Monday, 23 December 2013

TV 5 free on Virgin, Plus Bauer Media buy Absolute Radio.

TV 5 is now broadcasting on all packages on Virgin Channel 825 until January 3rd 2014.

Also Radio Today is reporting that:

The Office of Fair Trading has cleared Bauer Media’s takeover of Absolute Radio – TIML Golden Square Limited.

The deal, for a reported £22m, was made in the summer but has been subject to regulatory clearance.

Clearance today means the deal will not be referred to the competition commission.

It means Bauer Media’s Kiss, Magic and Planet Rock based in Mappin House London can now work with Absolute Radio’s team in One Golden Square.

News on any possible re-brands, building changes and staff changes are expected over the next few weeks.

(C) RadioToday

Monday, 16 December 2013

Virgin Media - year in review 2013.

Here is the year in review on Virgin Media.
Channel launches:
  1. BBC One Scotland HD launch on Virgin Channel 108 (Scotland only - Jan. 14th).
  2. More4 +1 launch on Virgin Channel 196. (January 15th)
  3. TCM HD launch on Virgin Channel 416. (January 17th)
  4. TCM2 launch on Virgin Channel 417. (January 17th)
  5. Cartoon Network HD launch on Virgin Channel 732. (January 17th)
  6. BBC One Wales HD launch on Virgin Channel 108 (Wales Only - Jan. 29th).
  7. DMAX +1 launch on Virgin Channel 171. (February 5th)
  8. Animal Planet +1 launch on Virgin Channel 218. (February 5th)
  9. Discovery Science +1 launch on Virgin Channel 220. (February 5th)
  10. Discovery History +1 launch on Virgin Channel 223. (February 5th)
  11. Discovery Home & Health +1 launch on Virgin Channel 276. (February 5th)
  12. SONY SAB launch on Virgin Channel 807. (February 5th)
  13. ARY News UK launch on Virgin Channel 819. (February 5th)
  14. Quest +1 launch on Virgin Channel 173. (February 12th)
  15. I.D. launch on Virgin Channel 214. (February 12th)
  16. British Eurosport 2 HD launch on Virgin Channel 526. (February 12th)
  17. Style launch on Virgin Channel 285. (March 6th)
  18. ITV2 HD launch on Virgin Channel 176. (March 14th)
  19. ITV3 HD launch on Virgin Channel 177. (March 14th)
  20. ITV4 HD launch on Virgin Channel 178. (March 14th)
  21. Sky Movies Disney launch on Virgin Channel 407. (March 28th)
  22. Sky Movies Select launch on Virgin Channel 412. (March 28th)
  23. Sky Movies Disney HD launch on Virgin Channel 437. (March 28th)
  24. Sky Movies Select HD launch on Virgin Channel 442. (March 28th)
  25. Vintage TV launch on Virgin Channel 343. (April 2nd)
  26. France 24 (English) launch on Virgin Channel 624. (April 4th)
  27. France 24 (French) launch on Virgin Channel 832. (April 4th)
  28. Create & Craft launch on Virgin Channel 748. (April 16th)
  29. Virgin Media Shorts 2013 launch on Virgin Channel 399. (April 23rd)
  30. TLC launch on Virgin Channel 167. (April 30th)
  31. TLC HD launch on Virgin Channel 168. (April 30th)
  32. TLC +1 launch on Virgin Channel 169. (April 30th)
  33. ID +1 launch on Virgin Channel 215. (April 30th)
  34. NHK world HD launch on Virgin Channel 625. (May 1st)
  35. Zee Café launch on Virgin Channel 811. (May 1st)
  36. Zing re-launch on Virgin Channel 813. (May 1st)
  37. Animal Planet HD launch on Virgin Channel 217. (May 2nd)
  38. HISTORY +1 launch on Virgin Channel 235. (May 28th)
  39. BBC RB 1 launch on Virgin Channel 991. (June 6th)
  40. BBC RB HD launch on Virgin Channel 994. (June 6th)
  41. BBC RB 2 launch on Virgin Channel 992. (June 13th)
  42. BBC RB 3 launch on Virgin Channel 993. (June 13th)
  43. Food Network launch on Virgin Channel 287. (June 18th)
  44. Travel Channel launch on Virgin Channel 288. (June 18th)
  45. MTV HD launch on Virgin Channel 183. (June 27th)
  46. BET launch on Virgin Channel 184. (June 27th)
  47. MTV MUSIC launch on Virgin Channel 310. (June 27th)
  48. Nick HD launch on Virgin Channel 714. (June 27th)
  49. The Jewellery Channel launch on Virgin Channel 757. (June 27th)
  50. Ginx TV launch on Virgin Channel 286. (July 9th)
  51. TCM +1 launch on Virgin Channel 417. (August 13th)
  52. Drama launch on Virgin Channel 190. (August 14th)
  53. ESPN relaunch on Virgin Channel 529. (August 15th)
  54. ESPN HD relaunch on Virgin Channel 530. (August 15th)
  55. BT Sport 1 launched on Virgin Channel 547. (August 15th)
  56. BT Sport 2 launched on Virgin Channel 548. (August 15th)
  57. BT Sport 1 HD launched on Virgin Channel 549. (August 15th)
  58. BT Sport 2 HD launched on Virgin Channel 550. (August 15th)
  59. CBS Reality +1 launch on Virgin Channel 201. (September 3rd)
  60. Horror Channel +1 launch on Virgin Channel 202. (September 3rd)
  61. Virgin Media on Demand Takeover launch in all areas on Virgin Channel 301. (September 5th)
  62. Virgin Media on Demand Pop launch in all areas on Virgin Channel 304. (September 5th)
  63. Virgin Media on Demand Rocks launch in all areas on Virgin Channel 306. (September 5th)
  64. RTE Radio launch in Old NTL areas on Virgin Channel 917. (September 5th)
  65. WRN Radio launch in Old NTL areas on Virgin Channel 920. (September 5th)
  66. More4 HD launch on Virgin Channel 203. (October 1st)
  67. Premier Sports launch on Virgin Channel 551. (October 25th)
  68. FOX + launch on Virgin Channel 199. (November 1st)
  69. Lifetime launch on Virgin Channel 242. (November 4th)
  70. BBC Three HD launch on Virgin Channel 163. (December 4th)
  71. BBC Four HD launch on Virgin Channel 164. (December 4th)
  72. BBC News HD launch on Virgin Channel 604. (December 4th)
  73. CBBC HD launch on Virgin Channel 710. (December 4th)
  74. CBeebies HD launch on Virgin Channel 711. (December 4th)
Channel rebranded (FOR GOOD!!!):
  1. ITV1 was rebranded as ITV on Virgin Channel 103 (England and Wales only - Jan. 14th).
  2. ITV1 HD was rebranded as ITV HD on Virgin Channel 113 (England and Wales only - Jan. 14th).
  3. ITV1 +1 was rebranded as ITV +1 on Virgin Channel 114 (England and Wales only - Jan. 14th).
  4. ITV1 AD was rebranded as ITV AD on Virgin Channel 853. (January 14th)
  5. BBC HD was rebranded as BBC Two HD on Virgin Channel 187. (March 26th)
  6. Sky Movies Modern Greats was rebranded as Sky Movies Greats on Virgin Channel 410. (March 28th)
  7. Sky Movies Modern Greats HD was rebranded as Sky Movies Greats HD on Virgin Channel 440. (March 28th)
  8. Crime & Investigation Network was rebranded as CI on Virgin Channel 237 (April 16th).
  9. Military History was rebranded as H2 on Virgin Channel 236 (May 4th).
  10. Zee Café was rebrand as Lambe on Virgin Channel 811 (June 10th).
Channel EPG Move:
  1. SyFy +1 moved from Virgin Channel 166 to Virgin Channel 136. (January 31st)
  2. Universal Channel moved from Virgin Channel 162 to Virgin Channel 137. (January 31st)
  3. Universal Channel +1 moved from Virgin Channel 163 to Virgin Channel 138. (January 31st)
  4. DMAX moved from Virgin Channel 172 to Virgin Channel 170. (February 5th)
  5. Quest moved from Virgin Channel 179 to Virgin Channel 172. (February 5th)
  6. Discovery Channel moved from Virgin Channel 212 to Virgin Channel 211. (February 5th)
  7. Discovery Channel HD moved from Virgin Channel 214 to Virgin Channel 212. (February 5th)
  8. Animal Planet moved from Virgin Channel 215 to Virgin Channel 216. (February 5th)
  9. Discovery History moved from Virgin Channel 217 to Virgin Channel 222. (February 5th)
  10. Sky Movies Crime & Thriller moved from Virgin Channel 407 to Virgin Channel 411. (March 28th)
  11. Sky Movies Crime & Thriller HD moved from Virgin Channel 437 to Virgin Channel 441. (March 28th)
  12. Al Jazeera Arabic moved from Virgin Channel 836 to Virgin Channel 831. (April 2nd)
  13. S4C moved from Virgin Channel 167 to Virgin Channel 166. (April 25th)
  14. Discovery Home & Health moved from Virgin Channel 275 to Virgin Channel 271. (May 7th)
  15. Discovery Home & Health +1 moved from Virgin Channel 276 to Virgin Channel 272. (May 7th)
  16. Discovery Shed moved from Virgin Channel 274 to Virgin Channel 273. (May 7th)
  17. Comedy Central +1 moved from Virgin Channel 134 to Virgin Channel 133. (May 29th)
  18. MTV moved from Virgin Channel 311 to Virgin Channel 134. (May 29th)
  19. Comedy Central HD moved from Virgin Channel 133 to Virgin Channel 181. (May 29th)
  20. Comedy Central Extra moved from Virgin Channel 185 to Virgin Channel 182. (May 29th)
  21. MTV LIVE HD moved from Virgin Channel 310 to Virgin Channel 311. (May 29th)
  22. MTV HITS moved from Virgin Channel 317 to Virgin Channel 312. (May 29th)
  23. MTV BASE moved from Virgin Channel 315 to Virgin Channel 313. (May 29th)
  24. MTV DANCE moved from Virgin Channel 319 to Virgin Channel 314. (May 29th)
  25. MTV ROCKS moved from Virgin Channel 325 to Virgin Channel 315. (May 29th)
  26. VH1 moved from Virgin Channel 320 to Virgin Channel 316. (May 29th)
  27. VIVA moved from Virgin Channel 313 to Virgin Channel 317. (May 29th)
  28. Watch +1 moved from Virgin Channel 190 to Virgin Channel 125. (August 14th)
  29. Dave Ja Vu moved from Virgin Channel 191 to Virgin Channel 129. (August 14th)
  30. Alibi +1 moved from Virgin Channel 194 to Virgin Channel 131. (August 14th)
  31. Watch HD moved from Virgin Channel 125 to Virgin Channel 191. (August 14th)
  32. Dave HD moved from Virgin Channel 129 to Virgin Channel 194. (August 14th)
  33. Alibi HD moved from Virgin Channel 131 to Virgin Channel 200. (August 14th)
  34. Eden +1 moved from Virgin Channel 210 to Virgin Channel 209. (August 14th)
  35. Eden HD moved from Virgin Channel 209 to Virgin Channel 210. (August 14th)
  36. Good Food +1 moved from Virgin Channel 262 to Virgin Channel 261. (August 14th)
  37. Good Food HD moved from Virgin Channel 261 to Virgin Channel 262. (August 14th)
  38. Yesterday moved to Virgin Channel 206. (October 1st)
  39. Yesterday +1 moved to Virgin Channel 207. (October 1st)
  40. BBC ALBA moved from Virgin Channel 188 to Virgin Channel 161. (December 10th)
  41. BBC TWO HD moved from Virgin Channel 187 to Virgin Channel 162. (December 10th)
  42. BBC Parliament moved from Virgin Channel 612 to Virgin Channel 605. (December 10th)
TiVo only:
  • YouTube launch on TiVo. (February 21st)
Channels we have said Goodbye to:
  1. Sunrise Radio close on Virgin Channel 974. (March 1st)
  2. Sky Movies Classics close on Virgin Channel 411. (March 28th)
  3. Sky Movies Indies close on Virgin Channel 412. (March 28th)
  4. Sky Movies Classics HD close on Virgin Channel 441. (March 28th)
  5. Sky Movies Indies HD close on Virgin Channel 442. (March 28th)
  6. Disney Cinemagic close on Virgin Channel 728. (March 28th)
  7. Discovery Real Time close on Virgin Channel 271. (April 30th)
  8. Discovery Real Time +1 close on Virgin Channel 272. (April 30th)
  9. Travel & Living close on Virgin Channel 273. (April 30th)
  10. Blighty close on Virgin Channel 206. (July 5th)
  11. BBC Red Button 2 close on Virgin Channel 992. (July 9th)
  12. BBC Red Button 3 close on Virgin Channel 993. (July 9th)
  13. ESPN close on Virgin Channel 529. (August 1st)
  14. ESPN HD close on Virgin Channel 530. (August 1st)
  15. ESPN America close on Virgin Channel 531. (August 1st)
  16. ESPN Classic close on Virgin Channel 533. (August 1st)
  17. TCM2 close on Virgin Channel 417. (August 13th)
  18. Bid Plus close on Virgin Channel 746. (September 2nd)
  19. Bio close on Virgin Channel 242. (November 4th)
  20. Virgin Media close Virgin Media Shorts 2013 on Virgin Channel 399. (November 25th)
  21. Virgin Media close BBC Red Button HD on Virgin Channel 994. (November 25th)
  22. NBC Universal close Style on Virgin Channel 285. (December 10th)

Best Of The Year 2013.

Here is the list of winners of Media Boy's 'Best Of The Year 2013:

Here is the list of winners of Media Boy's 'Best Of The Year 2013'

01) Best Virgin Media worker who help viewers on Cable Forum:
  • Winner is - BenMcr

02) Best poster OR posters with Information:
  • Winners ARE - theone2k10, Chad and howardmicks.

03) The Biggest poster of the year on Cable Forum (NOT ME):
  • Winner is - denphone - with 1,666 posts

04) Best new SD Channel launch of the year (As voted by you):
  • Winner is - BT Sport 1

05) Best new +1 Channel launch of the year (As voted by you):
  • Winner is - Discovery Science +1

06) Best new HD Channel launch of the year (As voted by you):
  • Winner is - BT Sport 1 HD

07) Best UK Channel of the year:
  • Winner is - Sky Sports News

08) Best non UK Channel of the year:
  • Winner is - B4U Music

09) Best new Channel launch of the year:
  • Winner is - More4 +1

10) Best Radio Channel of the year:
  • Winner is - BBC Radio Scotland

11) Best new brand of the year:
  • Winner is - TLC (Was Discovery Realtime)

12) Best channel launch of the months of year:
  • January: TCM HD
  • February: British Eurosport 2 HD
  • March: ITV4 HD
  • April: Vintage TV
  • May: Animal Planet HD
  • June: MTV MUSIC
  • July: Ginx TV
  • August: Drama
  • September: Horror Channel +1
  • October: More4 HD
  • November: Lifetime
  • December: BBC News HD


Well done to all the winners
So merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone who viewed this thread.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

New BBC HD Channels launch but NBC recall Style.

As Report first on Media Boy Blog the BBC has today launch five on HD Channels on Virgin Media.

CHANNELS LAUNCHES:
 
  • BBC THREE HD has launch on Virgin Channel 163.
  • BBC FOUR HD has launch on Virgin Channel 164.
  • BBC NEWS HD has launch on Virgin Channel 604.
  • CBBC HD has launch on Virgin Channel 710.
  • CBeebies HD has launch on Virgin Channel 711.

CHANNELS ON THE MOVE:
  • BBC ALBA has move from Virgin Channel 188 to Virgin Channel 161.
  • BBC TWO HD has move from Virgin Channel 187 to Virgin Channel 162.
  • BBC Parliament has move from Virgin Channel 612 to Virgin Channel 605.

NBC UNIVERSAL RECALL STYLE:
  • NBC Universal has close Style on Virgin Channel 285.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Virgin Media: All freeviews to end in January.

Virgin Media has now confirmed that all the following channels will go back to their package on January 3rd 2014:

  • CBS Reality, Horror Channel, CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1 and Horror Channel +1 on Virgin Channels 148, 149, 192, 197, 201 and 202.
  • Premier Sports on Virgin Channel 551.
  • Watch, Watch +1, Gold, Gold +1, Alibi, Alibi +1, Watch HD, Dave HD, Alibi HD, Eden, Eden +1, Eden HD, Good Food, Good Food +1, Good Food HD, Home and Home +1 on Virgin Channels 124, 125, 126, 127, 130, 131, 191, 194, 200, 208, 209, 210, 260, 261, 262, 265 and 266.

Virgin Media: UKTV Free to view over Christmas and BBC Channels new channel numbers reveal.

The following is from the Virgin Media web site:

Hi all
 
We’ve made a few exciting changes to our TV line up that we’d like to share with you.
 
We are ready to launch 5 new HD channels on December 10th – available to all Virgin Media TV customers. These channels are:

 
  • BBC Three HD
  • BBC Four HD
  • BBC News HD
  • CBBC HD
  • CBeebies HD
 
 
We are also very happy to announce the following channels are available to all customers from Friday December 6th until Friday 3rd January:
 
  • Watch (Channel 124).
  • Watch +1 (Channel 125).
  • Gold (Channel 126).
  • Gold +1 (Channel 127).
  • Alibi (Channel 130).
  • Alibi +1 (Channel 131).
  • Watch HD (Channel 191).
  • Dave HD (Channel 194).
  • Alibi HD (Channel 200).
  • Eden (Channel 208).
  • Eden +1 (Channel 209).
  • Eden HD (Channel 210).
  • Good Food (Channel 260).
  • Good Food +1 (Channel 261).
  • Good Food HD (Channel 262).
  • Home (Channel 265).
  • Home +1 (Channel 266).
 
There are a few channels that are moving on Tuesday 10th December, these include:
 
 
  • BBC Alba will move from Channel 188 to Channel 161.
  • BBC Two HD will move from Channel 187 to Channel 162.
  • BBC Parliament will move from Channel 612 to Channel 605.

Information thanks to Virgin Media.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

NBC Universal to close Style.

Style will close on Virgin Channel 285 this coming Monday (December 9th) after just over NINE months on Virgin Media*.

*Style did launch on Virgin Media on March 5th 2013.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Sky launches Sky Movies Christmas.

Sky Movies Drama and Romance is now ""Sky Movies Christmas Channel" on Virgin Channel 408.

Also in HD on Virgin Channel 438.

Plus Nick Jr is now called Nick Jr Christmas on Virgin Channel 715.