Monday, 20 June 2016

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2016

Last updated June 20th 2016 at 19:01 (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.

Virgin Media to launch "W" on Virgin Media Ireland

Virgin Media has confirmed that W will launch on Virgin Media Ireland by 2017.

No confirmed news on if W +1 and W HD will also launch.

More Red Button channels launches on Virgin Media UK

Virgin Media UK has added the following channels today:
  • BBC Red Button HD (Virgin UK Channel 990),
  • BBC Red Button 2 (Virgin UK Channel 992),
  • BBC Red Button 3 (Virgin UK Channel 993),
  • BBC Red Button 4 (Virgin UK Channel 994),
  • BBC Red Button 5 (Virgin UK Channel 995) and
  • BBC Red Button 6 (Virgin UK Channel 996).

Advanced Television: UKTV strikes Virgin Media deal

Story from Advanced Television:

Multichannel broadcaster UKTV has agreed what it describes as a “landmark” deal with quad-play operator Virgin Media, giving Virgin Media customers access to more UKTV shows than on any other pay-TV platform in the UK or Ireland.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Guardian Media: Sky to air UK's first 24-hour eSports TV channel

Story from Guardian Media:

The UK is set to get its first 24-hour eSports TV channel as the world of competitive computer game playing takes its next step towards mainstream popularity.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Media Guardian: Sky Movies rebrand to feature one premiere a day

Story from Media Guardian:


Sky will premiere a new film every day, including the latest Star Wars film this summer, as part of a rebrand of Sky Movies as Sky Cinema.

The move will see a 75% increase in the number of films debuting on Sky from 8 July.

VM Ireland on MB Blog: Viacom to launch MTV Pride for three days

On June 24th MTV 90s will rebrand be temporarily as MTV Pride on Virgin Media Ireland then on June 27th MTV Pride will revert back to MTV Classic.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

MB Views: Virgin Media now "partnership" with Southampton Football Club - but not local TV Channel

Virgin Media has today announced a three-year partnership with Southampton Football Club. But Virgin Media UK has still to launch Southampton's Local TV Channel That's Solent on their network.

Virgin Media: Virgin Media and Southampton Football Club announce three-year partnership

Story from Virgin Media:

Virgin Media has today announced a three-year partnership with Southampton Football Club.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Sky Movies relaunches Sky Movies Superheroes Channel

Sky Movies relaunches Sky Movies Superheroes Channel
Sky Movies Superheroes Wars can be found on the following Virgin Media Channel numbers until June 26th:
 
  • Sky Movies Greats has been rebrand as Sky Movies Superheroes on Virgin UK Channel 404 and Virgin Ireland Channel 307.
  • Sky Movies Greats HD has been rebrand as Sky Movies Superheroes HD on Virgin UK Channel 434 and Virgin Ireland Channel 337. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

MB Views: Virgin Media UK to move Sky Sports channels on July 11th?

Sky Sports has also confirmed that from July 11th Sky Sports are set to renumber they channels numbers on Sky,
 
Virgin Media UK may follow.
 

Sky Sports: Opening tee shot of The Open to be shown live on Sky Sports

Story from Sky Sports:


The opening tee shot of The Open will be shown live for the first time as part of Sky Sports round-the-clock coverage of golf's pre-eminent Major.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Viacom rebrand MTV Classic as MTV 90s on Virgin Media Ireland

Viacom has rebrand MTV Classic as MTV 90s on Virgin Ireland Channel 707.

Radio Times: BBC Breakfast to become Olympics highlights show for Rio 2016 as medals decided in the early hours

Story from Radio Times:

The BBC Breakfast sofa is going to look very different this summer, with Olympics highlights taking over the morning news programme throughout Rio 2016.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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,"