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More changes for Virgin Media TV customers - some popular channels removed but there are also new additions

Dave and Gold are amongst those that have been dropped

It’s been non-stop news for Virgin Media TV customers recently.

Earlier this month, we heard that Virgin Media is launching a new channel, called Virgin Media Sport, which will be exclusive to Virgin Media TV customers. The channel is to show all Wednesday night UEFA Champions League matches, as well as UEFA Europa League matches, for the next three years.

On top of this change, it was also confirmed that TV3 Group is rebranding to Virgin Media Television from the 30th of August, meaning TV3, 3e and be3, will be getting the new names Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Three, while 3 Player will be renamed ‘Virgin Media Player’.

And now, there’s even more change afoot for Virgin Media TV customers. This week, following a reported dispute with UK TV, five channels - Gold, Dave, Alibi, W , and Gold+1 - have been removed from Virgin Media’s TV offering.

These channels show popular programmes like Top Gear, QI, Mock the Week, Only Fools and Horses, Absolutely Fabulous, One Born Every Minute, and Outnumbered. So, while the channels may be home to repeats, rather than original content, there has still been some uproar from Virgin Media customers who are disappointed to be losing them.

Are any new channels being added to replace the ones I’m losing?

Yes, Virgin Media is adding four new channels to its TV offering - CBS Reality, CBS Action, Horror Channel and CBS Drama.

These channels show programmes such as Judge Judy, Unsolved Mysteries, NCIS, CSI: Miami, ER, Medium, Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Can I cancel if I’m not happy with these changes?

Unfortunately, you wouldn’t necessarily be entitled to cancel penalty-free because of these changes, but if you are really disappointed that these channels have been removed and want to switch to a new TV provider, you can still do so, provided you’re not still within your contract’s minimum term - you’ll just need to give Virgin Media the required notice.

If you’re not sure you want to switch to a new provider, try contacting Virgin Media to discuss your options - they may be able to move you onto a different plan that suits you better.

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