Style Network axed by NBC Universal

Style NetworkNBC Universal have decided to axe their Style Network channel in the UK.

Its sister channel in America recently rebranded to Esquire Network.

The UK version of Style Network launched in 2008.

A quote was made by NBC Universal (as reported by news website C21Media):

“After thorough consideration, Universal Networks International has taken the decision to withdraw Style from the UK with effect from December 9, 2013, and will re-focus its strategic efforts on continuing to build successes across our four distinct channel brands in the UK: Universal Channel, E!, Syfy and Movies 24”.

5 new HD channels from the BBC tomorrow

The BBC have confirmed their 5 new HD channels will launch tomorrow, Tuesday 10th December.

CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD and BBC News HD will all be available from tomorrow in time for Christmas – those channels were originally not due for launch until early 2014 so this is most welcome news.

The channels will appear in the following locations:

New BBC HD channels

In addition to the new high definition channel launches, it has been announced that BBC Two HD will replace the standard definition of BBC Two on Sky channel 102 (this change will take place in England only).

BBC One Scotland and BBC One Wales will also be replaced with their HD equivalents following the successful trial of swapping BBC One NI with BBC One NI HD in November.

Also from tomorrow BBC Alba, BBC Two HD and BBC Parliament will move to more prominent positions on the Virgin Media platform – BBC Alba moves to channel 161, BBC Two HD to 162 and BBC Parliament will switch to channel 605.

For more information on all of these changes click here to read the official BBC blog post.