Virgin Media TV

Thursday 26th September, 2013 By
Virgin Media TV

Virgin Media lets you choose from a wide range of channels, including an impressive selection of HD options, Sky channels and on demand TV. Read on to learn about the various package, TiVo box

Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) supplies TV through cables that run into your home. It offers a range of different TV packages, as well as 'Collections', which bundle TV, broadband phone together.

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Virgin Media packages

There are three TV packages available from Virgin Media: M+, L and XL. Each package gives you a choice of a TiVo box - either 500GB or a gigantic 1TB - or the cheaper V+ HD box (read on for more about these). You also get access to Virgin TV Anywhere. That service lets you watch catch up TV and other content on more than just your TV - read our guide to find out more about it.

Here's a brief overview of what each package gives you:

  • M+: This gives you 100+ channels. That includes six high definition (HD) channels, and six Sky channels (including Sky One, Sky Living, Sky Arts and Sky News, but not Sky Sports or Sky Movies). In addition, you can access catch up TV services and on demand programming from many of those channels.
  • L: Over 135 channels, including six HD Channels, and 10 Sky Channels. You also get more catch-up options than the M+ package.
  • XL: With this, you get more than 200 channels, 32 broadcast in HD. You also get access to a 14 Sky channels, adding '+1' time-delayed stations and HD versions of the channels you get with the other packages. The XL option also offers the most on demand and catch-up options of all Virgin Media's packages, including free music videos.

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Sky Sports and Sky Movies with Virgin Media

It is possible to get and Sky Movies with Virgin Media TV, but these channels don't come included in any packages, and cost extra. You can either sign up for Sky Sports and Sky Movies separately, or get them together for slightly less.

Virgin Media Collections

You can get Virgin Media TV standalone, but you could save money by bundling TV services with a broadband and home phone package. Virgin Media calls these "Collections".

There are four Collections available. Here's an overview of what you get:

  • Starter Collection: 60+ channels including five HD channels, a 500GB TiVo box, up to 30Mb broadband and inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles.
  • Essential Collection: 100+ channels including 5 HD channels, a 500GB TiVo box, Virgin TV Anywhere access, up to 30Mb broadband and inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles.
  • Premiere Collection: 200+ channels including 32 HD channels, a 500GB TiVo box, an extra HD set top box for multi-room viewing, up to 60Mb broadband and inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles.
  • VIP Collection: 225+ channels including 45 HD channels, a 1TB TiVo box, Sky Sports 1, 2 and F1, Sky Movies, an extra HD set top box, up to 100Mb broadband, and inclusive anytime calls to UK landlines, mobile numbers and 0845 and 0870 numbers.

TiVo vs V HD boxes

To get cable TV you need a set top box, and Virgin Media gives you two options: TiVo or V HD.

The biggest different between them is that TiVo lets you pause, rewind and record live TV, while a V HD box does not. On the other hand, a TiVo box requires a monthly fee, while a V HD box does not.

Both boxes offer access to catch-up and on-demand TV, and are HD and 3D-ready.

Virgin Media TV awards and accreditations

Why should I get Virgin Media TV?

Virgin Media's TV packages give you lots to watch, and plenty of different ways to watch it. What you actually get depends on which package you pick - and how much you pay, of course - but options packages give you a decent range of channels.

What's more, Virgin Media offers a pretty impressive on-demand service, supplying catch-up TV, film rentals, TV box sets, music videos and more directly through the TV and set top box.

Speaking of which, TiVo is one of the better set top boxes on the market, allowing you to pause and rewind live TV, and record three channels at once while watching a fourth.

You can also watch TV on the move, on PC, tablets and smartphones, via the Virgin Media Anywhere service. We have a full guide to on demand TV, so check it out if you'd like more information.

Of course, there are other things to consider before signing up - it's not the cheapest provider on the market, for example. It's also unavailable in some areas, so you'll need to check if you can get it before signing up.

What do I need for Virgin Media TV?

Firstly, you need to live in an area where cable is available. Our postcode checker can tell you whether you can get Virgin Media at your home, and let you compare different options to find the best bargain.

When you sign up, a technician will visit your home to install the cable, TiVo or V+ box and make sure that everything is running smoothly.

Can I watch Virgin Media multi-room?

It is possible to watch Virgin Media in multiple rooms across the home, but you'll need additional set top boxes to do so. Extra TiVo boxes require an activation fee, and then an additional monthly cost per box. Additional V HD boxes, also demand monthly payment, but don't have an activation fee.

Virgin Media's website has up-to-date list of costs.

Can I watch Virgin Media TV without a phone line?

It is possible to get Virgin Media TV without a phone line if that's your preference. You'll save money by not paying line rental, but the cost of the TV service itself will be noticeably more than if you got it with a phone line.

Since your home likely needs broadband as well as TV, and so you're likely paying line rental to someone anyway, it may be worth bundling all services with the same provider, as this could lead to significant savings. Use our comparison service to compare the prices of Virgin Media bundles against other packages to work out if that's the case for you.

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