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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. Channel availability is dependent on service provider.

Key

Example Description
Launch Channel due to be launched or temporarily launched on the EPG
Removal Channel due to be removed or temporarily removed from the EPG
Rename Channel due to be renamed or temporarily renamed on the EPG
Reversion Channel is currently using a temporary name that is due to revert to its previous name
Restoration to EPG Channel due to be relaunched or restored to the EPG after being removed.
Move Channel due to be moved to another EPG number.


Expected changes

This list consists of changes that are expected to occur within the next 12 months.

Notes:

  • Virgin Media V+ Set Top Boxes no longer supported after 30 November 2021.
  • "Sky" is referring to subscribers with Sky+, Sky+ HD, Sky Q and Sky Glass devices, unless otherwise stated. (Sky Glass is available in the UK only)
Date Channel name (SD) Channel name (HD) Channel name (+1) Type of change New channel name (SD) New channel name (HD) New channel name (+1) Provider Region (UK & Ireland unless stated) References/Notes
10/12/21 Sky Cinema Best of 2021 Sky Cinema Best of 2021 HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Music Sky Cinema Music HD Sky (HD); Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD) Sky EPG changes December 2021
10/12/21 Sky Cinema Greats Sky Cinema Greats HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings HD Sky; Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
13/12/21 Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings Sky Cinema Lord of the Rings HD Reversion Sky Cinema Greats Sky Cinema Greats HD Sky; Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
15/12/21 Sky Sports Arena Sky Sports Arena HD Temporary rename Sky Sports Darts Sky Sports Darts HD Sky; Virgin Media UK; Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
17/12/21 Sky Cinema Greats Sky Cinema Greats HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema The Matrix Sky Cinema The Matrix HD Sky; Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
18/12/21 Sky Cinema Music Sky Cinema Music HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema Wizarding World Sky Cinema Wizarding World HD Sky (HD); Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
20/12/21 Sky Cinema The Matrix Sky Cinema The Matrix HD Reversion Sky Cinema Greats Sky Cinema Greats HD Sky; Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
27/12/21 MTV Xmas Reversion MTV Classic Sky; Virgin Media UK; Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT and TalkTalk)
27/12/21 Now Christmas Reversion Now 80s Freeview; Sky; Virgin Media UK UK
27/12/21 Now 80s Reversion Now 90s Freeview (Manchester); Sky; Virgin Media UK UK
??/12/21 BoXmas Reversion The Box Sky UK; Virgin Media UK; Virgin Media Ireland; eir TV; Freesat if launched by then
??/12/21 That's TV Xmas Reversion That's TV Gold Sky UK; Freeview; Freesat UK
??/12/21 Zee TV HD Launch Sky
??/12/21 Zee TV Move Sky From 709 to 898 to coincide with launch of Zee TV HD
??/12/21 UCB Ireland Launch Saorview UCB Ireland | News
??/12/21 Channel 4 HD Launch Freesat
??/12/21 Magic Launch Freesat
??/12/21 The Box Launch Freesat Might launch under temporary rename "BoXmas"
??/12/21 Box Hits Launch Freesat
??/12/21 KISS Launch Freesat
??/12/21 Kerrang! Launch Freesat
2022
01/01/22 Sky Cinema Christmas Sky Cinema Christmas HD Reversion Sky Cinema Drama Sky Cinema Drama HD Sky; Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
04/01/22 GREAT! movies Christmas GREAT! movies Christmas +1 Reversion GREAT! movies classic GREAT! movies classic +1 Sky; Freesat; Freeview & YouView; Virgin Media UK (not +1) Christmas channels return for 2021
05/01/22 Sky Cinema Drama Sky Cinema Drama HD Move Sky From 303 to 310 (secondary version number unconfirmed)
05/01/22 Sky Cinema Hits HD Move Sky From 310 to 303
05/01/22 Sky Sports Darts Sky Sports Darts HD Reversion Sky Sports Arena Sky Sports Arena HD Sky; Virgin Media UK; Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
??/01/22 Christmas 24 Christmas 24+ Reversion Movies 24 Movies 24+ Sky; Virgin Media UK
??/01/22 Trace Xmas Reversion Trace Hits Sky UK
??/01/22 Sky Cinema Wizarding World Sky Cinema Wizarding World HD Temporary rename Sky Cinema ? Sky Cinema ? HD Sky (HD); Virgin Media UK (HD); Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD); eir TV (SD)
??/01/22 BT Sport Box Office HD Restoration to EPG Sky Residential EPGs
??/01/22 Dave ja vu Move Freeview From channel 23 to 25. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 ITV4 Move Freeview From channel 25 to 26. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 Yesterday Move Freeview From channel 26 to 27. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 ITV +1 Move Freeview From channel 34 to 35. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 4seven Move Freeview From channel 48 to 49. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 GREAT! tv Move Freeview From channel 49 to 50. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 TG4 Move Freeview (Northern Ireland) From channel 52 to 53. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 RTÉ One Move Freeview (Northern Ireland) From channel 53 to 54. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 RTÉ2 Move Freeview (Northern Ireland) From channel 54 to 55. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 5SELECT Move Freeview From channel 55 to 56. Move to accommodate BBC Three
??/01/22 Blaze Move Freeview From channel 63 to 64. Move to accommodate BBC Three
01/02/22 BBC Three BBC Three HD Relaunch Sky; Virgin Media UK; Freesat; Freeview Launching on channel 23 on Freeview. BBC Three to return to TV
??/02/22 Sky Sports NFL Sky Sports NFL HD Temporary removal Sky; Virgin Media UK; Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD) Sky EPG changes (August 2021)
??/02/22 Sky Sports Action Sky Sports Action HD Restoration to EPG Sky; Virgin Media UK; Virgin Media Ireland; YouView (BT); YouView (TalkTalk) (SD)
??/??/22 Channel 4 HD Launch Sky UK excluding London Remaining 6 regions testing on various frequencies


See also