The new ESPN channels have arrived

The new UK version of ESPN has now appeared on channel 529, ESPN HD has appeared on channel 530 (available to V+ customers), ESPN America has moved to channel 531 (this will continue to broadcast in the UK despite earlier rumours that it would cease broadcasting when ESPN UK launched) and ESPN Classic has appeared on channel 533.

The new channels launch today, and all ESPN channels will be available free for all XL TV customers, like the Setanta Sports channels used to be. If you are on the M TV or L TV package you can subscribe to ESPN and ESPN HD for £8 per month if you already subscribe to any combination of the Sky Sports channels or £10 a month if you don’t. ESPN and ESPN HD are free for all Virgin TV customers throughout August.

You may need to restart your set top box to pick up the channel changes (turn the box off at the plug socket for 30 seconds then switch it back on again).

HD channels launch & more soon

Virgin have launched a raft of new HD channels for V+ customers.

FX HD, MTVNHD and National Geographic HD have all launched on Virgin Media (V+ only as these are high definition broadcasts) to join the existing BBC HD channel which – before today – was the only linear HD channel on Virgin TV. FX HD is available on channel 158, MTVNHD is available on channel 310 and National Geographic HD is available on channel 232.

Also, in a press release, Virgin Media have announced “ESPN HD will launch on 3rd August, with 4HD [Channel 4 HD] and LIVING HD coming soon”. They say “4HD will be available to all of Virgin Media’s TV customers at no extra cost, alongside the BBC HD channel. Virgin Media will make its full range of HD channels available at no extra cost to its XL TV customers”.

On Demand HD content is also still available.

Click here to read the press release in full.

ESPN, ESPN HD & ESPN Classic confirmed

Details of the new ESPN channel on Virgin Media have been announced.

Virgin Media have said “the new ESPN channel will be available in both standard and High Definition (HD) to Virgin Media’s 3.5 million digital TV customers from 3rd August”.

This comes as a surprise as we didn’t think Virgin would get the HD channel.

The new UK ESPN channel will air Premier League Football and other top sports.

Virgin Media continue – “Customers who subscribe to Virgin Media’s XL TV pack will be able to watch ESPN and ESPN HD at no additional cost. As part of the deal, these subscribers will also receive ESPN Classic, featuring the greatest moments of UK and European sport… dedicated sports fans who are on Virgin Media’s M or L pack will be able to subscribe to ESPN and ESPN HD for a great value price of £8 a month if they already subscribe to any combination of the Sky Sports channels, or £10 a month if not” and “as a special introduction to the new ESPN and ESPN HD channels, Virgin Media will make these ESPN channels available to all of its digital TV customers, for no additional cost, during August”.

So this means three new channels coming to Virgin Media in August – ESPN, ESPN HD (for V+ customers) and ESPN Classic. The existing ESPN America channel will close down on all platforms – cable and Sky.

Click here to read the Virgin Media press release in full.