Ftn (TV channel)

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Ftn
Ftn logo
Programming
Timeshift serviceFtn+1
Ownership
OwnerVirgin Media Television
History
Launched15 January 2003 (2003-01-15)
Closed1 October 2007 (2007-10-01)
Replaced byVirgin1
Availability
(at time of closure)
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 20
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 122
Channel 123 (+1)
UPC IrelandChannel 129
Satellite
Sky DigitalChannel 153
Channel 154 (+1)

Ftn (Flextech Television Network) was a British 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 was broadcast between 18:00 and 06:00 daily.

History[edit]

It launched at 18:00 on 15 January 2003, six hours after neighbouring Freeview channel, UKTV Bright Ideas, also partially owned by Virgin Media Television which itself closed down on 14 October 2007. Ftn +1 launched on Sky and Virgin Media on 9 August 2007. Despite being a one-hour timeshift, Ftn +1 only broadcast from 19:00 until 01:00 as Live Roulette TV which was shown on Ftn from 00:00 till 03:00 could not be rebroadcast an hour later for legal reasons.

Programming[edit]

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 provided a preview to Freeview viewers of what the other Virgin Media channels offered, in a similar fashion to BSkyB's Sky3, a channel also on Freeview.

Closure[edit]

It was announced in the summer of 2007 that Virgin Media Television was to launch a new channel, Virgin 1.[1] The new channel launched on Monday 1 October 2007.[2] The channel being intended to be Virgin Media's attempt to rival Sky1.

As a result of the launch of Virgin1, it was revealed that Ftn would close, leaving its EPG positions on Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview to Virgin 1.[3]

Ftn closed on Monday 1 October 2007 at 06:00 with Virgin 1 launching at 18:00 but actually at 21:00 on the same day.[4] The last programme shown was Incredible Edible Challenge. At the same time, Ftn's timeshift channel Ftn+1 was replaced by Virgin1+1 on cable and satellite. With the sale of VMTV to Sky in 2010, led to Virgin1 rebranding as the Channel One before being closed on 1 February 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virgin Media Television announces Virgin 1". Virgin Media Press Office. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 2006-08-24.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Virgin 1 launch date announced". Digital Spy. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-18.
  3. ^ "Launch of Virgin 1 on Freeview". Freeview.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2006-08-24.
  4. ^ "Ftn/Virgin 1 schedule (1 October 2007)". Radio Times. Retrieved 2006-09-19.