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Channel 4 HD Joining Virgin Media


Channel 4 HD Joining Virgin Media

Virgin Media's HD offering just get better and better. Following the addition of the HD BBC iPlayer - among others Channel 4 HD will soon be launching on Virgin.

Importantly, Channel 4 HD will - like BBC HD - be available to all HD subscribers, with no need to be on a specific package, unlike with other HD channels. The upshot is Virgin Media subscribers getting access to such bastions of quality broadcasting as Skins, Desperate Housewives and Shameless in high definition.

Annoyingly there's no mention of when 4HD will launch on Virgin Media. "Coming soon" is hardly specific but hopefully we're looking at weeks, not months - pre-Christmas seems a dead cert, at least.

With Sky's exclusivity rights over 4HD now expired, it's possible that the channel could also make its way onto Freesat. Lest we forget, 4HD is one of the four HD channels coming to Freeview HD (when it's finally available) and it seems reasonable to think Channel 4 would want to reach as wide an audience as possible - adverts don't watch themselves.


Virgin Media.


July 30, 2009, 6:00 pm

Finally, good news for us Virgin Media subscribers. Lots of HD channels (well compared to before, not compared to Sky) launching. I'm not going to upgrade to the XL package to get the new HD channels, so getting 4HD for free is a bonus.

Also, ESPN HD is available to all Virgin subscribers throughout August, so hopefully I'll be able to watch some Premier League football in HD.


July 30, 2009, 7:16 pm

Hugo - the photo makes the v+ box look very impressive and shiny! In reality it's a nasty box that gets very hot despite the entire top side being vented and you can't tell from the display if its on or not as there are more lights on when in standby??!?

That said, I'm using it far more these days than my Sky HD box, as BBC iPlayer and 4On-demand are brilliant.

Matt Ross

July 30, 2009, 7:31 pm

I was under the impression that ESPN will be launching a new channel for the footy and that the existing ESPN channel will not be showing it.


July 30, 2009, 8:02 pm

@Matt Ross - Hi, I'm just going on what I've read on the Cable Forum (which tends to be quite reliable). The ESPN channel that launches on Virgin will also carry American sports and other football leagues. For more details see: http://www.espn.co.uk/sport...

The ESPN America will relaunch at a later date. Channel lineup (supposed to be coming this Monday):

529. ESPN

530. ESPN HD

531. ESPN America - will relaunch at an later date.

533. ESPN Classic

Matt Ross

July 30, 2009, 8:23 pm

Great news. I wouldn't have paid for it but as I'm on XL TV already looks like I get it for no additional cost!

It's becoming very tempting to upgrade to HD now with that and Eurosport HD confirmed. I was holding out to see if we would get Sky Sports HD.

Ben 3

August 1, 2009, 6:31 am

Channel 4HD launched on Virgin yesterday


August 2, 2009, 3:39 am

@Ben, yep, unfortunately I was hoping for more programmes on 4HD to be in HD like BBCHD. It seems there's only one or two in HD every day.

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