Virgin Media will soon stop offering 10 channels run by UKTV, the joint venture owned by the BBC, to its four million Pay TV subscribers.
VM has apparently failed to secure a deal to broadcast the popular channels which include Dave, Gold and Alibi after negotiations broke down and a last-ditch attempt at an agreement failed to save the channels from being pulled from the platform on Sunday.
The UKTV channels account for more than a third of Virgin Media's bottom end viewing package and their loss from the platform will come as a blow to viewers who enjoy such classics as Red Dwarf, Only Fools and Horses and Sherlock.
The problems seem to revolve around the BBC holding back the streaming rights for various programs in order to sell them on to content providers like Netflix. This prevents VM from offering them on its own on-demand platform for its customers, something the Cable TV provider finds unacceptable.
Unless a deal can be reached beforehand, the channels will be replaced this Sunday 22nd July with as yet unnamed alternatives.