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Forthcoming changes to digital platforms (UK & Ireland)

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This is a list of known forthcoming changes to digital platforms in the UK and Ireland.

2019

December

  • 12th - Sky Sports Arena HD & SD rebrand temporarily as Sky Sports Darts HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 13th - Nat Geo Wild SD closes (Virgin UK)
  • 13th - NDTV India closes (Virgin UK)
  • 16th - Sky Cinema Best of 2019 HD & SD rebrand temporarily as Sky Cinema Star Wars HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 16th - Sky Cinema Greats HD & SD rebrand temporarily as Sky Cinema Musicals HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 26th - BoXmas reverts to Box Upfront (Sky UK, Virgin Media UK & Ireland)
  • 27th - MTV Xmas reverts to MTV Classic (YouView TalkTalk/BT, Sky, Virgin Media Ireland)
  • 27th - NOW Christmas reverts to NOW 80s and NOW 80s renamed as NOW 70s (to be confirmed) (Sky, Virgin Media & Freeview)
  • 31st - Sky Cinema Christmas HD & SD revert to Sky Cinema Drama HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 31st - Sky Cinema Star Wars HD & SD rebrand temporarily as Sky Cinema ? HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 31st - Sky Cinema Musicals HD & SD revert to Sky Cinema Greats HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 31st - Sky Cinema Drama HD & SD swap back with Sky Cinema Greats HD & SD (Sky)
  • Christmas Starz reverts to Starz TV (Sky & Freesat)
  • Sewing Quarter expected to close (Freeview, Sky)
  • By January 2020 - LaLiga TV HD (Sky)
  • LBC News (Sky)

2020

January

Winter

  • By early 2020 - BT and Sky agreement on cross supply of TV channels comes into force in UK:
    • NOW TV service added to YouView BT boxes - subscribers to NOW TV have access to shows on Sky Atlantic and Sky original productions plus over 250 box sets, 1000 movies and a new premiere every day; plus access BT Sport on NOW TV boxes
    • Sky customers can include BT Sport as part of their overall Sky subscription and access BT Sport through Sky Go. Pricing and packs for the UK to be announced.

February

Spring

By end of year

Provider Channel Current EPG number New EPG number (between) Region affected
Sky Channel 4 117 106 - 108 Wales
Channel 4 +1 217 206 - 208 Wales
BBC Alba 141 106 - 124 Scotland
CBBC 613* 601 - 608 UK
CBeebies 614* 601 - 608 UK
Freesat Channel 4 120 106 - 108 Wales
Virgin Media BBC Alba 161 106 - 124 UK
S4C HD 166 106 - 124 UK
Freeview BBC Four 68 6 - 24 Scotland

* SD or HD depending on package

No confirmed timescale

Possible restorations to Sky EPG

  • BEN (458)
  • Gospel Channel (586)
  • B4U Plus (721)
  • Safeer (753)
  • Prime TV (762)
  • iON TV (782)

Other

See also