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Virgin Media looks to replace UKTV channels

Earlier this week we reported Virgin Media customers would no longer be able to access UKTV channels - such as Dave, Gold and Yesterday - via their set-top box, owing to restrictions imposed on UKTV by the BBC.

As we explained, the BBC (who co-owns UKTV with Discovery) holds back some on-demand rights to its programming, selling them on to on-demand companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The upshot? UKTV is no longer able to supply Virgin Media with the on-demand programming it requires.

As a result, Virgin Media has temporarily replaced those 23 channel slots and, with it so far failing to reach an agreement with UKTV, has sent a letter to broadcasters and media companies looking for permanent replacements, according to The Guardian. Those responses are due by Friday.

In the meantime, customers of the service have access to temporary channels such as Paramount Network (which broadcasts shows like Suits and Designated Survivor), YourTV and Love Nature.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.