CBS Reality

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CBS Reality
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Broadcast areaEurope, Middle East and Africa
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
Timeshift serviceCBS Reality +1 (UK)
Sister channels
Launched1 December 1999; 22 years ago (1999-12-01)
Former namesReality TV
Zone Reality
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Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands)

CBS Reality is a British free-to-air television channel which is broadcast in the UK, the Middle East, and Africa.


CBS Reality was launched as Reality TV on 1 December 1999 as a joint-venture between UPCtv and Zone Vision.[1] In 2005, Liberty Global, owner of UPC, bought Zone Vision. In 2006, they decided to put all their channels under the unified "Zone" brand. Reality TV became Zone Reality, Reality Extra in UK became Zone Reality Extra on 26 June 2006.[2]

On 1 August 2012, Chellomedia revealed that the European version of Zone Reality would be rebranded into CBS Reality.[3] In Europe, Zone Reality was rebranded on 3 December 2012.[4] AMC Networks acquired Chellomedia on 2 February 2014. Chellomedia was rebranded by AMC Networks International on 8 July 2014.[5] On 4 November 2020, it was rebranded by ViacomCBS.


The channel launched on the Sky EPG in the UK on 10 October 2002.[6] In February 2006, an additional channel called Reality Extra was launched.[7][8]

On 14 September 2009, it was revealed that CBS Studios International had struck a joint venture deal with Chellomedia to launch six CBS-branded channels in the UK during 2009.[9] On 16 November 2009, the channel rebranded as CBS Reality and CBS Reality +1.

As of 2 April 2014, CBS Reality is available on Freeview and Freesat in the United Kingdom. A timeshift channel, CBS Reality +1, was available on YouView as of 27 July 2014, but was removed on 2 June 2015.

In addition to their slot on Freeview Channel 66, a number of CBS Reality shows can be found simulcast daily on various local television channels in the UK, such as Liverpool TV (Freeview channel 7).[10][11][12]






  • Astra 28.2°E (UK and Ireland): 11344 V 27500 5/6 (Free-to-air)
  • beIN (MENA): Channel 162
  • Canal Digitaal (Netherlands): Channel 410 (UK version) and Channel 411 (+1, UK version)
  • DStv (South Africa): Channel 132
  • Freesat (UK): Channel 135 and Channel 136 (+1)
  • Sky (UK): Channel 146 and Channel 246 (+1)
  • Yes (Israel): Channel 64
  • Zuku TV (Kenya): Channel 127



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  1. ^ Zone Vision. "UPCtv and Zone Vision launch new channel: Reality TV". Archived from the original on 2002-06-17.
  2. ^ "Zone Vision unveils new unified branding". Digital Spy. June 20, 2006.
  3. ^ "CBS and Chellomedia take entertainment across EMEA". Broadband TV News. 2012-08-01.
  4. ^ "Rebranded CBS channels set to launch". Broadband TV News. 2012-10-30.
  5. ^ "Chellomedia to become AMC Networks International". Broadband TV News. July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Reality TV, CNX, TV5 arrive in EPG". Digital Spy. October 10, 2002.
  7. ^ "Extra Time for Zone Vision as it Launches Reality Extra Channel" (Press release). Zonemedia. February 13, 2006. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Reality Extra from Reality TV". The Airwaves. February 15, 2006. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "CBS to launch UK channels with Chellomedia". Broadcastnow. 2009-09-14.
  10. ^ "Local TV: Are you local? - Page 359 - TV Forum".
  11. ^ "Local TV: Are you local? - Page 369 - TV Forum".
  12. ^ "Home Page". Liverpool. December 17, 2020.

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