Category: Social Networking
Updated: 28 Oct 2013
October 31, 2013
Update: Teesside (Stockton), Avon (Bristol) and Croydon all updated overnight, too. Spiderplant reports that there'll be no rollout plan published and that the rollout won't be completed by the 6th (contrary to reports elsewhere).
October 29, 2013
The channels are Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts 1, Discovery, Fox, Comedy Central, MTV, Gold and Disney.
That looks pretty good to me, especially when you can buy the tiny, acclaimed NowTV box for just a tenner. How long they'll keep that price that low I don't know, nor do I know what the picture quality is like, but you can get a little more info on the NowTV site.
Bit of a BT / TalkTalk killer I think, and priced just below the monthly Netflix and LoveFilm alternatives.
October 27, 2013
Although I'm assured that there are no immediate plans to replace TiVo, a quick search on Liberty Global's own box, the Horizon, suggests it's a less-than-stable rocky affair, with some similar features to the TiVo but seemingly a lot less mature. That makes me a little nervous. TiVo ain't perfect, but it is the best box around these days, still streets ahead of the Sky boxes and don't get me started on the BT and YouView alternatives.
The Horizon is made by Samsung (as are some TiVos), but is certainly not a "looker" to my taste. It looks like it could sit actually under the TV, which would be useful for some. The remote looks some relic from the eighties.
If you want to know more there's an interesting 2012 brochure you can download but to my eyes this looks like it would be a step back from what we have today. It's been rolled out at Liberty Global's companies in Switzerland and Holland but not without problems. One thing I will say for TiVo (which I've had since VM introduced it) is that it's a reliable performer that's never let me down.
Anyway, contrary to some speculation elsewhere, we have TiVo for the foreseeable future. The Liberty Global Mike Fries CEO was recently interviewed in the Hollywood Reporter:
Interesting times. Meanwhile, expect the latest TiVo software updates, including the arrival of (cue fanfare) HD Netflix, over the next week or so.Discussing future sources of growth, the CEO said: "Over five years, we're less about connecting more homes." Instead, growth will mostly come from "getting connected homes to do more with us." Giving subscribers more value and improving customer relationships.Fries said Wednesday that pay TV operators do certain things really well, such as offering the best content and the biggest distribution pipes. But he also highlighted areas where improvements are needed, such as in moving content across platforms and improving user interfaces. He said Liberty Global is trying to solve these issues with DVR partner TiVo and its next-generation set-top-boxes Horizon.In the U.K., Virgin Media will for now continue to work with TiVo instead of launching Horizon. "TiVo has promised us innovation" to move into a similar direction as Horizon, Fries said.
October 26, 2013
Virgin Media has offered a boost to its broadband customers by relaxing its traffic management policy once again. Everyone's favourite broadband provider has cut its maximum peak speed reduction for downloads from 40 per cent to just 16 per cent, reports ISPreview.co.uk.
October 25, 2013
There's quite a bit on the channels this weekend, including Crystal Palace v Arsenal, live German and Italian football, Aviva Premiership rugby and Major League Baseball.
Apparently it's free on all packages until the end of the year then £7.99 a month next year, but there's still no official word from either Virgin or Premier Sports on the deal - but the channel has been broadcasting since the early hours of this morning (25th).
October 24, 2013
This is apparently the first time the mystery-thriller’s U. air date has been announced before the BBC reveals its UK premiere date (the BBC has the “first window” rights to air the show, so we can at least take heart in knowing they will almost certainly get season 3 sometime before January 19th). My money would be on the three feature length episodes appearing around Christmas and the New Year.
More details at Entertainment Weekly.
October 23, 2013
October 20, 2013
I can now reveal that the following channels should launch before 2014 on Virgin Media:Add in the confirmed BBC News, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC3 and BBC4 HD launches and that's an early Christmas present for all VM customers!
Sky Atlantic HD
Sky News HD
Sky Sports F1 HD
Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports 4 HD
Sky Sports News HD
Channel 4 +1 HD
Disney Channel HD Disney XD HD
Universal Channel HD
October 19, 2013
October 17, 2013
October 15, 2013
So, what’s new with TiVo?
Even more great entertainment at your fingertips with Netflix
You can now watch Netflix using your TiVo box if you’re a Netflix customer already or by registering atwww.netflix.com/virginmedia. To see what’s on Netflix hit the Home button, go to Apps & Games > TV & Movies, and select the Netflix icon. You can also find Netflix films and shows using TiVo search.
A More energy efficient TiVo box
• Channel up/down
• Any number key
We’ve made WishLists™ even easier to set up. Just let TiVo know the actors, directors or shows you can’t bear to miss and TiVo will automatically record anything that fits the bill. And you can do it without interrupting what you’re watching.
Clever TiVo will make even better Suggestions for you
Discover your new Discovery Bar
Your brand new Discovery bar makes it much clearer why we’ve suggested films and programmes for you to watch, whether it’s a live sports event, it’s similar to other programmes you’ve enjoyed, or simply because our team have handpicked it for you to enjoy.
We’ve now introduced high contrast displays for some of our screens, these include our full screen guide, mini guide and channel banner.
To wake your TiVo box up again just press the <Home>, <Power>, <TV>, <Channel up/down> or Any number key on your TiVo remote.
October 10, 2013
- Crystal Palace v West Ham - Tuesday December 3, 8pm
- Swansea v Newcastle - Wednesday December 4, 7.45pm
- Manchester United v Newcastle - Saturday December 7, 12.45pm
- Manchester City v Arsenal - Saturday December 14, 12.45pm
- Liverpool v Cardiff - Saturday December 21, 12.45pm
- West Ham v Arsenal - Boxing Day, 3pm
- Manchester City v Liverpool - Boxing Day, 5.30pm
- Southampton v Chelsea - New Year's Day, 3pm
- Manchester United v Tottenham - New Year's Day, 5.30pm
- Sat 7: Sunderland v Tottenham (ko 5.30pm)
- Sun 8: Fulham v Aston Villa (ko 1.30pm)
- Sun 8: Arsenal v Everton (ko 4pm)
- Mon 9: Swansea City v Hull City (ko 8pm)
- Sat 14: Hull City v Stoke City (ko 5.30pm)
- Sun 15: Aston Villa v Man Utd (ko 1.30pm)
- Sun 15: Tottenham v Liverpool (ko 4pm)
- Sun 22: Southampton v Tottenham (ko 1.30pm)
- Sun 22: Swansea City v Everton (ko 4pm)
- Mon 23: Arsenal v Chelsea (ko 8pm)
- Thu 26: Hull City v Man Utd (ko 12.45pm)
- Sat 28: West Ham v West Brom (ko 12.45pm)
- Sat 28: Cardiff City v Sunderland (ko 5.30pm)
- Sun 29: Newcastle United v Arsenal (ko 1.30pm)
- Sun 29: Chelsea v Liverpool (ko 4pm)
- Wed Jan 1: Swansea v Man City (ko 12.45pm)