Sky Anytime+ is soon to be made available for non Sky Broadband customers for the first time.
Anytime+ will be available for all Sky TV customers by Easter.
It’s also been announced BBC iPlayer and ITV Player will launch on the Anytime+ on-demand service.
BBC iPlayer is mooted for a Sky launch within the year, and ITV Player will join Anytime+ tomorrow with archive programmes.
Regular catchup programmes for ITV Player will be added later this year.
NBC Universal have announced Diva TV is set to close next month.
Diva TV will cease broadcasting on the 14th February with its most popular programmes being moved across to their Style channel.
The closure is due to NBC Universal’s shift of focus onto the Style Network. Their offering will now comprise of Style, E!, Universal Channel, Syfy and Movies 24. The move follows NBC Universal’s acquisition by Comcast in March 2011.
ESPN will broadcast unencrypted throughout the first weekend of February.
The channel will be available for free from Friday 3rd February to Monday 6th February.
Freeview, Sky and BT Vision viewers will be able to watch everything on the channel that weekend with no charge.
UKTV-owned channel Watch will debut its new look on the 7th February.
The channel will get a brand new logo and identity. Programming will likely remain unchanged.
This will be the third logo change since the channel’s launch. The current logo was introduced in September 2010.
More 4 has relaunched today, with a new brand identity and a new look schedule redefining it as a lifestyle channel.
If you want to see the new look More 4 idents head over to the fantastic TV Live website where they will be providing coverage.
The changes announced by Sky in November will not come into effect tomorrow as originally planned.
It’s thought the channel moves and changes will now take place on Tuesday 21st February instead.
For more information on the planned changes to Sky’s channels please click here.
Ofcom have revoked Press TV’s license to broadcast, so the channel has now been removed from the Sky platform.
More information regarding Ofcom’s decision to revoke their license can be found in the official press release here.
Sky Sports F1 will be coming to Virgin Media, it has been confirmed. The new channel will be the dedicated home for Formula 1.
Virgin Media’s official press release says “the channel will be added to the complete Sky Sports package available through Virgin Media, alongside Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 4. Subscribers to this package will have the channel added automatically at launch. Sky Sports News is separately included in all pay TV tiers”.
Virgin Media also reveal “Sky is working to develop interactive services for Sky Sports F1 viewers on the Virgin Media platform”.
Sky Sports F1 launches on Virgin Media and Sky in March.
Channel 4 are looking to launch a new channel consisting of repeats of popular programmes from the past seven days.
The idea is being slated as Project Shuffle.
Broadcast Now say “the main channel’s content would be made available for the next seven days in a linear broadcast fashion”.
For example “an episode of Location, Location, Location premiering on a Wednesday would be played out in the same slot on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday”.
It’s not known what the channel would be called, when it will launch or which TV platforms it will be available on.
It was announced last year that More 4 would rebrand in January 2012 with a new look and a new channel remit.
ManvsMachine – the company producing the new look idents & logo – have posted on Twitter the More 4 rebrand will appear on-screen from Monday 23rd January.