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Sky TV makes one of its premium channels free for everyone to watch from September

The channel will be available to watch via a Smart TV or a Freeview set-top box

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Sky TV has announced plans to make the only broadcast channel in the UK dedicated to arts and culture free for everyone to watch from September.

Sky Arts will be available for anyone via the Freeview app on most Smart TV’s or through a standalone Freeview set-top box.

The Sky Arts channel is currently part of the Entertainment bundle, but even when it becomes freely available across the UK, Sky customers will still enjoy an enhanced experience with exclusive access to the complete back catalogue of shows and movies which have previously aired on the channel.

This on-demand content will only be available to those with a Sky subscription or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

There are currently 2,000 hours of television in the on-demand library with more content dropping regularly, reports

Which means if you’re watching a Sky Arts show on Freeview and miss a particular episode, you won’t be able to catch-up on the show without paying £25 a month for Sky TV or buying a contract-free NOW TV Entertainment Pass for £8.99.

As part of the announcement, Sky revealed a whole host of new shows coming to Sky Arts.

These original shows are part of the UK broadcaster’s “mission to increase access to and drive participation in the arts”.

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