Originally Posted by m419
Are Virgin Media missing a trick here?
They could easily broadcast Living,Living 2,Bravo,Bravo 2,Virgin 1 and Challenge TV in HD,since its there own channels and whatsmore, they could be exclusive to Virgin TV!
Also, since Virgin Media still own 50% of UKTV, they could easily do the same to Watch,Dave,Davejavu,Alibi,G.O.L.D,YEsterday,Home,R eally and Eden.
No - they are not missing a trick as Virgin DO plan to expand the number of HD channels for the above channels
However it is only worth doing IF you can source enough HD content and the viewership is appropriate.
Virgin Media could also pay exclusive rights to broadcast these channels in HD too,although I think they will be charged a lot of money to begin:
Discovery including Animal planet,Science,Turbo and Travel&Living
There is no way either C4 or ITV would allow Virgin to be sole broadcast of the HD content - C4 because it is a public broadcast so wouldn't be allowed, ITV because they couldn't afford it!
C4HD could be broadcast of VM if they wanted now - I personally don't why it isn't
ITV HD isn't a proper licenced channel yet - which is why it is hidden under the red button on Freesat. If ITV do pay to turn in linear I'm sure it will turn up on both Sky and VM
As for channels like Zee TV and TV5 I doubt much of their content is in HD to begin with.
Also, I know it might sound crazy,but it might be worth adding content from the above mentioned channels onto Virgin TV VoD service too. Even crazier,it might be worth paying Sky to add On-demand content including Catch Up TV from Sky 1,Sky 2,Sky 3,Sky News,Sky RealLives,Sky RealLives 2,Sky Arts 1,Sky Arts 2 and Disney Channels.
Yes it is crazy because you can't just pay to do that, the broadcaster has to agree - and as it stands Sky aren't going to do that, especially as they have plans to launch a broadband connected STB.
For those who subscribe to Sky Movies, have on-demand movies also Sky Sports for those who subscribe to Sky Sports channels.
Again not going happen with the Sky channels until OFCOM step in