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Virgin Media V HD box

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
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Virgin Media:Player TV Bundle

£32.00 p/m for 12 months
Free setup costs, 12 month contract

V6 TiVo Box
  • Average 54Mbps download speed
  • Includes weekend calls
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Virgin Media V HD box - What is it?

What is a Virgin Media V HD box?

When you pick a TV package from Virgin Media (, you used to get a V HD box. That's changed now, though - these days you get either a 500GB TiVo box or a snazzier V6 box.

Read more about Virgin Media TiVo

If you signed up to Virgin Media TV a while ago, however, you may still have a V HD box in your living room. Here's what it's like.

The box is HD and 3D-ready, so you can watch your favourite TV in stunning high definition and even watch 3D movies as they’re meant to be seen. And as with all TV from Virgin Media, you’ll have access to a great range of seven-day catch up and on demand box sets. The box even has its own broadband connection through Virgin Media’s cable network, meaning it won’t affect the bandwidth or download limit of your home internet.

However, there are limitations to the V HD. Whilst a TiVo box allows you to pause, rewind, and record TV - up to 500 hours on a 1TB box - a V HD one does not. In fact, by not opting for TiVo you’re missing out on a wealth of features, such as a comprehensive search function, personalised suggestions, and apps like Netflix and YouTube. Of course, you’ll need to shell out a little extra each month for TiVo.

What channels do I get?

The exact channels you get with a V HD box depend on which TV package you choose. Player TV will give you around 70 channels, whereas Full House TV has more than 245… so there’s quite a range out there. Take a look at our guide to Virgin Media TV channels for the complete list.

As well as a nice load of channels, your V HD will get you access to on demand content. Every TV package has seven-day catch up available, from services such as BBC iPlayer and 4OD, and some on demand box sets. There’s also movie rentals through Virgin Movies, and thousands of music videos and concerts from Virgin Music.

All TV subscriptions come with Virgin TV Anywhere too. This’ll let you watch on demand TV, as well as some live channels, from any device - whether it’s on the website through a browser, or via the app on your smartphone or tablet.

What’s good about a Virgin Media V HD box?

  • HD and 3D ready
  • Parental controls let you keep an eye on what the kids are watching
  • Plenty of catch up and on demand TV available
  • Has its own broadband connection via Virgin Media’s cables, so watching on demand content won’t affect your home broadband
  • Good range of TV packages available from Virgin Media, with up to 245 channels
  • Virgin TV Anywhere lets you watch TV wherever you are

What’s bad about a Virgin Media V HD box?

  • Virgin Media isn’t available everywhere - use our postcode checker to see what you can get in your area
  • Can’t record TV, unlike with TiVo, Sky Q, and YouView+ boxes
  • Can’t pause or rewind live TV either
  • Though the box itself may be free, Virgin Media is one of the most expensive subscription TV services in the UK
  • V HD has nowhere near as many features as a TiVo box

What else can I get from Virgin Media?

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch to a new TV service?
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  2. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, home phone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.
  3. How do I get sports channels?

    There are multiple sports channels in the UK, with the biggest being Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Sky Sports is available at an extra monthly cost on Sky TV, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Virgin Media TV, and Now TV. Read our guide for more info.

    BT Sport, which also includes ESPN, is available on BT TV, and for an extra monthly cost on Sky TV and Virgin Media TV. Read our guide for more info.

  4. How do I get movie channels?

    Sky often has the first TV broadcast rights for big movies, so if you want to see the latest blockbusters first, you’ll need Sky Cinema - which you can get through Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk TV packages for an additional monthly charge.

    Most TV providers also offer new home entertainment releases to view on a pay-per-view basis. Bear in mind, you may need a broadband connection to access some of these services. See our guide for more info.

  5. Why can’t I get Virgin Media?
    Virgin Media has its own separate cable network to deliver the provider’s broadband, phone and TV services, which now covers more than half of the UK. If you live in a town or city, or at least a built-up suburb of one, then chances are you’ll have access to Virgin Media. The network is always growing, though, so if you can’t get it now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to get it in the future. Enter your postcode into our comparison tool to find out if Virgin Media is available where you live.