Virgin TV is bringing back all 10 UKTV channels including Dave after two weeks
Virgin TV customers are to get 10 popular channels back straightaway after two weeks off air.
The dispute with UKTV meant millions of households were stripped of access to popular shows such as Top Gear, Red Dwarf, Taskmaster and Only Fools and Horses.
All 10 of UKTV’s stations were dumped from its platform after the two firms were unable to agree a new distribution deal.
But today both parties announced that the channels – including Dave, Yesterday, Really and Gold – are coming back after a long-term deal was struck.
The new agreement will see the Dave HD and Gold HD channels added to Virgin Media’s Mix bundle and above.
There will also be more than five times the amount of on-demand programming available on Virgin TV, including more catch-up and more boxsets.
UKTV’s programming on Virgin TV Go will also return so customers can watch programmes out of the home and on the move.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media said: “Reaching this agreement reaffirms our longstanding partnership with UKTV and is fantastic news for our customers.
“They can enjoy channels like Dave and Gold once again, including in HD, and also get more UKTV on-demand programming than ever before. On top of this, the channels we’ve recently added to Virgin TV will remain.
“We are sorry for what we know has been a frustrating time for our customers, but are pleased that our TV bundles are now even bigger.
"Our unwavering commitment to investing in incredible programming remains.”
Simon Michaelides, Chief Commercial Officer, UKTV, said: “Viewers are at the heart of UKTV and we want to thank them for all of their support.
"We know this has created real disruption for some of our viewers and we’re so sorry for this, but we are thrilled to be back, broadcasting our channels and shows to customers of Virgin Media once more.”
The channels that are being reinstated
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