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Channels that are free on Freeview/Freesat but not on Virgin Media's basic packages

Are there any plans to bring Virgin Media's TV packages in line with the free TV services so that paying customers have access to the same channels they could get free elsewhere?

 

Free channels elsewhere but not in Virgin Media basic packages include:

 

CBS Drama

Smash Hits

Heat

Kerrang

Quest +1

 

Free channels elsewhere but not available on any Virgin Media package:

 

Movies4Men & Movies4Men +1

Movie Mix / MoreThanMovies & MoreThanMovies +1

truTV & truTV +1

5* +1

Pop

Heart TV

Capital TV

True Movies 2

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Re: Channels that are free on Freeview/Freesat but not on Virgin Media's basic packages

The question is, do you want to pay more to have all these channels on Virgins packages? On the free platforms, channels pay outright for slots or transponder spaces & get no return. Virgin is a pay platform, so part of the deal will be the channel will get a cut of Virgins subscription returns. Considering the number of complaints about the current price rises on the forums, I think you know what the answer would be.

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Re: Channels that are free on Freeview/Freesat but not on Virgin Media's basic packages

Where is your evidence that every channel available on Virgin Media's TV packages receives a cut of subscription fees?

 

The idea that Virgin Media's customers should have to pay even more than they already do to get access to free channels that are widely available elsewhere is daft, it should be a given that they get them plus subscription channels they pay for.

 

An official response from Virgin Media would be good.

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Re: Channels that are free on Freeview/Freesat but not on Virgin Media's basic packages

You are not comparing platforms like with like. Virgin is a pay platform, so effectively there are no free channels. BT & TalkTalk use Youview boxes to piggy back onto Freeview's service, for which they pay a fee. The only channels that don't get a return by being on Virgin are the PSB channels that are "must provide" under OFCOM rules.

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Re: Channels that are free on Freeview/Freesat but not on Virgin Media's basic packages

I'm well aware that Virgin Media is a pay platform, but they are free channels in that they are free to watch elsewhere, you're missing the point.

 

Again, where is your evidence that the only channels that don't get a return by being on Virgin Media are the PSB channels? If that is the case, then I think it's ridiculous that Virgin Media pay for us to receive barely watched minority channels such as Forces TV, Ginx, God Channel and The Africa Channel but do not pay for us to receive the more popular mainstream channels available on Freeview/Freesat.

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Re: Channels that are free on Freeview/Freesat but not on Virgin Media's basic packages

it would depend on how much money they want.






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Re: Channels that are free on Freeview/Freesat but not on Virgin Media's basic packages

You should also add Spike TV and truTV to your list. There is a great deal of dissatisfaction voiced on Twitter & FB that we Virgin customers are unable to access these popular free-to-air channels.