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Old 22-09-2017, 22:16   #2701
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin Media TV (2017)

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The vast majority won't bother with Sky, as they will not only have to pay for the satellite slot, but must join Sky's encryption system due to rights issues with some of the programmes they rebroadcast. There are no local channels on Freesat for this very reason.

It must be a massive outlay for just a few thousand viewers. London Live is the only local channel I know of that uses Sky, & with a potential audience in millions rather that thousands this is the only one ever likely too (Excluding possibly STV2).
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Possible sign that the rumour that GOLD is to go HD could be true.

Apparently, UKTV are currently testing an (encrypted) channel on satellite using Eden, but with EPG listings for GOLD HD!

Hopefully they will make GOLD SD FTA and put it on Freeview (which might explain the confusion over an advert that appeared to suggest that it was advertising GOLD as being on Freeview) and keep the HD variant behind a paywall.

If true, I wonder if we will get GOLD HD on VM? We only got the full selection of UKTV channels just before VM sold off their stake in them.

Anyone know when the carriage deal is up for renewal?
Hope so, Rich. Gold and Drama have started sharing certain programmes, so that also could be a sign.
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Old 22-09-2017, 23:54   #2702
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Does anyone actually watch Local TV what a complete waste of time and money.
Not many and, let's face it, there's very little there to attract an audience with such a low budget.

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Been very disappointed with local TV in my area for the very reason they show little to no actual local TV programs. Made In Tyne & Wear for example (which incidentally is on Sky ) shows America's Got Talent! Hardly made in Tyne & Wear is it!
No, it's TruTV.
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The local TV project has been a complete waste of time, I'm afraid.
I do believe this could have succeeded, but unfortunately those involved don't have the first clue about how this could work!
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Does anyone actually watch Local TV what a complete waste of time and money.
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The local TV project has been a complete waste of time, I'm afraid.
I do believe this could have succeeded, but unfortunately those involved don't have the first clue about how this could work!
Agree entirely with you old boy. I had high hopes of seeing locally made programs on and about Teesside on Made In Teesside but it just hasn't happened so far. When I emailed them a few months back they said to keep watching as they would improve and more local content would be coming but as I say a big disappointment still.
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If true, I wonder if we will get GOLD HD on VM? We only got the full selection of UKTV channels just before VM sold off their stake in them.

Anyone know when the carriage deal is up for renewal?
Assuming the deal (which is more or less certain) for Discovery purchasing Scripps Networks goes through then I'd say a very good chance as it will mean Mr Malone will in effect control 50% of UKTV.
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Good point.

It's odd to think that VM sold off VM Ireland and their 50% UKTV stake, only for Malone to buy them back.
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Good point.

It's odd to think that VM sold off VM Ireland and their 50% UKTV stake, only for Malone to buy them back.
I have my own theory but staying quiet on it all i say is one word is publicity and the second starts with s ends with t.
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Good point.

It's odd to think that VM sold off VM Ireland and their 50% UKTV stake, only for Malone to buy them back.
I think there is a common phrase response for this. What goes around comes around! ��
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