Re: I have to ask ... what is the point of Virgin *Media* ?
"No Sky Atlantic, for a start."
That was legal shenangigans by Sky. They wanted to seriously up the price to VM and VM called them on it as a monopoly provider. The resulting case forced Sky to sell at a reasonable price rather than at a price to kill VM and it's customer base. Sadly, the channels were named in the agreement so 5 minutes later Sky announced Sky Atlantic, not covered by the agreement and moved all the "good" stuff there and turned their previous flagship SkyOne into a Simpsons/Car Crash/Police On Camera wasteland.