Virgin Media TV

Why choose Virgin Media TV?

  • Pause, record and rewind with TiVo
  • Wide range of digital TV channels
  • No phone line required
  • Superfast fibre optic broadband

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time (8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Is Virgin Media TV any good?

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Virgin Media (www.VirginMedia.com) is one of the most comprehensive TV providers out there. It has loads of channels, a dizzying amount of on-demand box sets, catch-up TV… and, well, let’s just say that someone would have to physically peel you off the sofa before you ran out of stuff to watch.

Of course, with all that choice, it can be hard to figure out where to begin when choosing a package, especially when you also factor in Virgin Media’s impressively fast broadband.

Read on, and we’ll talk about what you can get from Virgin Media, what we like and don’t like about it, and how to find the best deal.

What can I get from Virgin Media TV?

Virgin Media offers a massive range of broadband, phone and TV bundles - and you can even let you add a mobile phone plan.

Regardless of whether you pick a three-in-one bundle or just get TV on its own, the TV component will be one of the following:

  • Big bundle - Gives you 110+ channels thanks to Mixit TV, including all the essential free-to-air ones and a bunch in HD. Plus you get catch-up TV, and the option to add Sky Sports, BT Sport and Sky Cinema as extras at additional cost.
  • Bigger Bundle - You get a heck of a lot with this one. 230+ channels, including, well, pretty much every UK channel you can think of and 45 of them in HD. There's even more entertainment, on demand TV, documentaries, and kids’ shows.
  • Bigger + movies bundle - Movie fan? This is the package for you. It comes with over 250 channels, including Sky Cinema and BT Sport.
  • Bigger + sports bundle - Comes with a whopping 240+ channels along with BT Sport and Sky Sports to boot.
  • Bigger + sports + movies bundle - You won't get much bigger than this: over 260 channels including BT Sport, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.
  • Ultimate Oomph bundle - Virgin Media will also let you add Ultimate Oomph to any of of the above bundles, and get unlimited data, a 4G SIM, super fast broadband and Sky Talk Anytime.

Big bundle comes with a 500GB TiVo set top box. This lets you pause and rewind live TV, record up to 250 hours of standard-definition shows, and access a host of on-demand content. That includes catch-up TV, box sets of hit shows, and apps like Netflix.

But you may need a little bit more space to save recorded shows - perhaps to record a whole series so you can watch it all together, or build up your own film library. Luckily, every other TV package comes with a 1TB V6 box, which offers enough space for 500 hours of standard TV and lets you record up to six shows at once. That’s more than enough to capture a few series to binge on! It also has the benefit of being faster than the 500GB box, with a better search function and 4K capability.

All Virgin Media TV customers also get the Virgin TV Anywhere service as standard. Available on computers, smartphones and tablets, this lets you watch live TV, catch-up and on-demand shows whenever you want - even if you’re outside the house. Plus it lets you remotely set recordings and see what’s saved on your TiVo box.

That said, it doesn’t quite live up to the name - you need a Wi-Fi connection to use it, and you can’t rely on 3G or 4G - but it’s still a very useful extra to have. What’s more, if you subscribe to Sky Cinema or Sky Sports, you can watch them through their respective apps too.

What channels do I get with Virgin Media TV?

If you want a TV service with a lot of things to watch, you won’t have much to complain about with Virgin Media. It’s one of the most comprehensive telly services out there, encompassing sports, movies, entertainment, kids’ shows, movies, documentaries and more on demand content than you can shake a stick at. And we’re talking about a ruddy big stick.

Of course, the channels you get depends on the TV package or bundle you have. Some will be included already, while others can be added on - for an extra cost, naturally. You can see an up-to-date list of channels on Virgin Media’s website, but here’s how to get some of the most popular options:

Sky Sports

If you’re an armchair sportsman, don’t worry - you can get all ten Sky Sports channels with Virgin Media. It’s available as an add-on to all packages that you can subscribe to at any time, but it’s also included in the VIP bundle.

If you’d like to find out more about Sky Sports and how to get it, check out our guide.

BT Sport

BT Sport is available on Virgin Media TV. You can add it as an extra when you sign up to any TV package or bundle.

Sky Cinema

Virgin Media has a few movie channels, plus a pay-to-view box office service, but if you’re a devotee of the silver screen, you really need Sky Cinema. It has many of the latest blockbusters, indie hits, and foreign films well before any other TV service.

You can add Cinema to any TV package at any time, or get it included as standard with VIP. To read more about Cinema and how to get it, switch over to our guide.

Sky Entertainment

The Mix, Full House, and VIP TV packages all include Sky entertainment channels, including Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Witness and Sky Arts. Unfortunately, Sky Atlantic, which shows hot US imports like Game of Thrones and is arguably the jewel in the broadcaster’s crown, isn’t available on Virgin Media.

On Demand

Virgin Media has a huge amount of on demand content available. We’re talking about hours, and hours-worth of TV box sets, music videos, catch-up TV and more. Plus you can use apps like Netflix, iPlayer, and YouTube on your TiVo box. For more, read our full guide to on demand TV.

And check out our complete guide to Virgin Media TV channels.

What’s good about Virgin Media TV?

  • Decent selection of channels, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky channels
  • Can pause, rewind and record live TV with TiVo set top box
  • All TV options are available on 30-day rolling contracts - even when they're bundled in with broadband
  • Great for sports fans - all Sky Sports and BT Sport channels available
  • With Sky Cinema and box office films available, it’s heaven for film junkies
  • Catch-up TV, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, available with all packages
  • Thousands of hours of on demand TV box sets and music videos that you can watch any time
  • Netflix, YouTube and loads more apps available on TiVo box
  • Virgin TV Anywhere free with all TV packages - watch live TV and on demand shows on phone and PC
  • Can set recordings and manage your TiVo storage remotely via web browser or smartphone
  • Available with Virgin Media fibre optic broadband - the fastest speeds available in the UK
  • On demand content doesn’t use your broadband connection so won’t slow down your speeds
  • Special offers regularly available - compare packages to see what’s around right now

What’s bad about Virgin Media TV?

  • One of the most expensive subscription TV services in the UK
  • Limited availability - you’ll need to check your postcode to make sure Virgin Media operates in your area.
  • TiVo box interface is a little clunky
  • Cheapest option doesn’t contain any Sky entertainment channels, making it not massively superior to standard Freeview
  • No Sky Atlantic available, so no Game of Thrones or other hot US shows exclusive to the channel
  • The on-demand box sets that you can watch are dependent on your package - some listed may be unavailable

Our latest Virgin Media TV deals

Package Name Broadband Speed Contract Length Monthly Costs
Virgin Media Big bundle 54MB average 12 months £33.00 p/m
Virgin Media Bigger bundle 108MB average 12 months £57.00 p/m
Virgin Media Bigger + Movies bundle 108MB average 12 months £62.00 p/m
Virgin Media Bigger + Sports bundle 108MB average 12 months £72.00 p/m
  • Big bundle
    £50 Bill Credit
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 54Mbps
    • £35.00 up-front costs
    • Weekend calls inc.
    • Offer ends
    • £33.00 per month
    12 month contract
  • Bigger bundle
    £100 Bill Credit
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 108Mbps
    • £35.00 up-front costs
    • Weekend calls inc.
    • Offer ends
    • £57.00 per month
    12 month contract
  • Bigger + Movies bundle
    £100 Bill Credit
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 108Mbps
    • £35.00 up-front costs
    • Weekend calls inc.
    • Offer ends
    • £62.00 per month
    12 month contract
  • Bigger + Sports bundle
    £100 Bill Credit
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 108Mbps
    • £35.00 up-front costs
    • Weekend calls inc.
    • Offer ends
    • £72.00 per month
    12 month contract

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50 % of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

What else can I get from Virgin Media?

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