Saturday 2 March 2024

Housekeeping:
ID 1960 Viaplay Xtra  -  Placeholder - End of Service
- Moved from SID 1603 to placeholder SID 1650.
 
New Service:
ID 2330 HobbyMaker HD  -  Internal Networks Only
- Added to the NIT of 5 internal networks used for pre-launch configurations.
- Flagged as the Shopping genre.
- Provisionally allocated EPG channel 754.
- Flagged as M / Player / Mixit subscription packages and above.
- Flagged as an Inclusive Channel for Stream devices.
- TSID 16 SID 1603 on traditional cable networks, taking the SID number previously used by Viaplay Xtra.
Elementary streams (video & audio) were added during the day on March 1st.

Friday 1 March 2024

FAST Channel Launch:
ID 2290 DAZN Women's Football  -   FAST Channel Portal - Slate
- Added to the NIT of customer facing and all other remaining networks.
- Now visible to customers on channel 554.

5 temporary rebrands:
- 3 movie channel promotional rebrands.
- 2 kids channel promotional rebrands.

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Several changes took place overnight, largely removing placeholder services and some obsolete services.

Services Removed:
ID-Ref   Service Name Annotation TSID SID
49   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Meridian - West (South Coast) 101 10171
50   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Granada 101 10162
55   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Meridian - East (South East) 101 10172
56   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Tyne Tees 101 10170
58   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Anglia - East 101 10169
60   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV London 101 10161
61   Ulster TV Placeholder - EoS - UTV - Northern Ireland 101 10175
62   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Cymru Wales 101 10165
63   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Central - West 101 10163
64   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Anglia - West 101 10176
65   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Yorkshire - Calendar North 101 10173
67   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Central - East 101 10164
68   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Meridian - Thames Valley 101 10168
69   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV West Country - West 101 10166
81   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV West Country - South West 101 10167
84   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - Northern Ireland Macro 102 10226
85   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - Scotland (inc Cumb) Macro - VM Scot 102 10227
86   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - North Macro 102 10225
89   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - Midlands Macro 102 10224
103   Channel 5 Placeholder - EoS 8 852
139   Sky Witness Placeholder - EoS 3 354
141   Sky Crime Placeholder - EoS 2 264
142   ITV2 Placeholder - EoS 21 2107
152   ITV3 Placeholder - EoS 4 452
163   ITV4 Placeholder - EoS 21 2110
173   Comedy Central Placeholder - EoS 5 573
175   Sky Sci-Fi Placeholder - EoS 3 353
180   More 4 Placeholder - EoS 8 851
182   E4 Placeholder - EoS 8 850
196   5 USA Placeholder - EoS 2 210
214   E! Placeholder - EoS 22 2250
234   National Geographic Placeholder - EoS 3 352
255   MTV Placeholder - EoS 4 451
292   Film4 Placeholder - EoS 4 455
392   Cartoon Network Placeholder - EoS 4 456
395   Nickelodeon Placeholder - EoS 7 760
443   Channel 5 Audio Desc Placeholder - EoS - Networked 8 853
566   S4C Audio Desc Placeholder - EoS - Wales - Networked 512 1212
1382   Sky Showcase Placeholder - EoS 4 453
1386   Sky Sports News Placeholder - EoS 7 775
1411   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Yorkshire - Calendar South 101 10174
1651   4Seven Placeholder - EoS 3 350
1778   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Border - England 101 10177
1795   TNT Sport 5 Red Button Service (This was removed in error by Virgin TV)
23 2305
1797   ITVBe Placeholder - EoS 10 1055
1889   Sky Sports Mix Placeholder - EoS 7 757
1969   5ACTION Placeholder - EoS 10 1052
2026   Channel 4HD Placeholder - EoS - London Macro - VM South & Wales 102 10254
2118   Sky Comedy Placeholder - EoS 3 351
2124   Sky Nature Placeholder - EoS 4 454
2126   Sky Documentaries Placeholder - EoS 5 572
2149   ITVBe +1 Placeholder - EoS - VM Scotland 3 326
2180   Sky Max Placeholder - EoS 5 575
2182   Important Information Information Slate - Inactive 514 1459
2183   Important Information Information Slate - Inactive 514 1460
90025   Hidden 25 Inactive TS Marker 25 2551

Note that 90025 is an internal reference number and not the USID which was listed as zero for this service.
 
- Any recordings made from these channels will no longer be playable.
 
Hidden 25 
- This has been removed but, as an inactive transport stream marker, was actually redundant.
The marker was added on 20/01/2021 when services were migrated from TSID 25 to TSID 20 as part of a housekeeping exercise. When another group of channels were added to TSID 25 on 16/04/2021 in another housekeeping exercise, the marker became redundant. Rather than remove it, Virgin TV simply moved it from SID 2501 to placeholder SID 2551, where it remained until its removal overnight.

IDs 2182 & 2183 "Important Information" - Slates
- These were the information slates advising users of the obsolescence of Liberate based hardware.
 
ID 1795 TNT Sport 5 - This service was removed in error by Virgin TV (see Mid Morning Update).
- This removal is odd as this was an active red button service of TNT Sport and not a placeholder.
- As an active service, the PMT & elementary streams are still present on TSID 23 SID 2305.
- TNT Sports 1 HD is showing a "channel unavailable" error message when the red button option is selected.
 
ID 566 S4C Audio Desc 
- Although this has been a hidden placeholder service for some time, the PMT has remained, sharing the S4C HD elementary streams.

NIT Network Changes:
In another strange move, the regional transport stream TSID 101 has been removed from the NIT of TTA Knowsley DMC (Hayes_RHE).
TSID 101 carries fewer services nowadays and, with BBC regional services being moved onto national transport streams in London, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, there are only local "city" stations remaining in those regions. 
As Scotland has no local stations, TSID 101 is empty on Scottish networks.
In Northern Ireland TSID 101 also carries RTÉ 1 and RTÉ 2 as well as the Northern Visions local service.

Mid Morning Update: 
ID 1795 TNT Sport 5  
- This service has now been restored by Virgin TV.
- TNT Sports 1 HD now displays the TNT Sport 5 service correctly when the red button option is selected.

Retention Periods:
ID-Ref   Service Name Annotation Days Held
90025   Hidden 25 Inactive TS Marker 1048
2183   Important Information Information Slate - Inactive 819
2182   Important Information Information Slate - Inactive 807
443   Channel 5 Audio Desc Placeholder - EoS - Networked 659
566   S4C Audio Desc Placeholder - EoS - Wales - Networked 652
84   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - Northern Ireland Macro 519
85   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - Scotland (inc Cumb) Macro - VM Scot 519
86   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - North Macro 519
89   Channel 4 Placeholder - EoS - Midlands Macro 519
2026   Channel 4HD Placeholder - EoS - London Macro - VM South & Wales 519
49   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Meridian - West (South Coast) 400
50   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Granada 400
55   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Meridian - East (South East) 400
56   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Tyne Tees 400
58   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Anglia - East 400
60   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV London 400
61   Ulster TV Placeholder - EoS - UTV - Northern Ireland 400
62   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Cymru Wales 400
63   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Central - West 400
64   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Anglia - West 400
65   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Yorkshire - Calendar North 400
67   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Central - East 400
68   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Meridian - Thames Valley 400
69   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV West Country - West 400
81   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV West Country - South West 400
103   Channel 5 Placeholder - EoS 400
139   Sky Witness Placeholder - EoS 400
141   Sky Crime Placeholder - EoS 400
142   ITV2 Placeholder - EoS 400
152   ITV3 Placeholder - EoS 400
163   ITV4 Placeholder - EoS 400
173   Comedy Central Placeholder - EoS 400
175   Sky Sci-Fi Placeholder - EoS 400
180   More 4 Placeholder - EoS 400
182   E4 Placeholder - EoS 400
214   E! Placeholder - EoS 400
234   National Geographic Placeholder - EoS 400
255   MTV Placeholder - EoS 400
292   Film4 Placeholder - EoS 400
392   Cartoon Network Placeholder - EoS 400
395   Nickelodeon Placeholder - EoS 400
1382   Sky Showcase Placeholder - EoS 400
1386   Sky Sports News Placeholder - EoS 400
1411   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Yorkshire - Calendar South 400
1651   4Seven Placeholder - EoS 400
1778   ITV1 Placeholder - EoS - ITV Border - England 400
1797   ITVBe Placeholder - EoS 400
1889   Sky Sports Mix Placeholder - EoS 400
1969   5ACTION Placeholder - EoS 400
2118   Sky Comedy Placeholder - EoS 400
2124   Sky Nature Placeholder - EoS 400
2126   Sky Documentaries Placeholder - EoS 400
2180   Sky Max Placeholder - EoS 400
196   5 USA Placeholder - EoS 243
2149   ITVBe +1 Placeholder - EoS - VM Scotland 239

The placeholder services were each held for the number of days specified in the above list, preserving any recordings for that period.
The countdown usually starts from the day the service is closed, or from the date the service is hidden from the EPG.
The countdown for Hidden 25 started when the transport stream was repopulated with services.
 
2 services remain with placeholder status:
ID 2059 E! HD (currently held for 58 days).
ID 1960 Viaplay Xtra (currently held for 34 days).
Recordings are generally preserved for around 3 months after a channel closure but Virgin has been known to remove placeholder services after shorter periods. 

Although this housekeeping exercise by Virgin TV has cleared out a lot of clutter from the SI data, the database shows several other services marked as inactive or deprecated. As these are mainly internal services, rather than channels, they could be removed at any time with no notice.

Monday 26 February 2024

The anomalies from February 14th were reversed by Virgin.
 
2 temporary rebrands:
- Movie channels reverting to their usual names.

Saturday 24 February 2024

1 temporary rebrand:
- Movie channel promotional rebrand.

Friday 23 February 2024

1 temporary rebrand:
- Movie channel promotional rebrand.

Monday 19 February 2024

2 temporary rebrands:
- Movie channels reverting to their usual names.