BBC Sport Interactive on Freeview

The sports section on the Freeview BBC interactive service has been improved. When you press red from any BBC channel, you can now select Sport Home which takes you to a new and improved section. The section now links to the BBCi video streams for Interactive video services and tells you what’s on now so you can easily switch to the relevant stream you want to watch. The new Sport section also has a brand new easy-to-use menu at the bottom.

BBC iPlayer is now integrated into the On Demand menus

BBC iPlayer is now integrated into the Virgin Media On Demand menus. All BBC programmes On Demand now use the iPlayer versions of recordings. If you go to All Channels in the Catch Up TV section and choose iPlayer it just loads the red button version of the BBC iPlayer. If you go to All Days in Catch Up TV it will show up using the same Virgin Media menus as the other content but will still use the iPlayer versions of the programmes. In other iPlayer news, it’s now thought the previously-planned BBC iPlayer channel on the EPG has been postponed – possibly indefinitely.

Virgin Media owned channels now widescreen

The Virgin Media owned TV channels (commonly known as the VMTV channels) are now widescreen. The channels had always been 4:3 but have finally made the leap into 16:9 format. VMTV channels include Virgin 1, Challenge, Living and Bravo. UKTV channels made the switch to widescreen a few months ago. This change also affects other platforms, including Freeview which has Virgin 1.

The Jewellery Channel ceases broadcasting on Freeview

The Jewellery Channel on Freeview channel 44 has ceased broadcasting. It had been available on Freeview for the past six months. Channel 44 is now just a placeholder. It’s not known what (if anything) will replace the channel. One popular view is that Nuts TV could take the additional space and start broadcasting at 7pm every evening. The Jewellery Channel remains broadcasting as normal on other platforms and is also available on Five US in the mornings.