The HBO-backed show, which is produced by film heavyweights Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, follows the interlocking stories of three American Marines fighting the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. TV fans across the web, including the Digital Spy forums, have been critical of the decision to debut the Band Of Brothers follow-up on the Sky premium channel.
In a statement released to DS, the broadcaster insisted that Sky Movies is "the natural home for this ground-breaking series" due to its high production values and cinematic scope.
"We had always planned to screen The Pacific on Sky Movies and from the moment we saw the first clips of the series in early 2009, following more than three years of discussion with HBO, we were awestruck by the sheer scale and spectacle of the series and from that point on we knew it had to be shown on Sky Movies," the release said.
"Although The Pacific has a mini-series label, the approach to the production and the end product is far more in keeping with a blockbuster movie release. The budget of over $200m (£128m) and the stunning production and cinematography all make this the most cinematic programming made for television ever."
Sky added that a place on Sky Movies allows episodes of The Pacific to air unedited and free from commercial breaks and on-screen intrusions.
"The directors of The Pacific envisaged that each episode would be shown in full (ie without ad breaks), unedited, in HD and free from on-screen logos or graphics - as such Sky Movies is the most appropriate channel for the series," the statement continued.
"There has been a huge amount of interest from a number of different broadcasters and we had to fight hard to secure The Pacific. We've now seen a selection of the final episodes and are more convinced than ever that Sky Movies is the best place to fully experience The Pacific and we're sure that our viewers won't be disappointed."
The Pacific will be shown on Sky Movies Premiere and Sky Movies Premiere HD this Easter. It will debut in the US on HBO on March 14.