Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2018

Last updated June 20th 2018 at 15:49 (THIS POST WILL STAY AT TOP OF BLOG FOR NOW):

Media Boy Blog will keep updating this post to give you all the latest information we can reveal on this post.

MTV Pride coming to Virgin Media UK this year

Viacom has confirmed that MTV OMG will be temporarily rebrand as MTV Pride from July 2nd to July 9th.

In the past years MTV Pride was shown in MTV Classic.

 MTV OMG is on Virgin UK Channel 318 and Virgin Ireland Channel 709.

BBC News: Disney increases bid for Murdoch's Fox assets

Story from BBC News:

Disney has increased its offer for 21st Century Fox to $71.3bn in cash and shares, up from an earlier $52bn offer.

Monday, 18 June 2018

DS Forum: Virgin Media UK restart Summer Red Button Channels test

JJ20X over on Digital Spy Forum over the past weekend did report that BBC Red Button 2, BBC Red Button 3, BBC Red Button 4, BBC Red Button 5 and BBC Red Button 6 has all started to test on Virgin Media UK ahead of launch for Wimbledon 2018.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

BBC News: Comcast bids for Murdoch's Fox assets in Disney challenge

Story from BBC News:

Comcast, the US media conglomerate, has launched a bid for parts of 21st Century Fox, after getting rebuffed last year in favour of Disney.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Broadband TV News: Sky Living to rebrand as Sky Witness

Story from Broadband TV News:

One of Sky’s most prominent channels is to undergo a rebrand.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK axe Music on Demand

We have just found out today that Music on Demand has been axe from V, V HD* and V+ HD boxes.

*We do not know if Music on Demand has been removed from V HD.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The Guardian: Murdoch must offload Sky News to get green light

Story from The Guardian:

The UK government has cleared the way for Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to buy Sky on the condition it sells Sky News to another organisation.

The Guardian: Disney offers to buy Sky News to ease Murdoch's £11.7bn takeover

Story from The Guardian (From April 3rd but was found on June 5th at 2pm):

Disney has offered to buy Sky News to help Rupert Murdoch push through his £11.7bn takeover of Sky by allaying fears he will control too much of the UK news media.

Ofcom news update

All channels own by Sony has been transferred to a new company who is now the legal licensee. The licensee is called Columbia Pictures Corporation Limited.

Also Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited has been given an new Licence to launch an channel called "Ben 10".

Monday, 4 June 2018

Sky Cinema to launch Adam Sandler Channel

TiVo has reveal that Sky Cinema Comedy will be known as Sky Cinema Adam Sandler from June 11th to June 18th.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Zee Punjabi no longer broadcasting on Virgin Media UK

We have just found that Zee Punjabi is no longer broadcasting on Virgin UK Channel 812.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Broadcastnow: Virgin EPG plan sparks concerns

Broadcastnow is reporting that Virgin Media UK are looking into having an EPG relaunch with one idea being having all the +1 (like ITV +1 and Quest +1) having their own dedicated section.

Can't post full story due to broadcastnow having an paywall. But here is the bit we can see on the web site:

Broadcasters wary of cost and viewing impact of moving +1 channels into a dedicated section

Monday, 28 May 2018

Irish Times: Virgin Media to acquire Waterford company with 2,000 customers

Story from Irish Times:

Broadband and TV provider Virgin Media Ireland has agreed to acquire a small Waterford-based Cable operator for an undisclosed sum.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Digital TV Europe: Comcast in ‘advanced stages’ of preparing all-cash offer for Fox

Story from Digital TV Europe:

Comcast has confirmed that it is considering making an all-cash offer for the Fox assets that have been offered to Disney for US$52billion (€44 billion).

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Viacom rebrand it Dance Channel

Viacom has today rebrand MTV Dance as Club MTV on both Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland.

Digital TV Europe: Virgin Media to offer BT Sport’s Champions League final in 4K UHD

Story from Digital TV Europe:

BT Sport is to air this year’s UEFA Champions League football tournament final in 4K Ultra HD for the first time as part of a trial of 4K UHD TV on Virgin Media’s platform.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Virgin Media: Eurosport to bring Roland Garros tennis in Ultra HD 4K to Virgin TV for the first time

Story from Virgin Media:

Tennis fans with Virgin TV will be able to watch the action from Roland Garros in Ultra High Definition (UHD) for the first time when the tournament starts later this month.

Radio Times: Movie news

Sky Cinema Family will be known as Sky Cinema Animation until June 10th.

Also Sky Cinema Hits will be known as Sky Cinema Pirates of the Caribbean until June 2nd.

Monday, 21 May 2018

BBC News: Comcast boosted in battle for Sky

Story from BBC News:

US cable TV giant Comcast appears to have gained the upper hand in its battle to take control of Sky.

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK to axe V Boxes from August

Media Boy HQ can reveal that V Boxes are being removed from the network from August 1st.

We have been told to upgrade to TiVo by July 31st.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

EXCLUSIVE: UHD is coming to Virgin Media UK

Media Boy Sources has revealed that V6 Customers will be able to watch the following in UHD via the Red Button from May 26th:

Media Guardian: STV closes ailing second channel in shift to online content

Story from Media Guardian:

STV has announced it will close its struggling second channel STV2, as part of a broader shift towards online content and a reorganisation that will result in 59 job losses.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Scotsman: Launch of new BBC Scotland TV channel delayed until February

Story from The Scotsman:

The BBC’s new Scottish channel will not begin broadcasting until February next year after plans for an autumn launch were delayed, the corporation has announced.

Business Insider: The amazing life of billionaire 'Cable Cowboy' John Malone - whose company just sold $22 billion worth of assets to Vodafone

Story from Business Insider:

British telecoms group Vodafone has reached a €18.4 billion ($21.7 billion) deal to buy a range of European assets from billionaire "cable cowboy" John Malone's Liberty Global.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Rumour: Is Liverpool FC to close LFCTV on Virgin Media UK at end of month?

Sky has reveal that Liverpool FC will axe their SD Channel from May 31st. And go HD only on Astra UK from June 1st.

Media Boy HQ has still to see confirmed information on if Virgin Media UK will be given LFC TV HD to launch on June 1st.

LFCTV is broadcasting on Virgin UK Channel 544 right now.

Irish Times: RTÉ struggling with ‘unsustainable dominance’, says TV3

Story from Irish Times:

RTÉ’s financial woes spring in part from an “unsustainable position of dominance” that will see it emerge with at least 15 of the 20 most-watched shows on Irish television this year, according to rival broadcaster TV3 Group.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Premier Sports "In talks" to launch more channels on Virgin Media UK this summer

Premier Sports has confirm that they plans to launch new channels this summer:

Viacom confirm MTV to relaunch Dance channel

Viacom has confirm that MTV Dance will be rebrand as Club MTV on the 23rd May on both Virgin Media Networks.