Thursday, 22 September 2016

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2016

Last updated September 22nd 2016 at 11:30 (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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Local TV on MB Blog: Local TV Channels in Scotland to become STV2 in 2017

Story from STV:

STV News Tonight, a landmark new service for Scotland, will bring together for the first time all the news coverage relevant to Scottish viewers in a single weeknight programme.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Babenation launches on Virgin Media UK

Babenation has today appeared on Virgin UK Channel 981*.

*Viewers need to use their PIN number to watch at all times.

But XXX Mums has been removed from Virgin UK Channel 977.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Irish Times: TV3 proposes joint diaspora channel with RTÉ

Story from Irish Times:

TV3 Group has proposed a partnership with RTÉ to develop a television channel aimed at the Irish diaspora.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Irish Times: Netflix to be added to Liberty Global’s set-top boxes

Story from Irish Times:

Liberty Global, the cable and broadband giant, has agreed a multi-year partnership with Netflix that will see the internet television company’s app added to Liberty’s set-top boxes.

Sky Sports: Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel to offer complete story at Hazeltine

Story from Sky Sports:

With Europe set to go head-to-head with the USA in the battle for The Ryder Cup, Sky Sports will bring 240 hours of coverage on a dedicated channel bringing viewers closer to one of the biggest events in sport.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

VM Ireland on MB Blog: Gogglebox Ireland to be sponsored by Virgin Media Ireland

We have seen info that Gogglebox Ireland (Made by All3Media) will be sponsored by Virgin Media Ireland when it launch on TV3 HD later this year on Virgin Media Ireland.

VM Ireland on MB Blog - Irish Times: RTÉ should not try to do everything, says Virgin Media boss

Story from Irish Times:

RTÉ should “take a hard look” at whether it needs to have “a foot in every camp” of Irish media in light of its weak financial position, according to the chief executive of one of its biggest rivals, TV3-owner Virgin Media Ireland.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Irish Independent: RTE staff warned cuts on the way as losses to hit €20

Story from Irish Independent:

RTE staff are bracing themselves for a range of cost-cutting measures, as losses for the year approach €20m.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

VM Ireland on MB Blog - Irish Independent: RTÉ facing an uphill battle to keep quality service

Story from Irish Independent:

The broadcasting industry - for all the billions pumped into it over its brief life - has never really fulfilled its initial promise.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Mobile Europe: Virgin Media heads outdoors with Arqiva Wi-Fi buy

Story from Mobile Europe:

Virgin Media is boosting its wireless network after signing a deal to take over Arqiva's Wi-Fi business.

F1 Takeover - BBC News; Liberty Media: Who are Formula 1's new owners?

Story from BBC News:

The acquisition by the US media conglomerate Liberty Media of the Formula 1 racing business for $4.4bn (£3.3bn) opens a new chapter for the motor sport.

F1 Takeover - Sky Sports: Liberty Media buys Formula 1 in £6bn deal

Story from Sky Sports:

US firm Liberty Media has bought Formula 1 in a £6bn deal, bosses have confirmed.

Sky News revealed last month that Liberty was on the verge of sealing the takeover of the sport.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sky Cinema Greats to go back to 80s next week

Radio Times has reported that Sky Cinema Greats will show Movies from the 1980s all week from Monday.

Local TV on MB Blog - DS Forum: Is an new channel set to launch on Local Mux?

Digital Spy Forum poster "Greebo" has found that the audio bit rates has been reduced audio on Kix and True Crime and thinks an new channel maybe set to launch. 
From 11:15pm last night the audio on Kix and True Crime has been reduced from 192kbps to 128kbps. Audio for That's Manchester is still at 192kbps. Looking at the London data it looks like they may be making space for an extra channel to be squeezed in?

F1 Takeover - CNBC: Why Liberty Media’s purchase of Formula 1 might not get the green light

Story from CNBC:

The $8.5 billion sale of motorsport franchise Formula 1 could be driven off track by an ownership conflict of interest, according to one industry expert.

U.S.-based Liberty Media, which already has stakes in several sports business including the Atlanta Braves baseball team, is in advanced talks to buy Formula 1's controlling stake from private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

F1 Takeover - BBC Sport: Bernie Ecclestone: Formula 1 boss says 'to stay for three more years' after takeover

Story from BBC Sport:

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he has been asked to stay on for three years once a takeover of the sport is completed by Liberty Media.

The US-based company is in advanced talks to take control of Formula 1 in a deal reported to be worth $8.5bn (£6.5bn).

F1 Takeover - Daily Mail: Bernie Ecclestone offered role in Formula One after £6bn sale but he will no longer be the main man after 40 years at the top

Story from Daily Mail:

Bernie Ecclestone has been offered the chance to stay involved in Formula One management by the company who are planning a £6billion takeover of the sport.

The first part of the deal with American media giants, Liberty Global, is worth £600million and is widely expected to go through on Wednesday, with the rest due to be completed in the next six months.

F1 Takeover - Daily Mail: Meet John Malone of Liberty Global... the Darth Vader of Wall Street and the man who wants a slice of Formula One

Story from Daily Mail:

John Malone, the billionaire set to snap up Formula One, is known in the finance world as the Darth Vader of Wall Street due to his cut-throat antics.

The entrepreneur who built a fortune snapping up different cable television channels in America was born in 1941 in Milford, New England.

Monday, 5 September 2016

F1 Takeover - Advanced Television: F1 sale ‘a done deal’

News from Advanced Television:

The weekend’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix saw heightened speculation that Liberty Media’s planned acquisition of the sport was a ‘done deal’, with an announcement expected as early as Tuesday.

F1 Takeover - Sky News: Carey To Take F1 Helm As £6.1bn Liberty Takeover Nears Finish Line

Story from Sky News:

One of the media industry's top executives will be named as the new boss of Formula One (F1) motor racing early this week as a prelude to the sport's first change of ownership for more than a decade.

Sky News understands that Chase Carey, a long-standing lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch, is likely to be named as chairman of F1's parent company as soon as Monday.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Virgin Media UK: Get comfy. Your Virgin TV pack just got better!

Story from Virgin Media UK:

We want to bring you the very best telly – just the way you want it. We’ve made lots of improvements so far – and there’s even more to look forward to.

Bizasia: Rishtey Cineplex to replace UMP Movies in UK

Bizasia did report the following on August 19th but Media Boy HQ found it on September 1st.

Story from Bizasia:

Viacom18 are planning to launch their new channel, Rishtey Cineplex in September, BizAsiaLive.com can exclusively confirm.

The Bollywood movies and events channel will replace UMP Movies on both Sky Digital and Virgin Media from Thursday 29th September, subject to approval by Sky.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Sky Cinema Star Trek back next week

From Monday Sky Cinema will rebrand Sky Cinema Sci-Fi and Horror as Sky Cinema Star Trek.

You will find it on the following channels numbers:

  • Sky Cinema Star Trek - Virgin UK Channel 411 and Virgin Ireland Channel 304.
  • Sky Cinema Star Trek HD - Virgin UK Channel 441 and Virgin Ireland Channel 334.

Virgin Media UK add new Viacom Channels

Virgin Media UK has today added the following channels:

  • 154. Spike*
  • 186. 5STAR +1

Channel on the move:

  • 5USA +1 has moved from Virgin UK Channel 154 to Virgin UK Channel 185.

Local TV on MB Blog - Liverpool Echo: Liverpool's Bay TV set to be bought days after going into administration

Story from Liverpool ECHO:

Struggling Liverpool broadcaster Bay TV is set to be bought out just days after it went into administration.

Made Television, the largest operator of City TV Stations in the UK, is to acquire the local television station, subject to approval by the regulator Ofcom.

Friday, 26 August 2016

FT.com: Virgin Media closes in on Arqiva takeover

FT.com is reporting that Virgin Media is closing in on a deal to bulk up in the WiFi industry after agreeing to take over an Arqiva unit in a deal worth tens of millions of dollars.

The Financial Times understands that the sale is likely to be completed next week and represents a further attempt by Virgin Media, which is owned by Liberty Global, to tackle the power of BT and Sky, which both have large WiFi divisions.

© The Financial Times Ltd 2016.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Virgin Media UK launches three more Sony Channels

The following Sony owned channels has now launch on Virgin Media UK:

  • 425. Movie Mix
  • 426. Movies 4 Men
  • 736. POP

Local TV on MB Blog - Cambridge News: Cambridge TV for sale

Story from Cambridge News Online:

Cambridge's local TV channel operator Cambridge Presents, is up for sale.

Millionaire owner, Dr Peter Dawe OBE has found that control of the local licence bars him from standing for election as Mayor of Cambridgeshire, a job he wants.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Sky Sports Mix launches on Virgin Media in UK and Ireland

Sky Sports Mix has today launch on the following Channels numbers on both Virgin Media Networks:

Virgin Media UK:
  • Sky Sports Mix has launch on Virgin UK Channel 517.
  • Sky Sports Mix HD has launch on Virgin UK Channel 507.

Virgin Media Ireland:
  • Sky Sports Mix has launch on Virgin Ireland Channel 105.
  • Sky Sports Mix has launch on Virgin Ireland Channel 400.
  • Sky Sports Mix HD has launch on Virgin Ireland Channel 430.