Monday, 30 January 2012

EXCLUSIVE: UPDATE: Virgin to offer two channels to L package for FREE in February.

From Feb. 1st. Virgin Media customers on the L Package can watch Nat Geo Wild absolutely free on Virgin Channel 228 until March 1st.

From Feb. 5th. Virgin Media customers on the L Package can also watch FX absolutely free on Virgin Channel 158 until March 5th.

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UPDATE: Some changes to appear on Demand this week.

My insiders has told me today that

There are some positive changes happening to On Demand from Tuesday. Bit complicated to summerize (but obvious once people get them)


Updated at 18.15 January 30th:

I have tonight ask an other insider ''Can you give me more info on that On Demand update?''

And I got the following back:

Yes....

M+, L and XL will have their own section in the VOD menu, but the name TV Choice is being dropped.

So you will have the following On the HOME page:

TV M+

TV L

TV XL

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Broadcast: NBCU to close DivaTV.

Here is update on the close of DivaTV from last week.

As reported by Broadcast.

NBC Universal is to close DivaTV, the UK home of The Oprah Winfrey Show and Queer Eye For A Straight Guy, as it shifts its focus onto The Style Network.

In the move, which only affects the UK market, NBC will rationalise its channel offering following its March acquisition by Comcast, which gave it control over lifestyle channels E! and Style in the UK.

DivaTV, which airs in Sky slot 269 (and Virgin slot 164), will close on 14 February, with its most popular programmes shifting to Style.

NBC will now support five channels comprising Style, E!, Universal Channel, Syfy and Movies24.

A spokesperson for Universal Networks International said the move would result in a sharper focus: “DivaTV and Style are very similarly positioned in the UK market, and we will concentrate on engaging viewers with five channel brands in the UK”


No news on if NBCU will give Virgin Media the rights to Style from that date.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

More info on the new channel from Channel 4.

Guardian Media is reporting:

Channel 4 is also looking to launch a repeats channel, seen by some in the media industry as a somewhat cynical attempt to boost figures.


"The launch of the repeats channel is classic [commercial] impact chasing at the expense of creativity," said one media buying executive.


According to the executive, media agencies are expected to learn more about plans for the repeats channel next month. Channel 4 is in the process of looking at bidding for an slot on the (Sky's) electronic programming guide for the channel.


Info on this post is thanks to Guardian Media.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

UPDATE: NBC to close Diva TV.

Just seen the following on the ''Virgin Media High Definition & TiVo Services'' blog.

Square eyes said...
Just to give you a heads up, Sky are cancelling 3 channels

Diva TV
Current TV
Sky Living (I think he means Sky Living Loves)

dates to be announced
19 January 2012 09:57


Insiders has just confirmed to me that ''Diva is due to go.''
Diva TV is broadcasting on Virgin Channel 164 right now.

Updated at 8.20pm:
New info tonight from my insiders.
the channel closures are correct.
we'll know dates nearer the end of the month.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

January 18th news update.

Media Web site New Media Age is reporting that ITV is dropping its red-button services as it prepares to increase focus on alternative interactive platforms including connected TVs.

Plus More 4 will be given an new on-screen look from Monday - January 23rd.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

MTV to rebrand as MTVN HD as MTV HD on Virgin?

DS Forum is reporting that MTV are testing out an MTV HD UK vision.

MTVN HD is broadcasting on Virgin Channel 310 right now.

More info as I get it...

Monday, 16 January 2012

Virgin: Formula 1 fans on pole with Virgin Media and Sky Sports F1.

Virgin Media, one of the UK's leading entertainment and communications companies, will be making the new Formula 1TM channel from Sky Sports available to Virgin Media customers, ensuring they will be able to watch every possible minute of the Formula 1TM Grand PrixTM 2012 season.

The new channel, Sky Sports F1TM, will join Virgin Media’s TV service from its launch in March. The channel will be dedicated to comprehensive reporting of the world's most prestigious and popular motorsport series, including live coverage of every race, practice, and qualifying session. Martin Brundle, David Croft, Georgie Thompson, Ted Kravitz, Simon Lazenby, Natalie Pinkham and Steve Rider will bring viewers all the news, views and live action from the start of the new Formula 1TM season.

The channel will be added to the complete Sky Sports package available through Virgin Media, alongside Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 4. Subscribers to this package will have the channel added automatically at launch. Sky Sports News is separately included in all pay TV tiers.

Cindy Rose, executive director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this new channel right from the off as it’s certain to be an exciting Formula 1TM season with a record number of races and six former or current world champions racing for the title.”

Rob Webster, director of Sky’s commercial group, adds: “As the new home of the world’s most exciting motorsport series, Formula 1TM is going to get the full Sky Sports treatment. Extending the distribution of our dedicated channel is great news for all Sky Sports subscribers, enabling millions of pay TV homes to enjoy the benefits of our innovative coverage and investment in must-see content.”

BSkyB confirmed Sky Sports F1 launch date.

BSkyB have confirmed that Sky Sports F1 will launch on Friday March 9th on Sky and Smallworld.

Talks are still ongoing with Virgin Media about this channel.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

EXCLUSIVE: BSkyB to give Sky Living Loves they love for an extra month.

BSkyB have given Sky Living Loves an extra month.

Channel was set to close on January 24th but this has now been move back to February 21st.

Sky Living Loves is broadcasting on Virgin Channel 159 right now.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Guardian: BSkyB axes Al Gore's Current TV from its pay-TV lineup.

Al Gore's Current TV channel in the UK is facing closure after BSkyB – part owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation – axed it from its pay-TV lineup.

The satellite broadcaster took a "commercial decision" to let go of the news and documentary channel from its subscription service, which launched in a blaze of publicity in 2007 but has since struggled for ratings.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

UPDATE: BSkyB to keep Sky Living Loves on-air for an extra month?

As you may know BSkyB are set to close Sky Living Loves on January 24th in order to move Sky Arts HD up on the Sky EPG but I have just found this on the Sky Arts web site:

(Sky Arts) channels will move up Sky’s Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) to positions 129 (Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD) and 130 (Sky Arts 2 and Sky Arts 2 HD), on Tuesday 21st February 2012.


UPDATED on January 5th at 9.35pm: My insiders has told me that Sky Living Loves WILL close on January 24th.

And at time of posting Sky Arts channels are NOT moving to new channel numbers on Virgin Media.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

ESPN Channels free on Virgin Media this month.

From January 7th ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN America and ESPN Classic will be free to all Virgin Media viewers to until February 4th. (Info on On Demand Preview Channel.)

You can find ESPN Channels on the following channels:

-ESPN on Channel 529,
-ESPN HD on Channel 530,
-ESPN America on Channel 531 and
-ESPN Classic on Channel 533.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New info about Sky Sports F1 appeared online today.

Cable firm ''Smallworld'' has confirm via Digital Spy Forum that Sky will launch Sky Sports F1 Channel on they network on March 1st.

Virgin and Sky ''Talks are still ongoing.''

So it look like the Sky Sports F1 Channel will launch on March 1st on Sky and Smallworld plus maybe Virgin Media with the 1st live race weekend on the weekend of March 18th.

Info for this post is thanks to HD Boy, DS Forum and Smallworld Cable.

Sky Sports confirmed launch date for Sky Sports F1 HD.

Sky Sports F1 will launch on March 18th.

Still no news on if this channel will also launch on that date on Virgin Media.