Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2017

Last updated February 22nd 2017 at 12:34 (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.

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.

Monday, 30 January 2017

WorldBox relaunches on Virgin Media UK

Media Boy HQ has been given an price list for new WORLDBOX International channels Packages. Prices are as followed:

Sky Cinema now showing "Greats Movies"

Sky Cinema has rebrand Sky Cinema Superheroes as Sky Cinema Greats on the following channels numbers.

You watch Sky Cinema Greats on:
  • Sky Cinema Greats on Virgin UK Channel 434.
  • Sky Cinema Greats HD on Virgin UK Channel 404.
  • Sky Cinema Greats on Virgin Ireland Channel 307.
  • Sky Cinema Greats HD on Virgin Ireland Channel 337.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

MB Views: Has Discovery Acquires TruTV slots on Sky and Freeview from Turner Broadcasting System Europe?

Digital Spy Forum is reporting that Discovery Shed +1 and Discovery Home & Health +2 are now testing on Sky.
Media Boy HQ feels the EPG Slots maybe coming from:
  1. Sky PLC has sold two Sky Cinema Box Office Slots to Discovery.
  2. Turner Broadcasting System Europe has sold TruTV slots to Discovery. 
If it number two then TruTV will close in the coming months.


Confirmed: Sky Cinema Greats back on Monday

Radio Times has confirmed that Sky Cinema Greats will be back from Monday.

You watch Sky Cinema Greats on:
  • Sky Cinema Greats on Virgin UK Channel 434.
  • Sky Cinema Greats HD on Virgin UK Channel 404.
  • Sky Cinema Greats on Virgin Ireland Channel 307.
  • Sky Cinema Greats HD on Virgin Ireland Channel 337.

F1 Takeover - The Guardian: F1’s Chase Carey: races should be Super Bowls, events that capture a whole city

Story from The Guardian:

The new chief executive of Formula One, Chase Carey, wants to turn each of the sport’s 21 races into a “Super Bowl” and has reiterated the importance of a British Grand Prix to the calendar.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

F1 Takeover - BBC: Bernie Ecclestone removed as Liberty Media completes $8bn takeover

Story from The BBC:

Bernie Ecclestone has been removed from his position running Formula 1 as US giant Liberty Media completed its $8bn (£6.4bn) takeover of the sport.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

F1 Takeover - Sky News: New F1 owner Liberty Media to unveil boardroom shake-up

Story from Sky News:

The new owner of Formula One (F1) motor racing will unveil a boardroom shake-up next week that will include the departures of two of Europe's leading businessmen.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

F1 Takeover - The Guardian: Formula One pulled a fast one on the US taxman – and it's all perfectly legal

Story from The Guardian:

When Liberty Media finalized the takeover of Formula One auto racing’s parent company Delta Topco last week, it should have been music to the ears of America’s taxman.

Irish Times: Irish-American billionaire has Lion’s share of film success

Story from The Irish Times:

The romantic comedy La La Land is expected to scoop up Oscars at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 26th when Hollywood stars and powerful figures in the film industry gather in the Dolby Theatre.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

F1 Takeover - Sky Sports: Liberty Media's F1 takeover unanimously approved by FIA

Story from Sky Sports:

The takeover of Formula 1 is nearing completion after the FIA approved Liberty Media's purchase of the sport.

F1 Takeover - Reuters: Shareholders approve Liberty Media F1 takeover-related proposals

Story from Reuters:

Liberty Media has said its shareholders have voted to approve funding and changes related to the takeover of Formula One (F1) racing car series.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Rumour: Is True Crime set to launch on Virgin Media?

Rumours on Cable Forum and Digital Spy Forum says that True Crime has added the Virgin Media logo on to their web site.

More news as we get it...

Irish Times: Virgin Media leaves Horizon behind in television platform rebrand

Story from Irish Times:

Virgin Media Ireland is ditching the Horizon name for its most advanced set-top box and rebranding its television platform as Virgin TV in a new push for customers.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Kix Power ran out of power an week early but POP Max to launch next month

Kix Power has now close on Virgin UK Channel 738.

But POP Max will launch instead from February 9th till March 30th.