Monday, 6 December 2021

BT Sport Takeover - Media Mole: Eurosport owner Discovery in talks over BT Sport involvement?

Story from Media Mole: 

Discovery is reportedly in talks with BT about getting involved with BT Sport as a joint-venture partner.

BBC News: Virgin Media outage hits UK TV viewers (UPDATED)

Story from BBC News Online:

Virgin Media customers were left without access to TV services, after the firm suffered a nationwide outage.

Friday, 26 November 2021

Media Boy HQ Views: Are Virgin Media UK set to reveal new channel lineup in 2022?

Cable Forum and DS Forum poster epsilon has posted today: 

Two extra versions of BBC One South East (SDT labels) added overnight on SID numbers 10129 & 10130 (channel 858) but, apparently not allocated in the NIT. A massive gap in the internal serial numbers between these (2199 & 2233).

Reports: Virgin Media start BBC One HD local tests (UPDATED)

Following information thanks to epsilon (UPDATED on Nov. 19th, 24th and 26th):  

November 19th: 14 new service labels have been added to the SDT, all labelled "BBC One HD" and set initially to channel 108.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

BBC News: BBC Three to return as TV channel on February 1st

Story from BBC News: 

BBC Three will return as a TV channel on February 1st 2022 - six years after it moved online - regulator Ofcom has confirmed.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Bizasia: Punit Goenka: “ZEE-Sony merger in final stages”

Story from Bizasia: 

Punit Goenka has confirmed that the merger between ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), is now in its “final stages”.

Channel 4 Takeover: What is Media Boy HQ view on it???

Due to today two year deal with Channel 4 and Sky with the UK Super League that will see Channel 4 broadcast on free-to-air television in the UK for the first time in its history.

Monday, 22 November 2021

Is Zee TV set to relaunch it HD Channel on Virgin Media UK?

Bizasia is reporting that EPG tests has started on Sky ahead of the relaunch the High Definition (HD) version of its flagship channel, ZEE TV on Sky.

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Daily Mail Online: Rupert Murdoch told PM he MUST get rid of the BBC while 'bouncing Wilfred on his knee' during visit to his country house, says Boris Johnson's sister

Story from Daily Mail Online:

Boris Johnson's sister has claimed that Rupert Murdoch told him to 'get rid of the BBC' during a visit to the Prime Minister's country house.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

MB Views: With Virgin Media O2 signing an new deal with ITV is Virgin Media set to axe ITV SD Channels?

Due to Virgin Media O2 and ITV signing an new five year deal today we that Media Boy HQ think the following may happen the Virgin Media UK soon on all boxes:

Advanced Television: ITV, Virgin Media O2 long term commercial partnership

Story from Advanced Television: 

ITV and Virgin Media O2 have signed a new long term multi-year agreement that delivers deeper integration of ITV programming, support for IPTV, enhanced advertising capabilities and continued access to ITV’s range of channels and on-demand services for Virgin TV customers.

Sunday, 7 November 2021

Channel 4 Takeover - CityAM: Channel 4 privatisation plans delayed amid growing backlash

Story from CityAM: 

The proposed sale of Channel 4 has met delays after the new culture secretary Nadine Dorries was inundated by a spate of opposition against the move, according to reports.

Saturday, 6 November 2021

BT Sport Takeover - TVB Europe: BT in talks with ‘small handful’ of interested parties over Sport sell-off

Story from TVB Europe:

The CEO of BT has said the company continues to hold discussions with interested parties as it looks to sell-off its sport broadcasting arm.

Thursday, 4 November 2021

MB Views: Has Media Boy Blog work out when the BBC will launch more HD Channels on Virgin Media?

After seeing ScottishSteve Post on Cable Forum. 

We at Media Boy Blog now think starting to feel BBC One English areas HD, BBC Alba HD and BBC Parliament HD may all launch on Astra UK and Virgin Media UK in January 2022 in time to tie with the relaunch of BBC Three HD. 

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Cable Forum: Is BBC ALBA HD set to launch soon on Virgin Media UK?

Cable Forum poster "ScottishSteve" has found the following on the BBC Reception Help website: 

The BBC Web Site is now listing BBC Alba HD being on Virgin Media although this is not the case at the moment it looks like it is happening soon, it currently remains SD I noticed BBC Parliament is still listed as SD only.

Confirmed: Disney to KEEP Nat Geo & Nat Geo Wild into 2022 (NOVEMBER UPDATE)

Media Boy Sources has tonight confirmed that Disney is set to axe both National Geographic & National Geographic Wild in the coming months.

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

BT Sport Takeover EXCLUSIVE: Media Boy Sources reveal DAZN want WWE rights off their books but ViacomCBS looking into buying rights

Media Boy Sources has just told Media Boy HQ that DAZN wants to give away BT Sport's WWE rights off their books as DAZN are more interested in UFC.

EXCLUSIVE: Media Boy Sources reveal Sky UK has "question mark" over future of Movies 24

Media Boy Sources has just told Media Boy HQ that Sky UK are looking into the future of both Movies 24 and Movies 24 + but at time of posting no decision has been made on Sky UK closing Movies 24 and Movies 24 or to rebrand them using the Sky brand. 

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Monday, 1 November 2021

CONFRIMED: Virgin Media UK to axe V+ Boxes that end of November

Thanks to "epsilon", Cable Forum and Digital Spy Forum: 

Oct 26th: Just a heads up. I've been informed that a couple of information slates are being prepared. They have service names of "Important Information" and are configured to use channel numbers 100 and 106. No other information is available but this seems to mean that E4 will be moving away from 106.

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Cable Forum: "something very nice is expected to launch on Virgin Media next month"

Cable Forum poster Legendkiller2k says: "Can't say much but something very nice is expected to launch on VM next month, you'll like it not a lot but you'll like it." 

October 30th at 22.24 update: Media Boy HQ has been asking around and Media Boy sources says Virgin Media are 'expected to an yet un-named popup channel' in November. 

Sources: Cable Forum and Legendkiller2k.

Monday, 25 October 2021

Channel 4 Takeover - TBI Vision: Former Channel 4 CEO Michael Grade eyes takeover bid

Story from TBI Vision:

Former Channel 4 CEO Michael Grade is reportedly planning a takeover bid of the broadcaster.

Saturday, 23 October 2021

ISP Review: Update on Virgin Media O2 UK’s Free TV Streaming Service

Story from ISP Review: 

Some of Virgin Media’s (VMO2) UK ultrafast broadband ISP customers, specifically those who don’t already take their Pay TV service, are once again being invited to take their long-awaited TV streaming (IPTV) product – simply called ‘Stream’ – and it will come “at no extra cost“. But this time there’s no mention of a trial.

Friday, 22 October 2021

Media Boy Blogs changes (October 22nd)

We at Media Boy Blog has today removed the Virgin Media Ireland TV listing from this blog.

-We are happy to reveal that we have added an page for the soon to launch Virgin Media IPTV Service.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Media Mole: BBC begins rollout of BBC One regions in HD

Story from Media Mole:

The BBC has confirmed that it has begun the process of launching HD versions of BBC One across the English regions.

Monday, 4 October 2021

BT Sport takeover - Manchester Evening News: 'Discussions' update with major Tyson Fury impact

Story from Manchester Evening News: 

DAZN are in 'late-stage discussions' regarding a deal to purchase BT Sport, according to reports, in a move that would strengthen their position as key players in the boxing market.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

BizAsia: ZEE confirms merger talks with Sony

Story from Bizasia: 

ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited has confirmed merger talks with Sony Pictures Networks India.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

BT Sport Takeover: DAZN in advanced talks to buy BT Sport, FT says

Story from FT: 

DAZN, the sports streaming service owned by billionaire Sir Leonard Blavatnik, is in advanced talks to buy BT’s sports business.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Saturday, 18 September 2021

BT Sport Takeover EXCLUSIVE: DAZN leading race to buy BT Sport

Media Boy Sources has told us that DAZN are leading the bidding race to buy BT Sport.

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BT Sport Takeover: DAZN set sights on buying BT Sport and its Premier League rights

Story from The Times

The streaming platform DAZN is stepping up efforts to buy BT Sport, therefore taking over the pay-TV channel’s rights to show Premier League and Gallagher Premiership rugby matches, according to broadcasting industry sources.