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Virgin Media VIP Collection review

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Update: Virgin Media collections are now discontinued. In their place are Virgin Media's Big Bundles. It’s Virgin’s biggest, most expensive collection. With the fastest widely available broadband in the country, a vast array of channels and a decent call plan.

Then there’s the 1TB TiVo box, an additional HD set-top box for watching, the new Super Hub router, catch up and on demand TV, plus free servicing and repairs for as long as you remain a customer. You can see why Virgin Media named it the VIP Collection, but is it worth the price?

What you get

The VIP Collection is designed for people serious about our home entertainment, like large families or student households who spend lots of time online, make lots of phone calls and love to watch TV.

You get a 1TB TiVo set-top box plus a free V HD box that allows you to watch (but not record, pause or rewind) TV in another room. There’s also free installation, set up and a demonstration from a Virgin Media engineer if you order online.

Virgin Media VIP Collection
SD channels256
HD channels56
SportsBT Sport HD, ESPN HD, Sky Sports HD
MoviesSky Movies HD
TV Anywhere appYes
Broadband speed152Mbps
up to
Broadband usageUnlimited
Call planTalk Unlimited
Fair usageYes
Traffic managementNo*
Minimum contract18 months
RouterSuper Hub
Set-top box1TB TiVo box + extra HD box
Public Wi-FiOn London Underground only
Prices from£52.22
Virgin Media VIP Collection
SD channels
256
HD channels
56
Sports
BT Sport HD, ESPN HD, Sky Sports HD
Movies
Sky Movies HD
TV Anywhere app
Yes
Broadband speed
Up to 152Mbps
Broadband usage
Unlimited
Call plan
Talk Unlimited
Fair usage
Yes
Traffic management
No*
Minimum contract
18 months
Router
Super Hub
Set-top box
1TB TiVo box + extra HD box
Public Wi-Fi
On London Underground only
Prices from

*Traffic management is applied to peer-to-peer file sharing and uploads

What you don’t get

The only omissions from the VIP Collection are Virgin Media’s extra channels, which can be added to your subscription for an additional monthly fee. These include Box Nation, MUTV and Racing UK for sports fans, plus Baby TV and Picturebox. Adult channels like Playboy TV, The Adult Channel and Television X can be added separately in a bundle, as can Asian channels Zee TV, Zee Bundle, Set Bundle and Star Bundle.

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Price

You’ll pay £52.22 (plus £15.99 line rental) for the first six months of your VIP Collection contract, which increases to £104.45 plus line rental for the remainder of the 18 month term.

Availability

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What are my alternatives?

Virgin is unrivalled on broadband speed at the moment so it’s way ahead of the competition on that front. However, if speed is of less importance to you (or you can’t get Virgin in your area), Sky is a great alternative. Sky Bundles offer a variety of TV channels to suit different tastes, with the option to bundle in standard or fibre optic broadband up to 76Mbps plus a call plan.

The Complete Bundle is the nearest match the VIP Collection and you can read all about it in our review.

  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed152Mb
    Max Upload Speed12Mb
    Monthly UsageUnlimited
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingYes
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels268
    SD Channels212
    HD Channels56
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels34
    Home Phone
    Daytime CallsInclusive
    Evening CallsInclusive
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£95 after 12 mths)
    £80
    Upfront CostFree
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.99
    Average Monthly£100.99
    First Year Cost£1151.88
    Lifetime Cost£1817.82
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    or call 0800 118 2761
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed152Mb
    Max Upload Speed12Mb
    Monthly UsageUnlimited
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingYes
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels237
    SD Channels195
    HD Channels42
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels34
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.94ppm
    Evening Calls9.94ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£63.50 after 6 mths)
    £40
    Upfront CostFree
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.99
    Average Monthly£71.66
    First Year Cost£812.88
    Lifetime Cost£1289.82
    See deal →
    or call 0800 118 2761
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed50Mb
    Max Upload Speed3Mb
    Monthly UsageUnlimited
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingYes
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels69
    SD Channels59
    HD Channels10
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels35
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.94ppm
    Evening Calls9.94ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£20 after 12 mths)
    £15
    Upfront CostFree
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.99
    Average Monthly£32.66
    First Year Cost£371.88
    Lifetime Cost£587.82
    See deal →
    or call 0800 118 2761

Conclusion

The VIP Collection is the daddy of broadband, TV and phone packages, but it comes with a high price that jumps to over £120 (including line rental) after the first six months. We would argue that while it's a completionist's paradise, there's too much here to make the pound-to-consumption ratio truly worth it.

While it’s worth it if you watch TV and download 24/7, for everyone else, Virgin’s other collections might be a better – not to mention more sensible – fit.

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