Eden (TV channel)
|Launched||8 March 2004|
(BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive)
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)
0.02% (+1) (September 2015 , BARB)
|Slogan||'Never stop wondering'|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom
|Formerly called||UKTV Documentary (2004–2009)|
|Timeshift service||Eden +1|
|Sky||Channel 532 (SD/HD)
Channel 533 (+1)
Channel 563 (SD)
|Virgin Media||Channel 247
Channel 248 (+1)
Channel 249 (HD)
|TalkTalk TV||Channel 315|
|TVPlayer||Watch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)|
|Sky Go||Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
Eden is a digital television channel broadcasting factual content in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel originally launched on 8 March 2004 and relaunched in its current format on 27 January 2009. The channel is available on Sky, Virgin Media, Smallworld Cable, TalkTalk Plus TV, BT TV, and TVPlayer (When subscribed to TVPlayer Plus). It isn't available on the digital terrestrial supplier Freeview.
The channel launched on 8 March 2004 as UKTV Documentary, showing factual documentaries, mainly taken from the BBC archives, on a variety of subjects if not covered by another channel in the UKTV network, such as Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man. Much of this programming had come from the former UKTV channel UK Horizons, which had closed down the day before and which the channel, along with UKTV People, replaced. UKTV Documentary occupied the same broadcasting slot as UK Horizons.
On 9 October 2008, UKTV announced plans to rebrand UKTV Documentary and UKTV People in early 2009. The news came just two days after UKTV's entertainment channels were rebranded to Watch, Gold and Alibi. They announced that UKTV Documentary would be rebranded as Eden and this rebrand took place on 26 January 2009. As part of the rebrand, the channels programming output changed from all documentaries to primarily documentaries focusing on the natural environment. All other documentaries were transferred to UKTV History or UKTV People, depending on their subject matter.
From launch, the channel has had a timeshift service, called Eden +1 and UKTV Documentary +1 before it. The service ran on Sky and Virgin Media and broadcast the channels schedule one hour later than usual. The timeshift was removed from Virgin Media in October 2008 to allow bandwidth for new channel Watch, however the time shift service was restored on 7 October 2011.
Eden HD launched on 4 October 2010 on Sky channel 559, running a high-definition simulcast of the main channel. As part of Virgin Media's deal to sell its share of UKTV, all five of UKTV's HD channels were added to Virgin's cable television service by 2012. Eden HD was added to Virgin Media on 7 October 2011.
The UKTV Documentary identity focused around scenes from the landscape of Britain. The ident would first feature a close up shot, for example of a person or a stone, before pulling back to reveal the bigger picture: such as a busy rail station or a stone circle. This was then overlaid with the UKTV Documentary logo, consisting of the UKTV logo on top, and an upper case 'DOCUMENTARY' tag below, aligned to the left of the screen. Alongside the idents, the channel had a Digital on-screen graphic (DOG) of the same design and also featured a generic UKTV design for all promotions for the channel. The channels house colour was a blue, similar in shade to Azure, and would feature in numerous changing shades on the end boards of promotions.
The programming used on the channel is mostly from the BBC archives, and are therefore edited to fit the time slot: an original broadcast for an hour-long programme on the BBC might be as much as 58 minutes long, while the same programme here might be 42 minutes long without the commercials. Eden is renowned for showing blue-chip natural history but has more recently moved into more scientific programmes while keeping the blue-chip, cinematic identity. Eden has also produced its own exclusive programming, with the most recent series David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities, produced by Humble Bee Films, broadcasting from January 2013.
- "UKTV unveils its new factual channel brands – Eden and Blighty". UKTV. 2008-10-09.
- "UKTV announces Good Food and Eden HD channel rollout". UKTV. 9 August 2010.
- "Virgin Media sells £239m stake in UKTV". Financial Times. 15 August 2011. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011.
- "Virgin TV just got even bigger". Virgin Media. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- "Eden, Attenborough examine "Natural Curiosities"". Realscreen. 19 April 2012.