Virgin Media adding 10 international channels to TV service

18th December 2014

  • HUM Europe and Nollywood Movies now available
  • Worldbox app bringing eight international channel streams to TiVo

Virgin Media is adding ten more international channels to its TV service.

HUM Europe is one of the latest to join the line-up, bringing a range of Pakistani dramas, soaps and entertainment programming to customers’ screens. The channel is available to customers with M+ TV and above on channel 833.

Premium channel Nollywood Movies, the first 24 hour movie channel dedicated to showing movies from the Nigerian film industry is also now available.

In addition to showing over 35 different movies every month, with a daily premiere at 7pm, Nollywood Movies also broadcasts the popular African soap opera Tinsel along with entertainment news, celebrity interviews and red carpet events on channel 835. Popular African series Windeck and brand new soap Calabash will also come to the channel in January.

Virgin Media has also launched Worldbox, a new app offering live streams of four  international channels, including Ukrainian entertainment channel 1+1 International, Tunisian entertainment channel Nessma and Spanish news channel Canal 24 Horas1. A further four channels will be added to the app in early 20152.

Worldbox is the first HTML5-based app on Virgin Media TiVo and has been specially developed to stream a range of live channels from around the world. Virgin Media TiVo customers with M+ TV and above can access the app by selecting channel 834 in the TV guide or through the Apps & Games section. Globecast, a global provider of tailored content management and distribution solutions is supplying seven of the channels for Worldbox.

Stephane David, Virgin Media’s executive director of content said: “The arrival of these international channels on Virgin Media means our TV customers can enjoy even more exciting programming from around the world at the touch of a button. With content spanning everything from international news, sitcoms and dramas to soaps, movies and comedies there are plenty of shows to keep the whole family entertained.”

Didier Mainard, VP of Sales with Globecast said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Virgin Media on this project. We are recognised globally as a proactive content aggregation partner and we work to match international channels with international audiences. Virgin Media is a powerful platform in this regard and this is an exciting package.”

Alfred Soroh, Executive Director at Nollywood Movies said: "We are delighted to launch our channel on the Virgin Media platform and believe viewers will enjoy the variety of movies and soaps on offer."

The new channels join Virgin Media’s existing line up of international content, which includes popular channels Zee TV, Star Plus, Sony Max and Al Jazeera Arabic. A list of the channels available on Virgin Media can be found here.

Notes to editors

1 The following channels are available to stream on Worldbox:

  • 1+1 International (Ukrainian entertainment channel)
  • Sic International (Portuguese entertainment channel)
  • Canal 24 Horas (Spanish news channel)
  • Nessma (Tunisian entertainment channel)            

2 The following channels will be available to stream on Worldbox in early 2015:

  • EuroChannel (French entertainment channel)
  • BFM TV (French news channel)
  • Ukraine Today (Ukrainian news channel)
  • CTC (Russian entertainment channel)

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