A first look at Virgin Media's new Tivo-powered TV service
Just announced this morning is Virgin Media TV powered by TiVo, which brings together live TV with catch-up, on-demand programming and web-based applications, all bundled with a 1TB personal video recorder able to store up to 500 hours of standard definition.
It's going to cost you £199 for the TiVo box itself when it becomes available midway through this month, plus £26.50 a month for the XL Tivo package, and you can read much more about it in our news story.
But we thought you might like a closer look at the way it's going to appear on your screen, so here goes…
Here's the home screen of the platform, from which you can go to a conventional EPG
or a graphical search of titles,
beyond which the system will let you bring up detailed programme information
or even search for programmes by title, actor, director or whatever.
Recording whole series is made simple by clear, logical series link programming,
while based on the programmes you choose to record, the system will also make suggestions of programmes you may enjoy, presenting them as part of the same menu you use to access your stored content.
You can help this smarts selection along using the intuitive 'thumbs up/thumbs down' buttons on the remote, located just below the button to take you directly to the 'My Shows' screen.