Ginx TV

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Ginx eSports TV
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Launched August 2008
Owned by Ginx TV Ltd
Sky plc
ITV plc
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share UK:
~0.00% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Slogan Ready to play
Videogaming TV
Broadcast area International
Headquarters London, England[1]
BiG TV (Indonesia) Channel 927
TransVision (Indonesia) Channel 515
Zuku (East Africa) Channel 740
Arabsat Badr 5 (Middle East) 10770 V 27500 3/4
My-HD (Middle East) Channel TBA
Dolce (Romania) Channel 156
Sky (UK & Ireland) Channel 470
Serbia Broadband Channel 330
Telemach (Slovenia) Channel 162
Melita Cable (Malta) Channel 361
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 475
NOS (Portugal) Channel 140
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 290
Toya Cyfrowa TV (Poland) Channel 222
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 270
Tivibu (Turkey) Channel 145
SiOL TV (Slovenia) Channel 153
T-2 (Slovenia) Channel 116
KPN (Netherlands) Channel 330
Telfort (Netherlands) Channel 330
Slovak Telekom (Slovakia) Channel TBA
Romtelecom (Romania) Channel TBA
Glashart Media (Netherlands) Channel 303
AMIS (Slovenia) Channel 128
Free (France) Channel 128
Orange (France) Channel 132
Bouygues Telecom (France) Channel 242
SFR (France) Channel 182
TOTiptv (Thailand) Channel 321
Streaming media
Ginx TV Watch live
(requires login/subscription to access content)
FilmOn (US) Watch live
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

Ginx TV is an international, multi-language TV channel dedicated exclusively to video games. The channel produces a number of video gaming programmes each occupying a specific genre of the industry and reviews games from current and retro video game consoles, handhelds, PCs and smartphones.


The original Ginx TV logo, no longer in use.

Ginx TV was founded in 2007 by Alistair Gosling who founded the Extreme Sports Channel and Udi Shapira and Cosmo Spens,[2] although all have since left their day-to day operational roles.[3] Since April 2010, the channel has been managed by ex-MTV Networks Europe Managing Director Michiel Bakker.

Ginx TV was launched in August 2008 on Romania's Boom TV satellite television platform.[4] As of December 2012, Ginx TV operates in Southeast Asia, East Africa and Europe.[5] In two regions, Indonesia and Turkey, Ginx TV is represented by the Dori Media Group.[6][7] A high-definition simulcast of the channel, called Ginx HD, was temporarily available on Hispasat 1E during 2011.[8] On 30 July 2012, the channel became available in HD again on StarHub TV in Singapore.[9]

In August 2010, Ginx TV announced plans to launch in the UK and Ireland,[10] where the channel expected a potential audience of over 12 million viewers through Sky and Virgin Media.[11] In October 2010, Red Bee Media was appointed to create a new identity and on-screen presentation for the channel.[12]

In March 2011, it was announced that the launch had been delayed.[2] Ginx TV launched in the UK on Virgin Media on 9 July 2013.[13] A video on demand service was also available in the UK on BT Vision from 26 May 2011.[14] The company's programmes are also globally distributed to third party broadcasters such as TVNZ U in New Zealand,[15] Zee Trendz in India,[16] OSN in the Middle East and North Africa[17] and EGO in Israel.[18]

On 27 August 2011, all Ginx TV content ceased on Challenge in the UK and Ireland. The last show was an episode of The Blurb which went out on the same day. Both GameFace and Ginx Files had also previously broadcast on Challenge having moved from Bravo. Since the end of their deal with Challenge, Ginx TV have recommenced uploading episodes of The Blurb onto their YouTube channel on Wednesdays at noon (GMT), alongside their other content. On 12 December 2011, Ginx TV agreed to license some of its content to American videogaming website The Escapist.[19] In May 2012, Ginx TV launched on ZON TV Cabo, and in October 2013, it was launched on Cabovisao in Portugal.

On 7 January 2013, The Blurb returned to Challenge for a second series with new host Lizzie Huang. On the episode that aired on 25 February, Lizzie was replaced by regular contributor Lucy James as host. In the same month, Ginx TV launched on IPTV in the Netherlands via KPN. In August 2013, Indovision ended their contract with Ginx TV without any reason; the channel was replaced with MNC Kids.

In October 2013, Ginx TV acquired the Poker Channel Limited adding 19 million homes to its household reach in Europe, bringing the total to 26 million. As part of this transaction, Ginx added 13 million households in France via the Free, Orange, SFR, Numericable and Bouygues IPTV and cable systems. Later in the year, Ginx TV started airing on TelkomVision in Indonesia. It initially broadcast for only a few hours everyday as a preview-only channel. In December, Ginx TV launched on BiG TV in Indonesia.

On 30 March 2014, a new show called Videogame Nation made its debut on Challenge. Originally hosted by Tom Deacon and Emily Hartridge, the show's regular line-up expanded to include Nathan Caton, Steve McNeil and John Robertson. From August 2014 to the show's demise in June 2016, the show's hosts were Aoife Wilson, John Robertson and Dan Maher and featured a rotating cast of interviewees.

On 23 May 2014, Ginx TV launched on TransVision in the Indonesia. In June, Ginx joined the BARB research panel in the UK to support its advertising window. On 4 July 2014, host and contributor Lucy James officially left Ginx TV.

For Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015, Steve McNeil and Chris Slight fronted extensive coverage from the UK studio while Chris Bond and Adam Mason was in Los Angeles. They gave their opinions and some live streams of the conferences. The new website and paid on demand feature was introduced in 2015, allowing customers to pay a monthly, quarterly or yearly fee for access to Ginx TV's best shows.

In June 2016, it was announced that, with the partnership of Sky and ITV, the UK version of Ginx TV was to be transformed into Ginx eSports TV, making it the UK's only 24 hour channel dedicated to eSports. With this change, the channel launched on 24 June 2016 on Sky, in addition to it already being available to watch on Virgin Media.[citation needed]


Current programming[edit]

  • Console Yourself - A show in which stand-up comedians confess their videogame loves, hates, and guilty secrets. Presented by Neil Cole (2014-present).
  • Games Evolved - Tracks the history of a particular game or genre and comments on how different themes or ideas have been treated by different companies, series or decades.
  • The First Hour - Showed the latest big release or revisited a modern classic by playing through the first 60 minutes. Presented by Adam Savage (2013-2016), Neil Cole (2014), Simon Longden (2013-2014), Lucy James (2013-2014) and Anthony Richardson (2014-2016).
  • The Ginx Vault - A look at retro games.
  • Ginx Playlist - A look at recommended games.
  • The Quest - Focusing on the genre of role-playing video games.
  • Under The Radar - A show introduced in June 2015 which focuses on brand new and classic indie games, DLC and other games which may have gone under the radar.

Former programming[edit]

  • Games Games Games - Previews and reviews of games that are both child and family friendly.
  • The Blurb - The channel's flagship show which complied the latest in gaming news, reviews and previews.[20] Presented by Julia Hardy (2011-2012), Anthony Richardson (2012), Lizzie Huang (2013), and Lucy James (2013–2014). The show was replaced by The Essentials in September 2014.
  • Culture Shock - Series dedicated to the culture surrounding video gaming including film, music and comic books.
  • Faster - Games that focused on racing with a particular focus on motorsport. Presented by Neil Cole (2011-2014).
  • GameFace - started broadcasting in 2009 on Bravo,[21] before being replaced by The Blurb in 2011 on Challenge.[22]
  • Ginx Files - GameFace's sister show.
  • Ginx Live - A live show fronted by Adam Savage with special guests, gameplay coverage and giveaways every week on Virgin Media, Twitch and later on YouTube. The news was presented by Chris Bond and Lydia Ellery while Chris Slight and Haplo Shaffer talked to the public and communicated their views.
  • Get Fragged - Followed the genre of first-person shooters.
  • The Ginx Masterchart - A weekly top ten of chart games, counting down the biggest sellers of that week.
  • The Ginx Top 40/10 Chart - A countdown of the biggest games of the week.
  • Ginx News - A daily update of news within the gaming world. Presented by Lucy James (2013-2014).
  • Most Wanted - Interviews and previews.
  • Rumble Pack - A series of top ten countdowns that compared characters, genres and specific games.
  • Gamesport - Provided reviews and commentary on games within the sports genre. Presented by Anthony Richardson (2010-2014).
  • Planet of the Apps - Previews, reviews and recommends mobile apps, games and gadgets. Presented by Adam Savage (2011-2015), Lucy Hedges (2014-2015) and David McClelland (2014-2015).
  • Videogame Nation - Only airing on Challenge in the UK, but on Ginx TV in other countries, each episode focused on one game, series or developer, with discussion of related titles and gaming history. In August 2014, the show was revamped with new hosts and a new format following criticism of the original version. Variously hosted by Tom Deacon (2014), Emily Hartridge (2014), Nathan Caton (2014), Aoife Wilson (2014-2016), Dan Maher (2014-2016) and John Robertson (2014-2016) with additional insight from 'talking heads' such as Steve McNeil and Chris Slight in the show's current format.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ginx". Ofcom. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Ginx finds Adriatic home, delays UK debut". C21Media. 21 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ginx TV Gets In The Game". Television Business International. Yudu Media. April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Prima televiziune de jocuri a luat startul în România" (in Romanian). Cotidianul. 1 September 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "International". Ginx TV. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dori adapts Ginx for Indonesia". C21Media. 7 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "Ginx launches in Turkey". C21Media. 25 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ginx HD arrives in Spain". Rapid TV News. 25 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "StarHub launches travel and video gaming channels". Singapore Business Review. 25 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "UK's first 24/7 game channel announced". Eurogamer. 26 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "UK games channel targets 12m viewers". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. 23 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Red Bee Media to create multi-platform identity for gaming channel Ginx TV". Red Bee Media. 13 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "New channels on your Virgin TV!". Virgin Media Presents. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ginx On Demand launches on BT Vision". Broadband TV News. 25 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Ginx Files- Are you ready to play?". TVNZ U. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ginx TV to launch block on Zee Trendz". Digital TV Europe. 26 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Ginx TV widens reach". Broadband TV News. 5 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ginx announce a distribution deal signed with channel Ego in Israel". Ginx TV. 1 December 2009. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Big Important Announcement Special". Ginx TV. YouTube. 7 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Blurb". Ginx TV. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ex-MTV boss targets games TV". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. 7 August 2009. 
  22. ^ "The Blurb Replaces GameFace on Challenge". Ginx TV. 12 July 2011. 

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