A 24/7 ‘Star Wars’ Channel Is Coming To Our Planet
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… oh who are we kidding? This is happening right now! Or rather will start on December 1, when German TV network Sky Deutschland turns its Sky Hits digital channel into Sky Star Wars HD. And yes it will be all “Star Wars” all the time.
True to its name, Sky Star Wars HD will play nothing but the films and its related featurettes and documentaries for 2 weeks — starting December 1st and ending on December 14th — on a nonstop 24-hour loop. The only catch? You have to be a Sky subscriber in Germany and Austria to gain access to the intergalactic madness.
“We all know that for ‘Star Wars’ fans it is too long to wait till Dec. 18, 2015 (for the launch of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII),” explained Sky Deutschland’s Vice President of programming, Gary Davey. Guesstimating oh-so rightly (no doubt), Davey figured a 24/7 Star Wars network would ensure the hold-out was “a bit sweeter” thanks to the added programming than without.
For you German Jedis here’s the full deal: Sky Star Wars HD will show every Star Wars-branded film in their narrative — rather than chronological — order. Starting with 1999′s “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” the loop itself will end with 1983′s “Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi.” But that’s not all! In addition to the films, the channel will intersperse its programming with 20 behind-the-scenes extras, and both of Ken Burns’ documentaries on the subject, 2004′s “Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy” and “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” which debuted in 2007.
A trip to Austria might be in order, even if it’s just to sit inside all day and practice the force.