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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)
01/06 Nick Jr. Paw Patrol Reversion Nick Jr. Too Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/PlusNet)
01/06 Challenge +1 Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Freesat
01/06 Trace Latina Removal Sky Merging with Trace Urban
01/06 GEO Kahani Removal Sky [1]
01/06 Studio 66 2 Removal Sky
02/06 Starz TV Removal Sky
10/06 Sony Crime Removal Sky,
Virgin Media UK
15/06 Sky Cinema Superheroes Sky Cinema Superheroes HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Will Smith Sky Cinema Will Smith HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
22/06 Sky Cinema Will Smith Sky Cinema Will Smith HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Tom Hanks Sky Cinema Tom Hanks HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
22/06 MTV 00s Temporary rename MTV Pride Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Virgin Media Ireland
[2]
22/06 Sony Movies Removal Freeview [3]
29/06 Sky Cinema Tom Hanks Sky Cinema Tom Hanks HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Star Wars Sky Cinema Star Wars HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
29/06 MTV Pride Reversion MTV OMG Sky,
Virgin Media UK,
Virgin Media Ireland
[4]
06/07 Sky Cinema Star Wars Sky Cinema Star Wars HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky,
Virgin Media Ireland,
Virgin Media UK,
YouView (BT/TalkTalk),
eir TV
Autumn Sky Arts Launch Freeview [5]
Autumn 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)
2020 Showcase Restoration to EPG Freesat

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
Sky Channel 4 117 106 - 108 Wales
Channel 4 +1 217 206 - 208 Wales
BBC Alba 141 106 - 124 Scotland
CBBC 613 * 601 - 608 UK
CBeebies 614 * 601 - 608 UK
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

* SD or HD depending on package
Ofcom does not require this change, but will be required to move as enforced by Sky Signature channel rules.

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 [6]
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)
[7]


See also