Ftn (TV channel)
|Owner||Virgin Media Television|
|Launched||15 January 2003|
|Closed||1 October 2007|
(at time of closure)
|Virgin Media||Channel 122 |
Channel 123 (+1)
|UPC Ireland||Channel 129|
|Sky Digital||Channel 153 |
Channel 154 (+1)
Ftn (Flextech Television Network) was a television channel from Virgin Media Television (formerly known as Flextech) transmitting free-to-air on Freeview and Virgin Media, and as a subscription channel on Sky Digital. The channel broadcast between 6pm and 6am daily. It launched at 6pm on 15 January 2003, six hours after neighbouring Freeview channel, UKTV Bright Ideas, also partially owned by Virgin Media Television.
Ftn's schedule featured entertainment and reality programming, and also programming from other Virgin Media Television cable channels, such as Living, Living2, Bravo, Bravo 2, Trouble, and Challenge. This provides a preview to Freeview viewers of what the Virgin Media channels offer, in a similar fashion to BSkyB's Sky Three, a channel also on Freeview.
Ftn +1 launched on Sky and Virgin Media on 9 August, 2007. Despite being a one-hour timeshift, Ftn +1 only broadcast from 7pm until 1am, as Live Roulette TV which broadcasts on Ftn from 12am till 3am, couldn't be rebroadcast one hour later, for legal reasons.
Previously The Great Big British Quiz broadcast nightly between the hours of 00:00 and 03:00am. (Big Game TV took this spot until April 2007) Between November 2005 and November 2006 Quiz Night Live broadcast from 22.00 - 01.00 daily only to be replaced by Ostrich Media's Quiz Call which ceased broadcasting on Ftn on 1 January 2007.
In June 2007, Live Roulette TV began broadcasting on Ftn between the hours of 00:00 and 03:00am.
It was announced in the summer of 2007 that Virgin Media Television was to launch a new channel, Virgin 1. The new channel launches on Monday 1 October, 2007. The channel is intended to be Virgin Media's attempt to rival Sky One.
As a result of this new channel, it was revealed the Ftn would close, leaving its EPG positions on Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview to Virgin 1.
- "Virgin Media Television announces Virgin 1". Virgin Media Press Office. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 2006-08-24.
- "Virgin 1 launch date announced". Digital Spy. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-18.
- "Launch of Virgin 1 on Freeview". Freeview.co.uk. Retrieved 2006-08-24.
- "Ftn/Virgin 1 schedule (1 October 2007)". Radio Times. Retrieved 2006-08-24.