Monday, 31 March 2014

Cartoon Network Too closes in UK and Ireland from April 1st.

Cartoon Network Too is set to be axe to make way for Cartoon Network +1 on Virgin Channel 705 from April 1st.

Radio Today: GMG / Global Radio's Hold Separate ends.

Global Radio’s Hold Separate requirement with the former GMG Radio company officially ends at midnight tonight after 22 months.

Today, on the final day of Hold Separate, dozens of staff are leaving because their services are no longer required or they are transferring to a new position within Communicorp.

Global Radio’s plan to merge the Smooth Radio and Real Radio brands into the business is just weeks away from completion, with Smooth Radio now operating fully under new management and Real Radio about to transform into Heart.

Local TV on MB Blog: STV Glasgow to launch in June on Virgin Media.

STV has confirmed that its new city TV channel will begin broadcasting on June 2 2014, with a flagship live magazine show called The Riverside Show running for two hours each weekday evening.

The brand new channel will be on air every day from 12pm until 12am, with an entertaining mix of news and features with a live and interactive format that will encourage viewers to get involved.

Local TV on MB Blog: London Live launches on Freeview and Virgin Media.

London Live launches on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Media channel 159 (In Croydon, Hersham, Hayes, Watford, Haringey, Seven Kings, Bromley and Lewisham areas only.)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Discovery confirmed they are in talks to buy Channel 5.

Discovery has confirmed that they are bidding to buy Channel 5.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Notts TV to launch May 27th on Freeview.

Local TV broadcast Notts TV has confirmed to Nottingham Post that they will launch on Freeview on May 27th 2014.

Rumours on the web say Notts TV are in talks with Virgin Media.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Mustard TV launches in Norwich and the surrounding area on Freeview.

Local TV for Norwich and the surrounding area has gone live. Mustard TV has launch on Freeview channel 8. Mustard TV is not available on Virgin Media.

Sky Movies Superhero to launch on April 14th for two weeks.

Virgin Media owned Smallworld has confirmed that Sky Movies are set to rebrand Sky Movies Greats for two weeks as Sky Movies Superheros from April 14th to April 27th.

How can I find Sky Movies Greats?

  • Sky Movies Greats on Smallworld Channel 309 and Virgin Channel 410.
  • Sky Movies Greats HD on Smallworld Channel 337 and Virgin Channel 440.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Channel 5 Sale: Discovery and Sky in pole-position to buy Channel 5.

Broadcast now is reporting that:

A joint bid between Discovery Communications and BSkyB is emerging as a front-runner to buy Channel 5.

The international factual broadcaster and the UK pay-TV operator have teamed up to bid for the Northern & Shell-owned company.

Sources picked out the bid as the favourite, but also flagged that the pair will face tough competition from rival bidders, which are thought to include a partnership between NBC Universal and BT.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Guardian: Virgin Media talking to Amazon about taking its video-on-demand service.

Here is the highlights:

  • Virgin Media has held talks with Amazon about putting its video-on-demand service Prime Instant Video on the cable network and is " certainly open" to the idea, according to Virgin's chief executive officer Tom Mockridge.
  • Last year Virgin struck a deal to show Netflix programmes such as Breaking Bad and House of Cards via an app on Virgin Media's TiVo set-top boxes.
  • Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London, Mockridge was asked if he had had discussions to carry shows from Prime Instant Video, which recently announced it has snapped up the third series of BBC drama Ripper Street. Mockridge said that, "the honest answer is we have talked to them" and "we are certainly open to it", but " it takes two to tango" and said there is nothing to report currently as Prime is still "working out" their proposition since online retailer Amazon rebranded the former LoveFilm VoD service and folded it into its website.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Cable Forum: 'ITV Encore to launch on Sky Channel 123.'

Cable Forum poster Chad has posted on Cable Forum that ITV Encore is set to launch on Sky Channel 123 and has also reveal that ITV Encore will broadcast from 2pm to 6am everyday.

Media Boy HQ has not seen any news on what will happen to Sky Living +1.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Mail on Sunday: The price is £68m as shopping channel Sit Up TV hopes to clear debt.

Shopping channel operator Sit Up TV will ask its creditors next week to agree to a deal to write off its debts and allow it to continue broadcasting.

The operator of channels Bid TV and Price Drop TV, once promoted by former Bargain Hunt star David Dickinson, was acquired in December after losses racked up amid growing competition from the internet.

Monday, 10 March 2014

DS Forum: Two local TV Channels set to launch on Virgin Media.

Digital Spy poster 'Disco' says the following channels will launch on Virgin Channel 159 in Spring 2014 in the following areas:
  • Made in Leeds (Leeds areas)
  • Made in Bristol (Bristol areas) 
Info thanks to Digital Spy Forums and Disco.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Media Boy Opinions on BBC Three axe.

As you may know the BBC is set to axe BBC Three in 2015 so that BBC One +1 can launch - the following is my own opinion.

The BBC says it to save money and add £30m into BBC One's bill per year for more Drama to be made. But the real reason is so The BBC can reuse BBC Three channel numbers for the new part time BBC One +1 Channel. But even that may not happen.

BBC announces plans to close BBC Three as a TV Channel in 2015.

The BBC has announced plans, subject to the approval of the BBC Trust, to close BBC Three as a broadcast TV channel in autumn 2015. The plans would mean –
  • The BBC saving over £50 million a year
  • £30 million of that going into drama on BBC One
  • BBC Three being reinvented as a new and innovative online service
  • The freed-up spectrum being used to extend CBBC by an hour a night and to provide a BBC One +1 service

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

FT: A trio of US cable network owners have entered the race to buy Channel 5.

A trio of US cable network owners have entered the race to buy Channel 5, the UK television broadcaster owned by media baron Richard Desmond.