Virgin Media TiVo guide
One of the major benefits of selecting a TV package from Virgin Media is that it will come with a TiVo box. But what role will this device play in the way you and your family watch TV?
Here, in no uncertain terms, is a thorough look at what the TiVo box is, how you can get it, and whether, now that there are so many on demand TV services that allow you to watch what you want when you want, 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 drive, which negates the need for videocassettes or blank DVDs.
You can record up to three channels at once
The TiVo box allows you to record up to three channels at the same time while watching something you recorded previously.
... and record TV which has already finished
With the Virgin TiVo box you can also scroll back through the onscreen viewing guide and record any BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 programmes you may have missed from the last seven days (this feature has since been introduced on the BT TV YouView box).
Recommends new content
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.
WishList service uses your search history
The Virgin Media TiVo WishList service allows you to make a list of your previous searches for favourite actors or genres, etc. 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.
Uses its own broadband connection
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.
Types of TiVo box
There are two types of TiVo box available. The first is the 1TB (TB standing for terabyte, which is equal to a 1,000 gigabyte) box, which can record around 500 hours of standard TV or around 100 hours of HD TV.
The 1TB TiVo costs £49.99 or comes free with the Big Daddy Bundle. There is also a monthly fee of £5 and installation costs may apply.
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 its 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 fee.
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So there we have it. You can record all your favourite shows and get suggestions for programmes you might like; what could be better?
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