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Forthcoming changes to digital platforms (UK & Ireland)

From TVCL – TV Channel Lists

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)
10/04 Sky Cinema Adventure Sky Cinema Adventure HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Animation Sky Cinema Animation HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
13/04 Sky Cinema Animation Sky Cinema Animation HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
14/04 Sky Cinema Musicals Sky Cinema Musicals HD Reversion Sky Cinema Greats Sky Cinema Greats HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
14/04 Sky Cinema Star Wars Sky Cinema Star Wars HD Reversion Sky Cinema Action Sky Cinema Action HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
20/04 Sky Cinema Harry Potter Sky Cinema Harry Potter HD Reversion Sky Cinema Family Sky Cinema Family HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
??/04 Hi Impact TV Launch Sky
01/05 Nick Jr. Peppa Reversion Nick Jr. Too Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/PlusNet)
27/05 Sky Documentaries Sky Documentaries HD Launch Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[1]
27/05 Sky Nature Sky Nature HD Launch Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[2]
27/05 History History HD History +1 Rename Sky History Sky History HD Sky History +1 Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView,
eir TV
[3]
27/05 History 2 History 2 HD Rename Sky History 2 Sky History 2 HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView,
eir TV
[4]
27/05 Syfy Syfy HD Syfy +1 Move or removal Sky [5]
Autumn Sky Arts Launch Freeview [6]
Autumn Sky Arts Removal YouView (BT/TalkTalk) Removed from separate BT (via NOW TV) and TalkTalk EPGs due to Freeview launch. Sky Arts HD will continue on YouView BT (via NOW TV)
2020 Showcase Restoration to EPG Freesat
2020 GEO Kahani Removal Sky [7]

Before mid-December 2020

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 will be required to move as enforced by 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 [8]
Shopping Quarter Launch Sky [9]
Zee TV Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[10]
Zee Cinema Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[11]
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)
[12]


See also