July 5th: BT Sports will be announced to arrive on VM 1 week before the 1st of August when BT Sport is due to air. The reason they aren't announcing it now is because BT and Sky and VM have agreements with VM to get people to leave VM and switch over to sky or BT. When this time has elapsed as part of this deal BT sport will be announced as arriving on VM when stated and Atlantic shortly after. There will therefore be no reason not to offer Atlantic to VM customers on the XL package as they will lose advertising revenue with people downloading GoT via torrents. I believe that VM will have a wholesale price for VM customers, so it may only cost a little bit more for XL customers than prior with ESPN. It isn't going to cost an extra subscription just the XL price as far as I am aware.
July 6th: VM are getting BT sport and Sky Atlantic.
July 6th: Not almost, is a deal done, just having to keep quiet until they can announce it.
I believe Atlantic will possibly be arriving on the first of August with BT Sport, but if not it should be there in August some time.
July 7th: Atlantic will be launched in full HD, as will BT sport. The other channels that aren't HD will more than likely stay that way.
Hope you're right fella - Sky Atlantic in HD will be a dream come true for this blogger.