Thursday, 17 August 2017

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2017

Last updated August 17th 2017 at 14:10 (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 UK close BBC3 Red Button Channel

Media Boy HQ has found that the Red Button has now been removed from BBC Three (Virgin UK Channel 106) on TiVo and V6 Boxes.

EXCLUSIVE: Sky Cinema to rebrand Sky Cinema Superheroes as Sky Cinema Star Wars from August 21st (UPDATED)

TiVo has confirm that Sky Cinema will rebrand Sky Cinema Superheroes as Sky Cinema Star Wars from August 21st.

UPDATED: Radio Times confirmed on August 15th that Sky Cinema Star Wars will be with us until September 4th.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Five new Channels launches on Virgin Media Ireland

Media Boy HQ has just found out that the following channels has launch on Virgin Media Ireland (Info was posted on August 2nd)
  • CH. - Channel name
  • 159. Quest Red
  • 162. E4 HD
  • 168. More4 HD
  • 173. Universal HD
  • 343. Film4 HD

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Irish Independent: Virgin Media Ireland posts 2pc increase in revenue following UTV Ireland acquisition

Story from Irish Independent:

Virgin Media Ireland has posted a 2pc increase in revenue in the three months to 30 June, reflecting the company’s acquisition of UTV Ireland, which is now part of TV3 Group revenues.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Virgin Media UK to close BBC3 Red Button Channel next week

Virgin Media Channel 106 (BBC Three) EPG is now saying "Red Button will be taken off on 14th August".

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Media Guardian: John Malone, the ‘swamp alligator’ chewing up the UK’s media market

Story from Media Guardian:

When the American billionaire John Malone failed in his first attempt to become a major player in the British pay-TV market a decade ago he questioned Rupert Murdoch’s power by dubbing Sky the Death Star.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Broadcast: Paramount Channel to launch in the UK

Story from Broadcast:

Channel 5 owner Viacom is to launch another free-to-air channel in the UK and is exploring a potential move into premium scripted programming.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Media Guardian: Discovery Communications to buy Scripps Networks for close to $12bn

Story from Media Guardian:

Bear Grylls is joining forces with the Barefoot Contessa in the latest of a series of major mergers to shakeup the media landscape.

Exclusive: New Russian Channels launches on WorldBox

New Russian Channel has launch on World Box on TiVo OR V6 Boxes.

It called "TV 1000 Russian Kino".

Friday, 28 July 2017

The Register: Virgin Media mulls ditching 1 in 3 UK facilities, starts £20m spend audit

News from The Register®:

The Register® Exclusive: Virgin Media is to consider shuttering more than one-third of its sites across the UK amid a review of its multi-million pound annual spend on facilities, according to a letter to staff seen by The Register.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Digital TV Europe - Report: Viacom no longer in running as Scripps turns to Discovery

Story from Digital TV Europe:

Viacom is no longer in the running to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, paving the way for a likely bid by Discovery, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Telegraph: ITV readies hefty bill for Virgin Media as advertising sales dive

Story from The Telegraph:

ITV is poised to hit Virgin Media with a hefty bill for carrying its main channel backed with a tacit threat of a blackout if it refuses to pay up.

Scripps Takeover: Viacom to bid cash for Scripps

Story from Broadband TV News:

Viacom is willing to make an all-cash offer to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, according to a report by Reuters.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Bizasia: Star Life OK to rebrand to Star Bharat in August

Story from BizAsia: has learnt that Star TV is set to rebrand its second entertainment channel, Life OK to Star Bharat.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sky News: Sky disappointed by 'delay' in Fox takeover investigation decision

Story from Sky News:

Sky, the owner of Sky News, today reacted with disappointment following a further delay to its proposed takeover by the US media giant 21st Century Fox.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Sky Cinema to launch Superheroes channel next week

Sky Cinema has confirm that Sky Cinema Greats will become Sky Cinema Superheroes from July 24th.

Sky Cinema Superheroes will be on for 4 weeks.

Scripps takeover: Discovery eyes Scripps acquisition

Story from Broadband TV News:

Discovery Communications is in talks to buy Scripps Networks Interactive, according to a report by Reuters.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Irish Times: Repeats, but not much recovery, in sight for RTÉ

Story from The Irish Times:

RTÉ is no stranger to repeats at this time of year. One of its most reliable summer repeats is the one where its annual report emerges with an unfortunate headline number – such as the €19.7 million deficit it recorded in 2016.

Virgin Media Ireland reveal new Sports Channels lineup

Virgin Media Ireland has move some channels about to give their viewers 9 Sky Sports Channels:

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

New Local TV broadcaster KMTV launches on Virgin Media UK

KMTV has launch today on Virgin UK Channel 159 in or around Kent postcode areas only.

Virgin Media UK reveal channels numbers new look Sky Sports from July 18th

Virgin Media UK has confirmed the new look channel lineup for Sky Sports channels will be as followed from July 18th:

Daily Mail: Sky Sports devote new channels to Premier League, football, cricket and golf in major shake-up as they reveal new cost structure for fans

Story from Daily Mail:

Sky Sports are to devote an entire channel to the Premier League in a major shake-up of their programming.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Kent Online: KMTV: Kent's new TV channel set to launch

Story from Kent Online:

KMTV is a unique partnership between the University of Kent and KM Media Group, the publisher of this website.

Launching on Monday at 5.30pm, it will be the county’s first dedicated television channel, delivering quality news, sport and entertainment around the clock.

EXCLUSIVE: Sky Sources confirmed no name change for At The Races

Sky Sources has confirmed that At The Races will stay when Sky Sports is given new names by saying "There was zero mention of At The Races changing names"

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Last Local TV channels on Freeview launch dates revealed

The last numbers of launch TV Channels on Freeview has been confirmed as following

July 2017;
  • 10th - KMTV*
  • 12th - That's Carlisle
  • 19th - That's Salisbury
  • 26th - That's Surrey
  • 31st - That's Scarbrough

*KMTV is testing on Virgin Media UK for viewers in Maidstone and Tonbridge.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Spider-man Channel to close on July 30th

Spider-Man Channel - Virgin UK Channel 708 will be rebrand as Disney XD +1 on July 30th.

EXCLUSIVE: Sky Cinema Tom Hanks to launch on July 10th

Sky Cinema has confirm that Sky Cinema Greats will become Sky Cinema Tom Hanks from July 10th.