August 02, 2019

July 22, 2019

Amazon Prime app live

As anticipated, the new Amazon Prime app went live on Virgin Media V6 boxes this morning. It can be accessed through Apps or via the red button on channel 228. It's also promoted on the top banner on the Home and My Shows screens.
It works as you'd expect. If you already have an Amazon Prime or Prime Video account you enter your email and password. You then have to register the set-top box by entering the code given onto amazon.co.uk/mytv (the same palaver you have when logging onto YouTube for the first time) and you're in.
It's faster than the Panasonic and Sony Smart TV versions I have, both of which are little slow to load. Picture quality is excellent.
Personally, I've always found Amazon Prime's content a little weak. Films tend to compliment those on Netflix or Sky Cinema, although the rentals are better PQ than Virgin Media's own and some times cheaper, too. Amazon's own TV shows have disappointed me - a strong first season followed by a disappointing second seems to be the order of the day. Sneaky Pete, Goliath, and American Gods all start well but disappoint the longer you watch. Good Omens is good - hopefully they won't be tempted to go beyond the book.
But I can't complain. It's a good addition to the V6 apps and the integration with the V6 Search, Bookmarking and Series Link tools is most welcome.

July 18, 2019

Sky and Virgin Media agree new deal

Still no word on Sky Atlantic on Virgin, but the Sky Cinema and Sky Sports 4K channels are coming to the V6 boxes in 2020. Full story on this and additional Sky on demand and on-the-go services at https://www.whathifi.com/news/virgin-tv-customers-to-get-sky-4k-content-in-2020

July 17, 2019

Amazon Prime Video arriving on July 22nd


Virgin Media has quietly amended an earlier post about the arrival of the Amazon Prime app on its V6 boxes to include the launch date of Monday, July 22nd.
More details: https://www.virginmedia.com/virgin-tv-edit/tips-and-tricks/how-to-watch-amazon-prime-on-virgin-tv

June 28, 2019

Wimbledon in 4k Ultra HD and HDR

Us Virgin Media TV subscribers will be able to watch Wimbledon in 4K Ultra HD and HDR when it starts on Monday July 1. BBC viewers can enjoy Wimbledon in 4K on most 4K TVs via iPlayer or red button, but with the Virgin V6 it will be both UHD and HDR.
The Sky Q subscribers still don’t have the ability view HDR content anywhere although it’s been promised for a while now, much like Sky Q over the internet. Don’t hold your breath.

June 27, 2019

Amazon Prime on Virgin TV launching "soon"


And here's an interesting line on the Press Release: 
And because Prime Video will be fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.
More information (but no actual date) can be found here

May 26, 2019

Virgin to show French Open in UHD with HDR

Virgin Media is to become the first UK TV platform to broadcast an event in 4K Ultra HD (UHD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR) with Eurosport’s coverage of the French Open from Roland Garros.
Virgin Media will utilise Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) technology to broadcast all matches that feature on the renovated Phillipe Chatrier court in 4K UHD with HDR on its V6 set top box.
Viewers need to press the red button on their remote control while viewing Eurosport 1 HD or Eurosport 2 HD.

April 24, 2019

Amazon Prime coming to Virgin Media - OFFICIAL

Amazon Prime is coming to Virgin Media’s V6 boxes this summer. Here’s the press release from parent company Liberty Global:
Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband provider, today announced a multi-year deal with Amazon to make the best content and viewing experience available to 4 million Virgin Media TV customers in the UK.
Virgin Media will be the first of Liberty Global’s European operations to integrate the Amazon Prime Video app within its Ultra HD V6 set-top box.
The launch adds award-winning and critically-acclaimed Amazon Originals The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Grand Tour and the highly-anticipated Good Omens starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, as well as Premier League coverage offered by Prime Video to Virgin Media’s extensive offering of broadcast and on demand programming across its multi-device TV service. Virgin Media customers will also have access to a range of Ultra High Definition (UHD) and HDR TV shows and movies.

April 12, 2019

New Sky/Virgin development?

There was a story in The Telegraph this week that caught my eye. It says that Liberty Global is considering opening it’s fibre network to other ISPs, including Sky (which has a fraught relationship with its current suppler, BT Openreach).

Story here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/04/08/race-faster-broadband-prompts-virgin-media-consider-opening/

This line caught my attention
Liberty Global might hope to gain reciprocal benefits in the supply of Sky Sports and other channels for Virgin Media’s cable TV service.
Before you punch the air screaming “Yes! Sky Atlantic and 4K channels!”, there’s a more cautious postscript:
“sources said there are fears that Sky may only be flirting to put pressure on Openreach, which is currently developing its pricing plans for full fibre in talks with Ofcom”

February 18, 2019

From Tuesday 19 February, some BBC HD channels Virgin Media will have new channel numbers. So look out for these:

BBC Four HD moves to CH 107

BBC News HD moves to CH 601

CBBC HD moves to CH 701

CBeebies HD moves to CH 702This should happen automatically and your SeriesLink+ is unaffected. So, while the HD channels are in a new place, it won’t stop you watching and recording shows on these channels.