Tuesday, 30 April 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media to move Home & Health channels to new channel numbers next week.

I can now reveal that the following channels will move to new EPG Channels numbers from May 7th:

Channels to be renumbered:
  • Home & Health to move from Virgin Channel 275 to Virgin Channel 271.
  • Home & Health +1 to move from Virgin Channel 276 to Virgin Channel 272.

The Channels is set to move to new numbers on Tuesday May 7th.

NOTE: I do not work for Virgin Media so all the information on this post is still subject to change.

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What did happen last night on Virgin Media.

Here is that list:
 
CHANNELS CLOSE:
  • Discovery Real Time has close on Virgin Channel 271.
  • Discovery Real Time +1 has close on Virgin Channel 272.
  • Travel & Living has close on Virgin Channel 273.
 
CHANNEL LAUNCHES:
  • TLC has launch on Virgin Channel 167.
  • TLC HD has launch on Virgin Channel 168.
  • TLC +1 has launch on Virgin Channel 169.
  • ID +1 has launch on Virgin Channel 215.
  • NHK World TV HD has launch on Virgin Channel 625 (Launches May 1st).


INFORMATION WAS RIGHT AT TIME OF POSTING.

Monday, 29 April 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media to add some new Channels - set to launch before Thursday.

I can now reveal that the following channels will appear on the following packages by Thursday:

Channels to launch:

  • TLC* to launch on Virgin Channel 167 on the M+, L and XL Packages.
  • TLC HD* to launch on Virgin Channel 168 on the XL Package.
  • TLC +1* to launch on Virgin Channel 169 on the XL Package.
  • ID +1* to launch on Virgin Channel 215 on the XL Package.
  • Animal Planet HD*** to launch on Virgin Channel 217 on the XL Package.
  • Zee Café** to launch on Virgin Channel 811 on the M+, L and XL Packages.
  • Zing** to launch on Virgin Channel 813 on the M+, L and XL Packages.

The Channels will launch on:

*Set to launch on Tuesday,
**Set to launch on Wednesday.
***Animal Planet HD has NOT been confirmed by insiders - info was found by me some weeks ago.

-My insiders has also confirm that NHK World HD^ will launch on Virgin Channel 625 on the XL Package in 'Early May'.

^I know the launch date but not got the goahead to post by insiders.

-No word yet on when E! HD and Universal HD will launch on Virgin Media.

NOTE: I do not work for Virgin Media so all the information on this post is still subject to change.


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Friday, 26 April 2013

Rumour: New HD Channel set to launch?

Digital Spy Forum is reporting that NHK World HD may soon appear on Virgin Channel 625.

Confirmed: Two new channels to launch on May 1st.

Two new channels are set to launch on May 1st on Virgin Media.

  • Zee Café will launch on Virgin Channel 811.
  • Zing will relaunch on Virgin Channel 813.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

S4C moves to Virgin Channel 166.

Virgin Media has today move S4C up an channel to Virgin Channel 166. So that TLC can use Channel 167 from Tuesday at 8pm.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Guardian: Virgin Media secures deal with Sky Sports for next season.

Info from Guardian Media:

Virgin Media has secured the Sky Sports channels for the coming year, piling further pressure on BT to do a deal with the satellite broadcaster before the next football season begins in August.

UKTV Really goes all night.

From Saturday UKTV's Really will start broadcasting from 4am to 7am.

That will mean Really will broadcast 24hours a day on Virgin Channel 267.

With Tellyshopping broadcast from 2am to 4am and 7am to 8am everyday.

FREEVIEW News: The Extra broadcasting hours will not be shown on Freeview just Sky and Virgin Media.

What will happen on Thursday on Virgin TV?

Here is the latest I have...

Confiirmed:
-S4C will move to Virgin Channel 166 (From Virgin Channel 167).

May happen - Not Confirmed:
-Speed Auction may get rebranded as 'Bid Plus' on Virgin Channel 746 (Now called Bid Plus on Sky).
-The Active Channel may launch on Virgin TV - If not Tomorrow then in May 2013.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Virgin Media launches new on Demand channel.

Virgin Media has just launch 'Virgin Media Shorts 2013' on Virgin Channel 399.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Confirmed: Animal Planet HD to launch on Virgin Media on April 30th - UPDATED.

Virgin Media anywhere web site has confirmed that Animal Planet HD will launch on Virgin Channel 217 on April 30th.

TLC HD will also launch on Virgin Media on that date.

Discovery have tonight confirmed that:

  • Home & Health will move from Virgin Channel 275 to Virgin Channel 271 from April 30th.
  • Home & Health +1 will move from Virgin Channel 276 to Virgin Channel 272 from April 30th.

THIS POST WAS UPDATED AT 11PM ON APRIL 22ND.

Virgin Media to move S4C to new channel number on Thursday.

S4C has confirmed that they will move to Virgin Channel 166 from Thursday.

S4C is broadcasting on Virgin Channel 167 right now.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Rumour: Virgin Media to launch Two HD Channels before May!

From DS Forum:

TV XL is £24.50 so £7 cheaper than Sky's equivalent and includes library content, 32 HD channels (from end of April) and 7000 on demand music videos.

I can only add up 30 HD channels being on XL Pack right now. I think the two new ones will be TLC HD and Animal Planet HD.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Animal Planet HD and ID +1 listed on Virgin Media web site.

Virgin Media have added both Animal Planet HD and ID +1 on Virgin Media.com.

 On the web site listing say as of right now - 00.00 Coming Soon - on both channels.

When launch here is the following channel numbers:

  • 215. ID +1
  • 217. Animal Planet HD 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

TiVo boxes confirmed changes to some Discovery channels on April 30th.

-TLC is NOT an new channel.
-TLC HD will launch on April 30th on Virgin Media.
-ID +1 and Animal Planet HD may also launch on April 30th on Virgin Media.


The following things will happen on April 30th.
-Discovery Travel and Living to close on Virgin Channel 273.
-Both Discovery Real Time and Discovery Real Time +1 will be rebrand as TLC and TLC +1 and will move to Virgin Channels 167 and TBC.

Create & Craft has launch on Virgin Media.

Create & Craft has launch on Virgin Channel 748.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Broadcastnow: Liberty's Virgin takeover gets green-light.

Story from Broadcastnow.co.uk.

Liberty Global’s $10.2bn acquisition of UK cable operator Virgin Media has been approved by European regulators.

The deal, which was struck in February, has won unconditional EU regulatory approval after the European body found that it had no competition concerns.

The approval was expected as Liberty Global currently does not operate any pay TV services in the UK.

The February agreement, which coincided with Virgin Media’s full-year results, values the UK cable operator at £10.2bn and will mean that John Malone’s Liberty Global now has 25m customers in 15 countries.

Liberty Global said that as part of the acquisition it would redomicile from Delaware to the UK and implement a European listing once the deal closed.

 Keep it with Media Boy Blog for the latest news on the Virgin Media takeover.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Unconfirmed: Discovery Real Time Channels set to close on April 30th.

Today I look up Wikipedia and found it says that Discovery Real Time broadcasts on BT Vision Channel 875. But TLC website has confirmed that TLC will be on BT Vision Channel 875 from April 30th.

So Discovery Real Time channels may close on 30th April on Virgin Channels 271 and 272.

And DS Forum poster 'Ozsat' has posted that some Discovery channels will move to new channels numbers from April 30th on Astra (Sky):

Here is his post in full:

From 30th April

• TLC / TLC HD launches at 125
• Challenge moves to 145
• TLC+1 launches at 195
• ID+1 launches into the Documentaries genre at 551
• Home & Health (254) moves to 240
• Home & Health+1 (255) moves to 241
• ID (551) moves to 522
• Animal Planet / Animal Planet HD (525) moves to 523
• Discovery Turbo (523) moves to 524
• Discovery Science (524) moves to 525
• Discovery History (522) moves to 535
• Discovery History+1 (557) moves to 536
• Animal Planet+1 (535) moves to 549
• Discovery Science+1 (549) moves to 557
• Discovery HD / Discovery (536) moves to 561
• Animal Planet HD / Animal Planet (561) moves to 562

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

BT Sports and Sky Sports on Virgin Media update.

Info thanks to Daily Mail online:
Sky’s concern over the threat from BT Sport is also understood to be part of the reason for the delay in agreeing a carriage deal with Virgin for their cable customers to access Premier League matches next season.
Sky, who had to pay far more than expected for PL rights because of BT Sport’s entry into the market, need to recoup some of that cost by charging Virgin more for their platform  contract. And they will be wary of Virgin bundling BT Sport’s PL games into subscription offerings.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Rumour: Virgin Media set to launch 'several more channels' in April.

The following is from an Virgin Media Viewer. 
I am not sure how definate this is but I was chatting to a Virgin Media tech working on the clamshell box on the side of the block of flat where I live this morning - he has been to my premises several times over the years and is friendly and chatty. I mentioned about Vintage TV and the 2 French channels that launched today and he said that there were several more channels all set to go this month, possibly one or two on every Tuesday & Thursday of April but not sure which ones when...

France 24 launches on Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has today launch the following channels:

  • France 24 (English) has launch on Virgin Channel 624.
  • France 24 (French) has launch on Virgin Channel 832.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Rumour: Two news channels set to launch 'in the coming weeks'.

Technix has posted today over on DS Forums:

From France24:
"Keep a close eye on your TV screens via Virgin Media over the next coming weeks and you may be in for a nice surprise."

When added:
France 24 English - channel 624
France 24 Francois (another VM exclusive?) - channel 832

UPDATED: Vintage TV launches, Al Jazeera Arabic move channel.

Virgin Media have added Vintage TV on Virgin Media M+, L and XL Packages on Virgin Channel 343.

Also Al Jazeera Arabic has move from Channel 836 to Virgin Channel 831.

SOME INFORMATION ON THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON MARCH 3RD AT 11PM.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Confirmed: Vintage TV to launch on Virgin Media tomorrow.

Vintage TV has posted on their Web site that Vintage TV will launch on Virgin Channel 343 on Tuesday.

Easter Weekend update.

  • Military History is set to be rebranded as H2 on May 4th 2013 - on Virgin Channel 236.
  • Sky Arts 2 has changed its name to Sky Arts Rieu in honour of the Classical Brit Award-winning violinist André Rieu. From Saturday 30th March until Sunday 14th April on Virgin Channel 283 (Also in HD on Channel 284.)