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UKTV channels return to Virgin Media

Companies agree new long term deal including five times the amount of VoD content

UKTV channels have been restored to Virgin Media after the two companies agreed a new long term deal.

Virgin Media customers have not been able to watch the likes of Gold, Dave and W since Virgin removed UKTV’s channels last month.

The companies have now agreed a new deal which sees all of UKTV’s channels return to the service as well as the launch of both Gold and Dave in HD.

The new agreement also includes more than five times the amount of on-demand programming available on Virgin TV, including more catch-up hours and significantly more boxsets for Virgin TV Full House customers.

UKTV’s programming on Virgin TV Go has also returned.

David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media said: “Reaching this agreement reaffirms our longstanding partnership with UKTV and is fantastic news for our customers.

“They can enjoy channels like Dave and Gold once again, including in HD, and also get more UKTV on-demand programming than ever before. On top of this, the channels we’ve recently added to Virgin TV will remain.”

Simon Michaelides, chief commercial officer, UKTV, said: “Viewers are at the heart of UKTV and we want to thank them for all of their support. We know this has created real disruption for some of our viewers and we’re so sorry for this, but we are thrilled to be back, broadcasting our channels and shows to customers of Virgin Media once more.”