Launch Style EPGs
INTRODUCED: OCTOBER 1998, DISCONTINUED: MAY 2001
AVAILABILITY: EXTREMELY RARE
These EPGs first supported the earliest years of the Sky Digital service, and was the first digital EPG that many people would have experienced in the late 1990s. It is understood that this version was completed extremely quickly, especially with the sudden rebrand to the 1998-2000 'swoosh' corporate logos. Originally these EPGs would only be able to receive up to three days of EPG listings, however, they seem to work fine with the full seven-day listings offered today. Up until recently, high-quality footage of these EPGs wasn't available, however, Old Digibox owns two Sky Digiboxes that were never updated from this EPG.
Not much is known about the earliest EPG versions, however, this version was one of the very first Digital EPGs ever released. Notable features include the first Sky 'satellite swoosh' logo and Other Channels being on the TV Guide page.
Credit 'Martin Stevenson'
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