Digital Spy are reporting UKTV are considering launching G2 on Freeview – according to “sources”. Digital Spy say if (a “revamped”) G2 does launch on Freeview it would replace UKTV Bright Ideas. Read more here.
New Virgin Media and Setanta channel, Setanta Sports News has been delayed, according to an article on Broadband TV News. Broadband TV News is reporting “the launch of Setanta Sports News has been delayed after production partners TWI pulled out of the venture” and that it’s planned 29th September launch for the channel “now looks unrealistic”. Read more here.
Channel 4-owned channels will be reshuffled on the Freeview and Virgin Media EPGs when Channel 4 +1 launches on the 20th August. On Virgin Media, More 4 +1 will cease broadcasting and be replaced by Channel 4 +1 on channel 143. On Freeview, More 4 will move from channel 13 to 14, E4 will move from 14 to 29, Film 4 moves from 29 to 32 and Film 4 +1 will cease to broadcast. Film 4 +1 will remain on other platforms – such as Virgin Media – and even though More 4 +1 is being removed from Virgin Media, the channel will remain on Sky. Click here for more.
Ftn +1 – a timeshifted version of Ftn – is expected to launch on Virgin Media soon. It is thought both Ftn and Ftn +1 will then be rebranded Virgin 1 (and Virgin 1 +1).
It has been confirmed that Channel 4 +1 will replace Film4 +1 on Freeview when it launches in August. Channel 4 +1 will replace More 4 +1 on Virgin Media (for those ex-NTL customers who have More 4 + 1 at the moment). More 4 +1 will no longer be available on Virgin Media. There will also be a reshuffle of the other Channel 4-owned channels on Freeview soon.