Friday, 31 May 2013

Broadcast: Viacom carriage deal shakes up Virgin EPG.

Story from Broadcast:

MTV has cemented its place as a general entertainment channel on the Virgin Media platform after its parent company struck a wide-ranging carriage renewal with cable operator Virgin Media.

Viacom International Media Networks has struck the deal, which will also see channels including Comedy Central, VH1 move to improved slots on the pay-tv service.

MTV has moved from 311 to 134 on Virgin’s platform, out of the music secion of the EPG.

The move comes more than two years after Sky rejigged its EPG, when the Geordie Shore broadcaster jumped more than 200 places and was reclassified as a general entertainment channel.

Comedy Central HD moves up nearly 50 places from 181 to 133, while VH1 has gone from 320 to 316.

Viacom’s MTV Rocks, MTV Dance, MTV Base, MTV Hits and MTV Live HD channels also all received slightly better positions.

However, the company’s Viva channel lost four places, moving from 313 to 317.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Confirmed: Virgin Media to broadcast Local TV on Virgin Channel 159.

The head of the London Evening Standard's TV channel 'London Live' has confirmed to the Westminster Media Forum on local media. "What "still needs to be resolved" is Virgin Media's offer of slot 159 on its TV service." Which he feels is too low down.

ESPN Classic and WarnerTV to close on Virgin on Demand.

Virgin Media has confirmed that both ESPN Classic and Warner TV will be remove from Virgin Media’s TV On Demand Service with effect from Friday 31st May.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Viacom sign new deal with Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has signed an new broadcasting deal with Viacom.

No confirmed news yet on if Virgin will launch all of the missing channels that Viacom own on Virgin Media.

We at Media Boy HQ will update this post when we get more...

(Red means channel moved on May 29th):
  • 132. Comedy Central
  • 133. Comedy Central +1
  • 134. MTV
  • 181. Comedy Central HD
  • 182. Comedy Central Extra
  • 183. Free for Comedy Central Extra +1*
  • 184. Free for MTV HD*
  • 185. Free for MTV +1*
  • 186, 199 or 833. BET: Black Ent Tv*
  • 199, 200 or 834. BET: Black Ent Tv +1*
  • 310. MTV LIVE*
  • 311. MTV LIVE HD
  • 312. MTV HITS
  • 313. MTV BASE
  • 314. MTV DANCE
  • 315. MTV ROCKS
  • 316. VH1
  • 317. VIVA
  • 318. MTV CLASSIC*
  • 319. MTV MUSIC*
  • 711. Nickelodeon*
  • 712. Nickelodeon HD*
  • 713. Nickelodeon +1*
  • 714. Nick Jr.*
  • 715. Nick Jr. +1*



UPDATED: Five channels move to lower packages on Virgin Media.

Info from Virgin Media Forum:

Today we've made some changes to the packages some channels are available on, so those on the lower tiers can now start to enjoy the great content from:

  • Animal Planet (Virgin Channel 216)
  • Previously: L pack
  • Now: M+ pack

  • MTV (Virgin Channel 134)
  • Previously: L pack
  • Now: M+ pack

  • Nick Jnr (Virgin Channel 715)
  • Previously: XL pack
  • Now: L pack

  • Comedy Central +1 (Virgin Channel 133)
  • Previously: XL pack
  • Now: L pack

Plus H2 is now part of the L Pack on Virgin Channel 236.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

HISTORY +1 launches on Virgin.

Virgin Media has today launch HISTORY +1 on Virgin Channel 235.

CI HD, CI +1 and HISTORY HD may also launch in the coming weeks.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Has Virgin Media secured a deal to carry BT Sports???

Info from Virgin

Latest News - May 2013

Get ready to experience the awesomeness of BT Sport when it launches on Virgin Media this summer.

  • You’ll have access to some of the biggest games and matches on the planet:
  • 38 live Barclays Premier League football
  • Hundreds of top-flight football matches from Italy, France and Brazil
  • Exclusive Aviva Premiership rugby matches
  • Women's Tennis Association matches from 21 tournaments
  • 2013/14 FA Cup
  • Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League
  • UEFA Europa League German Bundesliga
  • Along with fantastic sports action from across the pond with NCAA College Basketball, NCAA College Football and NASCAR.

Jake Humphrey will anchor Barclays Premier League coverage, Lawrence Dallaglio will be the leading rugby union expert, and Clare Balding will have a weekly show.

They'll also be joined by some of sport's biggest names.

The big day is coming, be the first to get BT Sport on Virgin Media.

No news yet on how much will BT Sports will cost on Virgin Media - We hope to see more info from Virgin later this week.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Confirmed: Zee to pull Zee Café from UK and Ireland on June 10th.

Story from BizAsia:

A new channel from ZEE Network by the name of Lamhe will replace ZEE Cafe in June, BizAsia can exclusively confirm.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Independent: Sit-Up shopping channels found to have made misleading price claims and product descriptions.

Story from The Independent:

The company behind the shopping channels Bid and Price Drop could have its broadcast licence revoked after being found to have consistently made misleading price claims and product descriptions.

The Advertising Standards Authority has asked the broadcasting regulator Ofcom to consider statutory sanctions against the company after 27 rulings against Sit-Up were upheld for breaches of ASA regulations.

The ASA has referred the broadcaster to Ofcom following repeated breaches of the Broadcast Advertising Code.

Ofcom, which has accepted the referral, also has powers to fine the company up to £250,000 or 5 per cent of revenue.

Sit-Up Ltd is the licensee for three free-to-air teleshopping channels, two of which are being referred: Bid and Price Drop.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Denver Post: Liberty Global puts Chellomedia business up for sale.

Story from The Denver Post:

Liberty Global, John Malone's international cable business, has put its Chellomedia television-channel business up for sale, in a move that could lead to a deal valued at between $800 million and $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Competition Commission results on Global Radio.

Story from Radio Today:

The Competition Commission has released the results of its six-month investigation into the takeover of GMG Radio by Global Radio.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Virgin Media 'deep in negotiations with BT'.

From Virgin Media Forum:

Hi we're still deep in negotiations with BT about carrying BT Sport and there's not really much else we can say until an agreement is reached apart from that this might take a few weeks.

As soon as we're able to tell you what's happening we will.

TBI: Liberty Global makes senior Virgin Media appointment.

The Following story from TBI Magazine:

Liberty Global has named the managing director of UPC Netherlands, Robert Dunn, as Virgin Media’s next chief finance officer.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Biz Asia: Zee Cafe to get rebranded in June?

Asian Media Web Site Biz Asia is tonight reporting that just days after launching on Virgin Media Zee Café will be getting rebrand as Zee Classic in June.

Zee Café was launch on May 1st on Virgin Channel 811.

BT reveal more info on BT Sports.

BT has today reveal that from August 1st BT Sports package that the cost of £12 per month (For SD Channels only) and £15 per month (For HD Channels as well) will have the following channels in it:

  • BT Sport 1
  • BT Sport 1 HD
  • BT Sport 2
  • BT Sport 2 HD
  • ESPN
But here it the bad news - No deal has been signed with Virgin Media - as the following from BT confirmed:

Will BT Sport be available on Virgin Media?

BT Sport is not available on Virgin Media at the moment.

Info on this post is thanks to BT

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Telegraph: John Malone hires ex-News International boss Tom Mockridge to head up Virgin Media.

The following is from The Telegraph:

Mr Mockridge departed News International at the end of December after he missed out on the top job at New Corp's newly hived-off newspaper and book publishing arm.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Virgin Media moves some Discovery channels to new EPG Channel numbers.

  • Discovery Home & Health has moved from Virgin Channel 275 to Virgin Channel 271.
  • Discovery Home & Health +1 has moved from Virgin Channel 276 to Virgin Channel 272.
  • Discovery Travel & Living has been removed from Virgin Channel 273.
  • Discovery Shed has moved from Virgin Channel 274 to Virgin Channel 273.

Monday, 6 May 2013

May Bank Holiday weekend update: H2 launches on Virgin Media.

Military History is now called H2 on Virgin Channel 236.

Mail on Sunday: BT to screen sport free to superfast broadband subscribers.

The following post is thanks to Mail on Sunday:

BT is set to give free access to its sports channel showing live Premier League football to a million subscribers who take its high-speed fibre optic broadband service.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Confirmed: ESPN to close on July 31st.

The following info is thanks to Virgin Viewer and Cable Forum poster smallclone:
I have just been emailed to say that my subscription will end on July 31st.

ESPN is an add on Channel to viewers not on the XL Package.

You can find ESPN until July 31st on the following channels:

  • 529. ESPN
  • 530. ESPN HD
  • 531. ESPN America
  • 533. ESPN Classic - Is not being took over by BT but is set to close.

Do that mean that BT Sports Package will launch on other networks on August 1st?

Virgin Media have still to sign an deal to carry BT Channels on Virgin Media.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Animal Planet HD launches on Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has today added Animal Planet HD to Virgin Channel 217.

Freeview News: UKTV to launch Drama on Freeview in July.

UKTV has today confirmed that on July 8th Dave Ja Vu slot on Freeview will be reuse for UKTV's new channel 'Drama'.

Still no word yet on if Drama will also broadcast on Sky and Virgin Media but we at Media Boy HQ thinks UKTV will close Blighty to make way for Drama to launch on Sky and Virgin.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Virgin Media to move it Shed next door - soon.

I have discovered on '' that Virgin Media is set to move Discovery Shed soon on Virgin Channel 274 to Virgin Channel 273.

I think it will move on May 7th when Home and Health moves to Channel 271.

Confirmed: Virgin Media will not launch Universal HD and E! HD any time soon.

An Cable Forum poster and Virgin Media Viewer has posted the following info today from NBCUniversal:

We do not have any current confirmed plans to launch these services on Virgin Media, but we continue to have discussions with all our platforms on ensuring we provide our viewers with the best possible service.

Best wishes
Universal Channel and E! UK Viewer Enquiries

UPDATED: Media Boy what going to happen in May?

This post is to tell YOU what will happen on Virgin TV over the coming weeks.

  • The Active Channel may launch.*

Channel Rumours of channels coming from web posters:
  • E! HD
  • Universal Channel HD

*Still to be confirmed by Virgin Media.


Three new channels launches on Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has today launch the following channels:

  • NHK World TV HD has launch on Virgin Channel 625.
  • Zee Café has launch on Virgin Channel 811.
Plus Zing has relaunch on Virgin Channel 813*
*Zing was on Virgin Media (All areas) from December 1st 2010 to April 30th 2011.