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  • Thanks JJ20X. Amazed VM are allowing SD versions, assuming the assumption is correct that these 4 are basically 2 with different resolutions as the naming suggests.


    Assuming it's the "new" Sky channels they may just be making an exception for them due their size as a supplier.

  • Ironically, as people self isolate, I expect that viewing figures will shoot up!

    Yes, I'm expecting that Netflix and other streamers to get a bump in subscribers at some point due to these current circumstances.

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  • Assuming it's the "new" Sky channels they may just be making an exception for them due their size as a supplier.

    And of course they''re not new, if its existing channels like History and Love Nature getting a rebrand.

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  • Amol Rajan (BBC media editor) said on the news today that viewing figures are indeed up, but that ad revenue is down.

  • And of course they''re not new, if its existing channels like History and Love Nature getting a rebrand.

    Quite. Though Sky Documentaries isn't an obvious rebrand, though maybe that launch will coincide with a closure. Maybe Sky2, as it has poor ratings and no identity.


    I'm keeping open-minded, it may be a surprise, and maybe nothing Sky related.

  • Quite. Though Sky Documentaries isn't an obvious rebrand, though maybe that launch will coincide with a closure. Maybe Sky2, as it has poor ratings and no identity.


    I'm keeping open-minded, it may be a surprise, and maybe nothing Sky related.

    A bit unlikely with those flags. ;)

  • Further details:


    As far as NIT services go, Box Upfront and ZooMoo HD moved to their new placeholder slots. The new channels hadn't been added to the NIT yesterday. SID 1802 HZNFATST was added to a 3rd internal / test network: VM Hammersmith.

  • The overnight scan log shows that the new channels have been added to internal / test networks - TTA Knowsley DMC (Hayes_RHE) & Code Download Test (Portsmouth). The EIT (EPG) data is currently populated with "Coming soon".

  • Overnight SID 3202 Sky Superheroes HD transformed into Sky Animation HD.


    Some regions had level 1 NIT Linkage (Tivo download) updates with level 3 updates for TTA Knowsley DMC (Hayes_RHE).

  • BBC1 went off tonight (Ex NTL) during the Coronavirus statement, black screen, but the red button prompt was still there?? Had to reboot to bring it back, was well annoyed.

  • The overnight scan logs show that some regions had level 3 NIT linkage (Tivo download) updates with level 4 updates for TTA Knowsley DMC (Hayes_RHE).

  • I wonder if non essential changes will be now be suspended due to the announcement that we are now in a National Emergency?


    They might not have enough staff, won't want to do anything that might affect the network and will want to concentrate on keeping core services going.


    Also, the scanners might not be able to continue (unless they work from home).

  • Also, the scanners might not be able to continue (unless they work from home).

    Let's say that things have certainly changed. Industry based data is pretty much non-existent now and I think it's safe to say that any plans to provide more DTT data following the DTT frequency change rollout have been scrapped. As far as cable is concerned, there are some residential scanners. Unfortunately, with the significant amount of changes pushed through by the analysts in recent weeks, there is a very real problem dealing with the backlog as individuals have to deal with new priorities.


    As far as I know, last night's data hasn't been processed at all, if any was actually taken.


    For March 23rd:

    SID 3003 Sky Monsters HD reverted to Sky SciFi & Hor HD

    SID 3202 Sky Animation HD became Sky Superheroes HD


    Turner & Viacom kids genre channels entered a free to view period with SDT conditional access channel section getting the override flag.

    The SD channels had pack codes added for M/Player & More.

    The HD channels had pack codes added for the HD versions of M/Player, More, Mix, M+ & L/Fun.

    The Kids Tier Service ID had pack codes added for L/Fun & XL/Full House - it isn't a channel, so the significance of this change is uncertain.

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  • Hayu have emailed their customers to say that they will be leaving Virgin Media on 6/4/20.

    This service was provided at no cost to Full House subscribers - I wonder if Virgin will replace Hayu with Disney + at no extra charge for top end viewers? That would certainly be an excellent selling point.


    In this week's Radio Times they are making a big deal over the fact that Disney + will be 'integrated' on the Sky platform and that Virgin viewers will lose out as a result of this exclusive deal.


    https://www.radiotimes.com/new…ney-plus-uk-virgin-media/


    To my mind, if Virgin provide this as an app at no extra charge for premium viewers and we can search/bookmark programmes for display in 'My Shows', that is a good selling point for Virgin and is all that's required.

  • Your final paragraph is pretty much my idea of integration.

  • No changes for March 25th.

    So, nothing since Saturday then. Perhaps they have indeed suspended any changes due to the pandemic?? Have you ever known them not to do any changes for days on end outside a holiday before? I suppose they might not do anything over Christmas.

  • There were the rebrands and temporary pack code changes on Monday. I guess, as far as rebrands are concerned, there are still channels with temporary names and no evidence of that changing at the moment. NIT linkage is usually an end of the week thing but the pattern has changed recently, so we'll have to see how that changes over time.


    It's too early to say if the reduced number of changes is a new trend but, at the moment, it gives the analysts time to work through the backlog.

  • Seen a post that says MTV 80’s will revert back to MTV Classic on 1st April on channel 316. I had assumed that this was permanent to compete with Now 80's.

  • Seen a post that says MTV 80’s will revert back to MTV Classic on 1st April on channel 316. I had assumed that this was permanent to compete with Now 80's.

    Now 70s has been getting higher ratings than 80s since it launched. MTV, IMHO, would be silly devoting it to one decade unless they planned on launching more channels.

  • There were changes on Friday, including a rebrand and more NIT linkage changes. Unfortunately only summary data is available at the moment, I'm not sure what is happening there, perhaps the full data will be available later. I'll include any changes in the weekend updates.

  • Similar change patterns for Saturday, I'll update later. I've been informed that, ongoing, the 6am scan will no longer be able. Cable scans will still be taken but at more random times.

  • Overnight changes were limited to "active hours" in the SDT. Active hours are stored in UTC (GMT) , so the changes reflect the change to BST.

  • Seen a post that says that some of the pay children's channels have been made available to all customers to help keep the kids entertained whilst off school. I thought that they were still supposed to be studying, even though the schools are shut, so not really very helpful IMO as this could distract them.


    Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD, Nick +1, Nick Jr, Nick Jr Too, Nicktoons


    Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network HD, Cartoon Network +1, Cartoonito

    Boomerang, Boomerang +1

    Pop, Tiny Pop

    CBBC HD, Cbeebies HD

    CITV


    Some of these are FTA on all other platforms anyway and i've removed CBBC SD & CBEEBIES SD from the list as these were removed from VM some time ago.


    This says that they will be available 'for the foreseeable future':


    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/…ustomers-can-now-17966170


    Perhaps the real reason is because their idea to copy Sky and put the kids channels into a seperate pay package hasn't worked for them??

  • I think this was announced on the 23rd, based on the replies I received referring to an email VM apparently sent when I posted a thread on Cable Forum on the 24th.