Setanta Sports will be free to everyone on Saturday 30th May for coverage of the FA Cup final. It will be available on Freeview, Virgin Media and Sky. Setanta will share coverage of the FA Cup final with ITV.
Film4 has extended it’s broadcast hours as of today. From now on, Film4 will be on air from 11am instead of 1pm, and Film4 +1 will be on air from 12pm instead of 2pm. Film4 is available on Freeview, Virgin Media and Sky. Film4 +1 is available on Virgin Media and Sky.
Virgin1 is now broadcasting 24 hours a day on Freeview channel 20. Also, Virgin1 +1 is now available on Freeview for the first time.
You will need to rescan your set top box to ensure you pick up all the changes. A full rescan is recommended (not just an Add Channels scan).
Virgin1 +1 currently has the wrong programme information, but this is likely to be fixed soon.
Virgin1 +1 broadcasts 6pm-6am every evening on Freeview channel 35.
BBC programmes will be added to Top Up TV Anytime’s “TV Favourites” section from June.
A message on the official Top Up TV website says “now you can catch the best of Drama, Comedy, and Factual from the BBC right here on Top Up TV… as of 3 June, you will be able to enjoy hit shows such as Life on Mars (series 1), Doctor Who (series 1), Bleak House, Spooks (series 5), Blue Planet, Himalaya with Michael Palin, Life in the Undergrowth, Little Britain (series 1), The League of Gentlemen, The Catherine Tate Show (series 1), and many more”.
UKTV Gardens has rebranded today to become Really. Really can be found on Virgin Media channel 267 and Sky channel 248. Gardening content that used to appear on UKTV Gardens before it was rebranded will shift across to Home (formerly UKTV Style). The only remaining UKTV-prefixed channel to be rebranded is UKTV Food, which will change its name to Good Food on Monday 22nd June.
The final UKTV channel to be rebranded is UKTV Food. It’s been confirmed the new name for the channel will be Good Food. UKTV have struck a deal with BBC Worldwide to license the brand from them for the Good Food channel name.
UKTV say, in an official press release, “negotiated directly between the broadcaster and BBC Worldwide, this agreement permits UKTV to rebrand its dedicated UKTV Food channel and associated website while also adopting the new channel brand for all related commercial and promotional activities. UKTV’s new lifestyle channel, Good Food, will launch at 9am on Monday 22nd June alongside a complementary website”.
The tagline for the new channel will be “we have fun with food” and will have “80% of its schedule made up of brand new commissions and exclusive acquisitions”.
Matthew Littleford (UKTV’s controller) says “we are thrilled to mark our tenth and final channel rebrand with a completely different approach: licensing an established brand name that has both heritage and credibility associated with it”.
Gaming channels Super Casino and Netplay have been removed Freeview. They were initially removed to make way for the launch of the new Quest channel, which never launched today.
Participation channel Smile TV 2 has returned to Freeview and will broadcast on channel 33 from midnight to 5am every night. Smile TV 2 uses space from Ideal World which will be off-air midnight-5am from now on.
Fiver and Five USA have changed channel numbers on Freeview. Fiver has moved from channel 36 to channel 30, and Five USA has moved from channel 35 to channel 31.
In a surprise decision, Discovery had to postpone the launch of their new channel Quest, which was due to launch on Freeview today.
A message was posted up on the official Quest website at 10am this morning says “Regrettably we have made the decision to postpone the launch of Quest. Due to a number of commercial factors we have had to make this difficult decision. We did not make this decision lightly and we are working towards launching Quest in the near future. We would like to apologise wholeheartedly to any of you that have been looking forward to this launch”.
More news as we get it.
It was initially announced quite a long time ago, but Film4 have finally now confirmed the date they are extending their broadcast hours. From Saturday 23rd May, Film4 will start at 11am (instead of the current 1pm start time). This change affects all platforms – Freeview, Virgin Media and Sky.