Tuesday, 23 June 2009

EXCLUSIVE:Virgin Media insider give Media Boy HQ an update on Setanta Sports Channels.

An Virgin Media insider has just given an updates on what may happen to the Setanta Sports channels on Virgin Media.

  • Virgin Media are in talks with ESPN America and Racing UK.
  • I do not have any information on Arsenal TV on Virgin TV yet.
  • Just found this about Liverpool FC TV on their Web site:
"LFC TV is currently broadcasting as normal and will continue to do so until further notice. However, following the announcement that Setanta GB is no longer trading, there may be some disruption to our service for UK television viewers.'' 

Guardian Media: Setanta goes off air with loss of more than 200 jobs.

Story from Guardian Media:
Irish pay-TV company Setanta has today been placed into administration after rescue talks designed to secure new funding collapsed.

Accountancy firm Deloitte has confirmed it has been appointed as administrator for the UK part of the business, which employs about 200 staff.

Digital Spy: Virgin Media confirms ESPN talks.

Virgin Media is in talks with ESPN about its recently secured TV rights to English Premier League games.

It was announced last night that the Disney-owned firm had acquired the rights to games previously held by Irish broadcaster Setanta, comprised of 46 matches in the 2009-10 season and 23 matches in each of the following three seasons.

However, ESPN said that it is in negotiations with other parties about broadcasting the football packages, which includes Virgin Media.

A spokesperson for the cable operator confirmed to Digital Spy today: "We're currently in talks with ESPN about their purchase of the Premier League content previously owned by Setanta.

"At this time our customers will still be able to enjoy sports content on Setanta channels, however if this situation changes we will be letting our customers know."

Setanta has also lost the rights to games in the Scottish Premier League after failing to meet its payments schedule.

On the possibility of ESPN bidding for these rights, a spokesman for the firm said: "We're interested in rights where they are available and they make business sense."

Friday, 12 June 2009

Broadcast: Living primed for HD roll-out.

Virgin Media will roll out an HD version of Living this year as part of a cross-platform strategy to boost the channel’s brand.