True Movies

True Movies
Launched 29 April 2005
Owned by Sony Pictures Television
Audience share 0.05% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Formerly called Movies 333 (until 2005)
True Movies (2005–2010, 2016)
True Movies 1 (201016)
Sister channel(s) Chart Show Hits
Chart Show TV
Pop Max
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Crime Channel 2
Sony Movie Channel
Starz TV
Tiny Pop
True Entertainment
The Vault
Freeview UK Channel 62
Freesat Channel 302
Channel 303 (+1)
Sky Channel 319
Channel 320 (+1)
Astra 2F 11307 V 27500 2/3
11307 V 27500 2/3 (+1)
DStv Channel 138
Virgin Media Channel 424
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 329
WightFibre Channel 32

True Movies is a satellite and cable television film channel in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. It is available on Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview as well as DStv in South Africa. It is the first channel from Moving Movies Ltd., majority-owned by CSC Media Group (formerly Chart Show Channels).

The channel is dedicated to true-to-life drama films, mostly made for TV. It shows movies 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,[1] the channel was previously an unnamed part-time service found on TWC Re:Loaded from 1 March 2005,[2] before being renamed as Movies 333 on 21 March 2005.

Soon after its launch, True Movies topped all the movie 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 movie 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 was renamed back to True Movies.

On 6 September 2011 the channel was made available on UPC Ireland.[3]

Since 2013 the channel has temporarily rebranded to True Christmas, from October to early January - during which time it only shows Christmas films.

On 26 October 2015 the channel was made available on Freeview channel 82 in areas that support local TV. Now on Freeview channel 62 and 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 how ever 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.


An example of some of the films shown on True Movies:


  1. "New name for Movies 333". Digital Spy. 25 April 2005.
  2. "TWC Reloaded becomes Movies 333". Digital Spy. 21 March 2005.
  3. "99pc of UPC broadband customers to upgrade to 20Mbps". Silicon Republic. 20 July 2011.
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