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.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Confirmed: Nollywood Movies set to moved to M+ Package from Friday

Virgin Media UK has confirmed via their TiVo boxes that Nollywood Movies will be added to the M+, L and XL Packages at no extra cost from April 1st.

Up until now Nollywood Movies was an Premium channel on Virgin UK Channel 835.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Local TV on MB Blog: Local TV channels to get new Channel numbers on Freeview from April 5th

Digital UK has confirmed that the following things will happen on April 5th:

EXCLUSIVE: Sky Movies Harry Potter Channel back in April

Sky Movies has confirmed that Sky Movies Harry Potter will be back on April 2nd to April 10th. 2016.

Virgin Media: “More VoD exclusives”

Story from Advanced Television:

UK quad-play operator Virgin Media is to ramp up the amount of exclusive video-on-demand programming available to its Virgin Media TV XL customers to watch through its TV on demand service.

Sky Sports: Sky Sports to show every F1 race live from 2019 until 2024

Story from Sky Sports:

Sky Sports has extended its partnership with Formula 1 to remain the home of F1 in the UK and Ireland until 2024.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Confirmed: Sky Sources confirmed Sky Sports Mix will not be on Virgin Media UK on launch day

Sky Sources confirmed that to us tonight saying: "Very Unlikely that Sky Sports Mix will be on Virgin Media in the near future."

So if Sky Sports Mix is set to have an HD Channel on Sky we now feel that Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD will close on all networks for Sky to reuse their EPG Slots on Sky for Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Mix HD.

F1 Motor Racing will then move to other Sky Sports Channels.

We saw listing this past weekend for F1 Motor Racing Live on BOTH
Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports F1.

MB Views: What will axe for Sky Sports Mix to launch?

For Sky to launch channels on Sky they will need to do the following:

  • Close one of the Sky owned channels.
  • Buy an new EPG Slot from an other broadcaster.


BBC to axe BBC Three as TV Channel from March 31st

Virgin Media has today confirmed that BBC Three and BBC Three HD will close on Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland on March 31st.

Friday, 18 March 2016

New ITV HD Channels coming soon to Virgin Media UK

ITV have confirm that three new regions are to launch soon in HD on Virgin Media UK.

When launch the following channels will appear on Virgin UK Channel 113:

  • ITV Anglia HD (East).
  • ITV Yorkshire HD (West).
  • ITV Tyne Tees HD.
Information thanks to a516Digital and ITV.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Two new channels start tests on Virgin Media UK

Media Boy Sources has confirmed that Virgin Media UK has today started to test the following QVC Channels:

  • QVC Style
  • QVC Beauty
 

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Sky Movies launches Sky Movies Robots for one week

Sky Movies has rebrand Sky Movies Greats and Sky Movies Greats HD as Sky Movies Robots and Sky Movies Robots HD on both Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland until March 21st.

Confirmed: Virgin Media UK to cut Non Direct Debit Customers to 45p from April 1st

Virgin Media UK have confirmed on Virgin Media.com that Non Direct Debit Customers will just pay 45p extra per month from April 1st.

Virgin Media UK Non Direct Debit Customers was paying £5 extra per month.

EXCLUSIVE: Sky viewers will no longer need to pay extra for Sky Movies HD Channels

THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON MARCH 14TH AS AN CORRECTIONS TO AN STORY WE POSTED ON MARCH 10TH:

Sky Sources has confirm to Media Boy HQ that Sky viewers will no longer need to pay extra for Sky Movies HD Channels from June 1st.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Advanced Television: Virgin boosts VoD content with Endemol Shine

Story from Advanced Television:

Virgin Media has agreed a partnership with Endemol Shine International to bring the hit US show Kingdom to the UK, exclusively for its TV customers to watch on demand from April 1st.