Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has announced that its new television channel will launch on Sky , replacing the Film24 service.

The channel, titled Sony Entertainment Television, will become available on April 7 on Sky channel 157 in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Aimed at women aged between 25 and 54, the station will broadcast a range of dramas and comedies, including new show HawthoRNe, award-winning series Huff and marital comedy 'Til Death.

Movies will air from 9pm on the channel from Thursday to Monday, including blockbusters such as the The Da Vinci Code, All The King's Men and Philadelphia. Classic Hollywood films will transmit in a dedicated afternoon slot from 2pm.

"The UK is a pivotal market for us as we continue to grow our television business," said Eddie Nelson, SPT's senior vice president of networks (EMEA).

"Sony Entertainment Television has enjoyed success around the world bringing the best international hits to viewers and we intend to create that same success here, with content specifically chosen for the UK audience."

Sony Entertainment Television was made possible after SPT acquired the slot on Sky's electronic programming guide previously owned by Film24, which went into administration after its funders pulled out.

The channel, headed up by Sony's senior vice president of broadcast and channel development Kate Marsh, will also have a +1 channel at 190 on Sky's EPG.