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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)
17/08 Sky Cinema Villains Sky Cinema Villains HD Reversion Sky Cinema Greats Sky Cinema Greats HD Sky
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
24/08 Sky Cinema Adventure Sky Cinema Adventure HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky (HD only)
Virgin Media UK (HD only)
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
27/08 Sky Sports Mix Sky Sports Mix HD Move Sky From 145 to 416. Secondary version in 800s could possibly move elsewhere
27/08 Sky Two Move and rename Sky Replay Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (TalkTalk)
Moving from 168 to 145 on Sky only
??/08 Travel Channel Removal Virgin Media UK
03/09 Sky Sports Action Sky Sports Action HD Move or removal Sky
Virgin Media UK
Virgin Media Ireland
YouView (BT/TalkTalk)
eir TV
Launched as part of a five year partnership. BT launch as part of NOW TV partnership deal. Could possibly be moving on Sky only
03/09 Sky Sports NFL Sky Sports NFL HD Launch Sky
Virgin Media UK
YouView (BT)
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
??/09 Sky Arts Launch Freeview [1]. Will go free-to air on satellite
??/09 Sky Arts Removal YouView (BT/TalkTalk) Removed from separate BT (via NOW TV) and TalkTalk EPGs due to Freeview launch. Sky Arts HD will continue on YouView BT (via NOW TV)
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
??/10 Trace Urban Temporary rename Trace Xmas Freeview
Sky
Freeview change via availability on Channelbox
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
??/?? Court TV Launch Sky

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 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* 601 - 608 UK * SD or HD depending on package
CBeebies 614* 601 - 608 UK * SD or HD depending on package
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 Freeview to consult on moving BBC Four to channel 24 in Scotland and shuffling channels from 24 to 67 down one slot

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

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