Sky and Virgin Media bury the hatchet, offer each other's basic channels

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skyvirginmedia.gifThe long-running dispute between Sky and Virgin Media over carriage charges, and the dropping of channels from each other’s platform, may have finally come to an end as the two companies agree new channel carriage agreements.

Obviously still rivals that tend to disagree on most things, subscribers can now enjoy programmes from “the other side”. From 13th November, Virgin Media gets back Sky1 and Sky2 (available on “L” TV package), Sky3 and Sky News (on “M” TV package), and Sky Sports News, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Real Lives and Sky Real Lives 2 (available on “XL” TV package), while Virgin Media has agreed to keep Living, Living 2, Bravo, Bravo 2, Challenge and Virgin 1 on the Sky “Variety” platform, with Trouble on the “Children’s” pack.

Both deals are secured until at least 12th June 2011, and both companies have agreed to drop their High Court proceedings against each other.

Finally.

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Andy Merrett