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Virgin Media adds French, Polish and Russian TV channels to Worldbox app

Wednesday, April 26th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Virgin Media has expanded its international TV offering with the addition of channels from Poland, France and Russia.

The new Polish Impreza collection available through Virgin’s Worldbox app is aimed at the 900,000 or so Polish nationals living in the UK.

It offers four channels including TVP Polonia, the international version of Poland’s public service broadcaster, and commercial channels TVN International (ITVN) and ITVN Extra, which provide a mix of entertainment, news, sports and movies.

The package also includes Kino Polska, which features the best of Polish cinema including films from directors such as Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polanski.

Customers will also be able to access Kino Polska Muzyka, TVP Info and TVN24 as basic channels.

The four channels in the French Bouquet package include three from public service broadcaster France Télévisions plus kids channel Cartoon TV French.

France 2 offers a range of news, culture, movies and chat shows. France 3 has a mix of cultural and educational programmes with national and regional insight, while France 5 is described as the home of French factual programming.

Russian Premiyera offers documentaries on Planeta HD, the best in Russian-language movies on Bestseller, comedy and entertainment on RTR-Planeta and engaging cartoons for children on Moolt.

Another six channels are soon to be added to the Premiyera package, including THT Comedy and NTV Mir.

'Familiar TV'

David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said: “We’re excited to be expanding yet again our fantastic collection of international TV channels so Virgin TV customers, who may have come from outside the UK, can enjoy their familiar TV from around the world.

“Our most recent expansion covers a number of European countries. Customers joining Virgin Media will be able to watch five great new international collections on our new V6 box, marrying the latest and smartest technology with the very best TV programmes.”

Virgin recently launched Spanish and Portuguese packs on Worldbox. Spanish Viva includes entertainment channels Antena 3, AtreSeries and TVE, and movie channel MIS.

Portuguese Coleta features news and entertainment channel TVI, drama network TVI Ficção, kids channel Criança TV, and Benfica TV, which broadcasts Benfica FC games live.

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