By Patrick Munn | November 28, 2018 - 12:28 pm | No Comments
UPDATE. November 28th:StarzPlay will be launching on Virgin Media a little later than initially planned. I'm hearing that due to technical issues, the streaming service from the U.S. premium cable network will not be launching on the Virgin Media platform tomorrow (November 29th) as originally planned. Virgin are working to remedy the issue and "ensure the best possible experience" for customers. No word yet on a revised launch date for StarzPlay.
By Patrick Munn | September 17, 2018 - 2:44 pm | No Comments
Channel 5 is adding a new drama series to their line-up. The VIMN backed broadcaster has acquired Blood, a psychological crime thriller from Riviera scribe Sophie Petzal which is being headlined by Line Of Duty's Adrian Dunbar, in a pre-sale deal with All3Media International. Additionally, Virgin Media has licensed the SVOD rights and will make the series available as a box-set following Channel 5's linear window.
By Patrick Munn | September 12, 2018 - 11:58 am | No Comments
Virgin Media has announced plans to launch the UK's first dedicated 4K channel, Virgin TV Ultra HD. Ahead of the launch, Virgin Media has agreed a wide-ranging deal with Sony Pictures Television for a number of U.S. scripted series from their distribution catalogue. They have picked up first run rights to Shut Eye and The Art Of More, neither of which has previously aired in the UK; and linear/repeat rights to House Of Cards, Masters Of Sex and StartUp. Notably, Masters Of Sex was dropped by Channel 4 in 2016 and its final two seasons never aired in the UK.
By Patrick Munn | August 11, 2018 - 10:12 am | No Comments
The nearly month-long dispute between UKTV and Virgin Media is now over. The two companies have come to terms on a new "long-term" carriage deal that will see all ten of UKTV's channel brands return to the platform. Virgin Media said the reinstatement of the channels would happen "as soon as possible", with some returning immediately.
By Patrick Munn | August 3, 2018 - 7:07 pm | No Comments
A resolution to the carriage dispute which saw all ten of UKTV's channel brands removed from the Virgin Media platform on July 22nd does not appear to be on the horizon. After multiple volleys on social media from both sides over the past week or so, the two companies had re-engaged in talks in hopes of finding a solution. But now UKTV claims that, when a deal was in sight, Virgin Media backed out of a verbal agreement. TVWise has reached out to Virgin Media for comment.
By Patrick Munn | July 22, 2018 - 10:23 am | No Comments
It's happened. The carriage dispute between UKTV and Virgin Media has reached a head. There was no last minute deal between the two companies and as a result UKTV has gone dark on the platform. Their ten channels - including Alibi, Dave and W - have already been replaced by such channels as Paramount Network, YourTV and Premier Sports. There are two key points preventing a deal. Firstly, Virgin Media wants VOD rights to BBC shows that air on a repeat window on UKTV's channels - something UKTV is unable to do as those rights are controlled not by them but by BBC Studios. The other issue is that, alongside that, Virgin is asking for a cut in the fees they pay UKTV for their suite of channels.
By Patrick Munn | July 20, 2018 - 1:24 pm | No Comments
Paramount Network is coming to Virgin Media. The new channel from Viacom International Media Networks is now set to launch on the platform tomorrow (Saturday July 21st) on Channel 187. Unlike the other platforms, Paramount Network will be launching on Virgin Media in HD. Paramount Network caters to adults of all ages with strong appeal to Generation X, Millennials and fans of cinematic storytelling. They hold linear rights to Designated Survivor and Suits, and exclusive UK rights to the short-lived Fox comedy The Mick. Paramount has also recently concluded deals to acquire Marvel's Agent Carter and FX's The Strain.
By Patrick Munn | July 19, 2018 - 8:12 pm | No Comments
Messy negotiations over a new carriage deal between UKTV and Virgin Media have spilled out into the open as the dispute nears a rapidly approaching deadline and may result in UKTV's 10 channels going dark on the platform.
The nature of the dispute is not exactly clear, with both sides citing different reasons for a breakdown in talks. Virgin Media has made the case that a key sticking point for them is VOD rights to BBC shows that air on a repeat window on UKTV's channels. UKTV, however, says that they are unable to come to terms as Virgin Media is demanding a "significant cut" in fees, despite the fact that they account for more than 25% of viewing to pay entertainment channels in Virgin’s basic pay pack.