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What does Virgin Media offer?
If you're in a cable TV area, getting your TV, Broadband and phone from Virgin can offer some serious cost savings.
As we're a digital TV site, we're only looking at the TV offering. If you want the full story on what Virgin offers, go to allyours.virginmedia.com
Digital TV from Virgin Media?
Virgin Media offers three TV packages, "M", "L" and "XL". The top package, "XL", has over 160 channels, including Sky 1, Dave, Comedy Central, Eurosport, G.O.L.D, 5*, ITV2, BBC3, Living, History, SyFy and Watch.
For the full list of channels, go here: Virgin Media TV Channels
Virgin Media Onscreen Guide
On-demand library: Virgin Media's digital TV service includes TV On Demand service. This offers instant access to a huge collection of TV shows, music videos and over 500 movies to watch on-demand. Films start from 99p
Hard-disk recorder: Get the Virgin Media V+ HD box for a box that records up to 80 hours of TV, supports HD and lets you pause and rewind TV.
HD TV: With a V+ HD box, you can watch on-demand or live HD content - Over 26 HD channels are now available. Virgin Media customers with a V+ box can get BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV 1 HD, Channel 4 HD, Film 4, Living HD, Sky One HD, SyFy HD, Eurosport HD, Discovery HD, E4 HD, Fox HD, National Geographic HD and music channel MTVN HD.. Unlike Sky, there's no subscription charge for the HD service. Details at allyours.virginmedia.com
Not everyone in the UK can get Virgin Media's TV service. You have to be in an area that connected to their cable service. Before Virgin Media, the cable companies NTL and Telewest provided cable services - now it's all Virgin.
To find out if you're in a cable area, and to check out the options, go to allyours.virginmedia.com
To get connected to Virgin Media's TV service, a Virgin Media engineer will call to hook you up to cable, and provide you with a Virgin Media set-top box.
If you're getting cable, consider getting Virgin's Internet service, as they offer speeds of up to 100 Meg - much faster than the likes of BT.
The Virgin Media V+ HD box is a hard-disc recorder (PVR) that records TV shows onto an internal drive. It offers:
- Record up to 80 hours of live TV.
- Lets you pause and rewind live TV
- Offers 'Series Link' - don't miss an episode of your favourite series
- Supports HD programming and on-demand content.
- Record two TV channels, while watching a third.
The Virgin Media V+ HD box
There's no purchase cost for the V+ box - you pay a one-off installation fee of £49, then a monthly subscription of £5 a month (free with the XL package).
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Other Virgin Media Services
Virgin Media also offers Broadband Internet and home phone packages, which can save you money when combined with your digital TV service.
If you live in a part of the UK served by Virgin Media, sign up to Broadband or Phone and one of their team will get you connected.
To find out more, or to check coverage, go to www.virginmedia.com