Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2017

Last updated March 29th 2017 at 12:42 (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.

Radio Times: Sky Cinema to end Sky Cinema Monsters on Friday

Radio Times has confirmed that Sky Cinema Sci-Fi and Horror brand will be back on Saturday on the Virgin Media EPG.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Media Guardian: Channel 4 to stay in public hands amid pressure to relocate

Story from Media Guardian:

The culture secretary has ruled out privatising Channel 4 following a protracted review of its long-term future, but in return wants the state-owned broadcaster to relocate some or all of its operations outside London.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

LFC TV free on Virgin Media UK for two weeks

Non Liverpool FC fans has until April 3rd to watch LFC TV on Virgin UK Channel 544.

Monday, 20 March 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK launches logos on some BBC Radio Channels

We have just found that Virgin Media UK are now broadcast logos on some BBC Radio Channels.

Sony to Power up Kix Power again from March 30th

Virgin UK Channel 738 has confirm that Kix Power will be power up by Sony on March 30th.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Digital TV Europe: Liberty Global reportedly back in talks with Vodafone

Story from Digital TV Europe:

Liberty Global and Vodafone have resumed talks about a possible corporate tie-up, according to a report by The Register.

Media Guardian: Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid to be investigated by UK regulator

Story from Media Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7bn takeover bid for Sky is to be investigated by the media regulator to see if it gives him too much control of news output in the UK and whether the Murdoch family are “fit and proper” owners following the phone-hacking scandal.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Quest Red launches on Virgin Media UK

Quest Red has today launch on Virgin UK Channel 215.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Global Radio rebrand Heart Extra as Heart 80s on Virgin Media UK

Global Radio has today rebrand Heart Extra as Heart 80s on Virgin UK Channel 921.

NOTE at time of posting Virgin Media UK has still to up the EPG banner.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Local TV on MB Blog: Made in Tesside to launch on Virgin Media UK on March 30th

Story from The Northern Echo:

A Regional TV network is launching a dedicated new channel for Teesside.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK starts tests for Quest Red (UPDATED)

Media Boy Sources has confirmed that Quest Red has started to test on Virgin Media UK - is now testing on Virgin Media UK but with no video and no audio.

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Telegraph: ITV's court victory over online broadcasts sets up showdown with Virgin Media

Story from The Telegraph:

ITV has scored a court victory over services that retransmit its broadcasts without permission, setting the scene for a battle this summer with its biggest shareholder, Liberty Global, the owner of Virgin Media.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Radio Times: Sky Cinema to launch Sky Cinema Monsters Monday

Radio Times has confirmed that Sky Cinema Sci-Fi and Horror will become known as Sky Cinema Monsters from Monday till the end of March.

Motors TV has become UK

New owners of Motors TV has axe the Motors TV brand and has rebrand as UK on Virgin UK Channel 545.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

BBC News: New TV channel for BBC in Scotland

Story from BBC News:

A new TV channel for the BBC in Scotland will begin broadcasting in autumn 2018, director-general Tony Hall has announced.

The channel will have a budget of £30m, equivalent to the amount spent on BBC4.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Radio Times: Sky Cinema to launch Sky Cinema Oscars on Monday

Radio Times has confirmed that Sky Cinema Greats will become known as Sky Cinema Oscars from Monday till March 5th.

C21 Media: Sony acquires TruTV in the UK

Story from C21 Media:

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has acquired the UK version of TruTV, less than three years after it was launched into the market by Turner Broadcasting.

Discovery: Discovery UK’s Second Free To Air Entertainment Channel Launches Next Month

Story from Discovery Press Office:

Discovery is launching a second free-to-air TV channel on 15 March with brand new real-life entertainment that’s open to all.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Advanced Television: Discovery confirms new UK FTA channel

Story from Advanced Television:

Discovery Communications has confirmed that it will launch a second free-to-air channel in the UK later this year.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Indian Television: Colors HD on Sky from tomorrow

Story from Indian Television:

IndiaCast, a joint venture of Viacom18 and TV18, announced the launch of the high-definition (HD) feed for Colors UK on leading DTH platform, Sky.

Irish Times: TV3 Group audience up 57% and on-demand service grows

Story from Irish Times:

The newly strengthened TV3 Group saw viewership rise by more than 50 per cent in January, with its flagship channel enjoying a 26 per cent year-on-year jump in audience growth.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Irish Independent: Virgin Media backs new €3m TV3 drama as broadcaster develops indigenous programme output

Story from Irish Independent:

TV3 has secured funding from the Virgin Media group for a new €3m drama, as the broadcaster further develops its indigenous programme output.

Friday, 10 February 2017

POP MAX do an Virgin Media no show

Sony's Temporary Kids channel POP MAX did NOT launch on Virgin Media UK after all.

POP MAX was set to launch on February 9th until March 30th base on info from Sky Media.

Radio Times: Sky Cinema to launch Sky Cinema Pixar on Saturday

Radio Times has confirmed that Sky Cinema Hits will become known as Sky Cinema Pixar from Saturday till February 19th.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Irish Times: RTÉ to broadcast Ireland women’s Rugby World Cup games

Story from Irish Times:

RTÉ will show all of Ireland’s Women’s Rugby World Cup games plus the WRWC Final across TV, radio and online this August.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Irish Times: Colette Fitzpatrick quits Newstalk show for TV3 role

Story from The Irish Times:

Broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick has quit her role as a co-presenter of the breakfast show on radio station Newstalk after less than six months for a full-time job at TV3.

Monday, 6 February 2017

ARY Digital and ARY News UK closes on Virgin Media UK as Ofcom removes their Licnces to broadcast

ARY Digital (Channel 818) and ARY News UK (819) is no longer broadcast since February 1st.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Irish Independent: Sky and Virgin 'should pay RTE €30m to carry its TV channels'

Story from Irish Independent:

Pay-TV operators Sky and Virgin Media should pay RTE up to €30m a year in order to carry its channels, according to a report by UK experts.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Radio Times: Sky Cinema to launch Sky Cinema Valentine on Monday

Radio Times has confirmed that Sky Cinema Drama and Romance will become know as Sky Cinema Valentine from Monday till February 19th.