Jul 012020

Freesports HD has left Freesat.

According to reports, Freesports HD has been removed from the Freesat programme guide, apparently due to disputes over fees – although this has not been confirmed by either party.

The Freesports channel is still broadcasting, and is still on the Sky guide.
But if you are a Freesat user, then if you want to watch Freesports, then you will have to do it via “non Freesat mode”.

Jun 302020

The Travel Channel has been removed from the Sky EPG today by channel operators Discovery.

This has meant a few Discovery channel number changes:

Travel Channel removed (178)
Discovery History 171 > 177
Discovery Home & Health 177 > 178
Discovery History +1 Move 271 > 277
Discovery Home & Health +1 277 > 278

Travel Channel is still transmitting from the satellite, for how long who knows.

Jun 302020

Earlier this month, some Virgin Media users have been sent a letter to tell them that their current Virgin Media box they are using to access Virgin Media (and therefore Sky UK) pay channels will soon no longer be able to be used for pay tv channels.

They will be issued with a free upgrade to a new Vigin Media box. ( see community.virginmedia.com/t5/Virgin-TV-V6/Free-swap-to-V6/td-p/4277655 )

Why is this news and how could it impact your viewing on IPTV?

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Jun 262020

Reports suggest that the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will close in September 2020 on both Sky and Virgin TV services, as carriage agreements stall, and renewal looks unlikely.

The content from these three channels will be moved to Disney+, the newly launched subscription streaming service.

“From 1 October, Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior in the UK,” said Disney in a statement.
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Jun 232020

In the next few weeks some Spanish TV channels will be changing frequencies.

Due to the selling off of some of the TV range of terrestrial frequencies for 5g data services, Spanish TV channels on those frequencies are having to move to new frequencies.

So the channels in the  700-800 MHz range will be switched off on the 1st July 2020. Continue reading »

Jun 232020

Sky Cinema will be launching its very own animation channel next month.

Sky Cinema Animation will be available from July 23 2020.

Sky Cinema Animation will be available to all customers at no extra charge.

Sky Cinema Animation will be showing family-friendly favourites (and their sequels) such as The Angry Birds Movie 2, The Secret Life of Pets 2, Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon 3.

Jun 222020

After this year’s season, RTL will end its live transmissions of Formula 1 races, which the German broadcaster has been showing on free-TV since 1991.

“The competition for the TV rights has changed, the market has partly overheated and thus left the quite ambitious, yet economically justifiable framework that we have set for ourselves,” said RTL managing director Jörg Graf. “We will now focus all our energy, passion and excitement on football as the number one TV sport and our recently acquired rights package.”

Jun 182020

Premier League fixtures on UK TV in July

The next batch of Premier League matches taking place in July, and which channels they will be on has been announced.

Matches will be shown on pay TV (Sky Sports and BT Sports), with a number of games being shown free on BBC, Amazon Prime (also via twitch), and on Pick TV.

Saturday July 4
Norwich vs Brighton 12.30pm – BT Continue reading »

Jun 172020

Sky will show 25 of their allocation of 69 matches on its Pick TV channel.

Pick TV is their “free to air” channel, available on Sky and Freesat receivers. And for the football, they have launched Pick in HD.

However, rights issues means a few changes.

Sky HD box users will be allocated Pick HD on channel 159
Sky HD box users will be allocated Pick SD on channel 895

Freesat HD users will be allocated Pick HD on channel Continue reading »

Jun 062020

Premier League fixtures on UK TV in June

Here is a full list of Premier League matches taking place in June, and which channels they will be on.

Matches will be shown on pay TV (Sky Sports and BT Sports), with a number of games being shown free on BBC, Amazon Prime, and on Pick TV.

Sky Sports will offer “Sky Sports Crowds” – run in association with EA Sports – where it will provide bespoke and team-specific crowd noise and chants to replicate the atmosphere of Premier League clashes. Viewers will be able to select the Sky channel to watch with the added sound or without it.

Wednesday 17th June
18:00 Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd (Sky Sports)
20:15 Man City v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
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Jun 052020

If you have recently just lost your reception of UK TV channels like Sky News and Pick TV, then this is because they have changed frequencies.

Users with Freesat or Sky boxes will not be affected as these boxes automatically update whenever channel change their frequencies.

But users of cheap / basic “free to air” receivers will have lost these Sky News and Pick TV channels, as your box has not updated with their new frequencies. One of the disadvantages of such boxes.
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Jun 012020

Sky Sports will start to “unpause” their subscribers, and start to bill their customers again.

With live sport starting again, including live Premier League and Championship football, Sky has started to bill its customers for the period 19th June – 30th June. Continue reading »

May 282020

The Premier League season is set to restart on Wednesday 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal.

(*subject to government approval.)

The matches are the two games in hand.

A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June. Continue reading »