The best from across the Atlantic
When you want to see some award-winning TV from across the pond, it doesn’t get much better than Sky Atlantic. Launched in 2011 by Sky (www.sky.com), this channel is one of the best places to find all your favourite US TV shows, thanks to Sky’s strong partnership with American network HBO.
What can I watch on Sky Atlantic?
The name says it all: it’s a Sky channel that broadcasts TV shows from across the Atlantic - specifically, from the USA. A big chunk of its programmes, around 40%, come direct from HBO.
You’ll mostly find dramas on the channel, though it also has comedies and movies. Favourite shows include Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Silicon Valley, True Detective, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, House, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, and The Wire. It also hosts some original programming in the form of shows like Penny Dreadful, Fortitude, and The Tunnel.
What Sky Atlantic is probably known best for, however, is Game of Thrones - it’s the only way to watch the show live when it airs or catch up with episodes before the series finishes. In fact, the channel’s 10 most viewed shows are all episodes of Game of Thrones. But it’s not just the series itself on offer - there are loads of extras to catch as well, like Sue Perkins’ Thronecast, trailers, behind the scenes features, and interviews with the cast and crew.
How do I get Sky Atlantic?
The easiest way to get Sky Atlantic is with Sky TV. The channel is included for all Sky TV customers, from the Original Bundle and beyond, as is Sky Atlantic +1. You can even get Sky Atlantic HD with the Sky HD add-on - perfect for viewing Game of Thrones in its cinematic glory. And as with all Sky channels, you can find your favourite Atlantic programmes on demand with 30-day catch up too.
You can also watch Sky Atlantic shows wherever you are with Sky Go. The app’s available for anyone to subscribe to, even non-Sky customers, though in that case it does carry a fee.
And finally, Sky Atlantic is also available on Now TV. That means you can watch it with a subscription via a Now TV set top box, or through the app on a smart TV or streaming stick. You’ll find the app on YouView boxes too - so even BT TV and TalkTalk TV customers can get a slice of the action (or drama, or comedy).