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Virgin Media TiVo guide

Saturday, March 15th 2014

One of the major benefits of selecting a TV package from Virgin Media is that a TiVo box can be added for an additional fee. But how will this one little device revolutionise the way you and your family watch TV?

Here, in no uncertain terms, is what the TiVo box is, how you can get it, and whether, in the light of so many on-demand TV services, it's still as relevant as it once was.

What does it do?

With a digital video recorder you can pause and rewind live television as well as being able to record any programmes you wish onto an internal hard disc drive, which negates the need for videocassettes or blank DVDs. The TiVo box also allows you to record up to three channels at the same time while watching something you recorded previously.

What sets the new Virgin TiVo box apart from other digital video recorders is the ability to scroll backwards through the onscreen viewing guide and record programs that you may have missed from the last 7 days (although this has since been introduced on the BT TV YouView box). This really is a quantum leap in TV technology and will completely revolutionise the way in which we enjoy our favourite programs. TiVo can also recommend shows for you to watch based upon your viewing habits and can alert you when one of your favourite actors is appearing in a new show.

What are the benefits?

The Virgin Media TiVo WishList service allows you to make a list of searches you have made previously for your favourite actor or genre and so on. Once you’ve done this your TiVo set-top box will keep an electronic eye on forthcoming programmes for you and automatically record any that it thinks you may be interested in. It will also ‘learn’ what kind of shows you like and automatically record other similar shows that you don’t currently watch but that you may be interested in.

Your TiVo box will also have its own dedicated 10Mb broadband connection. This means that it will not have to share your existing domestic broadband connection so people browsing the web throughout your home will not notice any drop in connection speed when the TiVo is downloading Catch-Up TV or On-Demand content.

This broadband connection will allow you to browse the web on your TV as well as enjoying a vast array of games and applications, including those that use Adobe Flash technology. The new Virgin TiVo will integrate television and the online world in a way never before seen in the UK.

Types of TiVo box

1TB TiVo

There are two types of TiVo box available. The first is the 1TB (TB standing for terabyte which is equal to 1000 gigabyte) box, which records around 500 hours of standard TV or around 100 hours of HD TV. Perfect for those that don’t want to miss a single second of TV.

The 1TB TiVo costs £49.95 or comes free with the VIP Collection. There is also a monthly fee of £5.00 and installation costs may apply.

500GB TiVo

This is similar to the 1TB box, but it has half the space on the hard drive. It can still record 250 hours of standard TV or 50 hours of HD, and still does all the tricks it’s big brother does.

The best part of the 500GB box is that there is no upfront cost for the unit, aside from possibly an installation cost, only the monthly £5.00 fee.

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Conclusion

So there we have it, record all your favourite shows and get suggestions for programs you might like, what could be better than that?

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If you have a TiVo box with Virgin we’d love to hear how you’re getting on with it. Use the comment section below to let us know how you’ve found it.

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Comments (53)

DeanMOD
21 hours ago

Hi Ken, we've spoken to the support team at Virgin Media. Here's what they said:

"Your reader's neighbour would need to know the customer's password and know their full login details and Virgin Media account password in order to use Virgin TV Anywhere. The best thing your customer should do is to make sure they have a robust password on their account."

We hope this answers your questions, but if not, just let us know.

Dean - Cable.co.uk

DeanMOD
4 days ago

Hi Ken, we're going to have a chat with a contact at Virgin's Tech Support to get a definitive answer on this for you. We'll update this post when we've got some news.

Dean - Cable.co.uk

ken
5 days ago

Sorry i have been misinformed by the person telling me access by my neighbours iPhone is due to the TiVo box alone .On further Questioning it appear that the Virgin Super Hub in connection with the TIVo box using Virgin TV Anywhere enabled is how my neighbour can access the TiVo box ,It appears that if the Super Hub is left Open to any user using WiFi they can then access the TiVo box and order and watch Films which i have no Knowledge of and will have to pay for. So why is the Super Hub not set by default to leaving the WiFi in an Closed state .The default code for the Super Hub is 1234 and can be accessed by anyone on any WiFi device. please tell me if this is correct .

DeanMOD
6 days ago

Hi Ken, your TiVo box doesn't actually broadcast any signal wirelessly, so a neighbour or anyone in the area wouldn't be able to piggyback on your TV shows or get access to your planner, on demand service, rentals or pay per views.

What is possible is for mobile devices to access on-demand content through Virgin TV Anywhere, but this is an opt-in service which you have to request. If you've not done that, then you won't have it.

If you have switched Virgin TV Anywhere on and you're worried that there might be devices that aren't yours connecting to it, you can browse to your Account and then click on Device Settings. This will show you any mobiles, tablets or PCs that have been registered to your Virgin TV Anywhere account.

If you're worried that this might have happened or you find that it has, we'd recommend you change your Virgin TV Anywhere password to ensure that it remains secure. Hope this helps, and if you need any other advice just let us know.

Dean - Cable.co.uk

ken
7 days ago

I have been told that if i have a TiVo box my neighbour can link his iphone to it and watch films etc without my knowledge or permission . Is this correct , and if so how can i stop this from happening as i would be liable for paying for what was watched by my neighbour.

Phil Rodford
21st February 2014

In response to Dennis Clifford, 14th August 2013, you stated that "You can transfer your recordings to a laptop or PC - from there you can burn them to a DVD." Can you route the data digitally , USB or similar, or do you have to have a recording system taking an analogue signal. If the later, can you select 'composite' as the output standard, as you can on V+ box. My laptop system will not accept anything faster than standard resolution, composite signals at 4:3 normal. Thanks.

Saurabh
18th February 2014

Hi,

I have a Tivo HD box given to me by Virgin which is connected to Samsung LED TV. The sound quality from the TV is not good at all and I want to connect the Tivo box to my Bose Sound Dock via Bluetooth. Is that possible and if yes what product I need to buy and from where??

The Wee Wan
16th February 2014

Just linked my Tivo to my Iphone for U Tube - Absolutely cracking - works beautifully and can queue videos etc.

Worth investigating, as this seems a brilliant (and not very well published) facility that should be in everyone's arsenal:-

Go To Apps, and put some rubbish in the search box and the simple instructions will appear...

Raj
12th January 2014

So far I'm unimpressed. I've found the TiVo box clunky and slow. Searching YouTube videos is like going back to the 80s; why can't we use the remote to enter text like we can when Searching On Demand? The menus on the TiVo box appear outdated, messy and cluttered. The V+ box I had previous to this was far easier and quicker to use.

jez
1st January 2014

I have just purchased a samsung smart tv but I cannot get the tivo box to connect to it so all the features work on my tv. Can you explain how to do this please.

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