Virgin Media have been working away on their next generation set-top box, and have now given more details of the TiVo powered box which is HD and 3D enabled with a whopping 1TB of recording space for TV shows and movies.
The new service will not only give users a lot of recording space, but also Virgin’s 4,600 hours catalogue of tv-on-demand content. The new service will launch later this year say Virgin.
The on demand service will include plenty of HD and 3D programming and also most Catch-up TV services from the big networks. The high def and 3D hardware will make use of Virgin’s fibre optic network. But the demand will not impact on customers existing Broadband.
They (Virgin) say that there competition have to rely on a single broadband connection which lowers the speed/quality of watching Online TV and surfing at the same time. But Virgin say they can bring internet HD streams to users ‘without having to sacrifice other online activities when in use’.
Said Virgin director of digital entertainment, Cindy Rose:- “Virgin Media’s next generation connected TV service – powered by TiVo – and combined with our superior broadband will blow other ‘connected TV’ products out of the water. We’re really proud of our new next-generation TV service which will appeal to anyone and everyone looking for the best of live broadcast TV, catch up, on demand and internet apps and services.”
Virgin will be using the TiVo technology in it’s set-top box, even though TiVo did not make an impact in the UK when originally launched. More information including pricing details will be released soon, say the company.