Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Sky Movies Channels on the move on Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has move all of the Sky Movies Channels:

401. Sky Movies Premiere [ Was 411 ]
402. Sky Movies Premiere + 1 [ Was 412 ]
403. Sky Movies Comedy [ Was 401 ]
404. Sky Movies Action [ Was 402 ]
405. Sky Movies Family [ Was 403 ]
406. Sky Movies Drama [ Was 408 ]
407. Sky Movies Sci-Fi [ Was 404 ]
408. Sky Movies Classics [ Was 405 ]
409. Sky Movies Modern Greats [ Was 407 ]
410. Sky Movies Indie [ Was 406 ]
411. Sky Movies SD 1 [ Was 409 ]
412. Sky Movies SD 2 [ Was 410 ]

Thursday, 22 November 2007

C21 Media: Discovery to launch DMAX on Virgin Media.

Discovery Networks is bringing its 15-month-old DMax channel brand, first launched in Germany in August last year, into the UK market. It launches in the New Year.

The new channel will launch on Sky and Virgin Media on January 8, 2008, and Dan Brooke, general manager of Discovery Networks UK, said it will sit within the entertainment section of the two platforms' EPGs.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Digital Spy: Setanta Sports News launch date announced.

Info from Digital Spy:

Setanta Sports and Virgin Media have announced that their joint-venture sports news channel will launch on November 29.

The 24-hour channel, which will be produced by ITN, will be available on Virgin cable in the basic TV pack and free-to-air on digital satellite.

"This channel represents a new age for sports fans in this country," said Virgin Media CEO of content Malcolm Wall.

"We're confident the energy will provide a fresh approach to sports news in the UK and by putting fans at the very heart of the channel, we think it will give us an edge with viewers."

Virgin Media has prioritised the launch of a sports news service since Sky Sports News was withdrawn from its digital cable service earlier this year as part of a wider carriage dispute with Sky.

Setanta Sports News will offer sports headlines every 20 minutes interspersed with debate segments and reports from "fan correspondents".

Geoff Hill, the channel's editor in chief, explained: "We want Setanta Sports News to be fun and engaging for the nation's sports fans. Viewers will get the sports news that matters delivered in a thorough, concise and accurate way, but this channel will be much more than a rolling sports news service - we want the added value of passionate input from fans. We aim to be alongside them at every major sporting event in the UK."

Setanta Sports News will appear on Virgin channel 518. An EPG position on digital satellite has yet to be confirmed.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Digital Spy: Sky Movies to give viewers more movies over Christmas.

Here is some news on The transmission hours for some of Sky's movie channels over the Christmas period.

From December 22 2007 until January 1 2008 inclusive the affected channels will be available during the following times:

Sky Movies Premiere - 8am until 2am
Sky Movies Premiere +1 - 9am until 3am

Meanwhile, from December 23 2007 until January 1 2008 inclusive the following channels will be available during the times listed:

Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror - 8am until 4am
Sky Movies SD1 - 9am until 3am
Sky Movies SD2 - 10am until 2am

Bad news regarding Bliss, Scuzz & Flaunt.

Bad news regarding Bliss, Scuzz & Flaunt according to Virgin Media Technical Support today

We have received some further information back about these channels.

It has been confirmed that these channels (Bliss, Scuzz and Flaunt) will be removed from the ex-NTL platforms on Tuesday (6th November).

The following statement has been issued: "We are continuing to harmonise our Digital TV offering and the removal of these channels forms part of that process. All these channels were in our XL TV package and any XL customers can get unlimited access to Music Video On Demand for no extra cost. This service allows the viewer to choose from over 1000 music videos, and play them when they want."