November 21, 2012

Sky Atlantic rumours resurface

According to'BSkyB will also focus on ... wholesaling Sky Atlantic, a TV channel that airs programming from the U.S.' Cable Forum poster ''grahamf'' has posted on Cable Forum that: ''The latest I am hearing from 2 different well placed sources is, that Virgin will be launching Sky News HD, Sky Sports News HD and Sky Atlantic on 9th December.''

November 10, 2012

Game of Thrones season 2 - no plans for Sky1 broadcast

Anyone enjoying the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones on Sky1 HD may be hoping for season two to be shown soon after. Sadly, that won't be happening - although there will be a second showing on Sky Atlantic, Sky won't be treating Virgin Media customers to the second series. I'm waiting for the box set release (likely to arrive early in the new year).

November 08, 2012

ANOTHER App? Virgin Media promise mobile calls at fixed line costs

Just days after TV Anywhere finally turns up, VM has announced another App is on the way, and this time it's for both iOS and Android. Virgin announced this week that it is to release a SmartCall app for iPhone and Android that makes calls using landline minutes, albeit only when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
"The intuitive app will automatically detect whether a SmartCall is possible and whether that call is included in their home phone talk plan," Virgin said in its announcement on Tuesday.
The app will make calls from abroad as well as within the UK (hmm, sounds like Skype). The app can be used on any mobile network.
But here's the catch: it's "coming soon", so don't expect it any time this year. The first to get the free app will be "select customers" identified via Virgin's Tickles customer extras programme, who will be able to sign up for SmartCall in the weeks running up to Christmas. The app will then be offered to all customers "some time in the first quarter of 2013".
Really? Pardon my cynicism but the wait for TV Anywhere suggests that may prove a might optimistic.

November 07, 2012

At last...

Virgin Media's TV Anywhere App for iPhone and iPad is released:
"The service is available to all Virgin TV customers at no extra cost, and can be enjoyed online through a web browser or on mobile/tablet devices (iOS initially, Android to follow in 2013) giving customers the ability to enjoy TV as well as fully manage their TiVo service when at work or out and about."

November 04, 2012

IMPORTANT: Series Link and WishList issue 3-4 Nov

From Virgin Media:
Your "New Only" Series Link and WishList recordings may fail this weekend. If you have changed the default setting for any Series Links or WishLists to record "New Only", we recommend that you change it back to "New & Reruns" to avoid missing new recordings over the weekend. If you have missed anything on channels from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, you may be able to find your show on Catch Up.
So check those recordings of Homeland, Downton Abbey et al are set for tonight (mine had gone missing, as had Fringe, Walking Dead and Elementary later in the week ahead, so best check 'em all.