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Old 13-02-2020, 16:42   #256
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SyFy is owned by NBC, and isnt shutting down.

They are currently airing The Magicians, which has a good chance of renewal.
Wynonna Earp is back in the Summer (possibly next year as well), Van Helsing is back in the Autumn, plus they have new shows in development.
Those talking about it possibly shutting down mean the UK version, not the original US channel.

NBC and Sky are both owned by Comcast these days.

The latest BARB ratings have the UK version with a 0.18 share (inc +1) , the top Sky entertainment channel is Sky One with a 0.88 share (inc +1).

Universal Channel (also a Sky/Comcast channel) had a 0.18 share in January 20th-26th week prior to being shut.

I watch SyFy UK regularly and hope it survives, but it's not a sure thing the UK channel will survive if they are willing to cull a similarly rating channel.

https://www.barb.co.uk/viewing-data/...g-summary-new/
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

According to Digital Bitrate there is a new channel testing - HZNFATST - http://www.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.ph...&sec=0&lang=en

They aren't giving anything away by the name they are using. Maybe it's the Turkish channel called Hazan Live TV. Or possibly a barker channel for the new Horizon interface?

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According to Digital Bitrate there is a new channel testing - HZNFATST - http://www.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.ph...&sec=0&lang=en

They aren't giving anything away by the name they are using. Maybe it's the Turkish channel called Hazan Live TV. Or possibly a barker channel for the new Horizon interface?

According to data posted by JJ20X on Forumbox there is a Baby TV label on it currently. That could be an error though.
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According to data posted by JJ20X on Forumbox there is a Baby TV label on it currently. That could be an error though.
I've just checked JJ20X's post - epg 666 - "Devilishly" cunning VM are trying to conceal the true identity and even the category genre type
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

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Those talking about it possibly shutting down mean the UK version, not the original US channel.

NBC and Sky are both owned by Comcast these days.

The latest BARB ratings have the UK version with a 0.18 share (inc +1) , the top Sky entertainment channel is Sky One with a 0.88 share (inc +1).

Universal Channel (also a Sky/Comcast channel) had a 0.18 share in January 20th-26th week prior to being shut.

I watch SyFy UK regularly and hope it survives, but it's not a sure thing the UK channel will survive if they are willing to cull a similarly rating channel.

https://www.barb.co.uk/viewing-data/...g-summary-new/
I think if you look at it in the context of Sky’s portfolio, both it and E! are fairly distinctive from the other channels - plus we are seeing some new shows on both (Temptation Island and the aforementioned Twilight Zone as well as a second run for Westworld) as well the shows being offered the same way (all episodes available) so there’s likely some life in both for now even as they align closer to the Sky portfolio.
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Old 14-02-2020, 20:14   #261
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Thanks Media Boy. Shame even new channels aren't tagged with New on DigitalBitRate these days, maybe VM are being deliberately tricksey so we don't notice that easily...though I can't see them being bothered enough to do it, it's probably a side effect of something else.
We found on Tuesday but forgot to report at the time that Virgin Media UK did start testing TJC HD on Feb. 7th before launching on the network FIVE days later.

Source: DBR.

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According to Digital Bitrate there is a new channel testing - HZNFATST - http://www.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.ph...&sec=0&lang=en

They aren't giving anything away by the name they are using. Maybe it's the Turkish channel called Hazan Live TV. Or possibly a barker channel for the new Horizon interface?

Due to stream it using it may only launch for the few months.

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TiVo has reveal that HUM Masala will launch on Thursday via the red button on Channel 833.
TiVo home page has confirm that HUM Masala will close on Virgin Media UK on March 30th.

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Sky has said the new Sky Documentaries channel is launching on 7th April and will be getting SyFy's channel number on Satellite.

No news as to whether SyFy is closing though, or just being moved.

Also no news about VM distribution.
Source: https://www.rxtvlog.com/2020/02/sky-...-date-and.html
Look like SYFY UK is getting axe in the UK to me.

I am really starting to think that E! is safe but Challenge will be axe to make way for Sky Nature to launch on Virgin and Sky.

Challenge slot on Freeview will be use for Pick +1 (It broadcasting on Freeview HD right now anyway).
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Old 14-02-2020, 21:08   #262
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

Challenge is surprisingly successful. I can't see Sky axing a 0.45 rating channel. That's more than twice SyFy. And Challenge is probably very cheap, relatively, to run given the content.

I don't think SyFy UK will be axed either. As has been mentioned, they are still showing new content. They'd be doing what they did with Universal Channel if it was going anywhere.

Sky2 is a gonner in my opinion, it's a 0.07 rating and no identify.
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Sky2 is a gonner in my opinion, it's a 0.07 rating and no identify.
Well I did see on an other web site that Sky are said to be testing an Sky Documentaries HD channel so you are maybe right.

I just said SYFY due to Sky Documentaries channel getting it channel number on Sky and I did not know that about Challenge.

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Do you have the numbers for Pick, E!, Sky Arts and Movies 24?
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Pick (inc +1) 0.85
E! 0.07
Sky Arts 0.11
Movies 24 0.10
Movies 24+ 0.07

27th Jan - 2nd Feb

Source: Barb (click Sort by Channel) https://www.barb.co.uk/viewing-data/...g-summary-new/

Note: Barb have stopped the Monthly Ratings on their website, Pick seems about what I've seen before but I've seen higher ratings on average for the others. I normally looked at Monthly so these may be a bit more up and down than I was previously looking at.
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

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Pick (inc +1) 0.85
E! 0.07
Sky Arts 0.11
Movies 24 0.10
Movies 24+ 0.07

27th Jan - 2nd Feb

Source: Barb (click Sort by Channel) https://www.barb.co.uk/viewing-data/...g-summary-new/

Note: Barb have stopped the Monthly Ratings on their website, Pick seems about what I've seen before but I've seen higher ratings on average for the others. I normally looked at Monthly so these may be a bit more up and down than I was previously looking at.
Base on BARB ratings any of the following channels is set to close for Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature to launch.

Sky Two
E! (Unlikey to close due to it lineup)
Movies 24+
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