Monday, 19 December 2011

Virgin Media signs to deal with the BBC.

Virgin Media and the BBC today announced a new deal that will bring next-generation BBC TV services to the Virgin Media TiVo® Service in 2012, continuing the successful partnership which saw BBC iPlayer launch on its first TV platform.

The BBC and Virgin Media will now begin to develop new applications and user experiences for TiVo homes - paving the way for Virgin Media customers to gain access to the BBC’s interactive coverage of next year’s major sporting events via a brand new Red Button experience, including Formula 1, Wimbledon, Euro 2012 and the London 2012 Olympics.

A forthcoming BBC Sport app will build on these “enhanced Red Button” services to bring next-generation viewing experiences to connected TVs in 2012. The new app will bring together all the live streams from the BBC’s existing Red Button service, video streams on-demand and additional content from BBC Online - providing a next-generation TV experience of Wimbledon, Formula 1, Euro 2012 and London 2012.

The BBC Sport app will sit alongside the BBC’s existing BBC News and BBC iPlayer apps.

The partnership between Virgin Media and the BBC has already delivered full integration of BBC iPlayer into Virgin Media’s TiVo Service. BBC catch-up programmes are now even easier to access through the search, menus, and EPG, made possible by the openness and flexibility of the TiVo platform.

The award-winning BBC News app, which brings together the best of BBC News on TV and online in an on-demand service will launch on Virgin Media TiVo. Accessible via the Red Button and the Virgin Media TiVo ‘Apps and Games’ section, it is expected to launch in the first quarter of next year.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Media Boy's 2011 year in review.

The following channels has launch on Virgin TV this year:
Ch 114. ITV1 +1 (England and Wales only - On Jan 11th).
Ch 114. STV +1 (Scotland only - On Jan 11th).
Ch 114. UTV +1 (N. Ireland only - On Jan 11th).
Ch 189. True Entertainment (On Mar 1st).
Ch 826. COLOURS (On Apr 1st).
Ch 974. Sunrise Radio London (On Apr 1st).
Ch 282. Sky Arts 1 HD (On Apr 26th).
Ch 284. Sky Arts 2 HD (On Apr 26th).
Ch 188. BBC ALBA (Scotland only - On May 18th)
Ch 554. PPV Live Events Help (On Jun 27th).
Ch 555. TiVo Pay Per Views (On Jun 27th).
Ch 441. Sky Movies Classic HD (On Oct 4th).
Ch 204. Yesterday +1 (On Oct 7th).
Ch 209. Eden HD (On Oct 7th).
Ch 210. Eden +1 (On Oct 7th).
Ch 261. Good Food HD (On Oct 7th).
Ch 129. Dave HD (On Oct 10th).
Ch 125. Watch HD (On Oct 12th).
Ch 243. PBS (On Nov 1st).
Ch 546. Box Nation (On Dec 1st).
Ch 192. CBS Action (On Dec 15th).
Ch 193. Sony TV UK (On Dec 15th).
Ch 621. NDTV (On Dec 15th).

But this year we have said Goodbye to:
Ch 136. Bravo (On Jan 1st).
Ch 137. Bravo +1 (On Jan 1st).
Ch 138. Bravo2 (On Jan 1st).
Ch 141. Challenge Jackpot (On Jan 1st).
Ch 119. Channel One (On Feb 1st).
Ch 120. Channel One +1 (On Feb 1st).
Ch 736. POP (On Feb 28th).
Ch 811. Zing (On Apr 1st).
Ch 485. Gay TV Information Channel (On Apr 7th).
Ch 823. Midland Asian TV (MATV) (Leicester only - On May 19th).

Plus the following have been rebranded this year:
Ch 109. LIVING has been rebranded as Sky Living (On Feb 1st).
Ch 110. LIVING HD has been rebranded as Sky Living HD (On Feb 1st).
Ch 111. LIVING +1 has been rebranded as Sky Living +1 (On Feb 1st).
Ch 112. LIVINGit has been rebranded as Sky LIVINGit (On Feb 1st).
Ch 159. LIVING Loves has been rebranded as Sky Living Loves (On Feb 1st).
Ch 160. LIVINGit +1 has been rebranded as Sky LIVINGit ( On Feb 1st).
Ch 105. FIVE has been rebranded as Channel 5 (On Feb 14th).
Ch 150. FIVE HD has been rebranded as Channel 5 HD (On Feb 14th).
Ch 855. FIVE AD has been rebranded as Channel 5 AD (On Feb 14th).
Ch 180. Sky3 has been rebranded as Pick TV (On Feb 28th).
Ch 478. Top Shelf TV has been rebranded as My Ex Girlfriends (On Mar 4th).
Ch 151. FIVER has been rebranded as 5* (5 Star) (On Mar 7th).
Ch 152. FIVER +1 has been rebranded as 5* (5 Star) +1 (On Mar 7th).
Ch 153. FIVE USA has been rebranded as 5 USA (On Mar 7th).
Ch 154. FIVE USA +1 has been rebranded as 5 USA +1 (On Mar 7th).
Ch 727. Playhouse Disney has been rebranded as Disney Jr. (On May 5th)
Ch 484. Xplicit XXX has been rebranded as XXX Mums (On Jun 1st).
Ch 480. UK Swingers has been rebrand as Red Hot Fetish (On Jul 1st).
Ch 481. Viewers Wives has been rebrand as Red Hot Mum (On Jul 1st).
Ch 741. Price-Drop TV has been rebranded as price drop (On Aug 9th).
Ch 745. Bid TV has been rebranded as bid (On Aug 9th).
Ch 746. Speed Auction TV has been rebranded as speed auction (On Aug 9th).

The following have move packages this year on Virgin Media:
Ch 139. Challenge joins the M Package (On Feb 1st).
Ch 140. Challenge + 1 joins the M Package (On Feb 1st).
Ch 155. Current TV joins the XL Package (On Jun 8th).
Ch 267. Really joins the M Package (On Aug 2nd).
Ch 281. Sky Arts 1 joins the M+ Package (On Oct 4th).
Ch 283. Sky Arts 2 joins the M+ Package (On Oct 4th).

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Three channels set to launch tomorrow.

On December 15th the following channels will launch on Virgin Media.

-CBS Action will launch on Virgin Channel 192.
-Sony UK TV will launch on Virgin Channel 193.
-NDTV News will launch on Virgin Channel 621.

All channels will be on the M+, L and XL Packages.

©copyright 2011 Media Boy 2006 - 2011. An ''Keep it real and free'' Production.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

NDTV and Sony TV to launch on Virgin TV soon.

An poster on Digital Spy Forums is reporting that Virgin Media are set to launch the following channels soon.

CBS Action on Virgin Channel 192 (Confirmed as coming December 15th).
Sony TV on Virgin Channel 193.
and NDTV News on Virgin Channel 621.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

CBS Action launch date on Virgin TV moves.

The Virgin Media EPG listings has this week been update.

CBS Action will now launch on December 15th on Virgin Channel 192.

New Tests appeared on Virgin TV.

Last night I got the following from My Virgin Tester:

For some reason Virgin have been testing BBC HD and Sky Living HD under "unknown" for the channel names. Presumably its to test bandwidth for new hd channels. they were testing these yesterday too btw.

Sky Christmas is listed. NDTV 24x7 is listed (indian state news channel).

none of these ARE testing: CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1 and Horror Channel +1

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Media Boy told to ''Watch this space'' by insiders.

I have today been told to ''Watch this Space'' by my Insiders no other info was given.

More when I can get it...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Tests appear for CBS Action on Virgin TV.

My Virgin Tester has confirmed to me today that Virgin are now testing CBS Action out on their box ahead of CBS Action launch on December 13th on Virgin Channel 192.

GOLD free to all on Virgin TV this Christmas.

From this Sunday (December 11th) viewers can watch GOLD and GOLD +1 for free over the Holidays to until January 4th 2012.

GOLD and GOLD +1 can be view on Virgin Channels 126 and 127.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

CBS to give Virgin Media some Action this month.

CBS Action will launch on December 13th on Virgin Channel 192.

No news on if CBS Drama will also launch.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

UPDATE: Channel 5 +1 to launch on Virgin in Spring 2012.

Over on Cable Forum poster ''Digital Fanatic'' an Virgin Media worker has confirmed that Virgin Media will launch Channel 5 +1 in Spring 2012.

JANUARY 2ND UPDATE: My insider says Virgin Media will launch Channel 5 +1 sometime before April.