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
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':
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.