Monday, 15 January 2018

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2018

Last updated January 15th 2018 at 21:30 (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.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

EXCLUSIVE: France 24 HD launches on Virgin Media UK

Media Boy HQ has found that France 24 (FRENCH) SD has closed but Virgin Media UK has launch France 24 (FRENCH) HD only on Virgin UK Channel 832.

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BBC News: Ofcom to assess plans for new BBC Scotland channel

Story from BBC News:

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has said the BBC's plans for a new TV channel for Scotland have the potential to harm "fair and effective" competition.

The watchdog said it needed to make a full assessment of the plans before deciding whether to give approval.

The BBC announced proposals in February 2017 for the new channel, which was expected to begin broadcasting in the autumn of 2018.

Ofcom said it would publish its final decision by 11 July.

The BBC published plans for the channel, to be called BBC Scotland, in November.

They included:
  • A programme budget just over £32m per full year
  • A news programme (shown at 21:00 on weekdays) covering "international, UK and Scottish stories, told from a Scottish perspective", with shorter bulletins at weekends
  • New programmes that reflect Scottish life, including the opportunity to premiere some new comedy and drama It is proposed that the new channel will take the place currently occupied by BBC Four on electronic programme guides in Scotland.

The corporation's own governing board found that the channel passed its Public Interest Test.

However, the regulator described the BBC's plans as a "material change" in the public services offered.

Ofcom said it had had taken comments from 17 stakeholders, many of whom welcomed the new channel.

But questions were raised about whether or not the channel was adequately funded, with others criticising a "lack of detail" and the potential to "crowd out competition".

Ofcom said: "We consider that the points above raise concerns and issues which are sufficiently significant to justify conducting a BCA (competition assessment).

"Furthermore, we consider the activities proposed by the BBC, taken together, comprise a single proposal to carry out a new UK Public Service.

"We do not consider that the aspects of the BBC's proposal giving rise to our concerns can be clearly separated from an assessment of the overall proposition."

They added: "The BCA process will involve market research and economic analysis and we will take account of the stakeholders responses we have already received."

The BBC said it had anticipated a commercial assessment.

A spokesman added: "We welcome Ofcom's decision to scrutinise the proposal for the new channel and we look forward to contributing to the consultation exercise."

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Confirmed: BBC Wales not going to launch BBC Radio Cymru 2 on Virgin Media UK

A516digital is reporting that BBC Radio Cymru 2 will NOT launch on Virgin Media UK later this month.

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Telegraph: Former easyJet boss takes on ITV amid troubling Virgin dispute

Story from The Telegraph:

Dame Carolyn McCall will take the helm at ITV on Monday with the broadcaster locked in a commercial dispute with its biggest shareholder and playing catch-up in television's internet revolution.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

a516digital: My5's relaunch has been put on hold until the Spring 2018

a516digital is reporting that My5's relaunch has been put on hold until the Spring. 

Media Boy HQ has still to see what the relaunch channel will be called.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK update WorldBox for 2018

Russian Channel Bestseller is no longer on WorldBox in the Russian package.

But Russian Channel RTVi is set to launch soon in the Russian package on WorldBox.

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The Irish Times: Virgin Media parent Liberty Global spins out Latin American business

Story from The Irish Times:

Liberty Global, the international cable and television group controlled by Irish American billionaire John Malone, has split off its Latin American and Caribbean business into a separate corporate entity.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2017

Last updated December 28th 2017 at 14:00:

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

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Virgin Media Ireland launches new channel

Just found out that Channel 4 +1 has been added to Virgin Media Ireland.

It on Virgin Ireland Channel 161 and did launch sometime in December.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Belfast Telegraph: Former UTV Ireland channel to be rebranded as Virgin in second overhaul since €10m sale

Story from Belfast Telegraph:

The chief executive of parent company Liberty Global has revealed that the former UTV Ireland channel will be rebranded as Virgin.

UPDATED: The Best of 2017

This Page was last update at 15:55 on December 20th 2017.

The Best of 2017.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Two Sky Cinema Channels to be temporarily rename next month

Sky Cinema Action will be temporarily rename as Sky Cinema Heroes.
Sky Cinema Greats will be temporarily rename as Sky Cinema Villains.

Both channels will be temporarily renamed from January 6th 2018 to February 5th 2018.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

CNBC: Liberty Media's John Malone puts his money where his mouth is, stockpiles more Discovery stock

Story from CNBC:

Four weeks after Liberty Media Chairman John Malone called Discovery Communications stock cheap, he appears to have put his money where his mouth is.

Friday, 15 December 2017

BBC News: Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal

Story from BBC News:

Walt Disney's agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox's business for $52.4bn (£39bn) has raised further questions about the Sky News channel's future.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

BBC News: Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn

Story from BBC News:

Walt Disney has agreed to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox's business for $52.4bn (£39bn), in a deal both companies said position them to compete in the rapidly changing media industry.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

BBC News: Disney set to seal $60bn 21st Century Fox takeover

Story from BBC News:

Walt Disney is close to confirming a deal to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets for about $60bn, reports say.

Broadband TV News: New premium service for Channel Five

Story from Broadband TV News:

The UK’s Channel Five will launch a new premium channel named 5Prime on January 16.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Irish Independent: RTE to axe TV news channel as services hit by financial woes

Story from Irish Independent:

RTE is planning to close its 24-hour television news channel, RTE News Now, as the organisation seeks ways to cut costs amid continuing financial pressure.

Monday, 4 December 2017

BBC News: Fox 'resumes sale talks' with Walt Disney

Story from BBC News:

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is reported to have resumed talks with Walt Disney over a sale of "most" of its business, including its Sky stake.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

BBC News: Ofcom examines new BBC Scotland television channel

Story from BBC News:

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has started examining the BBC's proposal for a new TV channel for Scotland.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Telegraph: Virgin Media owner Liberty Global eyes Swiss exit in latest manoeuvre towards Vodafone deal

Story from The Telegraph:

The cable giant Liberty Global is exploring a sale of its Swiss and Austrian arms, a move that could help pave the way for a $175bn (£131bn) mega-merger with Vodafone.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 World Darts Championship to be shown on dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel

Story from Cable.Co.UK:

Sky Sports is to launch a dedicated darts channel in December as it celebrates 25 years of broadcasting the World Darts Championship.

Monday, 27 November 2017

BBC News: Welsh station Radio Cymru 2 to broadcast from January

Story from BBC News:

BBC Cymru Wales has announced its second Welsh language radio station is to begin broadcasting from January.

Monday, 20 November 2017

VH1 to get rebrand for Christmas

VH1 is set to be rebrand as VH1 Christmas from November 24th.

The Community Channel to rebrand as Together TV

The Community Channel has confirmed that they will rebrand as Together TV on January 16th on Virgin UK Channel 269.

Digital TV Europe: Shareholders okay Discovery’s Scripps deal

Story from Digital TV Europe:

Discovery Communications’ takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive is drawing near after shareholders agreed to the deal.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Virgin Media UK starts tests for STV AD

JJ20X has confirmed STV AD (Audio Description) has started to test on Virgin Media UK

Media Boy HQ feels when launch STV AD will be on Virgin Channel 853 for customers in Scotland only. So no more going to ITV London AD to watch an Film after the Bells on New Year Day.

CNBC: John Malone: There have been 'four different approaches’ for Charter

Story from CNBC:

Charter Communications director John Malone tells CNBC several firms have talked to the cable company about a potential merger or acquisition.

Monday, 13 November 2017

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.