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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. Channel availability is dependent on service provider.

Expected changes - 2021

Date Channel affected HD affected Timeshift affected Type New channel name New HD name New timeshift name Providers affected Notes / Reference(s)
28/02 Sky Cinema Harry Potter Sky Cinema Harry Potter HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Musicals Sky Cinema Musicals HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
01/03 Lifetime Lifetime HD Removal Sky (SD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk/PlusNet)
eir TV
Lifetime closing on all UK and Ireland platforms. Ref
Sky History Sky History HD Removal from Classic Entertainment pack YouView (BT) Ref
Sky History2 Sky History2 HD
Crime+Investigation Crime+Investigation HD
Vice Vice HD
08/03 Sky Cinema Musicals Sky Cinema Musicals HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
??/03 GB News GB News HD Launch Freeview
Sky
Virgin Media UK
Ref
Quest Red (Irish adverts) Sky Ireland (TBC) Replacing versions with UK adverts
HGTV (Irish adverts)
DMAX (Irish adverts)
01/04 Syfy Syfy HD Removal from Classic Entertainment pack YouView (BT) Ref
E! E! HD
??/?? News UK TV Launch Sky (TBC) Ref
Colors Gujurati Sky Ref
Pitaara UK’s first all-Punjabi film channel set for launch
TJC HD
TJC Move On HD boxes moves from 662 to unconfirmed number in 800s (unless it becomes an HD only channel)
Zee TV Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (TalkTalk)
Ref
Zee Cinema Zee Cinema HD Sky
Virgin Media UK
YouView (TalkTalk)
SD version only on Sky and YouView TalkTalk, HD version only on Virgin Media UK

Unconfirmed future changes

For a list of changes that have no official confirmation, see Unconfirmed changes - Sky (UK & Ireland)

See also