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.
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.