Thursday, 29 December 2016

Irish Times: ‘Coronation Street’ tops TV3 ratings after switch from UTV

Story from Irish Times:


Coronation Street became the most watched programme on TV3 in all of 2016 after the soap was moved back to the channel from UTV Ireland in December.

F1 Takeover - FT: Liberty Media plans Formula One revamp

FT is reporting that Liberty Media, the new owner of Formula One, plans to overhaul the elite motorsport, including selling race naming rights and staging ancillary events around its 21 Grand Prix with the aim of making each one “the equivalent of the Super Bowl”.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2016

Last updated December 28th 2016 at 13:54:

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

Bay TV Swansea launches on Virgin Media UK

Virgin Media UK worker "spiderplant" has confirmed to Media Boy HQ that Bay TV Swansea did launch on Virgin UK Channel 159 (Swansea areas only). We have no confirm launch date.

Information thanks to Spiderplant/Cable Forum.

UPDATED: The Best of 2016, Virgin Media UK year in Review

Some text was updated on December 28th. Post first posted on December 7th.

The Best of 2016.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Radio Times: Sky Cinema to launch Sky Cinema Superheroes on Sunday

Radio Times has confirmed that Sky Cinema Greats will become know as Sky Cinema Superheroes from Sunday.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Variety: Patrick Drahi’s Altice Sells SFR BeLux to Telenet, Owned by John Malone’s Liberty Global

Story from Variety:

Patrick Drahi’s Netherlands-based Altice Group, parent of Altice USA and SFR, France’s No. 2 telecoms operator, has agreed to sell its businesses in Belgium and Luxembourg to the Telenet Group, owned by John Malone’s Liberty Global.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Irish Times: TV3 wins Irish rights to British horse racing

Story from Irish Times:

TV3 has signed a four-year partnership with Racecourse Media Group (RMG) to show the Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom and Royal Ascot racing events from 2017.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Local TV on MB Blog: Cambridge TV changes name

Cambridge TV has changed it name to That's Cambridge on Virgin UK Channel 159.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Irish Independent - Revealed: Details of TV3 shake-up including the fate of Xpose, Midday and Ireland AM

Story from Irish Independent:

The station has relaunched itself as a three-station group after UTV Ireland was acquired earlier this year in a €10m deal by owners Virgin Media.

BroadcastNow: Turner eyes rescue bid for TruTV

Story from Broadcastnow:

Broadcast has learned that US media giant Turner is considering closing the digital channel, which launched in 2014 and airs series such as Ink Master and a raft of true crime programming.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

BBC: Sky and 21st Century Fox agree £18.5bn takeover deal

Story from BBC online:

Broadcaster Sky and 21st Century Fox have reached agreement on the terms of a takeover deal.

Irish Independent: TV3 closes in on securing UK racing deal for next year

Story from Irish Independent:

TV3 is understood to be closing in on a deal that will ensure upwards on 50 British race meetings a year being broadcast on Irish terrestrial TV.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

ITV: Chris Eubank Jnr to fight Renold Quinlan live on ITV Box Office in 2017

Story from ITV:

Chris Eubank’s bouts gripped television audiences on ITV two decades ago, and now his son is following in his father’s footsteps as the UK biggest commercial broadcaster announces exclusive live coverage of a world title fight with Renold Quinlan.

Rapid TV News: Sony expands flagship movie channel to Freeview and Virgin

Story from Rapid TV News:

The Sony Movie Channel is to undergo a rebrand and launch across the Freeview, Virgin Media UK, and Sky TV platforms in the UK on January 10th.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Seenit - Confirmed: Virgin Media customers won’t be getting free BoxNation

Story from Seenit:

Virgin Media has confirmed that boxing fans will have to continue paying for BoxNation, despite rival BT recently announcing it would be bundling the channel with its sports pack from next year.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Sony confirms Kix Power to end on January 15th on Virgin Media UK

Information found by "SonicMaster" on Cable Forum:

Kix Power trailer confirms that this Virgin Media (UK) exclusive will be available for 5 weeks. It will be interesting to see if is it replaced by the normal Kix channel at the end of that period, as it's available on Sky, Freeview and Freesat so I think Sony would probably like it on Virgin Media too.
Story thanks to SonicMaster/Cable Forum.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Virgin Media UK removes Arabic Hafla from tests

Media Boy Sources has confirmed that as of today ARABIC HAFLA is no longer testing on Virgin Media UK.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Hollywood Reporter: Virgin Media CEO Talks Netflix Integration, Irish TV Acquisitions

Story from The Hollywood Reporter:

Tom Mockridge spoke at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference about the U.K. cable giant that is part of John Malone's Liberty Global.

Sky Cinema to get "Star Wars" for Christmas

Sky Cinema will relaunch Sky Cinema Star Wars from December 12th using Sky Cinema Sci-Fi and Horror EPG Channel number on both Virgin Media UK and Virgin Media Ireland until after the Holidays.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Irish Times: UTV Ireland becomes be3 as TV3 group rebrands channels

Story from Irish Times:

UTV Ireland is to be rebranded in January as be3, a new “female-focused” channel within the TV3 group, which bought the channel for €10 million from ITV.

Kix Power to launch on Sunday on Virgin Media UK

Kix Power will launch on Virgin UK Channel 738 this coming Sunday.

Monday, 5 December 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK starts tests for Viceland

Viceland UK has started on Virgin Media UK - is now testing on Virgin Media with video and audio.

Info given on December 5th.


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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Irish Independent: New UTV Ireland name could be B3

Story from Irish Independent:

TV personalities Alison Comyn and Claire Brock may be eyeing up a move to TV3 after the station finalised its acquisition of UTV Ireland.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Irish Independent: 'Unavoidable redundancies' as TV3 owner Virgin Media concludes acquisition of UTV Ireland

Story from Irish Independent:

A number of redundancies will be "unavoidable" following TV3 owner Virgin Media's acquisition of UTV Ireland.