A high definition version of Scottish channel STV has plans to launch very soon. A press release from STV Plc says “as a result of the improved advertising market, STV today confirms an acceleration of investment in High Definition, greatly enhancing the viewing experience for our audiences. Initially, this HD service will be available on digital terrestrial and digital cable services and we expect this to be in place for the 2010 World Cup”.
Sci Fi Channel has been rebranded as Syfy to bring it in line with the name change in other countries. Syfy is available on Sky channel 129 (+1 is on channel 205 and HD is on channel 214) and Virgin Media channel 135 (+1 on channel 166 and HD is on channel 165).
Sky Free Weekend Pass is taking place on Sky 3 this weekend (17th-18th April).
It gives a taster of programming on Sky. Programmes include the first two episodes of The Pacific from Sky Movies, Live Rugby Union from Sky Sports and Pineapple Dance Studios from Sky 1.
The Sky Free Weekend Pass on Sky 3 is available on Freeview channel 11, Virgin Media channel 123 and Sky channel 108.
Visit www.sky.com/freepass for more information.
TLC (The Learning Channel) will be returning to UK TV from 2011. TLC used to be available in the UK until it was rebranded as Discovery Home & Leisure in 1997. It’s been announced a current Discovery-branded channel will be renamed as TLC and there’s likely to be further brand re-alignment for other Discovery channels. It’s thought TLC will be available on Sky and cable platforms.
Zone Horror has rebranded back to its original name Horror Channel today. Horror Channel is available on Sky channel 319, Virgin Media channel 149 and Freesat.
The first ever 3D channel from Sky launches today. Sky 3D is available on Sky channel 217 for anyone with a 3D TV (which isn’t many people at the moment) and in selected pubs for today’s Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea. Click here to find a pub in your area. If you do have a 3D TV, then you need to also have a Sky+ HD box to view the channel.
ITV1 HD officially launched yesterday (2nd April). It’s available on Sky channel 178, Virgin Media channel 113 and Freeview channel 51. Please note to view the channel on Freeview you need a Freeview HD box – not a standard Freeview box. ITV1 HD is also available on Freesat. ITV1 HD is a simulcast of the main ITV1 channel but all programming is either upscaled or shown in HD when available. To make way for ITV1 HD, Men & Motors has closed down.