UKTV: Dave and Gold channels return to Virgin Media (News)


Alex Horne, Greg Davies

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Comedy panel present Taskmaster is among the many programmes returning to Virgin Media prospects’ TVs

Tv channels resembling Dave and Gold are returning to the screens of Virgin Media prospects after a charges dispute with UKTV was resolved.

Virgin Media mentioned that free-to-air channels had already been restored, with paid channels following shortly.

Virgin had beforehand refused to pay what it referred to as “inflated” charges and complained that it was not allowed to indicate all channels on demand.

Greater than 5 instances as a lot on-demand content material will now be out there, it mentioned.

About 4 million subscribers of the cable firm misplaced entry to 10 UKTV channels in July after talks broke down, disappointing followers of reveals resembling Taskmaster and Pink Dwarf in addition to traditional comedies like Solely Fools and Horses and Miranda.

UKTV, which is part-owned by the BBC, had mentioned it couldn’t settle for the “drastic” worth cuts proposed by Virgin Media.

‘Irritating time’

Cable prospects misplaced 5 free-to-air channels – Dave, Drama, Actually and Yesterday – in addition to the paid-for companies Gold, Alibi, Eden, Good Meals and W.

A Virgin Media spokesman mentioned the paid-for channels, which took longer to revive for “technical causes”, would reappear over the subsequent few days.

The brand new settlement will increase the variety of catch-up hours out there, with prospects on the top-tier Full Home plan having access to “considerably extra” boxsets, the corporate mentioned.

It additionally provides entry to HD variations of Dave and Gold for patrons on the cheaper Virgin Combine plans.

David Bouchier, chief digital leisure officer at Virgin Media mentioned: “We’re sorry for what we all know has been a irritating time for our prospects, however are happy that our TV bundles at the moment are even greater.”

Prospects on social media welcomed the return of their favorite reveals and channels, however some mentioned they’d already switched TV supplier through the shutdown.

Simon Michaelides, chief business officer of UKTV, mentioned: “We all know this has created actual disruption for a few of our viewers and we’re so sorry for this, however we’re thrilled to be again, broadcasting our channels and reveals to prospects of Virgin Media as soon as extra.”


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