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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.


2020

Note: Channel availability is dependent on service provider.

Date Channel affected HD affected Timeshift affected Type New channel name New HD name New timeshift name Providers affected Notes / Reference(s)
28/02 MTV Classic Temporary rename MTV 80s Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Virgin Media Ireland,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
??/02 Showcase Restoration to EPG Freesat
??/02 Sky Comedy +1 Launch Sky Was expected to launch on 27th January, but did not.
24/03 Disney+ Launch TBC Streaming service. [1]
30/03 Hum Masala Removal from red button service on channel 833 Virgin Media (UK)
??/03 Sky Cinema Superheroes Sky Cinema Superheroes HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
??/03 MTV 80s Reversion MTV Classic Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Virgin Media Ireland,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
07/04 Sky Documentaries Sky Documentaries HD Launch Sky [2]
07/04 Sky Nature Sky Nature HD Launch Sky [3]
07/04 History History HD History +1 Rename Sky History Sky History HD Sky History +1 Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView,
eir TV
[4]
07/04 History 2 History 2 HD Rename Sky History 2 Sky History 2 HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView,
eir TV
[5]
07/04 Syfy Syfy HD Syfy +1 Move or removal Sky [6]
Summer NBC Sky World News NBC Sky World News HD Launch Sky [7]
2020 OUTtv Launch Sky [8]. Testing off Sky EPG

Before mid-December

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
Ofcom does not require this change, but is likely to be moved to keep in line with Sky Entertainment channel rules.

No confirmed timescale

Note: Channel availability is dependent on service provider.

Date Channel affected HD affected Timeshift affected Type New channel name New HD name New timeshift name Providers affected Notes / Reference(s)
Channel 4 New multi-year partnership deal between Channel 4 and Sky:
- More Channel 4 up-front box sets made available to Sky and NOW TV customers
- Expansion of All 4 with more box sets for Sky customers
Sky [9]
Sewing Street Launch Sky [10]
Zee TV Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[11]
Zee Cinema Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[12]
BBC text services BBC ends news and sport text services on the TV red button (subject to a review in spring) All except Sky (already removed) UK only.
(Not available in Ireland)
[13]


See also