Sky Picnic pushed back to at least 2009

Sky’s plans to ply their wares via terrestrial TV have been dealt a blow, with Ofcom saying they won’t report back on the service, dubbed

That means any chance of a launch before the end of 2009 is highly unlikely. And it all still depends on whether the regulator gives it the thumbs up.

The plan would mean punters wouldn’t have to get a dish to get more than the current Sky freeview offerings. More channels would be added to the current line up, which includes Sky Sports News and Sky Three, at a cost. Currently plans are afoot to bring Sky Sports and Movies into the mix.

In an email sent to those looking to get in on the action, the chaps behind Picnic said, “The Picnic team has been been working hard to bring you this service and we have not given up. We are still as keen as ever to bring you Picnic TV through your aerial, and in the meantime hope to launch with our great broadband and phone services.”

No clue about a date there, so keep it here for more Picnic news as we get it.