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Forthcoming changes to digital platforms (UK & Ireland)

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May 2017

  • 30th - Sky Cinema Pirates of the Caribbean SD/HD revert to Sky Cinema Hits SD/HD (Sky, Virgin UK, YouView)
  • 30th - Sky Cinema Star Wars SD/HD revert to Sky Cinema Greats SD/HD (Sky, Virgin UK, YouView)

June 2017

  • Temporary BBC Red Button services (2 to 6 and HD) (most platforms)

July 2017

  • KMTV (Maidstone, Tonbridge) (Freeview/YouView 7)
  • Temporary BBC Red Button services (2 to 6 and HD) removed (most platforms)

August 2017

  • 1st - Sky Asia pack abolished and channels in it (B4U Movies, Sony Entertainment Television, Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Sony Max, Sony Mix, Zee Punjabi) to be moved to Original Pack
  1. * Entertainment/shopping channels to run from 1-99 and 140-199
  2. * Children's channels move from 120-129 and 95-99 to 200-229
  3. * News channels move from 130-149 to 230-249
  4. * Text services move from 200-224 to 250-259
  5. * Streamed channels move from 225-299 to 260 upwards (and shuffled up)
  6. * Adult channels to run from 670-699
  7. * 610 to 669 reserved for standard definition TV simulcasts, should HD channels be given more prominent channel numbers in future

Summer 2017

Expected in 2017


  • Autumn - BBC Scotland (all platforms in Scotland)

No confirmed timescale

  • BBC One HD English regions (all platforms - UK)
  • BBC Two HD nations (all platforms - UK)
  • Other ITV regions in HD (all platforms). Channel HD, Meridian South HD and Yorkshire East HD appear to have been licensed by Ofcom. Launches also expected on Virgin/Freeview of regions that have already launched on Sky/Freesat.

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