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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 Big Daddy Bundle. 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.

Package Comparison

  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed-
    Max Upload Speed-
    Monthly Usage-
    Digital TV
    TV Channels143
    SD Channels132
    HD Channels11
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.94ppm
    Evening Calls9.94ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£14.50 after 12 mths)
    £9.99
    Upfront Cost£49.95
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£16.99
    Average Monthly£31.26
    First Year Cost£373.71
    Lifetime Cost£562.65
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    or call 0808 168 4947
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed-
    Max Upload Speed-
    Monthly Usage-
    Digital TV
    TV Channels79
    SD Channels69
    HD Channels10
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls-
    Evening Calls-
    Weekend Calls-
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    -
    £18
    Upfront Cost£49.95
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£0
    Average Monthly£20.78
    First Year Cost£265.95
    Lifetime Cost£373.95
    See deal →
    or call 0808 168 4947
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed152Mb
    Max Upload Speed12Mb
    Monthly UsageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV Channels237
    SD Channels195
    HD Channels42
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.94ppm
    Evening Calls9.94ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£49 after 12 mths)
    £32.99
    Upfront CostFree
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£16.99
    Average Monthly£55.31
    First Year Cost£599.71
    Lifetime Cost£995.65
    See deal →
    or call 0808 168 4947

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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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