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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.

2019

October

  • 19th - Movies 24 and Movies 24+ temporarily rename as Christmas 24 and Christmas 24+ (Sky, Virgin Media and, for Movies 24 only YouView PlusNet and BT)
  • 21st - Sky Cinema Will Smith HD & SD rebrand temporarily as Sky Cinema Spooky HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 21st - Christmas Starz returns to EPG (Freesat)
  • 25th - Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror HD & SD rebrand temporarily as Sky Cinema Halloween HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 31st - Sky News Brexit Free HD (Sky)

November

  • 1st - Rebrand for Trace Music channels (Sky and Freesat)
    • Chart Show TV > Trace Urban
    • Chart Show Hits > Trace Latina
    • The Vault > Trace Vault
  • 1st - Nick Jr. Peppa reverts to Nick Jr. Too (Sky, Virgin Media UK and YouView (BT/PlusNet))
  • 2nd - Sky Cinema Drama HD & SD rename temporarily as Sky Cinema Christmas HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 4th - Sky Cinema Spooky HD & SD rebrand temporarily as Sky Cinema ? HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 4th - Sky Cinema Halloween HD & SD reverts to Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror HD & SD (Sky and Virgin Media Ireland for both, Virgin Media UK for HD only and YouView (BT/TalkTalk) and eir Vision for SD only)
  • 20th - NOW 80s rebrands temporarily as NOW Christmas (Sky, Virgin Media & Freeview)
  • MTV Classic renames temporarily as MTV Xmas (YouView TalkTalk/BT, Sky, Virgin Media Ireland)
  • MTV Rocks renames temporarily as VH1 Christmas (YouView TalkTalk, Sky, Virgin Media UK & Ireland)
  • Sky News Brexit Free HD removed (Sky)

December

Autumn/winter

2020

January

February

By end of year

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 75 6 - 24 Scotland

* SD or HD depending on package

No confirmed timescale

  • New multi-year partnership deal between Channel 4 and Sky (Sky)
    • Channel 4 to use Sky’s AdSmart technology to deliver fully-targeted, addressable ads across Channel 4’s linear channels
    • 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
  • BBC iPlayer app (Sky Q)
  • Home & Home +1 rebrand as HGTV & HGTV +1 (Freeview, Freesat, Sky & Virgin Media UK and Sky & Virgin Media UK for +1)
  • Fascination TV may be restored to EPG (Sky 189)
  • BT Sport Box Office HD restored to EPG (Sky UK 490)
  • Zee TV and Zee Cinema close (Sky, Virgin Media UK)
  • Channel 44 may be restored to EPG (Sky 756)

See also