Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2016

Last updated December 7th 2016 at 12:50 (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.

The Best of 2016, Virgin Media UK year in Review

The Best of 2016.

Sky Cinema to get "Star Wars" for Christmas

Sky Cinema will relaunch Sky Cinema Star Wars from December 12th using Sky Cinema Sci-Fi and Horror EPG Channel number on both Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland until after the Holidays.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Irish Times: UTV Ireland becomes be3 as TV3 group rebrands channels

Story from Irish Times:

UTV Ireland is to be rebranded in January as be3, a new “female-focused” channel within the TV3 group, which bought the channel for €10 million from ITV.

Kix Power to launch on Sunday on Virgin Media UK

Kix Power will launch on Virgin UK Channel 738 this coming Sunday.

Monday, 5 December 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK starts tests for Viceland

Viceland UK has started on Virgin Media UK - is now testing on Virgin Media with video and audio.

Info given on December 5th.


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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Irish Independent: New UTV Ireland name could be B3

Story from Irish Independent:

TV personalities Alison Comyn and Claire Brock may be eyeing up a move to TV3 after the station finalised its acquisition of UTV Ireland.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Irish Independent: 'Unavoidable redundancies' as TV3 owner Virgin Media concludes acquisition of UTV Ireland

Story from Irish Independent:

A number of redundancies will be "unavoidable" following TV3 owner Virgin Media's acquisition of UTV Ireland.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

"Game-changing" Virgin TV launch

Press here for Virgin Media V6 info

Info from Virgin Media HD, TiVo & Netflix.

Is Sony set to axe MovieMix from Virgin Media UK and Freeview?

Both Cable Forum and Digital Spy Forum is reporting that the Moviemix licence to broadcast has been removed from the Ofcom list.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

4Seven HD launches on Virgin Media UK

4Seven HD has launch today on Virgin UK Channel 203.

Channel 4 and Discovery channels moved on Virgin Media UK

The following channels has moved on Virgin Media UK today:

Monday, 28 November 2016

Amazon no longer testing on Virgin Media UK

Amazon has been removed by Virgin Media UK from testing.

We do not know why.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Broadband TV News: Motors TV founder declares business as usual

Story from Broadband TV News:

Motors TV founder Jean-Lu Roy says it’s “business as usual with benefits” for both audiences and suppliers.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Irish Independent: TV3 losses double despite Rugby World Cup revenue

Story from Irish Independent:

Losses doubled at TV3 last year, after it lost the rights to broadcast soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale to UTV Ireland.

Exclusive rights to broadcasting the 2015 Rugby World Cup failed to halt a slide in pre-tax losses that more than doubled to €16.95m.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

RTE: TV3 confirms return of Coronation Street and Emmerdale

Story from RTÉ:


Coronation Street and Emmerdale, two of the country's most popular primetime soaps, will be returning to TV3 from the beginning of December.

The move follows confirmation last week that TV3's owner, Virgin Media, had received approval to acquire UTV Ireland following a €10m takeover deal.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Virgin Media UK to move some Channel 4 and Discovery channels next week

Virgin Media UK has confirmed that on 29 November these channels will be moving to cosy new homes:

CNBC: Why Liberty Media's John Malone thinks cable and wireless networks are destined to consolidate

Story from CNBC:

As cable and wireless companies become more dependent on each other, one media mogul says he feels positive that much larger consolidation is ahead for the industry.

Confirmed: Virgin Media UK to launch 4Seven HD and Kix Power

Over the past weekend our Media Boy Sources has confirmed that Virgin Media UK has started to test Kix Power and have also started an "full test" for 4Seven HD.

SOME TEXT WAS UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 23RD.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Irish Times: Virgin Media receives regulatory approval to acquire UTV Ireland

Story from The Irish Times:

Virgin Media has received regulatory and competition approval to acquire UTV Ireland.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Sky Sports: Sky Sports brings back its dedicated darts channel this December for the World Darts Championships

Story from Sky Sports:

Sky Sports will be bringing back its dedicated darts channel this December for the 2017 William Hill World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace.

Sky Sports 3 will be rebranded as 'Sky Sports Darts HD' for a 24-day period commencing at 6am on Monday December 12, and will run to 6am on Thursday January 5.

The William Hill World Darts Championship will run from Thursday December 15 to Monday January 2, and the Sky Sports Darts channel will bring you every minute of the action, alongside additional footage, highlights and features.

This extensive coverage of the tournament is part of a festive season of live action on Sky Sports that includes the ATP World Tour Finals, Premier League football, 10 in 10 Test match cricket, and more.

©2016 Sky.

Irish Times: UTV Ireland made loss of €19.5m in first year

Story from The Irish Times:

UTV Ireland made a net loss of €19.5 million in 2015, its first year on air, accounts filed to the Companies Office confirm.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Variety: NBC News, Euronews in Talks for Strategic Partnership

Story from Variety:

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is in talks to take a strategic stake of between 15% and 30% in Euronews, Europe’s answer to CNN.

TBI Vision: Turner strikes new channels deal with Virgin

Story from TBI Vision:

Liberty Global-owned Virgin has secured Turner channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and CNN International, and the Cartoon Network HD net has been added to the line-up for the first time to Virgin’s Irish customers.

Irish Times: Virgin Media Ireland prices will increase from January

Story from The Irish Times:


Virgin Media Ireland is putting its prices up in January for the second time in less than a year for many of its subscribers.

The broadband, cable television and telecoms provider is in the process of informing its customers of the price rises by email or letter.

BoxNation: BT Sport sign landmark boxing deal with Frank Warren and BoxNation

Story from BoxNation:


Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren and his pioneering boxing channel BoxNation have signed a multi-year deal with the multimedia and telecommunications giant, BT.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Irish Times: Interim examiner appointed to Irish TV

Story from The Irish Times:

A television company in Co Mayo employing 30 people has obtained High Court protection after an unexpected funding shortfall and liabilities over assets of €8.7 million.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Virgin Media UK gives Clubland TV it own channel

Virgin Media UK has today axe Red Button Channel - ClublandAKAChilledNow on TiVo channel 345.

Clubland TV has been added to non TiVo viewers using Virgin UK Channel 345.

Monday, 7 November 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Red Button channel "ready to launch" on Virgin Media UK

Media Boy Sources has confirm tonight that Amazon Red Button Channel is "ready to launch" on Virgin UK Channel 205 this coming Thursday (November 10th)..

UKTV: Christmas Gold to launch on Saturday

GOLD has confirmed that Christmas Gold will launch on November 12th.

You can find GOLD on the following Channels:
  • GOLD is on Virgin UK Channel 124.
  • GOLD +1 is on Virgin UK Channel 190.
  • GOLD is on Virgin Ireland Channel 120.
  • GOLD +1 is on Virgin Ireland Channel 153.