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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

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)
24/09 Sony Movies Classic Sony Movies Classic +1 Temporary rename Sony Movies Christmas Sony Movies Christmas +1 Freeview
Freesat
Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
For Christmas 2020
25/09 Sky Cinema Superheroes Sky Cinema Superheroes HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
28/09 Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Cops & Robbers Sky Cinema Cops & Robbers HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
01/10* Trace Urban Temporary rename Trace Xmas Freeview
Sky
*To be confirmed. Freeview change via availability on Channelbox
01/10 Disney Channel Disney Channel HD Disney Channel +1 Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk/PlusNet)
eir TV
Closed due to the popularisation of Disney+, with all its content moving to there
01/10 Disney Junior Disney Junior HD Disney Junior + Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk/PlusNet)
eir TV
01/10 Disney XD Disney XD HD Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
YouView (BT/TalkTalk/PlusNet)
eir TV
12/10 Sky Cinema Cops & Robbers Sky Cinema Cops & Robbers HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Harry Potter Sky Cinema Harry Potter HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
24/10 Sky Cinema Harry Potter Sky Cinema Harry Potter HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Spooky Sky Cinema Spooky HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
24/10 Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Halloween Sky Cinema Halloween HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
02/11 Sky Cinema Spooky Sky Cinema Spooky HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
02/11 Sky Cinema Halloween Sky Cinema Halloween HD Reversion Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
04/11 BBC Four (Scotland) Move Freeview Digital UK plans on moving all channels from 24 to 54 down one place to move BBC Four in Scotland to channel 24
ITV4
Yesterday
ITVBe
ITV2 +1
E4 +1
4Music
5STAR
Paramount Network
Sony Movies
ITV +1 (Eng, Wales & ScotB)
STV +1 (ScotNotSB)
UTV +1 (NI)
Pick
QVC Beauty
QVC Style
DMAX
Quest Red
CBS Justice
Sony Movies Action
Food Network
HGTV
Gems TV
Channel 5 +1
Film4 +1
Challenge
4seven
Sony Channel
TJC
Sony Movies Christmas
TG4 (NI)
RTÉ One (NI)
RTÉ2 (NI)
5SELECT
20/11 Now 80s Temporary rename Now Christmas Freeview
Sky
Virgin Media UK
For Christmas 2020
26/12 Now Christmas Reversion Now 80s Freeview
Sky
Virgin Media UK
??/?? ITV HD Yorkshire East Launch Sky
Freesat
Certain regions that currently receive ITV HD Yorkshire West will receive the new ITV HD Yorkshire East
??/?? Virgin Media Sport HD Rename eir Sport 2 HD Sky (Ireland) Broadcasting eir Sport 2 HD since 13 August 2020 as eir refused to pay the contracted distribution licence fee

Before mid-December 2020

Ofcom requests

Ofcom requests these changes in the UK by 4 January 2021. Due to service providers freezing channel launches and moves during the Christmas period, these moves will need to take place by mid-December 2020, provided the service providers agree with Ofcom and are willing to implement these changes.

Provider Channel Current EPG number New EPG number (between) Region affected Confirmed date Notes
Sky Channel 4 117 106 - 108 Wales
Channel 4 +1 217 206 - 208 Wales Ofcom does not require this change, but would be required by Sky's EPG policy rules if Channel 4 moves to 106-108.
BBC Alba 141 106 - 124 Scotland
CBBC 613* 607* UK ??/10/20 * SD or HD depending on package. Secondary version moving from 646 to 643 (which Ofcom does not require)
CBeebies 614* 608* UK ??/10/20 * SD or HD depending on package. Secondary version moving from 647 to 644 (which Ofcom does not require)
Freesat Channel 4 120 106 - 108 Wales
Virgin Media BBC Alba 161 106 - 124 UK
S4C HD 166 106 - 124 UK
Freeview BBC Four 55 24 Scotland 04/11/20 Digital UK have confirmed that all Freeview channels between channel number 24 and 54 will be moved one place (24 to 25, etc) to allow BBC Four to move to channel 24 in Scotland

2021

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)
04/01 Sony Movies Christmas Sony Movies Christmas +1 Reversion Sony Movies Classic Sony Movies Classic +1 Freeview,
Freesat,
Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Virgin Media Ireland
??/01 Trace Xmas Reversion Trace Urban Freeview,
Sky
Freeview change via availability on Channelbox
??/02 Sky Sports NFL Sky Sports NFL HD Temporary removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
Expected to relaunch in September 2021
??/02 Sky Sports Action Sky Sports Action HD Restoration to EPG Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
??/?? Zee TV Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (TalkTalk)
[1]
??/?? Zee Cinema Zee Cinema HD Removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
YouView (TalkTalk)
SD version only on Sky and YouView TalkTalk, HD version only on Virgin Media UK

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 [2]
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)
[3]


See also