After a dispute which saw Virgin TV customers lose all of UKTV’s offerings, a deal has now been reached which will see the ten channels restored for Virgin Media customers. The deal also sees new offerings on the service.
Virgin Media pulled the plug on UKTV Channels on July 22nd
“Viewers are at the heart of UKTV and we want to thank them for all of their support. We know this has created real disruption for some of our viewers and we’re so sorry for this, but we are thrilled to be back, broadcasting our channels and shows to customers of Virgin Media once more. ” – Simon Michaelides, Chief Commercial Officer, UKTV
Virgin TV customers can now once again enjoy programming from the likes of Dave, Gold, Alibi and Yesterday. These channels include UKTV originals such as Taskmaster, Judge Romesh, and Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, premiere stateside acquisitions like Quantico, Harrow and Carter, and the very best of the archive from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more.
This follows recent discussions and brings benefits to both companies through an expanded selection of channels and programming and a commitment to working closely to promote UKTV channels on the Virgin TV platform.
UKTV will provide High Definition (HD) programming to more Virgin TV customers than ever before. The Dave HD and Gold HD channels will be added to Virgin Media’s Mix bundle and above.
The new agreement will also see more than five times the amount of on-demand programming available on Virgin TV, including more catch-up hours and significantly more boxsets for Virgin TV Full House customers. This means customers can watch even more of the best UKTV programming whenever they want to.
UKTV’s programming on Virgin TV Go will also return so customers can watch programmes out of the home and on the move.
“Reaching this agreement reaffirms our longstanding partnership with UKTV and is fantastic news for our customers. They can enjoy channels like Dave and Gold once again, including in HD, and also get more UKTV on-demand programming than ever before. On top of this, the channels we’ve recently added to Virgin TV will remain. We are sorry for what we know has been a frustrating time for our customers, but are pleased that our TV bundles are now even bigger. Our unwavering commitment to investing in incredible programming remains.” – David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media