Am I dreaming? Virgin adopts TiVo!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by kered, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Nov 24, 2009 #1 of 142

    kered New Member

    Dec 3, 2002


    Hey guys,

    Look at this story, flagged up by Digital Spy...

    I don't know anything about this source, whether there could be any question mark over its veracity, but for those of us with Virgin tv, this could be heaven!

    Ironically, I am having V+ installed tomorrow, and expect to retire my TiVo, after (nervous self-deprecating laugh) nearly 7 years of £10/month subs!

    I'm sure I'll be able to upgrade to TiVo again if this all pans out!

    Fingers crossed!

  2. Nov 24, 2009 #2 of 142

    TIVO_YORK99 Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    After all this time they're finally back.

    Will probably subsribe to Vigin Media next year, this is geat news. It looks pretty legit to me.
  3. Nov 24, 2009 #3 of 142

    sxb New Member

    Feb 23, 2002
    Ruislip, NW...
    Great news that they are coming back - I have both boxes and although the V+ is technologically much more advanced than my ancient UK Tivo, the Tivo software is still miles ahead. May finally be able to retire the Thomson box now (can't believe its still working after so many years and a few HDD transplants!).

    Seems to be official news as its posted on the Tivo website here
  4. Nov 24, 2009 #4 of 142

    iankb New Member

    Oct 9, 2000
    Reading, UK
    Good if you live in a Virgin cable area, but the kiss-of-death for a FreeView or FreeSat version of the TiVo until Virgin have grabbed as much as they can from the deal.

    Sky are going to have to improve their hardware significantly to counter the threat from Virgin. A cable company is always going to have an edge when it comes to video-on-demand, and a modern TiVo should have a far greater appeal than a Sky+ box.
  5. Nov 24, 2009 #5 of 142


    May 12, 2002
    Malmesbury, UK


    Yep, it's official :D :D :D :D
  6. Nov 25, 2009 #6 of 142

    steveroe Must do some work...

    Oct 29, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    :):):) Excellent news, I'm glad that hell has finally frozen over and the second coming has arrived!

    Slightly tempered by the fact that I don't live in a cabled area :mad::mad::mad:
  7. Nov 25, 2009 #7 of 142

    Glen New Member

    May 9, 2004
    South Coast, UK
    good news for some! But I am really disappointed that they went with Virgin. The choice of channels on Virgin is dire compared to sky! Particularly in the HD department! A system that supported several platforms like before would have been better. Freeview and Sky customers have been shut out.
  8. Nov 25, 2009 #8 of 142
    Andy Davies

    Andy Davies New Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Unless Virgin are going to launch a Freeview box then this is just pants if you don't live in an area they serve.

    I'm actually more p!ssed off by this announcement than by no announcement.

  9. Nov 25, 2009 #9 of 142

    B33K34 ENABLED!

    Feb 9, 2003
    Come on - cheer up! This is the best we could ever expect for the UK. Tivo was never going to enter the UK again on a free to air platform as their model just doesn't stack up against a non-sub PVR box.

    This gives Virgin a truly excellent user interface and gives them a real chance of competing against Sky. (I tried a V+ box before getting Freesat installed and it didn't impress). A few hundred thousand Tivo users in the UK could drive other manufacturers to pay a bit more attention to their own UI's as well.

    Break open the bubbly - it's a happy day
  10. Nov 25, 2009 #10 of 142

    Glen New Member

    May 9, 2004
    South Coast, UK
    It's a happy day for you Virgin people, but what about everyone else?

    I feel the exact same way as Andy. Its p1ssed me off more aswell. I dont use freeview, but have had sky for many a year along with TiVo. I was going to fire up my TiVo series one to use again with Sky+ hd, but now, i just can't be bothered. Can you imagine how the other sky/freesat/freeview users will feel when they find out, not to mention how they will feel if they decided to discontinue data for the (not so) current series 1's.

    They might aswell tell us to poke it. Its like saying hello Sky/free users, thanks for your support over the years, now get lost. We've found better people now.

    There no point in anyone non Virgin hoping this will lead to something for Sky/free customers, because it won't. The wait is over. At least we know now.

    Cheers TiVo!
  11. Nov 25, 2009 #11 of 142

    BigH New Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    fantastic news - unplugged my Tivo last week for V+
  12. Nov 25, 2009 #12 of 142


    Jun 2, 2005
    Lancashire, UK
    First of all ... Wahey! New TiVo ! :) :)

    This is great for VM as it allows them to differentaite thir V+ product from being just a sky+ clone.
    TiVo does so much more, as we all know.
    VM are also well placed for TiVo S3 features such as VOD, internet access (netflix etc).
    Since the V+ hardware is already supported by TiVo software, the update can be done over the air to existing boxes too.

    Do we all now thank Carl for his TiVo to VM petition ? ;)
  13. Nov 25, 2009 #13 of 142

    Glen New Member

    May 9, 2004
    South Coast, UK
  14. Nov 25, 2009 #14 of 142

    AMc Active Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    East of England
    Virgin DO have a Freeview box already. I was offered one when I subscribed for their ADSL broadband and existing customers can buy one for £40. Perversely it seems the only place I can find any information on it is within their customer only area (see below) so they aren't exactly pushing it.

    Clearly that box isn't a Tivo but given Virgin has an ADSL customer base it is possible they might also offer a service based on Tivo's digital terrestrial reference design + broadband TV on demand?

    Good news for some, but probably not for me in the time scale I have to update my TV viewing into a multiroom, single source solution.
  15. Nov 25, 2009 #15 of 142

    ColinYounger It wasn't me.

    Aug 9, 2006
    Rock and roll!

    Now - I wonder if we can be beta testers for the new box. Carl! Sort it out!
  16. Nov 25, 2009 #16 of 142

    romanpj New Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Just checked and I'm not in a Virgin cable area :mad:

    So what's going to happen to the rest of us? Will we still get our guide data? :confused:

    Maybe we could look at the Oz Tivo and see if it could be hacked to work here.

    DAMN, DAMN, DAMN!!! Tivo is the only thing which makes TV tolerable!
  17. Nov 25, 2009 #17 of 142

    Jimus Meat Popsicle

    Dec 28, 2005
    Me too....

    Aaargh, this is so annoying. I hope they don't mess with the 'old' service now it is kind of in competition with itself (i.e. Sky vs VirginMedia). Although I guess Virgin serve up Sky telly anyway on their network.

    I doubt very much whether people who live in the boonies (e.g. me) will be able to benefit, in fact it might be a risk. Good news for them there city folks though, bah.

    Having a bit of a dark day anyway, grrr

  18. Nov 25, 2009 #18 of 142

    Glen New Member

    May 9, 2004
    South Coast, UK
    im not sure. The 'exclusive' contract may mean they have to pull the plug to comply as Virgin dont provide any support or data.
  19. Nov 25, 2009 #19 of 142

    deshepherd New Member

    Nov 30, 2000
    Bristol, UK
    Great news ... looks like I made the right call in not getting locked into a V+ subscription then!
  20. Nov 25, 2009 #20 of 142

    Pete77 New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Not Far...
    I can't see it having any impact at all on support for the earlier Tivo S1 product as that was sold under wholly different Terms & Conditions.

    In fact what the launch of the new Virgin service does actually do in my opinion is to make it far more likely that our old Tivo S1 machines will now be supported for many more years to come as Tivo could not afford any form of adverse UK publicity with potential UK Virgin customers that could be caused by withdrawing that earlier UK Tivo service.

    Of course those using Tivo living in a Virgin cable area may well be given a low cost upgrade path to one of the new Tivo machines. Sadly I am not one of them though.:(

    It remains to be seen if Virgin will find a way of expanding their television service nationwide via ADSL in due course. There obviously won't be a Freeview only box as that does not involve enough revenue to pay the Tivo licensing costs.

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