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UKTV channels return to Virgin TV

August 13, 2018

By Nik Roseveare

Virgin Media and UKTV have reached a long term agreement which will restore all of UKTV’s channels and services to Virgin TV. These will return effective immediately.

The news ends the carriage dispute between the two companies and means Virgin TV customers can now once again view programming from the likes of Dave, Gold, Alibi and Yesterday.

This follows recent discussions and brings benefits to both companies through an expanded selection of channels and programming. Notably, the Dave HD and Gold HD channels will be added to Virgin Media’s Mix bundle. 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.

UKTV’s programming on Virgin TV Go will also return so customers can watch programmes out of the home and on the move.

David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media said: “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.”

Simon Michaelides, Chief Commercial Officer, UKTV, added: “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.”

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