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.

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.

The system rolls out from the middle of this month: for more information go to the dedicated Virgin TiVo website.

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Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.