Zone Reality has rebranded as CBS Reality on Virgin Media channel 148. Other Zone channels have also rebranded as CBS Action and but aren’t currently available on Virgin Media’s TV service. Zone Horror remains unchanged.
The first CBS-branded TV channels in the UK will launch on the 16th November. The three channels have been named as CBS Action, CBS Drama and CBS Reality.
As this is a deal with Chellomedia who own the Zone-branded channels Broadcast Now reports “Zone Reality and +1 will become CBS Reality and +1; Zone Romantica will become CBS Drama; and Zone Thriller will become CBS Action. The Zone Horror channel and its +1 will remain as it is for now”.
The new channels will air programming from the CBS Studios catalogue such as Dr Phil and Star Trek, as well as third-party programmes.
CBS Drama and CBS Action won’t be available on Virgin Media from launch, but CBS Reality will.
American broadcaster CBS will be launching six channels in the UK. This will be the first time it has ever had channels in the UK – it usually just licenses programmes out to other channels. In a deal with Chellomedia, the six new CBS channels should launch on Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat before the end of the year. The new channels will replace the existing Chellomedia-owned Zone channels – Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller, Zone Horror (and the +1 channel) and Zone Reality (and the +1 channel).
The CBS channels will all be CBS branded, but it’s not been confirmed what the channel names will be yet. The new channels will have access to the CBS Studio International back catalogue (Broadcast Now reports this includes “content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming to more than 200 markets”) which includes Star Trek, Dynasty and possibly such shows as the Late Show With David Letterman and the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.