices from £19 per month £14 per month
What is Sky Glass?

You will notice in this overview there is two ways to get Sky Stream, one is Sky Stream, the other is Sky Glass, where instead of a Sky Stream Puck, you'll get an actual 4K television, which will have Sky Stream built in. Note that due to the high cost to Sky of providing you with a TV in the case of Sky Glass, contracts are 48 months – an astonishing four years! So think carefully about whether that's something you actually need.

Sky Stream Entertainment channels list

So as not to present you with a wall of channel names, and because when people want to know what's included they'll tend to be checking if you are going to get one or maybe two specific channels, we've separated our Sky Stream Entertainment channels list into multiple sections to make the ones that are important to you easier to find.

Sky channels

This list comprises all of the Sky-branded, in-house channels you'll get with Sky Stream Entertainment:

Sky Arts Sky Atlantic Sky Challenge Sky Comedy
Sky Crime Sky Documentaries Sky History Sky History 2
Sky Max Sky Nature Sky Replay Sky Sci-Fi
Sky Showcase Sky Sports Mix Sky Sports News Sky Sports Racing
Sky Witness
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Terrestrial and regional live channels

This list comprises all of the traditional terrestrial channels and their variants that you'll get with Sky Stream Entertainment:

BBC One BBC Two BBC Three BBC Four
BBC ALBA BBC News BBC Parliament BBC Scotland
CBBC CBeebies BBC One Northern Ireland BBC One Scotland
BBC One Wales BBC One Channel Islands BBC One East BBC One East Midlands
BBC One London BBC One North East & Cumbria BBC One North West BBC One East Yorks & Lincs
BBC One South BBC One South East BBC One South West BBC One West
BBC One West Midlands BBC One Yorkshire RTÉ One RTÉ Two
RTÉ Junior ITV1/STV/UTV ITV2 ITV3
ITV4 ITVBe CiTV Channel 4
E4 E4 Extra Film4 More4
4seven 4Music Channel 5 5ACTION
5SELECT 5STAR 5 USA
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Other entertainment and Freeview channels

This list comprises entertainment channels that aren't traditionally served via terrestrial television, many or which are 'Freeview' channels:

alibi Animal Planet BLAZE CBS Reality
Challenge Comedy Central Comedy Xtra Crime + Investigation
Dave Discovery Discovery Turbo Discovery History
Discovery Science DMAX Drama E! Entertainment
Eden Eurosport 1 Eurosport 2 Food Network
Ginx eSports TV GOLD GREAT! tv GREAT! romance
GREAT! movies GREAT! action HGTV HorrorXtra
ID LEGEND Movies24 Movies24+
National Geographic National Geographic Wild PBS America Pick
Quest Quest Red Really RealityXtra
Sky Replay Smithsonian S4/C TLC
Together TV W YESTERDAY

Music channels

This list comprises all the music-dedicated channels you will receive with Sky Stream Entertainment:

B4U Music Kerrang! KISS Magic
MTV MTV Music MTV Hits MTV 80s
MTV 90s The Box 4Music

Kids channels

This list comprises all kids-focused channels you will receive as standard on Sky Stream Entertainment:

CBBC CBeebies CiTV RTÉ Junior
POP Tiny POP POP Max

Shopping channels

This short list comprises the shopping channels you will receive as part of a subscription to Sky Stream Entertainment:

QVC HD QVC Style HD QVC Beauty HD QVC Extra HD

Asian and international channels

This list comprises all international and Asian channels you'll get with Sky Stream Entertainment as standard:

B4U Movies B4U Music Colors Colors Gujarati
Colors Rishtey FoodXP Geo News Geo TV
HUM Masala HUM Europe PTC Punjabi Sky News Arabia
Sony MAX Sony MAX2 Sony SAB Sony TV
Utsav Bharat Utsav Gold Utsav Plus Zee Cinema
Zee TV

Please note that Sky regularly swaps out the odd channel here and there. New channels appear a few times a year, and some disappear. These lists were correct at the time of writing (September 2023), but to view any recent updates or changes, you can visit Sky's website where it has regularly updated list of what's in and what's out. Also note that in the following list you may see some channels listed twice, as they fit the description of more than one heading. Again, this is simply so that you can easily find the channels you're looking for.

Add-on channel packs for Sky Stream

The basic 'Entertainment' channel package from Sky, either via Sky Stream or Sky Glass (both the same apart from the hardware) should be viewed as the beginning or base layer of what you can actually subscribe to. On top of that, Sky makes available a number of channel packs you can bolt on at extra cost to suit your needs. Let's take a look at those.

Sky Kids add-on

If you choose to add on the Sky Kids pack, you'll additionally receive the following channels:

BabyTV Boomerang Cartoonito Cartoon Network
Nick Jr. Nick Jr. Too Nickelodeon Nicktoons
Sky Kids

TNT Sports (BT Sport) add-on

TNT Sports (until very recently called BT Sport), is one of the more expensive add-ons for Sky Stream. Sport is expensive, there's no way around hit. Here are the channels you get if you subscribe via Sky Stream or Sky Glass:

TNT Sports 1 TNT Sports 2 TNT Sports 3 TNT Sports 4
TNT Ultimate

Sky Sports add-on

If you add on Sky Sports – which again won't be cheap – you'll get every Sky Sports channel. So:

Sky Sports Arena Sky Sports Cricket Sky Sports F1 Sky Sports Football
Sky Sports Golf Sky Sports Main Event Sky Sports Main Event Ultra HDR Sky Sports NFL
Sky Sports Premier League

Sky Cinema add-on

If you choose to add on the Sky Cinema pack to your Sky Stream subscription, you'll additionally receive all Sky Cinema channels:

Sky Action Sky Animation Sky Comedy Sky Drama
Sky Family Sky Greats Sky Hits Sky Premiere
Sky Sci-Fi Horror Sky Select Sky Thriller

Pay-per-view

Yes. Sky Stream will still provide you access to pay-per-view via:

Sky Sports Box Office TNT Sports Box Office

Channels you can't get on Sky Stream or Sky Glass

Despite providing most of what you'll be able to see on Sky Q (Sky's old satellite service), Sky Stream won't provide you access to a number of channels.

There are no +1 channels on Sky Stream or Sky Glass

With everything on catch-up, one might argue that there is simply no need for +1 channels on Sky's new digital streamning service, and likewise no need to record your own shows. Neither Sky Glass nor Sky Stream allow you to record your favourite shows onto the device, instead providing a 'Playlist' feature with which you can mark the shows you want to watch later, and then stream them at your convenience. Truth is there is simply no need for +1 channels on Sky Stream, because rewinding live TV by an hour or more is something you can do yourself with the remote.

Channels you can't get on Sky Stream Entertainment

Most of those that are missing won't bother anyone. They're either small, niche or both. However, there are some notable omissions. For example, you won't be able to get any channels that require an additional subscription specifically to said channel. So, for now, you won't be able to watch MUTV, LFCTV, BoxNation and so on.

Here's a complete list of channels you won't be able to watch on Sky Stream Entertainment, which include many sport, religious, shopping, and international channels. Adult channels are also not available on Sky Stream or Sky Glass for now, but we won't list those here:

BoxNation FreeSports LaLiga TV LFCTV
MUTV Viaplay Sports 1 Viaplay Sports 2 Racing TV
SportStuff Movies ROK TalkingPictures
TCM 92 News A1TV AAJ TAK
Aastha Ahlebait TV Ahlulbayt TV Akaal Channel
ARY Digital ATN Bangla UK Brit Asia TV British Muslim
Channel 44 CHSTV ColorsCineplex Deen TV
Dunya News Eman Channel Hidayat TV ImamHussein3
iON TV IQRA Bangla IQRA TV Iran International HD
Islam Channel Islam Channel Urdu Islam TV Kanshi TV
Madani Channel MATV National MTA1 World NEO News
New Vision TV Noor TV NTV PCNE Chinese
Pitaara Politics Punjab PTV Global Sangat
Sanskar Sikh Channel Siraj TV Takbeer TV
TV One Al Jazeera Arirang TV HD Arise News
Channels 24 NHZ World RTE News TRT World
TVC News WION HD DAYSTAR HD Dunamis TV
EWTN Catholic Faith UK Faith World TV GOD Channel
Good News TV Inspiration TV KICC TV LoveWorld HD
New Media HD Revelation SonLife TBN UK
Word Network Best Direct Craft Extra (now called Shop Extra) Create&CraftHD
Cruise1st.tv Direct Store TV Gems TV High Street TV 1
High Street TV 2 High Street TV 3 High Street TV 4 HobbyMaker
Ideal Extra (channel closed) Ideal World HD (channel closed) JewelleryMaker JML Direct
Shop Extra (previously Craft Extra) Thane TJC TJC Beauty
TV Warehouse

Netflix and Sky Box Sets on Sky Stream Entertainment

Of course, live channels are not the only game in town when you subscribe to Sky Stream. You'll get the Entertainment channels we've outlined in this guide, sure. But Sky will also bundle in both a Netflix subscription, and access to Sky Box Sets, where Sky dumps a lot of its best shows for you to watch whenever you like.

Sky Box Sets on Sky Stream Entertainment

Despite the lengthy lists in this guide, no. No, we're not going to list out every show you can watch on Sky Box Sets. Not only would the list be longer than China's Great Wall, the content changes daily, meaning any list we could formulate would be quickly out of date.

Suffice it to say that you will find most of Sky's best historic shows from all of its Sky-branded entertainment channels, including Sky Atlantic. And that means a lot of HBO and Sky Original stuff, such as Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, Succession and many, many more.

In total, you'll find around 500 shows sitting, complete, ready for you to binge at any time. Just bear in mind that shows do get swapped in and out frequently when it comes to availability. So, for example, you may be able to watch House of the Dragon season one on Box Sets right now, but then it may disappear for a month before reappearing again.

Netflix on Sky Stream or Sky Glass

The main things you need to know about Netflix on Sky Stream or on Sky Glass are as follows:

  • Netflix Basic only – You will only get a basic-level Netflix subscription thrown in with your Sky Stream or Sky Glass subscription. This allows you to watch on only one device, with ads, and only in HD (no 4K UHD)
  • You won't get money off your existing Netflix subscription – The Netflix Basic subscription is about £5 per month. If you already have a superior-level Netflix subscription, you cannot automatically deduct that from what you already pay on your account (you can do this with Virgin Media's Netflix bundles)
  • But you can use your existing account, then upgrade – You can, however, transfer your existing, superior account to the included basic account, then upgrade it, thereby making use of the free account and getting money off what you already pay
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