August 11, 2016

New TiVo box - Virgin TV V6

Picture posted on Virgin Media’s corporate Twitter account today. All they are saying at the moment is that it is ‘powered by TiVo’ and 4K UHD Ready for Netflix and YouTube.
Smaller than the current box (assuming that’s not a giant remote control alongside) but not exactly stunning looks. Certainly NOT a TiVo Bolt then...

24 comments:

Scott McCarthy said...

If the only UHD content is going to be "Netflix and YouTube" then it's a waste of time. Anyone with a UHD TV can probably already get both of those in UHD via their smart TV. (LG TVs certainly can).

What customers want is access to BT Sport, Sky Sports and movies in UHD.
Sadly that's more about Virgin's negotiating power than any new hardware.

Stephen Young said...

Need to wait for the specs till I form an opinion of the box.

Not particularly sorry it isn't a Tivo Bolt though.....that was supposed to be an entry level 4K Tivo to help attract new customers, and was to be followed up by a 'Pro' model (which looks unlikely now under Tivo's new owners).

Bill Marsden said...

I totally agree with Scott - Netflix and YouTube is available through my smart TV. We definitely need the proper channels. Come on VM!!

Joshua Grey said...

Already moved on. Disappointed with the performance of the current box with little or no indication of updates, channels or any other commitment to viewing from VirginMedia. Sky comes along with a surprisingly different package - it's not perfect by any means - but it shows willing.

It's really not enough to talk abstractly about a box at some point in the future that will do something...especially when you don't control or produce any content at all.

gsituffers1 said...

I agree with most of you but as per the box the specifications are second to none the blogs and leaks ive seen are better then the rest- as per content liberty global own and control a lot of content globally and are looking to steal away others crowns so will wait and see

Paul Southon said...

The old Virgin media Tivo was much better looking. Dont get me wrong, i am sure its nice bit of kit.

Lewis Brooks said...

I just want the box to offer a Sky Q Flow version for VM, take my recordings onto a tablet

bluemonkeymagic said...

I rang retentions the other day and the woman on the phone said that the V6 has 8 tuners?!?!?

bluemonkeymagic said...

I rang retentions the other day and the woman on the phone said that the V6 has 8 tuners?!?!?

Irishmanc said...

I was reading on media boy blog and the new box is going to be rolled out to all Liberty Global customers around the world allowing it to be produced for a smaller cost in bulk, it will also be capable of running either TiVo or Horizon.

Irishmanc said...

I was reading on media boy blog and the new box is going to be rolled out to all Liberty Global customers around the world allowing it to be produced for a smaller cost in bulk, it will also be capable of running either TiVo or Horizon.

Chris Till said...

Is that a prototype or does it really look that bad? Surely it could have looked nicer than that. Even the Sky boxes from 10 years ago looked better.

But maybe if they do announce some good 4K channels I would get excited. I'll be upgrading regardless, because it has to be a significant upgrade on the current model in various other ways like number of tuners etc.

Paul Southon said...

To be honest i got no intrest in it. And i got no intrest in sky q either. I know HD is old technology now, hd hasnt properly established yet. Compaired with sd channels, theres hardly any hd channels in sky or on virgin. Dont get me wrong virgin media, u going a good job in wat you do, personily u should add alot more hd channels. And with sky q, thats a waste of technology, 4k is a waste of technology. Other countries already have 8k, 10k amd 12k. I remember recently i ready SHARP the tv company has already made a 11k technology. I think the uk should scrap 4k and go to use 11k instead.
So i gonna stick with HD until 12k comes out. I not mocking sky or virgin media off at all. Question for sky or virgin media companies.. Will sky q or virgin media use HDR on their boxes?

matthew smith said...

Well disappointed is an understatement :(

We're 3 quarters through 2016. 4 years on the current TiVo box and only 3 major updates, and once again virgin media have taken a massive step back. It's ugly and bulky. It Reminds me of fatter version of the old black telewest box... We want sleek and class and not a plain old boring box

Okay, yes we still need Virgin to confirm the specs but 4K only on YouTube and Netflix? I get that already on my smart tv. We want 4K tv channels like Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

6-8 tuners is better than the current TiVo but still way behind sky Q's 12... and there's no doubt in my mind you'd have to pay a hefty one-off payment for your first box even as a customer.

We will have to wait and see what the actual specs are when confirmed by virgin but I'm not upgrading to that monstrosity anytime soon once released.

Chris Till said...

I've only really struggled with 3 tuners occasionally, when there's a lot of live sport on at the same time at the weekends. But even then, you can cope by making sure you start and stop planned recordings on time and stop it recording 5 mins either side of the programme.

So 5 would be perfectly fine for even very heavy users, and the difference between 8 and 12 is totally inconsequential as far as I can see.

Stephen Young said...

Re Sky Q tuners - only 4 are available for recording, the rest are allocated to different functions i.e. 1 for viewing live tv, 1 each for up to 2 Sky Q mini boxes in a multi room set up and so on.

rowland2008 said...

I am coming to the end of my BT ultra HD tv contract and am a very interested third party so to speak as i was going to go with Sky Q but the new V6 box has thrown a spanner in the works,im more interested in if its a 1 or possibly 2 TB model and all those tuners sound great,i remember what a rig moral it was in 2010 when virgin drip released tivo boxes,i paid extra for the 1TB model as usual virgin will roll out at a snails pace i will therfore wait until Xmas before deciding,if only Sky HD had 3 or 4 tuners on their 2TB box it would be a hell of a conundrum.

Chris Hicks said...

Virgin are going to get left behind here if they don't offer 4k Sports and Movies. The only reason i'm still with VM is because their broadband is a lot better than Sky's offering. If they don't offer any 4k (not netflix) material soon then sadly i'll be jumping ship.

Paul Southon said...

Do wat i do..
I got Sky for tv
And Virgin media for fibre bb and landline.
I disconnected both of my tivo boxes now.

rowland2008 said...

Paul
Sounds a sensible thing to do,I've got a virgin Phone line but BT broadband and 4K TV service which is basically Freeview with a few premium channels,Sky have a really strong TV service(packages and equipment)But Virgin are still offering BT sport with their XL package,something you have to pay extra for on Sky,i think at the end of the day i will opt for Virgin phone,broadband, and get Sky Q if its compatible with Virgin Broadband,i have heard of problems linking Sky Q to non Sky broadband routers.

Paul Southon said...

My parents got Sky q. They got bt infinity 2. The connection is fine. They got that sky q mini box as well. They both run good with bt infinity 2 bb.

Paul Southon said...

Thats the thing with virgin media, i can connect my sky+hd box to the virgin super hub 2 using wifi.it works well. For some reason using the wire from my sky+hd box to the virgin super hub it dont work.
Not sure why.i tryed restarting the virgin hib and the sky box and used another wire. It still wont work. But using wifi is perfect..

rowland2008 said...

thanks for that info

Stephen Young said...

Looks like I was wrong (see my earlier comment) about Tivo releasing new hardware....the new Bolt+ has 6 tuners/3TB storage.

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/tivo-bolt-plus-specs,news-23422.html

Not sure I like the Bolt's appearance but it does make the Virgin V6 look like it was designed by a 4 yearly with a box of crayons.