This is all in preparation for Britbox surely. I expect the linear channels will fold into that.
They’ll hardly close down overnight channels that are presumably making the majority share of UKTV’s reported c. £90m in profits to gamble it all away on a subscription service that currently has zero customers? I’d imagine the linear channels will run on alongside Britbox for a few years, at least until the point that they are no longer profitable.
Britbox may be difficult to offer in Ireland because of ITV Studios’ comprehensive programme supply deal with Virgin Media effectively prohibits them from entering the market. UKTV faces no such constraints and is currently selling separate Irish advertising on Gold, Dave, Drama, W, Ailbi, and Really.
Rexogamer and London Lite gave kudos