Bravo and Channel One to close

Bravo and Channel One will cease broadcasting on all platforms soon as Sky want to concentrate on their other channels.

Sky recently acquired Bravo, Virgin1, Living and the other channels in the Virgin Media TV group from Virgin Media. The group of channels is now known as the Living TV Group. Sky quickly renamed Virgin1 to Channel One as they didn’t buy the Virgin branding rights.

The Guardian reports “it was decided that Channel One [snip] was too similar to Sky3… BSkyB intends to “redeploy” the channels’ programming, with pay-TV shows moving to other Sky channels and free-to-air fare mostly moving to Sky3″.

Channel One will be replaced by Challenge on the Freeview platform.

Sky’s acquisition of the Virgin Media TV group of channels was cleared by The Office Of Fair Trading this week.

A precise date for the closure of Bravo and Channel One is yet to be announced.

Bravo and Channel One

Other changes this week

Babestation has launched on channel 42. You may need to rescan your Freeview box to pick it up. It’s on air 1am to 6am daily. Also, SmileTV3 has launched on channel 37, which airs midnight to 8am daily. Other changes from earlier this week include Big Deal moving to channel 32 (10pm to 5am daily), SmileTV1 closing, new Teletext text service Mobilizer launching on channel 109 and Virgin1 +1 reducing their hours to 6pm to 1am.

Virgin1 goes 24/7 and Virgin1 +1 launches

Virgin1 is now broadcasting 24 hours a day on Freeview channel 20. Also, Virgin1 +1 is now available on Freeview for the first time.

You will need to rescan your set top box to ensure you pick up all the changes. A full rescan is recommended (not just an Add Channels scan).

Virgin1 +1 currently has the wrong programme information, but this is likely to be fixed soon.

Virgin1 +1 broadcasts 6pm-6am every evening on Freeview channel 35.

Virgin1 to broadcast 24 hours; Virgin1 +1 to launch

Virgin 1 will broadcast 24 hours a day on Freeview from the 20th May, as it has acquired a new 24-hour slot on the Freeview platform. It will move from Mux D to the new 24-hour slot on Mux A. You may need to rescan your set top box to pick up Virgin1 from the 20th May.

Also, Virgin1 +1 will launch on Freeview (channel number to be confirmed). Virgin1 +1 will take Virgin1’s current 12-hour slot (so will probably broadcast on Freeview from 6pm onwards every day).