It has been announced new Discovery Networks channel TLC will launch on the 30th April.
TLC will be a brand new entertainment channel following in the vein of its US counterpart of the same name.
The channel will be available on Sky, Virgin Media and BT Vision in HD and non-HD formats.
WorldScreen.com reports “The company has invested millions into the U.K. launch of TLC. The channel will feature British and global stars including Holly Valance in Ultimate Shopper, Dawn O’Porter in Undercover Mums, Lisa Snowdon in Your Style in His Hands and Oprah Winfrey in Oprah’s Next Chapter. The channel will also launch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”.
TLC has been expected to launch here for a long long time so this is well overdue.
Sky Movies Disney has launched this week as a replacement to the recently-closed Disney Cinemagic.
The new channel launched on the 28th March on Sky channel 305 and on Virgin Media.
Other changes that came into effect this week were the closure of Sky Movies Classics, the renaming of Sky Movies Modern Greats to Sky Movies Greats and Sky Movies Indie became Sky Movies Select.
BBC Two HD has launched today on all major TV platforms.
The channel replaces the BBC HD channel.
Click here for more details about these changes.
The BBC have confirmed the launch details for BBC Two HD today.
It was previously announced the channel would be launching this month, but some points have changed.
BBC Two HD will launch on the 26th March.
Sky customers will find it on channel 142 (next to BBC One HD on 141) not the current number BBC HD appears on (169).
Virgin Media customers will find it on channel 187.
BBC Two HD will be on Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 102 and BT Vision+ channel 852.
You will only be able to receive it on those services if you have an HD box, and may need to retune your set top box to pick up the changes (this doesn’t apply to Sky, Virgin Media or BT Vision+ customers).
BBC HD will close down to be replaced with BBC Two HD on that day.
Visit the About The BBC blog for more details.
On demand programmes from Channel 4 will be available on Sky’s catch up TV service from Monday.
4OD programming will join content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Demand 5 and Sky which already appear on the service.
Channel 4 programmes will also be available on Sky’s mobile platform Sky Go for the first time.
Massive R&B will be rebranded on the 27th March to become Planet Pop.
This will be the third name for the channel which originally started out as WTF (Weekly Top Forty).
There will be several changes to the Sky Movies lineup this month in addition to the launch of the new Sky Movies Disney channel.
Sky Movies Modern Greats will be renamed to Sky Movies Greats and a new channel called Sky Select will replace Sky Movies Indie & Sky Classics (merging content from those two channels onto this new Select channel).
Full changes to the Sky EPG:
Sky channel 304 – Sky Movies Greats HD
Sky channel 305 – Sky Movies Disney HD
Sky channel 307 – Sky Movies Action & Adventure HD
Sky channel 308 – Sky Movies Comedy HD
Sky channel 309 – Sky Movies Crime & Thriller HD
Sky channel 310 – Sky Movies Drama & Romance HD
Sky channel 311 – Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror HD
Sky channel 312 – Sky Movies Select HD
Non-HD customers will get the standard definition versions on the same numbers above.
The Arabic version of Sky News has launched on Sky.
Sky News Arabia launched in Arabian areas in May 2012 and it appeared on the Sky platform for the first time this week.
It’s available on Sky channel 855.