Join Virgin Media
- Superfast unlimited fibre optic broadband
- TiVo® - the most advanced digital TV recorder
- Exclusive online deals and offers
Why choose Virgin Media?
Virgin Media is the UK’s biggest cable operator, with a network that can reach more than half of all homes. As a Virgin Media customer you could browse the web using the UK’s fastest fibre optic network at speeds up to 152Mbps, and you can enjoy a wealth of great cable TV entertainment across up to 256 channels, and have it powered by the UK’s most advanced set-top box, the Virgin Media TiVo.
You get all of this as standard:
- Award winning customer service
- Uncapped downloads
- Free Virgin Media Super Hub wireless router
- Inclusive Virgin Media Security, email & PC Health Check software
- HD channels at no extra cost
- Free catch-up TV and TV on-demand service with all TV packages
- Free set-top box & Super Hub repairs for as long as you're a customer
- Inclusive calls to landlines & Virgin mobiles with all telephone packages
- No need to take a landline if you don’t want one
- No hidden charges
Officially the UK’s fastest broadband
If you’re looking for the UK’s fastest broadband you can only get it from Virgin Media. In some areas it’s now available at up to 152Mbps, which leaves the competition standing – including the other leading fibre optic broadband providers. If you don’t need the fastest option, or you’re just looking for a cheaper alternative you can also choose from a basic up to 30Mbps or an intermediate up to 60Mbps packages.
With fibre optic broadband from Virgin you can download as much as you like each month thanks to uncapped downloads which come as standard across all packages and bundles. And Virgin Media is the only UK fixed-line broadband provider that doesn’t insist that you take a landline if you don’t want one.
When you sign up you’ll get an exclusive Virgin Media Super Hub. It’s based around the latest Wi-Fi technology and is one of the most advanced broadband routers offered by any of the UK’s main providers.
The Super Hub can support up to 4 wired and up to 20 wireless connections at the same time, making it ideal for large families and shared houses. And because it’s been designed to be “future-proof” you won’t have to replace it when your broadband speed increases in the years to come.
Up to 256 TV channels with the UK’s most advanced set-top box
To get digital TV from Virgin you don’t need a bulky satellite dish, or even an old-fashioned TV aerial on your roof - everything is carried into your home via cable. You can enjoy up to channels, including many of Sky’s most popular channels – but unlike Sky you don’t have to pay extra to watch in HD.
At the heart of Virgin’s cable TV service is the revolutionary Virgin Media TiVo, which is the most advanced digital TV recorder ever offered to UK consumers. It’s HD ready as standard (just like all Virgin Media set-top boxes) and it can record up to 3 channels at a time, more than either the Sky+ or Vision+ boxes.
Your TiVo will learn what you like to watch and then automatically record new shows that you might otherwise have missed. And if there’s a particular genre, actor or director that you just can’t get enough of you can tell your TiVo to automatically record any future programmes that they feature in.
Unlike some other providers there’s also no need to worry if anything goes wrong with your set-top box, as you’ll automatically qualify for free repairs for as long as you remain a cable TV customer.
Unmissable on-demand content for all TV customers
Whether you choose the TiVo or the more basic V HD set-top box you’ll still be able to access great on-demand content whenever you like. Catch-up TV is free across all packages and it brings you the most popular programmes from the last week on the BBC iPlayer, ITV Net Player, 4oD and 5 Demand.
You’ll also get access to at least 2,200 hours of classic UK and US TV series with the free TV on-demand service – and if you choose a more complete TV package you’ll get access to up to an extra 1,300 hours.
Average broadband speed tests
Below are the average broadband speed tests performed by Virgin Media customers on Cable.co.uk.
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media is one of the most well known names in the UK broadband, TV and phone business, and the foremost provider of fibre optic broadband to UK consumers. With the addition of the Virgin Mobile brand they have become the only true “quad-play” provider in the UK.
Virgin offers its fibre optic broadband, cable TV and home phone services via its own cable network. This means that Virgin customers don’t need a BT land line to subscribe to cable products, and they can have all charges including their line rental on a single monthly bill.
Each of Virgin Media’s individual services have their own strengths and many of its 10,000,000 customers will just subscribe to one or two while others enjoy maximum convenience and value for money by opting for triple bundles of broadband, TV and phone.
Virgin Media Broadband
Virgin fibre optic broadband is amongst the fastest broadband services in the UK. In some areas it is available at up to 100Mb, while other more widely available packages have download speeds of between 30Mb to 60Mb. All of their fibre optic broadband packages include an unlimited monthly download allowance.
Virgin Media is widely celebrated for delivering actual “real world” broadband speeds much closer to the advertised “up to” speed than any other UK provider. This is partly due to these services across a dedicated fibre optic network which can maintain much higher speeds than any other broadband technology.
Videogamers can battle online via Xbox, PS3 or Wii with little or no lag time, making for a much more enjoyable online gaming experience. Virgin Media broadband also lets users stream movies and TV programmes at a much faster rate than any other broadband provider thus removing the annoying delays caused by buffering.
When customers subscribe to Virgin Media broadband they automatically qualify for free PC security software and a free Virgin wireless router. Subscribers to up to 10Mb Virgin broadband Size L and their National Broadband packages receive a standard wireless router, while subscribers to any of the faster packages qualify for a free super-fast wireless router which is designed to handle data transfer rates of above 100Mb for when broadband services at that speed become available in the UK.
Virgin Media TV
Virgin Media offers three different TV packages, each of which is available as a TV only package or as part of a bundle with broadband and home phone.
TV Size M+ is the most basic package. It features 75+ channels including the full Freeview selection plus Sky 1, Sky Living, The Discovery Channel and British Eurosport.
TV Size L has an impressive 115+ channels including all of those found in TV M+ plus Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Discovery Science, SyFy and more.
TV Size XL has 175+ digital TV channels of digital TV. As you’d expect you get all of the great channels found in TV Size L along with a wide range of subscription favourites including Bio, Cartoon Network Too, Comedy Central Extra, Disney XD, ESPN, FX, History, Kerrang! and dozens more.
When you subscribe to one of these TV services in most cases you’ll receive a TiVo box. This set-top box offers fantastic flexibility as it can record three shows at a time, automatically record new programmes based on your previous watching habits and can even schedule a recording for up to 7 days into the past!
Virgin Media phone
There is also a range of Virgin Media phone services that can be taken as part of a bundle or on their own. With a phone service from Virgin you can avoid paying line rental to BT and enjoy some great money saving perks.
Phone Size M is only offered in bundles. Subscribing to this service, also known as Talk Weekends, gives you unlimited weekend calls to UK land lines and Virgin mobiles.
Phone Size L is available either as part of a bundle or as a standalone service. Phone L, or Talk Evening & Weekends, gives you unlimited calls to land lines and Virgin mobiles at evenings and weekends.
Phone Size XL, or Talk Unlimited, is also available as part of a bundle or as a standalone service. As the name suggests it gives you unlimited inclusive calls to landlines and Virgin mobiles all day, every day.
Virgin Media History
Virgin Media’s UK cable network was previously owned and operated by Telewest and NTL. After these two companies merged in 2007 they were incorporated into the Virgin Media brand alongside Virgin Mobile.
The company has since continued to go from strength-to-strength, undertaking a massive programme of cable rollout and launching the groundbreaking Virgin Broadband 100Mb.