True Movies

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True Movies
True Movies.png
Launched29 April 2005
Owned bySony Pictures Television
Audience share0.27%
0.07% (+1) (August 2018 (2018-08), BARB)
Formerly calledMovies 333 (until 2005)
True Movies (2005–2010, 2016–)
True Movies 1 (2010–16)
Sister channel(s)Movies4Men
Pop
Pop Max
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Tiny Pop
True Crime
True Entertainment
Websitewww.truemovies.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview UKChannel 62
Channel 75 (+1) (Manchester only)
Satellite
FreesatChannel 303
Channel 304 (+1)
SkyChannel 319
Channel 320 (+1)
Astra 2F
28.2°E
11306 V 27500 5/6
11306 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
DStvChannel 138
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 424
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 329
WightFibreChannel 32

True Movies is a satellite and cable television film channel in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. It is available on Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview as well as DStv in South Africa. It is the first channel from Moving Movies Ltd., majority-owned by CSC Media Group (formerly Chart Show Channels).

The channel is dedicated to true-to-life drama films, mostly made for TV. It shows movies from a range of cinematic genres including romance, crime, drama and docusoaps, mostly based on real-life events.

History[edit]

Prior to True Movies' launch on 29 April 2005,[1] the channel was previously an unnamed part-time service found on TWC Re:Loaded from 1 March 2005,[2] before being renamed as Movies 333 on 21 March 2005.

Soon after its launch, True Movies topped all the movie channels in August 2005, with a 0.5% audience viewing share, higher than the established subscription Sky Movies 1 (0.4%) and Turner Classic Movies (0.3%). With the arrival of other movie channels and services in 2006, its audience share dropped to between 0.1% to 0.2%.

True Movies' sister channel, True Movies 2, was launched on 20 March 2006, with similar programming. The channel was renamed True Movies 1 from November 2010, but after the closure of True Movies 2 in 2016 was renamed back to True Movies.

On 6 September 2011 the channel was made available on UPC Ireland.[3]

From 2013 the channel temporarily rebranded to True Christmas, from October to early January - during which time it would only show Christmas films. But in 2018 the channel rebranded to True Christmas on 24 September.

On 26 October 2015 the channel was made available on Freeview channel 82 in areas that support local TV. Now on Freeview channel 62 and only broadcasting between 9 pm and 5 am although it might have different times on various local multiplexes around the country. For example - in London (on 24 January 2018) it showed as 1 pm to 7 am in the EPG and was off-air (as predicted by the EPG) at 12 noon. On 19 October 2017, True Movies is now in all platforms on Freeview channel 62, moving from Local TV to COM6 however the channel was known as True Christmas by this time, but on 4 April, True Movies began to broadcast 24 hours a day and full time on Freeview.

Programming[edit]

An example of some of the films shown on True Movies:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New name for Movies 333". Digital Spy. 25 April 2005.
  2. ^ "TWC Reloaded becomes Movies 333". Digital Spy. 21 March 2005.
  3. ^ "99pc of UPC broadband customers to upgrade to 20Mbps". Silicon Republic. 20 July 2011.

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