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DJGM2,712 posts since 4 Jan 2003
According to wotsat.com . . .

Quote:

Sky confirms major reshuffle of TV channels

A major reshuffle of almost 40 general entertainment channels in Sky Digital's electronic
program guide will take place next week. The move, on March 23, will mean that many
channel numbers will change and even popular channels such as E4 and ITV2 will be
found on different channel numbers. The shiftaround is intended to free up space in
the Sky line-up toenable new channels to launch later in the year.

However, several recently-launched channels like FX289 and Sky Vegas Live have
decided not to move having heavily advertised their existing channel numbers . . .


The new channel line up will be . . .

Quote:

136 - Granada Men & Motors
139 - Sky Travel
140 - Sky Travel Extra
142 - UKTV Style
143 - UKTV Style Plus
144 - UKTV Food
145 - UKTV Food +1
146 - UKTV Drama
148 - Travel Channel
149 - Travel 2
151 - Channel 4 Wales / S4C Digital (rest of UK)
154 - Discovery Health
157 - Artsworld
160 - Life TV
163 - E4
164 - E4+1
166 - Overload
169 - BBC1 (Ireland)
170 - BBC2 (Ireland)
172 - Game Network
175 - ITV2
178 - You TV
181 - Avago
184 - BEN
187 - Reality TV
190 - Hallmark (no change)
193 - E! Entertainment
196 - UKTV Bright Ideas
199 - FTN
202 - Performance Channel
205 - Rapture TV
208 - Friendly TV
211 - ACTV
214 - LiveTV
217 - Game Nation
220 - Fashion TV (no change)
223 - OBE
226 - Game In TV
229 - Biography Channel
232 - Hollywood TV
247 - Classics TV (no change)
289 - FX289 (no change)
295 - Sky Vegas Live (no change)

Crispin173 posts since 3 Feb 2003
Why can't sky stick similar channels together such as the gaming ones or the UKTV ones (not counting the doc channels in the 500s).

Also I don't see why they can't put ITV2 or E4 on channels with similar numbers such as E4 on 204 and E4+1 on 205 instead of asigning them completely irelevant channel numbers. I've only just got used to the present ones.
Andrew14,250 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Crispin posted:
Why can't sky stick similar channels together such as the gaming ones or the UKTV ones (not counting the doc channels in the 500s).

Also I don't see why they can't put ITV2 or E4 on channels with similar numbers such as E4 on 204 and E4+1 on 205 instead of asigning them completely irelevant channel numbers. I've only just got used to the present ones.


It looks to me that its first come first served and channels arn't allowed to jump the queue, hence why the channels are either shuffling forward or staying where they are.

I'm not sure how BBC3/4 managed to jump past many channels a while ago though?
A former member
Andrew is correct. Channel numbers are given in chronological order. The oldest have the lower numbers, the newest the higher ones.

When Sky Digital launched the exsisting channels were given places depending on their popularity. Hence it went Sky1, UK Gold, Living, Disney, Family/Challenge.

Each channel is given 3 EPG positions so they can launch sister channels (hence SKy1 is on 106, UK Gold 109, Living 111) .

Any new channels are added in the next empty position. The problem with this is that channels close and move, hence the huge gap between UK Drama and S4C and the gap Disney vacated with was taken by BBC3&4.

In this reshuffle, the companies involved were given the option of moving or staying. Those that stayed get overtaken by any new channels launching after the reshuffle. The ones that have stayed are those who have more to lose by moving than they do by staying put
Andrew14,250 posts since 27 Mar 2001
As we know the reason for this shuffle is to plug gaps caused by defunct channels vacating their numbers creating huge voids particularly between 151 and 181, original current numbers no longer used are as follows, anyone know what used to fill the blanks??

136 - Granada Breeze
142 - ?
154 - ?
157 - ?
160 - BBC Choice
163 - ?
166 - ?
169 - ?
172 - ?
175 - ?
178 - Tara TV
187 - Rapture (I wonder why when returning to the Entertainment section they didn't take their old number back?)
193 - Channel Health
211 - Wellbeing
214 - ?
217 - Play UK
232 - ?
262 - ?
A former member
Andrew posted:
As we know the reason for this shuffle is to plug gaps caused by defunct channels vacating their numbers creating huge voids particularly between 151 and 181, original current numbers no longer used are as follows, anyone know what used to fill the blanks??

136 - Granada Breeze
142 - ?
154 - ?
157 - ?
160 - BBC Choice
163 - ?
166 - ?
169 - ?
172 - ?
175 - ?
178 - Tara TV
187 - Rapture (I wonder why when returning to the Entertainment section they didn't take their old number back?)
193 - Channel Health
211 - Wellbeing
214 - ?
217 - Play UK
232 - ?
262 - ?


214 and 215 are BBC 1 and 2 Northern Ireland in Eire.

I 'm pretty sure that some of those channel numbers have never been occupied, there was alwaysa big gap between 160 and 178