Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2016

Last updated May 25th 2016 at 12:15 (THIS POST WILL STAY AT TOP OF BLOG FOR NOW):

Media Boy Blog will keep updating this post to give you all the latest information we can reveal on this post.

The Box Plus Network rebrand some channels

The Box Plus Network has rebranded the following channels today on Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland:

  • The Box Plus Network has rebrand Smash Hits as Box Hits today on Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland.
  • The Box Plus Network has rebrand Heat as Box Upfront today on Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Confirmed: Arabic Hafla and That's Solent still testing on Virgin Media UK

We can confirm that both Arabic Hafla and That's Solent are still testing on Virgin Media UK.
 
We have seen pictures taken today of them testing.
 

Monday, 23 May 2016

MTV goes back to the 90s on Virgin Media Ireland

Viacom has confirmed that MTV Classic will be rename as MTV 90s from Friday on Virgin Media Ireland Channel 707.

Friday, 20 May 2016

S4C HD: Great content in High Definition

Story from S4C:

The best drama, entertainment, news and sport in Wales are about to be upgraded as S4C announce the launch of a HD service.

Recombu: Virgin Media scrapping Sky Sports 1 and 2 solo this summer

Story from Recombu:

You won’t be able to buy Sky Sports 1 or 2 on their own with Virgin TV from June onwards.

The cable company is getting rid of the option to add individual Sky Sports channels to a Virgin TV package, forcing customers to opt for a bundle of channels instead.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Box Plus Network: The Box Plus Network announces the biggest refresh ever!

Story from The Box Plus Network:

The UK’s largest music television network, The Box Plus Network has today announced the biggest strategic move in its 24-year history with the introduction of two new linear TV channels; Box Hits and Box Upfront, and a new bespoke social-first digital channel, BeBox.

EXCLUSIVE: Two more channels starts tests on Virgin Media UK

Media Boy Sources has confirmed today (May 19th) that truTV and S4C HD are now testing on Virgin Media UK.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Two more channels starts tests on Virgin Media UK

Media Boy Sources has confirmed that NDTV Spice and NDTV India are now testing on Virgin Media UK.

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Virgin Media UK rebrand BT Sport Freeview

Virgin Media UK has rebrand BT Sport Freeview as BT Sport Showcase on Virgin UK Channel 548.

Local TV on MB Blog: Local TV Channels Bristol, Leeds, Tyne & Wear and Cardiff rebrand as Telly McTellyface

Story from Made Television:

City TV broadcaster, Made Television has rebranded as Telly McTellyface as it extends congratulations to Boaty McBoatface on landing the gig as the new name for a high tech undersea vehicle.

All four of Made Television’s city channels, Made in Bristol, Made in Cardiff, Made in Leeds and Made in Tyne & Wear will be renamed Telly McTellyface, with the logo changed both online and on air.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Pocket-lint: Virgin Media TiVo 2 coming with 4K, new set-top-box to take on Sky Q

Story from pocket-lint:


Virgin Media is soon to replace its current TiVo box as the flagship set-top-box in its TV line-up.

There is a new device coming in the next few months that will also be powered by TiVo, but capable of 4K video output.

Guardian Media: Government drops full Channel 4 privatisation – but may sell off stake

Story from Guardian Media:

The government has backed off from a full privatisation of Channel 4, but is looking at other options including the sale of a minority stake.

Monday, 9 May 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK testing new broadcasting streams

Media Boy Sources has told us today:

Virgin Media UK have started to test new streams out.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Guardian Media: BT 'most likely' UK company to bid for a privatised Channel 4

Story from The Guardian:

BT is the most likely UK company to bid for Channel 4, according to a new report that estimates a sale protecting the broadcaster’s model might only raise about £500m for the government.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Irish independent: 'Irish TV in talks with Virgin Media over launch'

Story from Irish independent:

Irish TV is on the brink of completing a deal with the US telecoms giant Verizon that will see the channel reach 1.2 million American homes in the Boston region.

The channel is also close to completing a deal to get on Saorview and Virgin Media's television platform, chief executive Pierce O'Reilly told the Sunday Independent. "Hopefully we will prove that there are value and interest and engagement levels that will enable us to roll it out on other platforms as well,"

Monday, 25 April 2016

The Telegraph: Virgin Media turns up the television volume to transform its neglected pay-TV business

Story from The Telegraph:

For a company calling itself Virgin Media, it has been a long time since Britain’s number two pay-TV operator had much to say about television.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Virgin Media UK: Prices increased for Sky Movies and Sky Sports customers

Virgin Media UK has confirmed the following:
Sky has increased the cost for Sky Movies and Sky Sports to their customers including us, and unfortunately this means we’re having to pass on the increase to our customers too, from June 1st 2016.
This post will be updated when we have confirmed news on the new prices for Sky Movies and Sky Sports.

TheJournal.ie: Around 10,000 Irish homes had their TV connection shut off today

Story from TheJournal.ie (This story was posted on April 19th found by Media Boy HQ on April 20th):

Close to 10,000 households in Ireland will have lost their television signal today, after a transmission network was switched off last night.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Virgin Media UK axe Ukraine Today from Worldbox

Virgin Media UK has axe Ukraine News channel "Ukraine Today" from WorldBox on Virgin UK Channel 834.

Guardian Media: John Whittingdale could force BBC to sell off UKTV stake

Story from Guardian Media:


The government is considering forcing the BBC to sell off its 50% stake in UKTV, which owns 10 channels including Dave and Gold, which is valued at about £500m.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Monday, 11 April 2016

UPDATED: Virgin Media UK starts TiVo software update

Digital Spy Forum poster "Andyland" say the following tonight:

It looks as though VM are rolling out a software update for Tivo. I just had a promo appear in the discovery bar.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Virgin Media UK: Virgin Media TV customers say ‘hayu’ to SVOD all-reality extravaganza

Story from Virgin Media UK:

NBCUniversal International (NBCUI) and Virgin Media today announce a ground-breaking partnership with the launch of hayu to Virgin Media customers.

hayu is the new subscription on-demand service from NBCUniversal for reality TV fans, launched in March in the UK for a monthly fee of £3.99.

Next week on Sky Movies

Here is the list of things set to happen next week on Sky Movies:

Saturday:
 
  • Sky Movies Showcase will be rebrand as Sky Movies Jurassic on Virgin UK Channel 403 and Virgin Ireland Channel 318.
  • Sky Movies Showcase HD will be rebrand as Sky Movies Jurassic HD on Virgin UK Channel 433 and Virgin Ireland Channel 340.
 
Monday:
 
  • Sky Movies Jurassic will be rebrand as Sky Movies Showcase on Virgin UK Channel 403 and Virgin Ireland Channel 318.
  • Sky Movies Jurassic HD will be rebrand as Sky Movies Showcase HD on Virgin UK Channel 433 and Virgin Ireland Channel 340.
  • Sky Movies Harry Potter will be rebrand as Sky Movies Star Wars on Virgin UK Channel 404 and Virgin Ireland Channel 307.
  • Sky Movies Harry Potter HD will be rebrand as Sky Movies Star Wars HD on Virgin  UK Channel 434 and Virgin Ireland Channel 337.
 
Friday:
 
  • Sky Movies Star Wars will be rebrand as Sky Movies Greats on Virgin UK Channel 404 and Virgin Ireland Channel 307.
  • Sky Movies Star Wars HD will be rebrand as Sky Movies Greats HD on Virgin UK Channel 434 and Virgin Ireland Channel 337.

Monday, 4 April 2016

MB Views: Will Virgin Media UK launch two new channels this week?

QVC's Red Button - QVC Active - was axe on April 2nd 2013 we feel that QVC Beauty and QVC Style may launch this week on Virgin UK Channels 741 and 742.

Sky Movies to launch Sky Movies Jurassic channel

The following things is set to happen on Saturday:

  • Sky Movies Showcase will be rename Sky Movies Jurassic on Virgin UK Channel 403 and Virgin Ireland Channel 318.
  • Sky Movies Showcase HD will be rename Sky Movies Jurassic HD on Virgin UK Channel 433 and Virgin Ireland Channel 340.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Radio Times: CBBC can still stay up to 9pm from April 11th

Radio Times say that CBBC will stay on air to 9pm everyday from April 11th.

You can watch CBBC on the following channels numbers:

Virgin Media UK:
  • 701. CBBC
  • 710. CBBC HD

Virgin Media Ireland:
  • 608. CBBC

Confirmed: Sky Premiums HD closes on the Scientific-Atlanta V+ model

Virgin Media UK Worker "BenMcr" has today confirmed on Cable Forum that Virgin Media UK has axe the Sky Premiums HD for Virgin Media UK customers using the Scientific-Atlanta V+ model.

Virgin Media UK customers using the Scientific-Atlanta V+ model has lost the following channels:

BBC Three gets TiVo app on Virgin Media UK

The BBC has axe BBC Three today on the following channels on Virgin Media.