True Movies was a British free-to-air television channel. It was also distributed in Africa on DStv. It is the first channel from Moving Movies Ltd., majority-owned by CSC Media Group (formerly Chart Show Channels).
|Launched||29 April 2005|
|Closed||10 September 2019|
|Owned by||Sony Pictures Television|
(CSC Media Group)
0.07% (+1) (August 2018 , BARB)
|Formerly called||Movies 333 (Early 2005)|
True Movies 1 (2010–16)
|Replaced by||Sony Movies Classic|
|Sister channel(s)||True Movies 2|
(at time of closure)
|Freeview (Manchester only)||Channel 50|
Channel 62 (+1)
Channel 304 (+1)
Channel 320 (+1)
|11306 V 27500 5/6|
11306 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
|Virgin Media||Channel 424|
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 329|
The channel was dedicated to true-to-life drama films, mostly made for TV. It showed films from a range of cinematic genres including romance, crime, drama and docusoaps, mostly based on real-life events.
Prior to True Movies' launch on 29 April 2005, the channel was previously an unnamed part-time service found on TWC Re:Loaded from 1 March 2005, before being renamed as Movies 333 on 21 March 2005.
Soon after its launch, True Movies topped all the film channels in August 2005, with a 0.5% audience viewing share, higher than the established subscription Sky Movies 1 (0.4%) and Turner Classic Movies (0.3%). With the arrival of other film channels and services in 2006, its audience share dropped to between 0.1% to 0.2%.
True Movies' sister channel, True Movies 2, was launched on 20 March 2006, with similar programming. The channel was renamed True Movies 1 from November 2010, but after the closure of True Movies 2 in 2016 it was renamed back to True Movies.
On 6 September 2011 the channel was made available on UPC Ireland.
From 2013 the channel temporarily rebranded to True Christmas, from late September to early January - during which time it would only show Christmas films.
On 26 October 2015 the channel was made available on Freeview in areas that support local TV. Now only broadcasting between 9 pm and 5 am although it might have different times on various local multiplexes around the country. For example - in London (on 24 January 2018) it showed as 1 pm to 7 am in the EPG and was off-air (as predicted by the EPG) at 12 noon. On 19 October 2017, True Movies is now in all platforms on Freeview channel 62, moving from Local TV to COM6 however the channel was known as True Christmas by this time, but on 4 April, True Movies began to broadcast 24 hours a day and full time on Freeview. On 27 June 2019 True Movies moved to Freeview channel 50, and its +1 service moved to its old spot on Freeview channel 62.
On 24 July 2019, it was announced that the channel would be closed and will be replaced by Sony Movies Classic from January 2020, which will take into effect after the temporary seasonal replacement Sony Movies Christmas on 10 September 2019.
An example of some of the films shown on True Movies:
- "New name for Movies 333". Digital Spy. 25 April 2005.
- "TWC Reloaded becomes Movies 333". Digital Spy. 21 March 2005.
- "99pc of UPC broadband customers to upgrade to 20Mbps". Silicon Republic. 20 July 2011.
- "Sony Pictures Television Revamps Entertainment Portfolio And Launches UK's First Free-To-Air Movie Network". Sky Media. 24 July 2019.
- "Sony to launch free-to-air Christmas pop-up channel". Digital TV Europe. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.