BBC HD channel approved

BBC HD – the high definition service on cable and Sky – has been approved by the BBC Trust and it’s thought it will officially launch next year. The channel has currently been in the trial phase for some time and has been available to those with a V+ box. The fully launched channel will consist of 9 hours worth of high def programming.

New content coming to On Demand this month

A press release on the Virgin Media website says “Virgin Media is beefing up its on demand offering this month by adding a wealth of factual and lifestyle programmes to its line-up. Over 80 hours of science, nature and lifestyle shows from National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel will be available to Virgin Media customers from November”. Watch this space.

Read the press release in full

Virgin and Sky talks “are ongoing”

Virgin Media have stated “we continue to have discussions with Sky, those discussions are ongoing. We have not managed to reach a commercial settlement at this stage. We’ll continue to do that” and “Ofcom is still taking undertaking a review of the detailed facts and other information concerning their market investigation and we continue to work with them and we look forward to them coming to the next stage of their investigative review”. To read the transcript from the recent meeting, click here to go to Seeking Alpha.

Recent and upcoming changes on Virgin TV

The three CSTV channels – Scuzz, Bliss and Flaunt – were removed from the Virgin Media lineup on Tuesday 6th November following end of contract. The three channels have been renamed on the EPG to their channel numbers. MTV R (the new “classic” MTV channel) also launched this week on channel 196 – it launched on the 8th November.

Also, in coming weeks we have the launch of Setanta Sports News (probably now launching on the 29th November on channel 518), and the ex-Telewest channel number harmonisation continues until the end of this month. Any channels only available on ex-NTL or ex-Telewest platforms will be removed altogether at the end of December. There are several channels testing on certain Virgin Media boxes (hidden) – these include JJB Sports TV, Cartoonito, True Movies 2 and Setanta Sports News. TCM 2 is no longer testing so is probably not coming to Virgin Media.