Sky Sports News to rebrand as Sky Sports News HQ

Sky Sports News will undergo a rebrand on the 12th August to become Sky Sports News HQ it has been announced.

“Launched for the new football season, Sky Sports News HQ will put the viewer at the heart of sports news with a new schedule, upgraded studio and improved digital services including redesigned apps and integrated social media coverage.

Sky Sports News HQ will launch on Sky channel 401, providing viewers with an unrivalled sports news service plus a showcase of other content on the Sky Sports channels. Other Sky Sports channels will move one slot up the Sky digital EPG”.

In addition to the new channel name and number, Sky Sports News HQ will have a new schedule, new studio and other improvements.

The new channel numbers on Sky will be:

Sky Sports News HQ – 401
Sky Sports 1 – 402
Sky Sports 2 – 403
Sky Sports 3 – 404
Sky Sports 4 – 405
Sky Sports 5 – 406
Sky Sports F1 – 407


ITVBe to launch this October

ITV’s new free-to-air channel ITVBe will launch in October, it has been announced.

ITVBe launches on the 8th October on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

“The new channel will be dedicated to lifestyle and entertainment programming, celebrating real life and real people. ITVBe will be the exclusive home of The Only Way Is Essex as well as other UK original commissions and a range of American acquired shows as previously announced”.


Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD launching 1st July

It’s been announced that Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD will launch on Freeview on the 1st July.

Arqiva say “the channels are available to over 70% of the UK population from our newly launched Freeview HD multiplex. These new channels are additional HD Freeview services on the new ‘COM7’ multiplex and will join the HD channels we already offer including BBC News HD and Al Jazeera English HD”.

Channel 4It’s been confirmed Channel 4 +1 HD will be on Freeview channel 110 and 4seven HD on Freeview channel 111.

As per the other HD offerings on Freeview, you must have a Freeview HD box to receive these new channels.

It’s not yet known whether Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD will be available on other platforms, but at the moment it seems these launches will be exclusive to Freeview.

It’s possible the two new HD channel launches are placeholders for forthcoming Freeview HD services from Channel 4, such as possible launches of E4 HD and Film4 HD on Freeview.


Sky Sports 5 launching in August

A brand new Sky Sports channel will launch on the 12th August. Sky Sports 5 is dubbed as “your new home of European football”.

“Sky Sports 5 launches August 12 and will screen over 600 live European football matches next season featuring some of the best players, the best teams and the best competitions. Sky Sports 5 will be the seventh channel from Sky Sports and will be the home of European Qualifiers, UEFA Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey for Sky Sports viewers, plus a host of other European football programming including Revista De La Liga and Champions League Weekly”

As a promotion to mark the launch of Sky Sports 5, Sky are giving customers free Sky Broadband Unlimited for two years when they register & activate the new channel.

A placeholder for Sky Sports 5 can currently be found on Sky channel 407.

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