Virgin Media launches new TV box and tablet just for watching TV

This morning, Virgin Media announced some “game changing” additions to its TV service: a brand new Virgin TV V6 box, and a tablet made just for watching telly on.

It's also given Virgin TV Anywhere a revamp, and launched the Virgin Media Store and a special app for kids.

Virgin TV V6 box

The new set-top box offers some of the provider's most advanced tech yet, including the ability to record six programmes at once. Much like Sky Q, any programmes recorded on it can also be accessed from other TiVo boxes in your home, and it lets you pause in one room then pick up where you left off in another.

It also supports 4K Ultra HD and HDR, meaning you can watch compatible programmes in amazingly high definition and with crisper colours - if your TV allows it, of course.

It's powered by TiVo like the boxes before it, so its interface will be nice and familiar, and has 1TB of storage space - that's 500 hours of standard definition recordings or 100 hours of HD. Plus every other box you add to your home will get you an extra 1TB storage on top of that.

Unlike the older TiVo boxes, however, it's much smaller and lighter, and runs faster too - up to 10 times faster, according to Virgin Media.

Virgin TV TellyTablet

The new TellyTablet, meanwhile, is a huge 14-inch HD tablet designed just for watching TV on. As well as its giant screen, it also has four built-in speakers, 7-8 hour battery life, 32GB memory, and the usual Wi-Fi connectivity so you can connect it to your Virgin Media router and set top box.

It's built on Android, so you can access the Google Play Store and nab apps like Netflix and Sky Sports.

And the rest

As well as all that, the provider is also offering a revamped Virgin TV Anywhere app, now with the ability to sync up with some of the recordings on your TV box and use the app as a remote control when you're at home.

There's a new kids TV app too, designed for 3-6 year olds and pulling together over 1,500 hours of programming from Nickelodeon, Cbeebies, Milkshake, and other shows such as Sesame Street. It's also got games, interactive picture books, a 'safe mode' so kids can't accidentally exit the app, and a button that shows the same TV episode five times in a row. Thanks, Virgin.

And finally, the Virgin Media Store is open for business, giving you access to loads of TV box sets and some of the latest blockbusters to buy and download.

The Virgin TV V6 box costs £99.95 upfront, or £49.95 for new customers signing up to the Full House or VIP bundles. The TellyTablet is available either for £299 upfront or on a Freestyle monthly contract.

Source: Virgin Media

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