ITVBe (stylized as itvBe.) is a British free-to-air television channel owned by ITV Digital Channels, a division of ITV plc. The channel launched on 8 October 2014.[1] ITVBe broadcasts reality and unscripted shows, including US acquisitions such as The Real Housewives series, Million Dollar Listing New York and Botched; and original programming such as Dinner Date and most notably The Only Way is Essex.

ITVBe
ITVBe.
CountryUnited Kingdom
NetworkITV
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceITVBe +1
Ownership
OwnerITV Digital Channels
(ITV plc)
Sister channelsITV
ITV2
ITV3
ITV4
CITV
History
Launched8 October 2014; 6 years ago (2014-10-08)
Links
Websitewww.itv.com/hub/itvbe
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 27 (SD)
Channel 57 (+1)
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 119 (SD)
Channel 120 (+1) (UK except Scotland)
Channel 162 (+1) (Scotland)
Channel 179 (HD)
Satellite
FreesatChannel 119 (SD)
Sky (UK only)Channel 131 (SD)
Astra 2E (28.2°E)10758 V 22000 5/6
Streaming media
ITV HubWatch live (UK only)
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)
Sky GoWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV GoWatch live (UK only)

A high-definition simulcast, ITVBe HD, launched on Virgin Media on 19 November 2014, along with a one-hour timeshift feed, ITVBe +1. Both subsidiary channels were exclusive to Virgin until the ITVBe +1 service was made available on Sky and Freesat on 15 December 2014. The +1 channel was removed from Sky & Freesat on 13 April 2021.

Current programmingEdit

Original seriesEdit

Acquired seriesEdit

Most watched programmesEdit

The following is a list of the ten most watched episodes of a series on ITVBe since the channel began broadcasting in October 2014. Figures are based on Live +7 data supplied by BARB.[2] The Only Way Is Essex is consistently the highest rated series on ITVBe.

Rank Show Viewers
(millions)
Date
1 The Only Way Is Essex 1.36 9 November 2014
2 1.23 17 April 2016
3 1.22 14 October 2018
4 1.21 23 September 2018
5 1.19 10 April 2016
6 1.18 10 October 2014
7 1.18 30 October 2016
8 1.16 11 November 2018
9 1.16 2 November 2014
10 1.16 12 March 2017

EarlyBeEdit

On 20 August 2020, ITV announced that EarlyBe would be introduced on the ITV Hub as part of the Autumn 2020 Reboot. Shows which would broadcast on ITVBe on the same day would be available to watch on the ITV Hub from 7am. The service started on 3 September 2020 and the first show to be hosted by the ITV Hub, before it aired on ITVBe, was Sam & Billie: The Mummy Diaries, which didn't air on ITVBe until 9pm on 3 September 2020. EarlyBe also hosted The Real Housewives of Cheshire, The Only Way Is Essex, Ferne McCann: First Time Mum and Gemma Collins: Diva Forever & Ever.[3]

LittleBeEdit

On 3 September 2018, the channel introduced a new children's strand, titled LittleBe, which is dedicated to British preschool programming.[4] The strand airs daily from 9:00am to 12:00pm, three hours a day and also airs archive CITV programming such as Engie Benjy and Sooty as well as new international programming such as BabyRiki and Pingu in the City.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ITV confirms ITVBe launch date". ITV. 22 July 2014.
  2. ^ BARB, via [1] Archived 18 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "ITV Hub launches EarlyBe". Press Centre. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  4. ^ "ITV picks up Russia's BabyRiki". C21media. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

External linksEdit