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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)
24/06 BBC Red Button 1 Temporary move Sky (UK) From 981 to 987. For the 2021 Wimbledon Championships (and possibly the 2020 Summer Olympics).
BBC Red Button HD Temporary launch Freeview
Freesat
Sky (UK)
Virgin Media UK
For the 2021 Wimbledon Championships (and possibly the 2020 Summer Olympics).
BBC Red Button 2
BBC Red Button 3
BBC Red Button 4
BBC Red Button 5
BBC Red Button 6
30/06 Al Jazeera English Removal Freesat
Sky
Al Jazeera English HD Move Sky From 880 to 513 on SD boxes only
Launch Freesat


01/07 Fox Fox HD Fox +1 Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
Fox Channel to close in UK
Discovery Channel Discovery Channel HD YouView (BT, NOW subscription) Corresponding with its removal from NOW. Versions on Classic Entertainment Pack will remain on EPG
Sky Nature Sky Nature HD Move Sky From 130 to 124 (with secondary version moving from 893 to 821)
Sky Replay Move Sky From 145 to 130
Pick Pick +1 Move Sky From 159 to 145. (+1: 259 to 245)
Nick Jr. Too Temporary rename Nick Jr. Paw Patrol Sky
Virgin Media UK
YouView (BT/PlusNet)
12/07 Sky Cinema Feel Good Sky Cinema Feel Good HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
20/07 eir Sport 2 eir Sport 2 HD Removal Sky Ireland (HD only)
eir TV
eir Sport - Notice for Customers
FreeSports HD Launch Sky (Ireland) Replacing eir Sport 2 HD on channel 422.
22/07 Eurosport Olympics 1 HD Temporary launch Sky For 2020 Summer Olympics.
Eurosport Olympics 2 HD
Eurosport Olympics 3 HD
Eurosport Olympics 4 HD
Eurosport Olympics 5 HD
Eurosport Olympics 6 HD
Eurosport Olympics 7 HD
01/08 Nick Jr. Paw Patrol Temporary rename Nick Jr. Peppa Sky
Virgin Media UK
YouView (BT/PlusNet)


??/?? Eurosport Olympics 1 HD Removal Sky Estimated to occur 9 August 2021 (day after the closing ceremony of 2020 Summer Olympics).
Eurosport Olympics 2 HD
Eurosport Olympics 3 HD
Eurosport Olympics 4 HD
Eurosport Olympics 5 HD
Eurosport Olympics 6 HD
Eurosport Olympics 7 HD
BBC Red Button 1 Move Sky (UK) From 987 to 981. Estimated to occur either between 11 July 2021 (the end of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships) and 9 August 2021 (the day after the closing ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics).
BBC Red Button HD Removal Freeview
Freesat
Sky (UK)
Virgin Media UK
Estimated to occur either between 11 July 2021 (the end of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships) and 9 August 2021 (the day after the closing ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics).
BBC Red Button 2
BBC Red Button 3
BBC Red Button 4
BBC Red Button 5
BBC Red Button 6
01/09 Nick Jr. Peppa Temporary rename Nick Jr. Paw Patrol Sky
Virgin Media UK
YouView (BT/PlusNet)
01/10 Nick Jr. Paw Patrol Reversion Nick Jr. Too
??/?? That's TV Gold Launch Sky Launching on Freeview 91 and Sky 187
Blaze Move Sky (Channel Islands) From 187 to 164
eir Sport 1 eir Sport 1 HD Removal Sky Ireland & Northern Ireland (HD only)
eir TV
(CITATION NEEDED)
eir Sport X1 eir TV
eir Sport X2
eir Sport UHD
Virgin Media Sport HD Restoration Sky (Ireland) Replacing eir Sport 1 HD on channel 421.

Launching directly via Virgin Media Television and not through Eir.
Sky News Weather HD Launch Sky
Zee TV Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (TalkTalk)
Zee closing
Zee Cinema Zee Cinema HD Sky (SD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
YouView (TalkTalk) (SD only)

Expected changes - 2022

Date Channel affected HD affected Timeshift affected Type New channel name New HD name New timeshift name Providers affected Notes / Reference(s)
??/01 BBC Three BBC Three HD Relaunch Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
Vodafone TV Ireland
BBC Three relaunch

See also