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Media Boy 26-12-2019 16:02

Changes to Virgin TV (2020)
 
This is a continuation of the 'Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2019)' thread which you can find here:

https://www.cableforum.uk/board/show...php?t=33707215

1. The old thread has been closed, but will remain for information purposes;
2. I will collate all the information from my various sources and post on Cable Forum;

In addition to that I will be on hand to answer any questions that arise and to provide links to other sources of information as they come up.

Thank you.


CONFIRMED Channels news for Virgin UK and N. Ireland TV:


December 2019:
28th. NOW 70s to launch today on Virgin UK Channel 348.

January 2020:
7th. 5Spike to close today on Virgin UK Channel 154.
7th. Paramount Network will move from Virgin UK Channel 188 to Virgin UK Channel 154.
7th. VH1 to close on Virgin Channel 316.
7th. Sony Movies Christmas will rebrand as Sony Movies Classic on Virgin UK Channel 424.
7th. ZooMoo HD to close on Virgin Channel 739.
21st. Home to be rebrand as HGTV on Virgin Channel 279.
21st. Home +1 to be rebrand as HGTV +1 on Virgin Channel 283.
27th. Universal Channel HD to close on Virgin Channel 121.
27th. Universal Channel to close on Virgin Channel 122.
27th. Universal Channel +1 close on Virgin Channel 206.
31st. Horse and Country TV may close on Virgin Channel 298 (Still not 100% Confirmed).

February 2020:
1st. Sky Comedy HD to launch on Virgin Channel 121.*
1st. Sky Comedy to launch on Virgin Channel 122.*
1st. Sky Comedy +1 to launch on Virgin Channel 206.*

*Both Launch date and channels numbers for Sky Comedy are still not 100% confirmed at time of posting.

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Chad 26-12-2019 22:31

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Let's hope 2020 brings lots of new lineal channels to all TV providers

Aguero9320 26-12-2019 22:53

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Could this be a sign of what’s to come in 2020 for VM and Sky alike?

https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...treaming-debut

OLD BOY 27-12-2019 08:25

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chad (Post 36021219)
Let's hope 2020 brings lots of new lineal channels to all TV providers

I can't see how that will happen, Chad, with the streamers hoovering up more and more content.

jfman 28-12-2019 12:04

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OLD BOY (Post 36021226)
I can't see how that will happen, Chad, with the streamers hoovering up more and more content.

You’d have said the same a year ago, yet here we are with more linear channels than at any point in history.

denphone 28-12-2019 12:05

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jfman (Post 36021383)
You’d have said the same a year ago, yet here we are with more linear channels than at any point in history.

If he takes his rose tinted glasses off he would notice that.;)

jfman 28-12-2019 12:14

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by denphone (Post 36021384)
If he takes his rose tinted glasses off he would notice that.;)

A scroll down the BARB audience data has channels being viable with absolutely minuscule viewing figures. Interestingly, the Disney group of channels was a combined 0.2%!

cheekyangus 28-12-2019 14:23

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jfman (Post 36021385)
A scroll down the BARB audience data has channels being viable with absolutely minuscule viewing figures. Interestingly, the Disney group of channels was a combined 0.2%!

The Disney numbers are not that unusual, many well known Pay channels have hardly any. Most of Discovery's Pay channels for example.

BARB for Nov 2019

Disney Channel 0.05
Disney Channel +1 0.03
Disney Junior 0.07
Disney Junior Plus 0.03
Disney XD 0.02
Disney XD +1 0.01

Discovery History 0.03
Discovery History+1 0.01
Discovery Home & Health 0.01
Discovery Home & Health +1 0.01
Discovery Science 0.04
Discovery Science+1 0.01
Discovery Shed 0.01
Discovery Turbo 0.04
Discovery Turbo +1 0.01

jfman 28-12-2019 14:34

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Oh I'm not claiming that it's unusual, in fact the opposite that it's absolutely routine.

It's not many £7.99s a month if you ask me.

Dave42 28-12-2019 18:49

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
well we know we getting the sky UHD hopefully very soon indeed

Taf 28-12-2019 18:57

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
I probably missed it, but any idea where the content of Universal is moving to (at all) ?

Mad Max 28-12-2019 19:31

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Why would anyone sit down to watch linear shows if you have the means to watch the show when you want to watch it, I just don't get why some people are tied to watching something when it's broadcast, the only difference is of course live sport.

cheekyangus 28-12-2019 20:16

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Taf (Post 36021421)
I probably missed it, but any idea where the content of Universal is moving to (at all) ?

New episodes of Law & Order:SVU are already on Sky Witness, Chicago Med is moving there too. I have no idea about the rest.

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Mad Max (Post 36021424)
Why would anyone sit down to watch linear shows if you have the means to watch the show when you want to watch it, I just don't get why some people are tied to watching something when it's broadcast, the only difference is of course live sport.

Though in the most I agree, and I usually don't watch linear live, it sometimes makes little difference. Aside from watching any time you feel like, the other main reason for watching on-demand shows is no advertising breaks.

The problem there is many on-demand services still have adverts and they are unusually unskippable, so at least linear channels you can record them and high speed fast-forward them. On-demand on VM often has ads and there is only one speed to the fast-forward, and sometimes the playback crashes and you have to start again.

So if the on-demand option available has ads, there's one less advantage so live watching. So impatient people will just watch live.

If it were me I'd record the linear broacast, and start watching it once it's recorded enough to skip ads without catching up. I sometimes even do it with live sport, if it's on an ad-channel.

Media Boy 28-12-2019 21:16

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
My TiVo box is reporting that BoXmas (Channel 330) will close on January 8th. The rest of Box Network channel EPG say "To Be Announced".

Raider999 28-12-2019 21:24

Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cheekyangus (Post 36021426)
New episodes of Law & Order:SVU are already on Sky Witness, Chicago Med is moving there too. I have no idea about the rest.

---------- Post added at 20:16 ---------- Previous post was at 19:48 ----------



Though in the most I agree, and I usually don't watch linear live, it sometimes makes little difference. Aside from watching any time you feel like, the other main reason for watching on-demand shows is no advertising breaks.

The problem there is many on-demand services still have adverts and they are unusually unskippable, so at least linear channels you can record them and high speed fast-forward them. On-demand on VM often has ads and there is only one speed to the fast-forward, and sometimes the playback crashes and you have to start again.

So if the on-demand option available has ads, there's one less advantage so live watching. So impatient people will just watch live.

If it were me I'd record the linear broacast, and start watching it once it's recorded enough to skip ads without catching up. I sometimes even do it with live sport, if it's on an ad-channel.

Exactly what I do most of the time, also means you can skip half-time.

With a recorder (most people have one) who needs streaming?


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