September 17, 2008

Could this be the Samsung V+?


Pure speculation, granted, but I've found this on the Samsung site whilst looking for a cable PVR picture. You may recall that Virgin earlier this year mentioned a new V+ box being available in the second half of 2008, initially thought to be another Scientific Atlanta box (like the current V+) but later confirmed as a new Samsung machine.
This is the cable PVR on Samsung's international site; 160gb drive and just two tuners, but with both Mpeg2 and Mpeg4. More details here. If this was the release spec (which I doubt) that's a more HD capable box that would probably benefit from a bigger disc. It's a nicer looking box to my eye, looking more like a regular domestic piece of kit than the somewhat space age and plasticky design of the current V+.
Then again, it could be a completely different Samsung box or it could even be that the Samsung V+ never makes it to Virgin customers as it's still in the labs at VM and there've been no official announcements.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looked at the specs and unless im missing something there are no HDMI ports???Bye Bye HD

Nialli said...

I think it pretty safe to assume we won't get this spec (if we get anything). I've since found references to this box on a few German sites that are dated late 2006, so one would hope Virgin are evaluating a revised spec or even a newer model.
Mind you, how old's the current V+ hardware? Telewest were rolling it out in early 2006 if I recall correctly.

BikeNutt said...

Yep, March 06 IIRC.

Callisto9000 said...

Hi!, I'm going to go HD soon and obviously upgrading to V+ as a consequence.

Is there any news about this new box and is it worth me holding off getting V+ because I don't want to be stuck with an old syle box if it's inferior?

Nialli said...

There is nothing official about the new box's availability. If you're considering the V+, I would suggest that the possible release of the Samsung PVR shouldn't really be part of your thinking: VM aren't known for speed to market, and the current V+ box is a good, high spec machine which (for most) is reliable.