Monday, 13 November 2017

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2017

Last updated November 13th 2017 at 23:00 (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.

UKTV goes Christmas

On November 27th - Good Food, Good Food HD and Good Food +1 will rename temporarily as Christmas Food, Christmas Food HD and Christmas Food +1 on Virgin Media UK.

Then on December 1st  - Gold, Gold HD and Gold +1 will rename temporarily as Christmas Gold, Christmas Gold HD and Christmas Gold +1 both Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Deadline EXCLUSIVE: ITV Closes Drama Channel Encore, Repositions Into Boxset Service

Story from Deadline:

British commercial broadcaster ITV is moving into boxsets as it repositions its pay-TV channel Encore into a digital service.

The Irish Times: TV3 ponders name-change rebrand to Virgin Media

Story from The Irish Times:

Irish broadcaster TV3 could be rebranded using the name of its parent company Virgin Media under a plan being considered by the cable TV and telecoms groups.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Guardian: Future of Sky News faces review if no Fox deal, says Sky

Story from The Guardian:

Sky has said it will review the future of Sky News if 21st Century Fox’s £11.7bn bid to take full control of the broadcaster is blocked on the grounds of media plurality.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Sony Music Channels goes Christmas from November 10th

The following Sony own channels will be putting on their Christmas Lights from November 10th:

  • November 10th - NOW 80s renames temporarily as NOW Christmas.^
  • November 17th - Chilled 90s renames temporarily as Chilled Xmas.^

^Channels are on TiVO or V6 boxes via the Red Button.

MTV Xmas to launch on Virgin Media Ireland from November 24th

We also hear that MTV Classic will be rebrand as MTV Xmas on Virgin Media Ireland from November 24th. Sky Cinema to launch three pop-up channels over November and December is reporting that Sky Cinema will launch three pop-up channels over November and December:

Radio Times: Sky Cinema Superheroes will launch next week

Radio Times has confirm that Sky Cinema Greats will be known as Sky Cinema Superheroes from November 13th to November 27th.

Monday, 6 November 2017

The Telegraph: Boost for ITV as Government backs commercial deal in £80m fees row with Virgin Media

Story from The Telegraph:

The Government has given a boost to ITV’s campaign to extract up to £80m a year from Virgin Media for its main channel by saying the row should be resolved commercially.

CNBC: 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney

Story from

21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney Co., leaving behind a media company tightly focused on news and sports, according to people familiar with the situation.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Telegraph: ITV threatens to pull plug on Virgin Media over £80m bill

Story from The Telegraph:

ITV is threatening a blackout of its flagship channel in millions of homes unless cable operator Virgin Media hands over up to £80m a year, in a pivotal confrontation over dividing the spoils of the British television industry.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Sky Cinema to launch Christmas channel next week

Sky Cinema Christmas to launch on November 8th on Channels 410 and 440.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Radio Times: 'Spike' to become known as '5 Spike' on October 31st

Radio Times has confirm that 'Spike' will become known as '5 Spike' on October 31st.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Virgin Media UK to rebroadcast Kids channels on channel 700 for an day

Up until Sunday VTV Kids are broadcasting an channel for 24 hours from 6am to 6am:

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Cable Forum: Is Virgin Media UK set to launch 16 new channels?

JJ20X has posted the following on Cable Forum:

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media to showcase Sky One next week

Sky One is also being rebroadcast on Virgin Media Preview - Channel 100.

It will happen on October 25th from 9pm to 2am.

Christmas 24 will close on January 6th

Wikipedia is reporting that Christmas 24 Channels will be with us from October 21st to January 6th 2018. Sky Cinema to celebrate Halloween with a week of scary movies

Fans of horror films are in for a treat (or trick) this Halloween as Sky Cinema is set to launch a channel dedicated to scary movies.

EXCLUSIVE: QVC Style given new Sky Channel number

Sky Sources has confirmed the following is set to happen on Thursday on Sky:

  • Channel Removal: GR SHOP (Sky EPG 653)
  • QVC Style will move from (Sky EPG 678) to (Sky EPG 653)
  • New Channel Launch: iON TV (Sky EPG 862)

Virgin Media UK removes Kix Power from EPG

Kix Power has been removed today from Virgin Channel 738.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Media Boy HQ given updates on Do Not Post orders and Rumours

We now have over 8 DNP orders.
Here is some rumours we have been told. (Some may not like this)
  1. BT Sports to be removed from the old XL Pack (When old deal is up).
  2. But both AMC and BoxNation may launch on the BT Sport package.
  3. An well known broadcaster is up for sale.

Friday, 13 October 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK given viewers 11 Asain Channels for TEN days

The following channels has been seen on the old XL pack since about 1am last night until October 22nd.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Sky to give new on-screen look to Sky News and Sky Cinema

Sources says that following on from the new look Sky basic channels,

Sky News will be the next to be given an new on screen look followed by Sky Cinema.

Sky Sources: BBC Radio Cymru 2 now testing ahead of November launch

Sky Sources say that BBC Radio Cymru 2 is now testing on Sky ahead of it rumour November launch date.

Sky Cinema to launch Animation Channel

Sky Cinema will launch Sky Cinema Animation using Sky Cinema Family channels numbers for three weeks from October 14th:

Monday, 9 October 2017

Virgin Media UK moves E4 to Channel 106

Virgin Media UK has today move E4 to Virgin UK Channel 106.

Also Sky1, Sky1 HD and Sky2 has been given an rebrand by Sky and is now known as Sky One, Sky One HD and Sky Two (EPG Numbers stay the same).

Thursday, 5 October 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Sky set to rebrand Sky1

Sky sources has confirmed that Sky One is getting a big relaunch soon. Sky One will be getting new Idents. That's all we've been told so far.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Broadband TV News: Sky and Virgin threaten to drop RTE

Story from Broadband TV News:

Sky and Virgin Media have told a Irish parliamentary committee that they would risk losing channels from RTE rather than pay for their carriage.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Virgin Media UK make some channels available to all viewers

Virgin Media UK has added the following channels to everyone packages until October 31st.

The channels currently available to all viewers are:

  • Cartoon Network,
  • Cartoonito,
  • Nickelodeon,
  • Boomerang,
  • Pop,
  • Tiny Pop.
  • TV5.