An article on Brand Republic says “Broadcaster Five is to relaunch its video-on-demand service Five Download as a mixed paid-for and free ad-supported service within two months” and “discussions are underway between Five and BT Vision, Tiscali and Virgin Media”. Watch this space – it’s not 100& clear whether this will be available on Virgin TV or via the Virgin website, if the discussions are successful between Five and Virgin Media. If you’re a Brand Republic member, you can read the rest of the article here.
Media news website Digital Spy are reporting BBC iPlayer will be “on Virgin Media next month” – the service wil be available via the red button from all BBC channels. The service will be similar to the current BBC offerings available on Catch Up TV On Demand at the moment, but will include a broader range of BBC programmes, and BBC Radio catchups are also thought to be available on the service. The iPlayer service will also be launching on the iPhone and iTouch. Click here for full details of the latest iPlayer developments.
The CITV channel will no longer be available for Freeview viewers in Wales from the 5th February, because ITV4 is going to be broadcast 24 hours and CITV is changing slots to airtime that’s not available in Wales due to regional channels broadcasting in that area. The official Freeview website says “if you live in Wales or do not have the full Freeview channel line-up, unfortunately you may not be able to receive CITV after this date”.
6th February update – CITV channel is no longer available in Wales from today, and ITV4 is now 24 hours (also 24 hours on Virgin Media)
Sky Movies SD1 and Sky Movies SD2 are now known as Sky Screen 1 and Sky Screen 2 on the Virgin Media EPG, following Sky’s rebranding of the channels. MTV Flux has closed down (on all platforms – including Sky) and has been replaced by MTV ONE +1 (a timeshifted version of the main MTV ONE channel). The UKTV channels are now broadcast in widescreen (most of the programmes are still shown in 4:3 though, until UKTV acquire widescreen versions of these programmes).
We mentioned earlier this week that ITV4 would be broadcasting 24 hours from this month, but it wasn’t confirmed this would include Freeview as well. It can now be confirmed ITV4 will indeed be broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – starting 6th February. This is made possible by – as previously speculated – the CITV channel moving to ABC1’s old broadcast space and ITV4 taking the whole of the current slot. Viewers will need to rescan their set top boxes from the 6th February to continue to receive the CITV channel and to make sure all these changes apply okay to their boxes.