BBC One HD changes on Sky next week

Some of these changes have now been retracted & revised – click here for an update.


There will be several changes to the way BBC One HD is delivered on Sky (and Freesat) from Monday (24th March).

BBC One HDOn Sky, if you have an HD subscription, BBC One HD will move to channel 101 to replace your regional standard definition channel. The version of BBC One HD on channel 101 will depend on your nation – there will be England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland variants depending on your location.

This will match up with channel 102, where national variants of BBC Two HD exist depending on your location, if you are a Sky HD subscriber.

If you still want to watch the standard definition versions of BBC One and BBC Two (particularly for the regional news on BBC One) you will find your local version on channels 141 & 142. The placeholder for BBC One HD for those without an HD subscription will appear on channel 141, with the standard definition versions still being on channels 101 & 102 respectively.

You will also be able to tune to other BBC One HD regions even if you don’t live there – channel 976 plays host to BBC One HD in all areas apart from England, 977 will be home to BBC One Scotland HD in all areas apart from Scotland, 978 will have BBC One Wales everywhere apart from in Wales and channel 979 will see BBC One Northern Ireland for all places apart from Northern Ireland.


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Pop to launch on Freeview this week

Pop is launching on Freeview tomorrow, Thursday 20th March.

The channel, owned by the CSC Media Group, has been available since 2003 on Sky.

You’ll need to retune your Freeview box to receive Pop – it will be on Freeview channel 75.


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Bid becomes Shop At Bid

Shop At BidBid has been rebranded as Shop At Bid. The channel was renamed on Monday (10th March).

Shop At Bid is available on Freeview channel 23, Sky channel 645 and Virgin Media channel 745.


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BBC Three to be axed as a TV channel

BBC ThreeIt’s been announced BBC Three will be axed as a TV channel and become an online-only entity from next year, subject to the approval of the BBC Trust.

BBC Director General Tony Hall confirmed BBC Three will close on all TV platforms “from autumn 2015″ to make £50 million a year in savings with £30 million of that going to BBC One drama.

The BBC have stressed however this isn’t the end for BBC Three and that it will be “reinvented as a new and innovative online service”.

In addition the space freed up on TV platforms after the closure will be used “to extend CBBC by an hour a night and to provide a BBC One +1 service”.

In an email to BBC staff, BBC Director General Tony Hall said:

“I’m convinced that the BBC as a creative organisation will be able to reinvent a space for young people on the iPlayer that will be bold, innovative and distinctive. It will not just be a TV channel distributed online – it will be an opportunity to look at new forms, formats, different durations, and more individualised and interactive content. It will play to BBC Three’s strengths, offer something distinctive and new, and enhance the BBC’s reputation with young audiences. And I will challenge everyone in the BBC to spend much more time focusing on programming for young audiences. We will lead the way”.

Click here to read the press release in full.


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ITV announces new channel ITVBe

ITVITV have confirmed another new channel launch weeks after announcing ITV Encore.

The new channel announced today is ITVBe which will be a free-to-air channel “featuring the best entertaining lifestyle and reality programming from the UK and the US” according to the official ITV press release.

ITV say “the new channel, which is likely to appeal to a younger, female audience, will also feature acquired content, including the US Real Housewives franchise, which currently airs in daytime on ITV2… ITVBe will complement ITV2 which will continue to strengthen its position as the home of unashamed entertainment for 16-34 year olds, focusing on scripted series, irreverent panel shows and formats, and youth skewing commissions and acquisitions with bold humour at their heart”.

ITVBe will also become the exclusive home for The Only Way Is Essex.

The difference between ITVBe and ITV Encore is the latter is a pay channel – this will likely mean you’ll need to be a Sky customer (i.e. not free-to-view or free-to-air), and not have to pay a subscription for the channel itself – whereas ITVBe will be completely free.

ITV say ITVBe will launch towards the end of the year and will be “available free on all the major broadcasting platforms, including Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media”.

Read the ITV press release in full.


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