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Old 07-02-2019, 15:24   #226
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2019)

According to TVWise Smithsonian Channel will be coming to Freesat, so I think that pretty much means it it be on all Virgin Media packages.

Based on combination of information from TVWise and a516digital it will HD only on all platforms except Freeview, which will be SD.

Really looking forward to this channel.

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Old 07-02-2019, 16:55   #227
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I agree with Raider999, I don't think Sky lost La Liga. Same way they didn't lose ATP Tennis. They've only got so much space to fill, existing rights get more expensive and certain sports have inconvenience scheduling, they either clash with higher rating events or take too much time to show. They also need to give the illusion of variety, so they can't just show football.

BT Sport is the same. It's juggling budget, audience perception and scheduling. Eurosport takes a different approach, it predominantly shows sports that take large chunks of schedule to do properly, hence cycling, tennis and snooker.

Notice how Sky sponsored a pro cycling team for years but never showed an interest in broadcasting it. There are a lot of events and they can take many hours to even show just one. Sky knew they didn't have the space to schedule it and the audience wasn't necessarily big enough to justify a dedicated channel (remember the Bike channel that existed but folded in recent years).

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Sorry for going off thread topic.

Still no sign of the STV HD 103 switch. Guess either the information was wrong, or it was postponed due to technical difficulties.

I suspect if Discovery end up with the 3 channels mentioned in that article they will end up closing them, or their own channels with similar subject matter.
Sky deliberately didn't bid for second tier sports rights as they want to divert the money to other programming, such as drama.

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According to TVWise Smithsonian Channel will be coming to Freesat, so I think that pretty much means it it be on all Virgin Media packages.

Based on combination of information from TVWise and a516digital it will HD only on all platforms except Freeview, which will be SD.

Really looking forward to this channel.
The Smithsonian Channel is currently testing in both SD & HD on Freesat; it won't be coming to Freeview until at least the Spring.

FTA channels tend to go in either the lowest Player package or the higher Mix package.
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Old 07-02-2019, 17:12   #228
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FTA channels tend to go in either the lowest Player package or the higher Mix package.
Yeah, I know, I just didn't know it was going to be a FTA channel until today. Given its UK distribution common connection to LoveNature I thought it was more likely to be Pay. I'm glad it's FTA though, means I get it via multiple methods in the house and there's a backup if VM TV has technical difficulties.
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Old 07-02-2019, 18:12   #229
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Yeah, I know, I just didn't know it was going to be a FTA channel until today. Given its UK distribution common connection to LoveNature I thought it was more likely to be Pay. I'm glad it's FTA though, means I get it via multiple methods in the house and there's a backup if VM TV has technical difficulties.
Yes, FTA channels are always useful should VM go down.
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2019)

Would I be right in saying that once the Smithsonian launches the UK will have more linear TV channels than at any point in history?
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Would I be right in saying that once the Smithsonian launches the UK will have more linear TV channels than at any point in history?
On VM or in general?
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Both I suppose, for the purpose of the thread the VM figure would be helpful.
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Both I suppose, for the purpose of the thread the VM figure would be helpful.
I'd say yes for VM as extra channels were added due to the UKTV dispute, the UKTV channels were returned, extra channels have been added since and there's more to come.
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If someone were to be pedantic I suppose Virgin have closed SD simulcasts.
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From Saturday Sky Cinema Drama will be called Sky Cinema Valentine until February 18th.
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If someone were to be pedantic I suppose Virgin have closed SD simulcasts.
True, I suppose it depends on what's defined as a channel. Media Boy might know if the total number of services has increased or decreased as he sometimes takes note if this.
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True, I suppose it depends on what's defined as a channel. Media Boy might know if the total number of services has increased or decreased as he sometimes takes note if this.
As of today 295 total channels are broadcasting on 44 streams.

Virgin did add up to 3 channels to total channels last Wednesday (We feel it new STV HD streams as we has to reset some STV HD shows due to Virgin moving the STV HD channel to Channel 81 and is now called "Old STV HD")

Info was seen on TiVo last Wednesday.
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2019)

I just had a message pop up on my home screen that the STV HD swap will now happen this Tuesday
It states that STV SD will not be available after this time but recordings will be available for 12 months.
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