Turner and Virgin Media expand programme offer with new deal
Friday, November 11, 2016
Virgin Media customers to benefit from significant increase in on-demand shows
Virgin Media and Turner, one of the world’s leading entertainment brands, have agreed a long term programming deal in the UK and Ireland.
The partnership ensures Virgin Media customers will continue to enjoy their favourite channels like Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and CNN International, as well as bringing Cartoon Network in HD to customers in Ireland for the first time. Also launching is catch-up TV and box sets to Virgin Media’s TV platform.
As part of the new deal, Virgin Media customers will have access to hundreds of hours of boxsets for kids featuring programmes such as Regular Show, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Scooby Doo, Mr Bean, The Tom and Jerry Show and Fireman Sam. This will further boost Virgin Media’s existing selection of kids’ programmes.
The new programming deal also unlocks a wealth of Turner catch-up TV for Virgin Media customers in the UK and Ireland. Customers will have access to hours’ worth of programming with a 30 day catch up window.
The deal also strengthens the partnership over the long term, with Turner guaranteeing new rights to support Virgin Media’s future product launches.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media said: “Our new deal with Turner means our customers will be able to access a wealth of on-demand programs, as well as continuing to enjoy some of the very best TV from channels as diverse as Cartoon Network, TCM and CNN International. We are committed to giving our customers the very best TV to watch, when and how they want, and it’s fantastic to work with partners who think in the same way.”
Ian McDonough, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Turner, Northern Europe commented: “We’re very excited about strengthening our much valued partnership with Virgin Media, built around our premium kids and entertainment brands. At Turner we are committed to delivering the best curated branded experiences to our audiences, wherever they are. We look forward to working closely with Virgin Media to deliver entertaining channels and on-demand content that captures the growing appetite of our audiences for many years to come.”
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.
The company’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through our £3bn Project Lightning programme, which will reach 17 million premises by the end of 2019.
Our interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones.
We launched the world’s first virtual mobile network, offering fantastic value and services. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.
Through Virgin Media Business, we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest speeds and tailor-made services.
Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries.
About Turner International
Turner International operates versions of core Turner brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner operates more than 180 channels showcasing 38 brands in 36 languages in over 200 countries. Turner International is a Time Warner company.