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    Default Satellite news 25 april 2006


    Satellite news 24 april 2006

    Ofcom clears the way for pay TV on Freeview

    Media regulator Ofcom has cleared the way for pay TV channels to be carried on the digital terrestrial TV service, Freeview, overturning access restrictions that until now have allowed only subscription-free channels to be carried on the platform. The move means that subscription-based channels such as Sky One, MTV, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel can now bid for carriage on the 30-channel platform, which is now in almost six million homes. Ofcom said the decision to lift the restriction was influenced by the rapid development of digital terrestrial TV, which is now in more than one in three digital homes.

    ITV Play channel comes to Freeview

    ITV has launched its ITV Play channel on Freeview, with programming including the first show spawned from the broadcaster's purchase of the Friends Reunited website. Friends Reunited – The School Run builds on the interest in nostalgia that is at the heart of the Friends Reunited website, which ITV bought last December. Based on a huge interactive board game, the show brings classmates together to test their knowledge of facts and trivia from a particular year.

    New Cartoon Network channel launches on Sky

    Cartoon Network's brand new second channel has launched this week on Sky channel 622. With a brand-new look and totally original schedule, Cartoon Network Too claims to be the destination for anyone in search of a good giggle. The channel is aimed at "kids of all ages" and is available on Sky channel 622.

    Brand new film channel TCM2 to launch in May

    Brand new film channel TCM2 is to launch on May 2nd. A spokesman at Turner Broadcasting said: "Having TCM2 will allow scope to explore further sponsorship opportunities for its bespoke themed seasons and offer the many advertisers on TCM (EPG 319) a far greater variety of options as well as attracting new brands to both of the channels."
    New film channel coming to UK later this year?

    The TV company which bought the international business of the Hallmark Channel in February last year is planning to launch a second channel in the UK. Sparrowhawk reportedly wants its new channel to be dedicated to "made-for TV movies." No date is yet available for the launch.

    BBC Three commissions new drama series

    BBC Three has commissioned a new six-part drama series called Sinchronicity about the sexual misadventures of a group of 20-somethings. Written by Julian Jones, the show will be directed by Brian Grant, Executive Producers for BBC Three are Julie Gardner and Bethan Jones (BBC Wales). Sinchronicity was commissioned by Julian Bellamy, Controller of BBC Three. Filming begins next month.

    UKTV People timeshift channel shuts down

    The UKTV People one-hour timeshift channel has ceased broadcasting and been removed from the Sky line-up. The main UKTV People is unaffacted but it is believed poor audience figures meant the timeshift channel was not viable. It ban on air for just over one year.

    Sky takes TV to the masses with city festival

    Sky is taking TV to the people with the launch of its first Sky Festival. Sky Networks head Dawn Airey has announced that the event will run from August 11-13 in Manchester. The three-day festival will promote 25 of Sky's most popular pay TV channels including LivingTV, MTV, Sky News and Paramount Comedy. Residents will be able to strut the catwalk in a bid to be the city's "Next Top Model," learn to read an autocue with a team from Sky News, have their vehicle transformed in MTV "Pimp my Ride" style, try their luck as stand-up comics with the Paramount Comedy channel and test their cricket bowling with a team from Sky Sports.

    New gambling channel from Sky launches

    A new second casino-style gambling channel from Sky Vegas has launched on the Sky EPG. Called Sky Vegas 846, it broadcasts on Sky Digital channel 846 and shows interactive poker and roulette games. At the same time, sister channel Sky Vegas 1 has been renamed Sky Vegas 845.

    Treasury to investigate digital TV quiz channels

    Concerns expressed by a number of organisations including the Gambling Commission has prompted the Treasury to examine the regulation of TV quiz channels. ITV has launched its first such service on Freeview, ITV Play, where viewers dial a premium-rate number to play for big cash prizes. A Treasury spokesman said it would consider if such shows should adopt the same rules as other types of gambling. There are approximately 15 dedicated quiz channels on digital TV, including Channel 4-owned Quiz Call.

    Sci-Fi unleashes marketing blitz for 'Medium'

    The Sci-Fi Channel has begun a six-figure marketing campaign to promote its forthcoming primetime TV series, Medium. The month-long activity has just gone live and revolves primarily around multi-channel TV advertising with extensive online activity. Sky One, Hallmark, Living and ITV2 and will carry the campaign in three bursts until early May. The online activity includes expandable banners with the capability to stream the TV ad on Yahoo!, wanadoo/icircle,, and, and moving picture units on

    Ofcom plans to limit Sky's charges

    Media regulator Ofcom has said it plans to cap the charges that Sky imposes on companies using its satellite service. Ofcom said its decision was based on Sky's dominant position in Britain's pay TV sector. "With 8 million households now signed up to Sky's retail platform service, Sky is now in a much stronger negotiating position vis-a-vis TPS (technical platform services)," Ofcom said in a statement.

    ITV keeps hold of Bond terrestrial TV rights

    ITV has snapped up exclusive terrestrial TV rights to the upcoming James Bond movie Casino Royale as well as new runs of the complete 22-title archive in a deal with Sony Pictures and MGM. ITV head of acquisitions Jay Kandola secured the deal in what is reported to have been a tough bidding contest with Channel 4, ensuring ITV continues its legacy as the traditional home of Bond in the U.K. "ITV is delighted to have secured the rights to this hotly contested catalog of movies," ITV director of television Simon Shaps said. "Films form a key part of the ITV schedules in both peak and off-peak hours, and we are looking forward to building upon the hugely successful relationship we have with Sony Pictures Television International and MGM."

    CITV boosts schedule ahead of Sky launch

    ITV's new childrens channel, CITV, is to launch on Sky Digital on May 8th and to mark its launch the broadcaster has announced new programming will be screened from that date. The line-up will include new episodes of Bratz, as well as the return of vintage classics like Rupert and Sooty and Sweep.

    Digital TV news in brief...

    On Sky channel 656, is now called Shop Vector+... On Sky channel 671 Star Bazaar TV has been removed from the line-up... Sky Vegas Live is now called Sky Vegas 845 on channel 845... All eight Vectone channels which briefly ceased broadcasting last week have now re-joined the Sky line-up... Majestic TV has moved from Slky channel 275 to 886... On channel 541, UKTV People +1 has been removed... Sky One has confirmed it is to axe its drama series Dream Team after over 400 episodes next year... Nick Junior 2 has begun test transmissions and is expected to launch fully very shortly.

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    what satellite are the sky channels on? are they viewable with softcam?



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