ITV is in talks with BSkyB about launching its spin-off channels as joint-ventures.
The deal could see at least one of the ITV channels coming out of the Granada Sky Broadcasting (GSB) joint-venture, which runs Plus and Men and Motors channels.
ITV is looking to launch ITV3 next year - previously dubbed ITV Gold- which is set to be a classic archive channel, featuring high profile dramas. This is expected to come out of the existing Plus brand, which already screens archive shows such as Prime Suspect.
ITV is also launching a kids channel in the autumn, which could be a joint-venture with either Disney or Nickelodeon, in which Sky already has a stake in the UK.
Granada is renegotiating its GSB deal with Sky and sources suggest a decision will be made in January.
Any joint deal with Sky would provide a lift to City investors still smarting from the ITV Digital debacle. The DTT platform was closed down after ITV massively overbid for football matches for its ITV Sport Channel.