Sky 2 was originally a television channel from British Sky Broadcasting, which launched on 1 September 1996 as a sister channel to Sky One, as part of a new bouquet of Sky channels including The Computer Channel and Sky Scottish. For an opening night it held an X-Files theme night. While the channel was still being broadcast, Sky One was branded as “Sky 1”. Unlike the later Sky One spin-off, Sky One Mix, the channel showed exclusive first-run television shows rather than the same programming as its parent. Prominent shows on its schedule included Xena: Warrior Princess, Profit, TekWar and Melrose Place.
Sky used the launch of the channel and the rebrand of Sky 1 to introduce Digital On-screen Graphics, on both channels.
While at some points the channel reached viewing figures nearly equal to that of its sister channel (such as for the initial episode of Xena: Warrior Princess), it was never very successful. It was eventually closed the following year.
Sky One Mix originally launched on 2 December 2002 as Sky One’s sister channel. Sky One Mix was rebranded as Sky Mix in 2004. This branded-name was short lived, because in 2005, it was rebranded as Sky Two, effectively reviving the Sky 2 brand. It was rebranded as Sky2 in 31 August 2008, when Sky’s entertainment channels rebranded into the solids, liquids and particles theme. On 1 February 2011, Sky refreshed the presentation on many of its channels. Sky2’s idents follow the same themes as Sky1’s new idents, but feature a smaller metal ‘2’ icon, and the action is in close-up.