It’s been confirmed ESPN’s new UK channel won’t run side-by-side with ESPN America – it will replace ESPN America on Virgin Media, Sky and Top Up TV (digital terrestrial).
The new UK channel will be available in standard definition and high definition on Sky. There’s no word yet on whether it will be carried in HD on Virgin Media.
ESPN UK will launch on the 3rd August on Virgin Media channel 553 and Top Up TV (digital terrestrial) channel 34.
The new channel will air UK premier league football when the new season begins this year.
Updated: Further to our news post a few days ago, AGB Nielson have announced ESPN’s new UK channel will begin BARB reporting on the 4th August and BBC News says the channel will start broadcasting on the 3rd August. The new channel will be on DTT, Virgin Media and Sky. This will mean ESPN America on DTT (Top Up TV) – Setanta Sports 1’s old slot – will probably be removed in August to make way for ESPN UK. The new ESPN UK channel will air Premier League football as well as other sports.
According to a channel guide PDF on the official Virgin Media website, the UK version of ESPN will launch on channel 553 soon. ESPN America is already available on channel 533, but this new UK ESPN will show Premier League matches when the new football season starts. It’s thought the new channel will be added to Virgin TV in August. The new channel is indicated as a premium channel on that channel guide.