Launched as Sky Travel 3 Oct.1994. It originally aired Monday - Thursday noon - midnight with Fridays noon - 6pm. In 2001 the channel started airing every day 6am - 11pm. The channel launched its first multiplex in Sept.2002, Sky Travel Extra and the core channel launched with Freeview on 30 Oct.2002 with Sky News and Sky Sports News. In Sept.2003 both channels were launched on the NTL platform. Sky Travel then changed to stronger entertainment programs with a travel theme (inc.reality shows). By Aug.2004 the channel was airing all day. In Oct.2005 Sky Travel on Freeview was became Sky3. In Aug.2006, Sky Travel began showing reality TV, whilst Sky Travel Extra aired documentaries. From 2002 - 2007 Sky Real Lives 2 aired from 6am - 1am. But from Nov.7 it began all day broadcasts.