August 14, 2016

Will you be investing in the new Virgin 4k box?

Virgin Media is about to announce its new 4k service to compete with Sky Q and BT. I’ve put a small poll top right to gauge what the appetite for the new TiVo-powered box is. Are you an early adopter or are you more cautious with your cash?
Personally, I have no plans for a 4k TV so unless they’re adding something fantastically compelling to the service (‘liquid’ viewing and cloud recording have been suggested but may be restricted by Rights issues like those we have with TV Anywhere*) then I’ll be a late adopter, if I bother at all. It's all getting a wee bit too expensive for the content we have available.

* Anywhere there’s wifi, that is. A half-arsed service at best when it’s working, which mine currently isn’t...

11 comments:

Dave Horsley said...

Called Virginmedia yesterday 13th Aug, they said roll out will be in new year

Paul Southon said...

I not gonna bother with it to be honest. Waste of money and waste of technology. Dont get me wrong, 4k is good technology, thing is other country have much more advanced tech than 4k.

Unknown said...

I'll get it. The existing system is way past it's sell by date. Hope we get new remote too.

Unknown said...

I'll get it. The existing system is way past it's sell by date. Hope we get new remote too.

Unknown said...

I'll get it. The existing system is way past it's sell by date. Hope we get new remote too.

Unknown said...

4k is same around the world. No other country is going to be using more advance technology for terrestial TV than 4k.

Jaunty said...

I don't care about 4K but the streaming and speed/functionality of the current box is an embarrassment. I may just ditch Virgin for TV and keep the broadband and use Now TV and other solutions (e.g. HBO, Netflix and Amazon nothing dodgy can't be arsed with that).

Stephen Young said...

Not sure if this is worth bothering with but apparently you can register your interest in the V6 box by going to:

keepup.virginmedia.com/befirst

Iain Logan said...

If it's faster then I will get it. Not bothered about 4 k

Jonathan Green said...

Even though the new Virgin Media V6 box is soon on the horizon (pun intended) I've just had enough of VM. I've been a loyal customer since the old Telewest days but their prices have gone up and up and the service down and down. Drop outs, outages and slowness.

And being an early adopter it's always annoyed me that VM are always playing catch up to Sky on HD/4k services, mobile features and channels. And with not having Sky Atlantic - well, that was the last straw. So I'm jumping ship.

This morning I took advantage of the latest discounted offer that MoneySavingExpert had on their web site for switching to our satellite friends and guess what? My monthly bill (entertainment, movies, sports, etc.) has dropped from £93 (I had two Tivos) to £41.40! Same channels (more even in fact) but less than half the cost. And that's for their super, whizz-bang Sky Q 2TB 4-tuner bundle with a Sky Q mini for multi-room. £10 installation and job's a good 'un.

I've signed up to Sky for 12 months (the MSE deal allowed for 12 months not 18 months) and may switch back to VM after that if VM offer a good deal to do so.

I'm sorry to leave VM. And maybe Sky's customer service will be better than VM, maybe it'll be worse - but you can't really argue with the cost saving.

halcyondays said...

After todays announcement of yet more price rises in November i don't think i will. And anyway, 4K is only proper 4k when it's viewed from physical media. i'm quite happy upscaling 1080p to '4k'
Sky Q is looking more and more inviting though;)