Virgin Media TiVo Starter Bundle

TiVo from Virgin Media is the smartest TV service around and this starter bundle is the best value package for anyone who wants to try it. The package comes with a 500GB TiVo Box and the triple bundle of TV M+, Phone M and Broadband L, so you have 65 TV channels, up to 10Mb download speed on the broadband and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers.

It costs £23 a month (this is £20 for the triple bundle and £3 a month for the TiVo) plus a Virgin phone line for £13.90 a month, however you can get 6 months half price on triple bundles until 30th September 2011 making it just £13 a month for the first 6 months plus a £49.95 one-off activation fee.

The 500GB TiVo Box not only records around 250 hours of TV but lets you search across live TV, On Demand, catch-up and web TV content by keyword for actor, director or title. It even makes suggestions and records programmes for you based on your viewing behaviour and, thanks to the built-in 10Mb broadband connection, you can stream online TV without affecting the broadband for the rest of the household.

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Details of the Virgin Media TiVo Starter Bundle package

TiVo from Virgin Media

Virgin TiVo Box

As we touch on above, TiVo is the next generation of TV, taking the idea of watching what you want when you want to the next level. Instead of just searching either catch-up TV from the last week or the channels in your package, say, you can now search for programmes across live TV, web TV content, On Demand and catch-up all at once. Search for 'Colin Firth' and you might get a couple of films and a TV drama from various TV channels and then an awards acceptance speech from YouTube. You can search in this way by actor, director or title.

The box itself has a 500GB hard drive for recording, its own 10Mb broadband connection so use of the web features won't interfere with the main broadband of the household and an intelligent set-up that gets to know what you like to watch and will recommend content for you based on what you watch, record and give the 'Thumbs Up' to using the new 'Thumbs Up' and 'Thumbs Down' keys on the remote. It will even record shows it thinks you will like, although never at the expense of a programme you have requested to record. As with all of the Virgin PVR boxes the TiVo boxes have 3 tuners so you can record 2 channels while watching a third.

Included in the Bundle

  • Virgin TV M+ - this package consists of 65 channels including Sky1, Sky LIVING and Discovery
  • Virgin Phone M - unlimited UK weekend calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers and Virgin Mobiles
  • Virgin Broadband L - Up to 10Mb speed, unlimited downloads, free wireless router