Virgin Media's knock-out start to 2013 with new HD channels
(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 18 January 2013
Release date- 17012013 - Virgin Media has announced the arrival of two new vibrant HD channels, TCM HD (416) and Cartoon Network HD (732), plus the addition of TCM 2 (417) to its TV service at no extra cost*, bolstering the total number of HD channels now available to 39**.
Over the coming months the new line-up of Turner Broadcasting channels will see the arrival of legendary award-winning classic and contemporary movies in splendid HD, with titles including An Affair to Remember, Thomas Crown Affair, 300, The Fugitive, The Matrix and In Her Shoes.
TCM HD will also be showing a range of epic series for the first time in native HD which will include, Band of Brothers, Deadwood (S3) and exclusive to TCM Hell on Wheels Series 2 (from the makers of Mad Men and The Walking Dead) and all new Wild Boys (S1).
With only a few weeks to go until the half-term holidays Cartoon Network is hosting daily HD telly marathons to keep the whole family entertained, including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Regular Show and Johnny Test, as well as CGI series Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Virgin Media TiVo customers will also be able to test their puzzle solving skills with two interactive games. By simply pressing the red button on their TiVo remote they'll be transported into the wacky world of Tom & Jerry's Hidden Maze and the Scooby Doo Creepy Cake Factory, plus even more Ben 10 and The Amazing World of Gumball content is available through Virgin Media's exclusive Cartoon Network TiVo app.
Entertainment from Cartoon Network, Cartoonito and Boomerang will be made available on Virgin TV Anywhere across a range of devices, as well as 3D on demand on Virgin TV later this year.
Richard Wheeler, head of content acquisition at Virgin Media said: 'What better way to kick-start the new year than announce the launch of two new HD channels for our customers at no extra cost. With half-term and major movie events like the Oscars just around the corner there's plenty of action and entertainment for all the family on Virgin Media TV in HD.'
Anthony Lukom, Turner UK general manager and managing director adds: 'It's fantastic news that Virgin Media customers now have the opportunity to watch TCM's vast library of films and first run cinematic series such as Hell on Wheels and Wild Boys, as well as Cartoon Network's much loved kids' shows in HD quality format. This is another exciting step in our network's continuing evolution, giving our growing audiences outstanding viewer experiences.'
Notes to Editors
*TCM HD and Cartoon Network HD available at no extra to XL TV subscribers. TCM 2 is available to M+ TV subscribers and above.
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.
The company's cable network - the result of a multi-billion pound private investment - delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 100Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.
Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.
Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world's first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.
Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).
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