The hours for UKTV Gold on Top Up TV’s live channel lineup have changed. UKTV Gold now airs 5pm-1am (instead of the previous 4pm-1am slot) on Top Up TV. This ties in with Teachers’ TV new hours (posted earlier).
ABC1 closed down yesterday, as planned – and is no longer available on Freeview, cable or Sky. The channel has been removed from the EPG entirely on Freeview (rescan your box to remove the channel) and Virgin Media are showing a notice on ABC1 on their platform, saying the service is no longer available.
As per a new comment on the old news post, it seems the new hours for Teachers’ TV will come into effect from this evening. The post says “the proposed Freeview time comes into effect this evening at 4pm” and “the new Teachers TV Freeview time slot will now be 4-5pm daily”.
It was originally thought ABC1 would cease broadcasting at the end of the month – but it will now close at midday tomorrow (Wednesday 26th September).
In a surprise announcement, UKTV G2 is being relaunched under a new name – it will now be known as Dave (a bizarre name – but strangely clever), and will launch on Freeview as well as cable and Sky. Dave launches on the 15th October, and will be aimed at male audiences between the ages of 16 and 34. This will be the only UKTV channel not to include the “UKTV” prefix in the channel name. The channel will feature comedy, documentary and factual programmes. In the announcement, a representative of UKTV describes the channel name and why it was chosen – “everyone knows a bloke called Dave”. Dave will broadcast from 7am to 3am every day (Freeview channel 19, Virgin Media channel 125 and Sky). To make way for the launch on the Freeview platform, UKTV History will have its hours cut (on Freeview only) to 7am through to 6pm every day. Other channel changes on Freeview coming in October include the launch of Virgin Media’s new channel, Virgin 1 (launching on the 1st October – available on Freeview, cable and Sky), and the closure of Disney-owned channel ABC1 (closing on all platforms from the end of September – Freeview, cable and Sky). Teachers’ TV is also changing Freeview broadcast hours soon (if that goes ahead) but it’s not known when, and there are rumoured to be some Top Up TV changes coming soon as well. Liverpool FC TV is now available on Virgin Media as of today, as part of the Setanta Sports package.
A new Warner TV section of On Demand is now available – featuring programmes such as ER, Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill, Joey and The West Wing – amongst others. As they’re on the demand, you can fast forward, rewind and pause programmes as you please.
Liverpool FC TV will appear on Virgin Media tomorrow as part of the Setanta Sports package (free for XL TV customers). Liverpool FC TV will be on channel 544. More information is available here. Also, it has been announced a new channel – Arsenal TV – will be launching on Virgin Media in December. From December, this new channel will be available as part of the Setanta Sports package. More information on Arsenal TV is available here.
The launch date for Virgin 1 will be the 1st October, it has been confirmed. The channel will broadcast on Freeview (on Ftn’s slot), cable and Sky. Virgin 1 will be 24 hours on all platforms, except Freeview (where it may be 6pm to 6am only). Ftn will close down when Virgin 1 launches on all platforms.
Customers in ex-NTL areas of Virgin Media will now note they have UKTV History on channel 204, UKTV Documentary +1 on channel 209 and UKTV Food +1 on channel 261. Ex-Telewest areas already had these channels.
A couple of the Emap radio channels have moved multiplexes – Smash Hits and Heat. This means Heat is available across the country, whereas Smash Hits is no longer available in Wales. You may need to rescan you set top boxes to keep these channels.