Turner Classic Movies (UK & Ireland)
- For more information on the international TCM, see Turner Classic Movies. or for the Asian TCM, see Turner Classic Movies (Asia)
|Turner Classic Movies (TCM)|
|Turner Classic Movies|
|Launched||15 October 1999|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner)|
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)
|Audience share||0.2% (November 2012, BARB)|
|Sister channel(s)||TCM 2|
|Sky||Channel 317 (SD/HD)
Channel 341 (SD)
|Virgin Media||Channel 415
Channel 416 (HD)
|Smallworld Cable||Channel 319|
|UPC Ireland||Channel 327|
|UPC Poland||Channel 487|
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a subscription digital television channel featuring classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. film libraries, which include many MGM, United Artists, RKO and Warner Bros. titles. This version of the channel is available in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Africa, Middle-East with relevant subtitles and localised advertising.
It was launched in 1999, when its predecessor, TNT dropped its film programming to become a general entertainment channel. Its penetration increased when it took over TNT's space on various platforms on 1 July 2000.
Unlike other versions of TCM and the other Turner channels in the UK, TCM UK was for a long time broadcast free-to-air. The channel became encrypted in January 2004 when it joined Sky's subscription packages.
In 2009, TCM received a graphical makeover and a new logo in an attempt to attract a younger audience. With the makeover several new films were added to the channel's catalogue. A high definition version of the channel launched on 4 September 2012, at the same time the standard definition version began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen, whereas TCM 2 continues to broadcast in 4:3.
TNT UK 
TNT UK was launched in 17 September 1993 along with Cartoon Network UK. The two channels shared the same transponder with Cartoon Network broadcasting during the day with TNT taking over for the evening and overnight period. Initially TNT was on air from 7pm until 5am although later TNT's start time was pushed back to 9pm. In the early years TNT was primarily a movie channel although the final year saw the channel move to a general entertainment schedule until TNT (UK) was replaced by TCM on 1 July 2000. Its old slogan was "Classic Movies".
World Championship Wrestling launched on TNT (UK) in April 1996 with WCW Monday Nitro. On October 9, 1998 WCW Thunder was added. Both aired in a 9 to 12.30pm (variant) block starting with the début of Thunder. When TNT (UK) was closed down, WCW programming was moved over to Bravo. Trailers aired on TNT informed viewers of the change.
- April 1996 to 1998 - Friday Nights - 9.00 - 10.00pm
- 1998 to 2000 - Friday Nights - 9.00 - 11.25pm
- 2000 - Friday Nights - 9.00 - 11.00pm
(WCW Nitro then changed to Bravo in 2000, on Thursday Nights - 9.00 - 11.00pm, until March 2001, when WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation).
- 9 October 1998 to 2000 - Friday Nights - 11.25 - 1.00pm
Television series 
TCM 2 
|Launched||2 May 2006|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner Inc.)|
|Picture format||4:3, 576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||~0.0% (November 2012, BARB)|
|Replaced||Cartoon Network +1|
|Smallworld Cable||Channel 320|
|Virgin Media||Channel 417|
TCM 2 is a British television channel. It is a UK-only spin-off channel from the UK version of TCM, and shows the popular films from the Turner Entertainment library (which includes MGM and Warner Bros. films). Films are shown from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am (interspersed with various original short films about the films) from Monday-Sunday, and the following week includes a new line-up. This allows the viewer to "catch-up on the big films", thus allowing the chance to see the preferred film on any day of the week. The channel timeshares with Cartoonito, another UK-only spin-off channel. The channel began airing Adult Swim at 10:00 pm every Wednesday as of 4 January 2012, before moving to Friday later in April 2012.
See also 
- "Timeline: Turner Broadcasting System Europe LTD". Turner Info. Retrieved 21 August 2006.
- "TCM encrypts on satellite". Digital Spy. 6 January 2004.
- "Turner Classic Movies unveils ambitious plans to win younger film fan demographic". Turner Media Innovations. 9 June 2009.
- "TCM Movies channel launching in HD on Sky". Digital Spy. 31 August 2012.
- What's on
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