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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

January

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)
27/01 Universal TV Universal TV HD Universal TV +1 Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk/PlusNet)
[1]
27/01 Sky Comedy Sky Comedy HD Sky Comedy +1 Launch Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (TalkTalk)
[2]
27/01 Sky Cinema Will Smith Sky Cinema Will Smith HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Oscars Sky Cinema Oscars HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
29/01 La Liga TV HD Subscription change Sky UK Free-to-view to Premier Sports package.
Sky Ireland Free-to-view to Sports Extra package.
30/01 BBC BBC ends news and sport text services on the TV red button All [3]
31/01 Universal TV Removal eir TV
31/01 Horse & Country TV Removal Sky [4]
By 31/01 Sky Cinema Megahits Sky Cinema Megahits HD Reversion Sky Cinema Hits Sky Cinema Hits HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV

February

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)
?/02 Sky Cinema Oscars Sky Cinema Oscars HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV

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
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 [5]
Zee TV Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[6]
Zee Cinema Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK
[7]

See also