Friday, 30 April 2010

Digital Spy: Sky Sports 1, 2 HD coming to Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has unveiled its first ever ad campaign to promote its high definition service, along with confirming that HD variants of Sky Sports 1 and 2 will "soon" join its lineup.

Yesterday, Sky agreed to offer its flagship sports channels at a lower wholesale cost to Top Up TV, Virgin Media and BT Vision, along with dropping its plan to get a 'stay' on Ofcom's wholesale pricing model at the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

Following the move, Virgin Media will also get access to the HD versions of Sky Sports 1 and 2. As Sky is expected to communicate further on its HD pricing plans by mid-May, Virgin would presumably look to start offering the channels in time for the 2010-11 Premier League season.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Digital Spy: STV prepares HD push for World Cup.

ITV licence holder in Scotland STV has confirmed its intention to accelerate investment in a high definition service for launch ahead of the World Cup.

In its annual general meeting statement published today, STV said that it expects the UK television advertising market to be up between 10% and 20% year-on-year in June.

Due to the predicted upturn in the market, STV intends to launch a HD channel on Freeview and Virgin Media in Scotland in time for the football showpiece.

"As a result of the improved advertising market, STV today confirms an acceleration of investment in high definition, greatly enhancing the viewing experience for our audiences," said the broadcaster.

"Initially, this HD service will be available on digital terrestrial and digital cable services and we expect this to be in place for the 2010 World Cup."

However, STV "remains cautious" about performance in the second half of 2010 due to increased uncertainty resulting from the general election.

Also in the AGM statement, the Scottish broadcaster confirmed its sale of advertising operator Pearl & Dean to Image Limited, a new firm backed by Empire Cinemas director Thomas Anderson, for the nominal sum of £1.

STV further said that there have been "no changes" in its legal tussle with ITV over disputes pertaining to airtime sales debt and video on-demand rights.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media to launch Five USA +1, Fiver +1 and some new channels in May?

I have just been told that Five USA +1 and Fiver +1 may not launch in April on Virgin TV after all as my insider thinks they may launch next month with some other channels.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Virgin Media to launch Five USA + 1 and Fiver +1 this month?

On April Channel Guide Virgin Media have added Five USA +1 and Fiver +1 to channels 151 and 153.