Film4 HD will launch on Virgin Media on the 20th July on channel 429.
The Film4 channels will be reshuffled in the Virgin Media EPG to make way for the launch of Film4 HD – Film4 will be on channel 428, Film4 HD will be on channel 429 and Film4 +1 will be on channel 430.
Film4 HD will not be available on Sky from launch.
Five HD is now available on Sky channel 171 and Virgin Media channel 150. The Five channels have been reshuffled on Virgin Media to keep all them together in the EPG – Five HD is on channel 150, Fiver is on channel 151, Fiver +1 on channel 152, Five USA on channel 153 and Five USA +1 on channel 154.
Sky Real Lives will close later this year.
In a report on C21Media a Sky spokesman is quoted as saying “in light of our strategy of doing fewer things better, we have begun a consultation with staff about the planned closure of Sky Real Lives. By focusing content investment on those channels that offer greater reach and exposure, we believe we can better meet customer demands”.
C21Media say “Sky is currently in discussion with the channel’s staff with a view to shuttering the net this summer, in a bid to focus on its flagship entertainment channels, Sky1 and Sky2”.
New spin-off channel Living Loves launched on the 5th July. It’s available on Sky channel 172 and Virgin channel 159. Living Loves has replaced Living +2.
Fashion TV has been removed. It used to broadcast on Sky channel 261.
Al-Jazeera English is now available on Freeview. Al-Jazeera English broadcasts from 6pm to 11pm daily on Freeview channel 89.