Vice’s spin-off channel Viceland is due to invade British screens this September, on Sky and Now TV.
The critically acclaimed channel launched earlier this year in the US and Canada with shows including the LGBT-themed travel show Gaycation, starring Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, music show Noisey with Vice writer Zach Goldbaum and F*ck, That’s Delicious, starring famous rapper and fat man Action Bronson.
The new 24-hour channel promises new content produced in the UK as well, featuring faces that are both ‘familiar and new to British and Irish audiences. This means we could be in store for Paris Lees-fronted documentaries about sex work or Charlie Gilmour talking about drugs, or not. Shane Smith, Vice CEO and co-founder said that the channel is ‘our biggest move yet in our long love affair with our British and Irish audience’ but didn’t hint at what shape content made on this side of the pond could take.
Regardless, folks will be able to tune into a regular broadcast channel as well as watch whatever they want, on demand. Ahead of the launch of the Viceland channel, Sky Q customers will be able to stream content from a range of Vice’s online channels including Motherboard, Munchies, Vice News and the flagship Vice.com portal in the coming weeks.
Sky Q is Sky’s new TV platform, one that blends digital satellite TV with on demand content that’s delivered over a broadband connection. As such, it requires an Internet service in order for you to get the most out of it and, annoyingly for some, it’s currently only available to customers who are willing to pony up for Sky Broadband. In time, it won’t matter who your ISP is but for now, unless it’s Sky, you’re not getting any Sky Q action.
In the meantime, if you can’t get (or don’t want) Sky Broadband or Sky TV, you’ll be able to stream everything Viceland has to offer with a Now TV subscription, which currently start at £6.99/month.