Thursday, 26 August 2010

Teachers TV giving extra day on air.

My V+ Box is telling me that Teachers TV will now close at 6am on September 1st.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Virgin has agreed to launch more Shopping Channels from CCG ''Within the next week''.

Steve Bennett Co-Founder of the Colourful Company Group has today told everyone LIVE on Gems TV that Virgin Media has agreed to Carry Rocks TV and Jewellery Maker and is set to launch on Virgin Media ''Within the next week''.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media to axe some MTV Channels.

The following MTV channels will no longer be available as from August 24th:

  • MTV Shows (Virgin Channel 170),
  • MTV +1 (Virgin Channel 312),
  • MTV Classic (Virgin Channel 321).

Monday, 16 August 2010

New Shopping Channel set to launch on Virgin Media ''Later this week''.

Steve Bennett Co-Founder of the Colourful Company Group has confirm LIVE on Gems TV today that Jewellery Maker is set to launch on Virgin Media ''Later this week''.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Virgin Media: Set to happen on Virgin Media in August.

Info from Virgin Media:

We are happy to announce that we will be releasing Comedy Central HD on 1 September which will bring our number of HD channels up to 26.

With the arrival of Comedy Central we’re moving the channels around a bit to make room. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going to happen when:

Comedy Central channels:
  • Comedy Central Extra is moving from 134 to 185 on 19 August.
  • Comedy Central +1 is moving from 133 to 134 on 24 August.
  • Comedy Central HD is arriving at EPG 133 on 1 September.

Farewell:
We’re sadly saying goodbye to Sky Real Lives 1 & 2 on 19 August. They’re currently on 281 and 282.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Digital Spy: Virgin Media 'plots UKTV stake sale'.

Virgin Media has reportedly put its 50% stake in digital broadcasting business UKTV up for sale, with BBC Worldwide the frontrunner for a deal.

UKTV operates 10 linear channels, including Dave, Watch, Good Food and Yesterday, along with a range of video on-demand and online resources. It attracts around 36 million viewers every month.
The company was founded in 1997 as a joint venture between Virgin Media and BBC Worldwide, the BBC's commercial arm.

According to The Sunday Times, Virgin Media wants to sell its UKTV stake as part of a strategy of disposing of non-core assets to concentrate on its cable business.

The company expects to raise around £350 million from the sale, which it will use to reduce its corporate debt.

Virgin Media has hired investment banks UBS and Goldman Sachs to search for a buyer for the stake over the coming months.

Worldwide, which has first refusal on the remaining UKTV shareholding it does not already own, is being viewed as the most logical party to complete a deal. However, Channel 4 and Sky are also thought to be in the running.

Comedy Central HD to launch in September?

Reports say that Comedy Central HD will launch on September 1st on Virgin Media.

Guardian Media: BSkyB rebrands Virgin1 as Channel One.

Story from Guardian Media:

Satellite broadcaster to relaunch former Virgin Media Television service on 3 September backed by marketing push.

BSkyB is rebranding Virgin1, the general entertainment channel it acquired as part of a £160m deal to buy Virgin Media Television, as Channel One.

Channel One, which is available on Freeview, Virgin Media and Sky as a free-to-air service, will relaunch on Friday 3 September backed by a bolstered schedule and a marketing campaign.

BSkyB completed the deal to buy Virgin Media Television, which operates pay-TV channels including Living, Bravo and Challenge, last month, although the Office of Fair Trading is examining
the deal to see whether there might be regulatory issues.

Living +2 has been changed to Living Loves.

In June, BSkyB moved to reduce the valuable premium content it runs on Freeview by putting Sky Sports News behind a paywall after eight years as a free-to-air service.

© 2010 Guardian News and Media Limited.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Digital Spy: Comedy Central HD 'to launch on Virgin'.

Virgin Media will soon start offering its subscribers a high definition version of MTV Networks' Comedy Central channel, it has emerged.

As spotted by members on Digital Spy's V+ HD forum, Comedy Central HD will launch on Virgin Media's electronic programming guide at position 133.

After the launch, the Comedy Central channel bouquet will run as follows:

  • Comedy Central 132
  • Comedy Central HD 133
  • Comedy Central +1 134
  • Comedy Central Extra, which is currently available at position 134 on Virgin Media's programming guide, will move to channel 185.

It is presently unclear when the channel will become available on Virgin Media, with a spokesman for the firm just saying "watch this space".

ITV set date for ITV1 +1 launch?

Todays Daily Mail is reporting that ITV1 +1 will launch in January 2011.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Digital Spy: Hallmark Channel to rebrand as Universal.

Universal Networks International has today confirmed plans to rebrand the Hallmark Channel as the Universal Channel in the UK.

On October 18, the pay-TV channel and its high definition variant will become the Universal Channel and the Universal Channel HD on Sky and Virgin Media. The Hallmark Channel +1 will also take on the new branding.

To celebrate its launch, the Universal Channel will give UK premieres to cop show Rookie Blue and legal drama Facing Kate in the autumn/winter season. It will also air Shattered, which stars 24's Callum Keith Rennie as a homicide detective suffering from multiple personality disorder.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

What will happen on August 2nd?

These are the channels we know are coming tomorrow:

Sky Sports HD:
  • Sky Sports 1 (517)
  • Sky Sports 2 (518)

Sky Movies HD:
  • Premiere (431)
  • Showcase (433)
  • Comedy (434)
  • Action (435)
  • Family (436)
  • Thriller (437)
  • Drama & Romance (438)
  • Sci-Fi & Horror (439)
  • Modern Greats (440)
  • Indie (442)